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Serious Discussion about Kolb vs. Skelton


I know this topic has been beaten to death this year...hell last year too!

But this is something that has been floating around in my mind as John Skelton gets healthier and the Cardinals continue to win. If the Cardinals had dropped the last few, there would be no hesitation, Skelton would definitely get the starting position once he returns. That would definitely make it all easier.

BUT, the Cardinals have won and have shown quite a few flashes of brilliance. Something that can definitely be stagnated by disrupting the flow and pulling Kolb for Skelton. Now, many of you may wonder what I mean by flahes of brilliance...

In the last three games, which Kevin Kolb has started, Kolb has completed for 61 of 99 passing attempts, thrown for 686 yards and 6 TDs, 2 INTs, and 1 fumble. He was also sacked 13 times for a loss of 84 yards and ran 9 times for 31 yards.

While that is not a spectacular stat line, the most important thing is that he had led the Cardinals to victory. At least two of our four wins can be directly attributed to Kolb leading the offense down the field for a go-ahead or game tying score, late in the game.

I will admit that I personally want Kolb to continue starting, simply because I believe he has more of what it takes to help the Cardinals win. In my opinion, Kolb reads defenses better than Skelton and is able to take better control of the offense, which is especially important for the hurry up/2 minute drill. Kolb has also improved in his pocket awareness, and despite being sacked 8 times today, I believe he is definitely leaps and bounds ahead of where he was last season(in terms of staying in the pocket and sensing pressure, as well as knowing when to take a sack or throw away the ball).

From what I have seen last season, preseason, and that little chunk of the first game is that Skelton probably has a bigger arm than Kolb and will probably take less sacks because his is a, bigger, more physical quarterback, but he also tends to make poorer decisions with the ball and turns it over a bit more.

How will the Cardinals' defense react when the quarterback turns the ball over? Today we got a good look at it as the defense immediately gave up a touchdown following Kolb's second INT of the day, the first occurred before the half and also led to a score, but it was only a field goal.

That said, John Skelton has thrown an INT in his only game this season and threw 14 in 8 starts last season(Kolb has thrown only 2 this season and they both came today. Last season he threw 8 in 9 starts). I believe Kolb can take care of the ball better and unless there is some other amazing reason to sit him(like John Skelton suddenly becoming Aaron Rodgers), the Cardinals should definitely go forward with Kevin Kolb as the starter.

What are your opinons?

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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