Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks (4) Kevin Kolb and (19) John Skelton on the sidelines in the second half against the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Kolb Shows Slight Improvement in Spite of Offensive Line

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb may not win the starting job, however, he did show improvement on Friday night in a 31-27 victory over the Oakland Raiders.  He started out great going 3-3 for 22 yards.  His last three passes went incomplete and he also suffered three sacks, including one in the end zone for a safety.  John Skelton went 3-3 for 23 yards and a touchdown.

If Kolb lost the job last night, it wasn’t all on him.  You can thank the offensive line for laying down while he was out there.  I’m not saying Kolb didn’t have his own faults but some of his scrambling had to do with the offensive line just giving up on him, particularly in taking the safety.

You have to wonder if the offensive line would rather play for Skelton?  They will never admit it publicly, however after last night’s game, it is a legitimate question that I’m not the only one asking.  You’d hate to think your team didn’t play 100 percent for you but it sure seemed like that a little last night.

Fact is, neither of the quarterbacks got enough playing time last night, again, to really show what they are made of.  It is frustrating that coach Ken Whisenhunt can’t leave just one guy in there to get consistency.  That being said, I think the writing is on the wall now.  As much as I don’t believe he has played well enough, yet, to be named starter, I don’t think Kolb has done enough to convince he is the starter.  I only see that partially his fault though.  It is what it is.  Oh, and please again, let’s not get started on Ryan Lindley.

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