The key’s to the Arizona Cardinals offense have been turned back over to Drew Stanton for the final home game of the season
Hope everyone enjoyed Blaine Gabbert. That experiment for the Arizona Cardinals has come to an end, at least for now.
On Monday, the team announced they would be going with Drew Stanton as their starting quarterback against the New York Giants on Sunday. It is the team’s final home game of the season.
Is it the right call? At this point with the Cardinals out of the playoffs it really doesn’t matter. What matters is who ever the quarterback is going to be needs to finish strong and get this team a couple of wins to end the season.
Gabbert wasn’t particularly good on Sunday and has failed to get the Cardinals in the end zone for 10 straight quarters. Moving to Stanton is not a shocking revelation.
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It is a bit of a surprise only in that head coach Bruce Arians indicated after the loss on Sunday to the Washington Redskins that Blaine would remain the starter. Either he saw something on film or he just plain changed his mind based on the situation.
Either way, it does give a more difficult read into what the team will do with Gabbert once the season has ended. If the Cardinals were still in evaluation mode with him, he’d be starting on Sunday.
Just last week general manager Steve Keim indicated they were looking to find a way to keep Gabbert. This may or may not change anything in that regard but it certainly is interesting timing.
Stanton has not played since being injured on November 9th against the Seattle Seahawks. He was well enough to remain the backup to Gabbert in the mean time.
Gabbert went 2-3 in his five starts. His mistakes on Sunday against the Redskins though were enough to send the Cardinals to their eighth loss of the season in a game Arians said after watching film on Monday the Cardinals should have easily won.