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Cardinals quarterback change: Lindley back

12/12/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

When the leadership lacks consistency, you can’t really blame the whole pack for adopting a similar approach. With enough changes to drive a chameleon crazy, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt reverted to Ryan Lindley as his starting quarterback choice against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
 
"We're going to go with Ryan (Lindley) this week, that's where we ended the game last week. He's gotten some experience and you'd like to think that we could progress from that experience,” Ken Whisenhunt announced on Wednesday, “and hopefully he'll play well in this game and we'll get an opportunity to see that Sunday."
 
 The move ends third-year quarterback John Skleton’s return to the starting spot after just one game, when the San Francisco 49ers played against Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. John Skelton completed 11-of-22 passes for 74 yards and four interceptions until he was relieved in the third-quarter by Ryan Lindley, who didn’t fare much better. The rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley completed the abysmal 58-0 loss with 6-of-17 passes completed, zero touchdowns and interception. However, both quarterbacks had a fumbled recovered by the Seattle Seahawks in the game.
 
The Arizona Cardinals have only inspired hope when Kevin Kolb has taken played at starting quarterback during this season. But with the veteran Kevin Kolb being placed on the season-ending injured reserve by the Arizona Cardinals after just five starts on Wednesday, the quarterback carousel between John Skelton and Ryan Lindley continues.
 
So far, John Skelton has earned six starts this season, but fails to proven he’s franchise quarterback material. And Kevin Kolb, who is owed $9 million by the end of season, has missed total 15 games over the past two seasons, while perfroming no better than Skelton in his later games.  Therefore, the Arizona Cardinals are trying to determine if Ryan Lindley has potential as a legit future NFL starter.
 
Ryan Lindley is up for his third start this season after finishing 32-of-52 passes completed for 312 yards as well as four interceptions against the St. Louis Rams in Week 12, and starting next with 10-of-31 passes completed for 72 yards and one interception against the New York Jets. However, since Ryan Linley was such a low-round pick (6th) his progress could be seen as on learning curve.
 
"It's another opportunity," Ryan Lindley said of his return to starting spot after just one game’s demotion. "You've got to look at it as a blessing to play the game, to get an opportunity to go out there and play with these guys."
And with the Arizona Cardinals (4-9) entering Sunday’s game on a nine-game losing streak against the Detroit Lions (who too are on a five game slide), it’s better to put this garbage time to some practical use.
"Really, at this point, you've just got to let loose and have some fun with it, and go out and try to win a game," stated Ryan Lindley.
But given Ken Whisenhunt’s season-long indecisiveness over the issue, maybe new comer Brian Hoyer, whom the Arizona Cardinals claimed off waivers after being released by Pittsburgh Steelers last week, could also see some time at the starting quarterback spot. Brian Hoyer still has a lot of catching-up to do with the playbook, so that could be a speed bump in his efforts to make the case.
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