I hate to break it you everyone, the Arizona Cardinals are not in the so called “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes. For everyone calling for John Skelton to finish out the season and for the Cards to go after Andrew Luck with the first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, you can forget it. It’s not happening. They have a lot invested into the Kevin Kolb. Yes, the way Kolb is playing right now is disappointing, frustrating, add your own adjective. Let’s remember this – he’s only been an Arizona Cardinal since the beginning of August. He did not get the benefit of a full off-season or preparation. He should not be fully judged until next season. That being said, he does need to play better, much better.
If the Cardinals were to finish with the worst record in the NFL, which is still a possibility with chances that greater with each loss, they would probably trade down would be my guess. You can’t have the number one pick and not select Andrew Luck. You just can’t. Need you be reminded what they gave up to get Kolb? Need I remind you how much money guaranteed they are into Kolb? So, try again. It’s NOT happening.
Then there are those that are calling for John Skelton to play today. Let me tell you this, kind of hard for a guy to play when he is inactive. Skelton will not be playing this season unless Kolb gets hurt. Richard Bartel, who did see some snaps today after the contest was decided, is the number two. He has been since week one. Bartel is not the answer either. Unless Kolb is injured or the game is completely in doubt, which it really wasn’t till the fourth today, despite the 31-10 lead, Kolb is playing. The best way for him to learn the system and become comfortable with it is to play.
I understand the disappointment, I do, especially after last season. However, no matter how much we don’t like it, we have to be patient with Kolb this season. He may not play a great or even good game till the latter half of the season. Stick with him. Support him. He’s the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals and that’s not changing anytime soon, including 2012.