John Skelton again slated as Cardinalsí starting quarterback with Kevin Kolb out
The former fifth-round pick out of Fordham, went through long and close competition for the starting quarterback spot. However, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt did announce his decision until nine day before the first game of the regular-season.
John Skelton went down with a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter of the regular-season opener, and was replaced by backup quarterback Kevin Kolb, who led the Arizona Cardinals to a game winning touchdown drive. The change at starting quarterback wasn’t a big issue for the Arizona Cardinals since both John Skelton and Kevin Kolb shared snaps during the preseason.
Five games later, John Skelton has retained his former starting quarterback spot after Kevin Kolb went down with rib and chest injuries in a 19-16 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills at home last Sunday.
Kevin Kolb led the Arizona Cardinals to four three straight victories before the offensive line started showing signs of wear, especially near the edge. Arizona Cardinals tackles rookie Bobby Massie and D’Anthony Batiste were struggled to keep opponents at bay as the pocket frequently crumbled and Kevin Kolb was mercilessly sacked 22 times during the last three games.
The Arizona Cardinals, who were initially leading 4-0 in the season have lost the last two consecutive games at the hands of a ineffective offensive line. John Skelton will desperately try to stop it from becoming a trend.
John Skelton is slated start against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The 24-year-old is 8-4 as a starter and the Arizona Cardinals are confident that he’s their man for the job.
"You know we had John at the beginning of the year, we had him in camp, so it's not like we're bringing somebody in new that we haven't played with,” said Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts following practice on Wednesday. “We understand what he brings to the table, so it won't be that big of an adjustment."
However, John Skelton appeared a little out of practice as he filled in for Kevin Kolb late in late Sunday’s game. John Skelton completed just 2 of 10 pass attempts for 45 yards. Still, John Skelton did complete a fourth down-pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald that set the Arizona Cardinals at eth doorsteps of victory with a 38-yard field goal attempt b placekicker Jay Feely. But the kick was deflected and shot to the left upright which sent the Arizona Cardinals into overtime.
Although the Buffalo Bills punted on their first possession, they regained momentum after John Skelton’s intercepted pass set them up for a game-winning field goal.
But John Skelton stated that a week’s practice with the first team instead of “just mentally repping” will provide him with an opportunity to “experience it out there” and challenge himself against the defense.
Additionally, John Skelton claimed that he’s already established a scheme to diminish the Minnesota Vikings’ strong pass rush game.
“A lot of it is getting the ball out of your hands quick.(But) There are other times when you can get the ball out of your hand quick,” stated John Skelton. “You can throw it away. You can flee the pocket sooner. Ultimately, everybody has to do their job.”