Arizona Cardinals Should Have No Quarterback Controversy
November 18, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley (14) calls an audible second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
We all know by now that Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley made his NFL regular season debut on Sunday in the 23-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. We also know that he was shaky at best. However, shaky is better than flat ridiculously bad which is what John Skelton was. That doesn’t necessarily mean I agreed with the move to remove Skelton at the time of the game he was replaced in, up 13-0 at the time. Now that the move to Lindley have been made though, it’s time to stick with him until if and/or when Kevin Kolb returns from injury.
Lindley made a couple of really good deep throws that were just out of the reach of the intended receivers. Skelton couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat on Sunday. Skelton, if anything, has regressed and I didn’t think that was possible with the third-year quarterback. Right now, I say go back to Kolb when and if he returns this season. He gives them the best chance to win with what they have.
Unless either the standings at the time dictate it (meaning the season is considered over at that point) or Lindley has decisively improved, Kolb should be the quarterback when he returns. As for Skelton, unless injury dictates his return, we may quite possibly have seem the last of him. Unfortunately he just hasn’t shown any improvement. At this point, with as much experience he’s had, he should be further along. His last pass attempt to Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone was so off, even the Cards couldn’t handle it anymore.