John Skelton Named Arizona Cardinals Starting Quarterback
(TEMPE) — The Arizona Cardinals finally have their starting quarterback.
Arizona became the last NFL team to name their starting quarterback, and have tabbed John Skelton has the Week 1 starter.
Skelton beat out Kevin Kolb in a competition that had Cardinals fans anxious for a decision.
“I’m not going to get into the specifics of everything that was involved but it’s fair to say at this point going forward we feel like the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win right now is John Skelton,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said.
Skelton replaced last year’s starter Kevin Kolb when he went down with a toe injury, and went 5-2 behind center. Skelton completed 54.9 percent of his passes for 1,913 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Kolb was signed to a five-year, $63.5 million contract exstention after coming over in a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles, but has been largely dissapointing when on the field.
Despite officialy naming Skelton the starter, Wisenhunt has not ruled out having Kolb play significant time this season.
“I don’t think it’s different than any other position,” the coach said. “This business is a tough business and it’s a production-oriented business. If you’re not getting the job done, then you’re going to be replaced. Our expectation and why we made this decision is that he’s going to get the job done.”
Skelton was a fifth round draft pick of the Cardinals out of Fordham.
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