NFL

Cardinals still have not decided on a starting quarterback

{eot}
Associated Press
8/27/2012 3:31:35 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Thirteen days before the regular-season opener and the Arizona Cardinals still have no starting quarterback.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he's not ready to announce whether Kevin Kolb or John Skelton will start the Sept. 9 game against Seattle.

That makes Arizona (No. 23 in the AP Pro32) the only team in the NFL that hasn't selected a starter.

"I have the sense that everyone is expecting a starting quarterback announcement today," Whisenhunt said to open his regular Monday news conference. "We don't have one for you."

To make the situation a bit more perplexing, Whisenhunt says he doesn't expect either quarterback to play in the team's preseason finale at home Thursday night against Denver.

That leaves two days of full practice and one walk-through to further evaluate Kolb and Whisenhunt if the team is to have a starter when game-planning begins in earnest for the season opener.

Rookie Ryan Lindley, a sixth-round draft pick out of San Diego State, will start against the Broncos as the coach goes with a mix of starters and backups.

However, Whisenhunt said, "I want to make sure I'm clear on this, Ryan Lindley is not going to emerge from this game as our starter no matter how he does."

The coach said that by having a fifth preseason game, the opportunity exists to see players such as Lindley and running back William Powell play alongside starters and against the opponent's better players.

Whisenhunt said that, with Lindley, "you have a young player that we felt strongly about in our evaluations."

"We had high grades on him. We were excited to get him where we did," the coach said, "and I think you can't escape the fact that with very limited reps he has performed well in the preseason."

Kolb and Skelton each have started two preseason games, and Whisenhunt decided against giving them a shot in the fifth game.

"I don't know how long Denver is going to play their starters," he said, "so as far as evaluation of the quarterbacks and trying to make it a level playing field, as for the number of reps and who they are playing against, I don't know how much that would serve with John or Kevin out of this game."

Whisenhunt declared it an open competition between the quarterbacks at the end of last season after, mostly with Skelton at quarterback, Arizona won seven of its last nine to finish 8-8.

Skelton was 5-2 as a starter, 6-2 if you count the late-season win over San Francisco, when Kolb started but went down with a concussion on the first series. Kolb missed almost half of the season with injuries.

The team has a large investment in Kolb, signing him to a big contract after acquiring him in a trade that sent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick to Philadelphia.

Skelton, in his third season after being drafted in the fifth round out of Fordham, is a strong-armed but sometimes inaccurate passer who while struggling early in games, developed a knack for late-game comebacks.

John Skelton (Photo: The Canadian Press)

zoom

(Photo: The Canadian Press)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


Podcasts

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: Septemeber 2nd - Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1 joins the show to discuss Jim Irsay, Michael Sam, and J.J Watt.

TSN 1050: Game Night: September 1 - Matt Florjancic

WKYC Cleveland's Matt Florjancic joins Andy McNamara and John Letherby on Game Night.

TSN 1050: Game Night: Joe Horrigan - July 30

Pro Football Hall of Fame VP of Communications Joe Horrigan joined Game Night with Jim Tatti & Andy McNamara to talk NFL Hall of Fame Weekend


More Podcasts

NFL on TSN and CTV

Sunday, September 21

San Diego Chargers at Buffalo Bills - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Toronto, CTV Kitchener, CTV Ottawa, CTV Northern Ontario, CKPR)


Houston Texans at New York Giants - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Vancouver, CTV Alberta, CTV Saskatchewan, CITL)


Oakland Raiders at New England Patriots - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Montreal, CTV Atlantic, CTV Saskatchewan)


Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Winnipeg)


Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Two Toronto, CTV Two Ottawa, CTV Two London, CTV Two Vancouver Island, CTV Two Alberta, CTV Two Atlantic)


Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks - 4:25pm et/1:25pm pt (CTV Toronto, CTV Kitchener, CTV Ottawa, CTV Northern Ontario, CTV Montreal, CTV Vancouver, CTV Alberta, CTV Saskatchewan, CTV Winnipeg, CTV Two Atlantic, CKPR, CITL)


Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
8:15pm et/5:15pm pt (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5)


Monday, September 22

Chicago Bears at New York Jets
7pm et/4pm pt (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5)


NFL on TSN Broadcast Schedule

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television