The Arizona Cardinals will enter training camp with no set starter. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt told Jim Rome that the team has a completely open and even quarterback competition. Will Kevin Kolb or John Skelton start 2012 as the team’s starter? It’s up to the players to set themselves apart from the competition.
“That’s the question that’s going to be answered through the workouts this spring and in training camp this summer,” Whisenhunt said.
“They’ve both been working hard at it. It’s been good to get out on the field and actually work on techniques and fundamentals with these guys. At times last year they both showed they can do good things. But consistency at that position is something we’ve got to improve on. So hopefully the competition between both of them will sharpen up one of them enough that he’ll be a good starter for us.”
While Kolb may be considered the favorite because of his salary and the fact that he was the more highly touted signal-caller of the two, that just isn’t the case, according to Whisenhunt.
“I think the knee-jerk reaction would be to say that it is Kevin’s job to lose,” Whisenhunt said. “But then you have to look at what John Skelton did last year in winning those games when he was in there. So I think you have to give John a lot of credit for winning those games.
“I certainly have a lot of respect for Kevin and what he’s done in this league and we made the commitment to bring him in to our football team. So it’s going to start out as even as it possibly can, and we’re going to let the best player take it from there. We did that many years ago when we had Kurt Warner and Matt Leinart, and it worked out pretty good for us. So hopefully we’ll have that same kind of magic.”
Kolb has struggled during his time as the team’s starter, while Skelton has shown flashes of brilliance and really excited the fans. While I may not be dialed in to the Cardinals fan base, I’d have to imagine that the favorite among them to win the job should be Skelton.
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