Cardinals go back to Skelton as starting QB on Sunday
John Skelton takes over from Ryan Lindley, who completed only 10 of 31 passes last Sunday and failed to prove himself despite Ken Whisenhunt’s decision to keep the rookie quarterback in the game during the Arizona Cardinals’ 7-6 loss to New York Jets. Ryan Lindley has struggled mightily over the past two weeks since replacing John Skelton at the starting spot, when the Arizona Cardinals were still leading the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter of Week 11’s 23-19 loss.
Ken Whisenhunt declined to get into the specifics over his change at starting quarterback, holding the tough environment of the CenturyLink Field (which hosts one of the loudest home crowds and is typically wet and cold this time of the month) as a responsible factor among many other issues.
“Some of it has to do with Seattle — playing up there, having played against them once already this year,” said Whisenhunt. “There are a lot of factors, but I’m not going each one of them.”
Although the Arizona Cardinals were off to an explosive 0-4 start with Kevin Kolb leading the team, the offense has been in quite a noticeable mess since went down with a rib injury during Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. John Skelton started for four games with two touchdowns and three interceptions, followed by Ryan Lindley’s two game start in which he threw five interceptions.
John Skelton described his benching as a humbling experience, but declared that he was thoroughly prepared to start anytime the Arizona Cardinals called for him.
"I think me being kind of even-keeled helps the situation,” John Skelton said of being benched. “I don't let myself worry about it too much.”
“It's another opportunity. You can't take any opportunity for granted,” John Skelton continued about earning his start. “If it comes at the end of the season, the beginning of the season, if you're losing, if you're winning, whatever."
The 24-year old John Skelton acknowledged that he needed make a significant improvement his former performances that resulted in Ken Whisenhunt benching him after one quarter against the Arizona Cardinals.
"I think my biggest concern would be completing more balls,” stated John Skelton. “Starting 2-for-7 in the Atlanta game wasn't very good."
However, no big improvements can be expected on the offense since the Arizona Cardinals haven’t scored over 20 points in a single game since Week 4 and are currently on an eight game slide.
It appears almost obvious that the Arizona Cardinals would have gone with Kevin Kolb, if the sixth-year quarterback hadn’t suffered a setback in his recovery detached ribs and sprained shoulder joint. An MRI scan of the injury recently revealed swelling in the rib cage area. The three detached ribs on the underside of the sternum made a recovery form the injury particularly difficult.
Kevin Kolb has missed six games so far, but he hopes to return this year.
"I've got to keep pushing… As a player, I always have a lot to prove and these guys are warriors in here, and I want to be a warrior for them, too. I know that's what people are thinking,” said Kevin Kolb. “If I get the chance, I'm going to out there and battle with them."