My story: Why the Cardinals have the right idea on their QB battle (unlike some teams)

Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb is right in the mix in this competition (Associated Press)

The Cardinals have a quarterback competition… which you may have read about. Kevin Kolb, the high-priced veteran, vs. John Skelton, the interesting unknown. And after spending Tuesday in St. Joseph, Mo., with them and the Chiefs, I was impressed with how they are handling it.

The competition is real. No favorites. No care about pedigree or how much a guy costs or where he went to school. That’s how coach Ken Whisenhunt is doing it, a direct contrast to how the Browns handled their QB situation.

“The way we do it, we try to be as fair as we can with whatever player we’re having competition with,” Whisenhunt said. “So, that means you try to get them equal reps in equal situations. And then you compare it in the end. That’s the way we’ve done it. We’ve rotated these guys every practice, each of them has gotten their time to start. Is it tough? Yeah, it’s tough. Because it’s hard to get a feel for the guys that you’re going with every snap like you can if you’re the starter, but you want it to be tough. You hear the phrase, the cream rises to the top. You get a chance to see how they handle difficult situations. How do you think it is in the fourth quarter when you’re down and you’re trying to push your team. Very seldom is it like what you expect. And you have to find a way to make that play and that’s what this does, that’s what I believe.

Check out my story on contrasting quarterback situations on NFL.com.

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