The Arizona Cardinals had big problems and high expectations in 2011/2012. The Big Red’s failure last year was their inconsistency at many positions but the quarterback position, occupied by Kevin Kolb and John Skelton was a train wreck. The Cardinals did not qualify for the playoffs and find themselves rebuilding in 2013. Both Kolb and Skelton both performed comparatively well and it was not easy to choose between them.
There was a glimpse of hope when the Indianapolis Colts shocked everyone and released their veteran quarterback Peyton Manning, four-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the National Football League (NFL). Many teams including Cardinals tried their luck to lure Manning to their city but the QB veteran ended up joining the Denver Broncos.
The team has spent the offseason so far by giving equal opportunities to both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton to prove their talent and the same is expected to be the case in training camp and preseason games. It is not clear when Ken Whisenhunt will announce the starting quarterback but some early reports have indicated that they might do it before preseason (which would make sense).
Kevin Kolb who is more experienced than Skelton has only played one season with the Cardinals while John Skelton has spent two seasons in Arizona Cardinal Organization. Both quarterbacks still do not know who will be the starter and who will serve as backup and this situation is somewhat becoming difficult to handle for both of them.
According to the Arizona Cardinals official website, Kolb said of the situation:
“It’s so odd to have (the competition) because a lot of times you don’t have it that way. Everyone has handled it well so far. The biggest thing is you just concentrate on doing your job.”
Skelton also shared his thoughts:
“If (competition) means five reps in practice, you make the most of it. If you are working with the second unit, or the first team, you have to make the most out of it.”
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Excited to be a Cardinal! Thanks to all the fans, friends, coaches and teammates I got to know in Philly, y’all will be missed.
— Kevin Kolb (@KevinKolb_4) July 28, 2011
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