Now that Peyton Manning is officially a member of the Denver Broncos and Kevin Kolb and John Skelton are the two in competition to be the starting QB in Arizona, it really makes you think what could have been. There really is no doubting that, when healthy, Manning is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and would have immediately come in and provided an upgrade for the Cards.
Not only did Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt not go as far as to say that, but he did not even admit that the team was actively pursing Manning just a few short weeks ago.
According to Kent Somers, some "smart-aleck" reporter asked Whisenhunt whether the team was actively pursuing Manning, or simply just evaluating him. Here was Whisenhunt's response:
"Boy, you're trying to set me up aren't you? I know what you want me to do. You know I am going to stay away (from that). I'm going to get the umpire to warn you and the next time, you're outta here."
We all know that the team was hoping to land Manning this offseason. It would be silly to assume that they were just "evaluating" him. It just seems that Whisenhunt is not only ready to move past that, but he does not want to damage the psyches of his current quarterbacks. By admitting that the Cardinals were pursuing Manning, not only is Whiz tipping his hand, but he is also stating in a roundabout way that he does not think Skelton and Kolb can get the job done. Obviously, that is the last thing he wants to do now that he is stuck with both of them.
So, Whisenhunt truly did what a smart coach does. He dodged the bullet from the media and played it off as no big deal. Now he just has to hope that the media's 'pursuit' of trying to get him to answer that question stops as well.