Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says of his QB controversy: “We’ll see one of the guys separate himself”
Last week, we spoke with Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt about his quarterback battle during training camp. It was something he sounded like he was really looking forward to. While there was a post containing some comments from him, I wanted to do a separate one on the QB situation… since it’s so interesting.
It’s Kevin Kolb vs. John Skelton. How will it break down?
“Well, I think you evaluate a lot of things,” Whisenhunt told me. “How they handle it, what’s going on in the spring, OTAs and mini-camp. It’s hard when you don’t have the pads on, you don’t have the live action to get a true evaluation. Coming into camp, the evaluations are going to heat up. We’ll see one of the guys separate himself and that’ll be the guy that takes it. But both of the guys, at times, have shown they can do it. So, it’s going to be a matter of showing consistency for a period of time over training camp, but it’s going to be an interesting battle.”
I’ll say. Kolb has more experience, but he completed just 58 percent of his passes last year, with nine TDs to eight INTs. He also had a record of 3-6. Skelton, the former Fordham passer, completed 55 percent of his passes and had 11 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. But, his record was 5-2.
So… huh? I asked Whisenhunt if he’d like one to emerge and then the team would stick with that guy for the entire season. Sounds like that’s the goal.
“Well, that’s ultimately what you’d like to do,” Whisenhunt said. “You never know how that’s going to go. I think that there’s a lot of speculation about how it’s going to go, but what happens? We don’t know. But both of these guys, like I said, are working very hard to put themselves in position to compete for it. We’ll see how it runs its course through camp.“
My thought is that’s all you can hope for from a coach who is in this evaluation process. Be open-minded and see what happens. Sounds simple, but it’s not always the case. And actually, the players are in different positions financially.
The team paid a ton for Kolb, including acquiring him in a trade and then recently handing him a $7 million roster bonus. Skelton makes peanuts.
Does that matter?
“Well, I have the luxury of the support from our owner (Bill Bidwill) and our GM (Rod Graves) as far as it doesn’t matter to me about the contract,” he said. “We’re trying to put the best team on the field and the best player. I could care less what his contract is, where he is in his career, what’s going on. We’re trying to build the best team and our guys believe in that. That’s why we started 1-6 last year, were able to flip it the way we did.”