The Arizona Cardinals Great QB Debate - Who Is Better?

TEMPE, AZ - JUNE 13: Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals watches practice in the minicamp at the team's training center facility on June 13, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

After an off-season of relentless battling over stats, performance, intangibles and unknowns it now comes time to make a final decision of who the best QB is.

This decision reminds me of a final table, one-on-one, all-in Texas Hold'em bet. Millions are on the line and the cards are about to be put on the table. After a long tournament of highs and lows it all comes down to this.

After the jump, we will break down each players college stats and finally make a decision of who the best QB is.

We all knew a decision would have to be made, who will be our third string QB: Ryan Lindley or Richard Bartel?

Wait, you weren't expecting another Kolb vs. Skelton article where you?

First Up

Bartel went to two small schools, starting his collegiate career at Southern Methodist and ending it with Tarleton State in Texas.

Year

School

Conf

Class

Pos

Cmp

Att

Pct

Yds

Y/A

TD

Int

Rate

2002

Southern Methodist

WAC

FR

QB

89

148

60.1

1078

7.3

8

8

128.3

2003

Southern Methodist

WAC

SO

QB

68

151

45.0

797

5.3

4

9

86.2

2005

Tarleton State

D2

JR

QB

152

253

60.5

1883

4.7

12

11

129.9

2006

Tarleton State

D2

SR

QB

161

276

58.3

2023

7.3

16

5

135.4

Despite his uninspiring passing numbers he was signed as a UDFA with the Dallas Cowboys in 2007. Bartel has played for a multiple of teams including the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and with the UFL Sacramento Mountain Lions - coached by none other than Dennis Green in 2010. In 2011 after one season in the UFL he was signed by the Cardinals.

Next Up

Lindley went to a much better school in terms of competition playing for SDSU.

Year

School

Conf

Class

Pos

Cmp

Att

Pct

Yds

Y/A

TD

Int

Rate

2008

SDSU

Pac 10

FR

QB

242

427

56.7

2653

6.2

16

9

117.0

2009

SDSU

Pac 10

SO

QB

239

437

54.7

3054

7.0

23

16

123.4

2010

SDSU

Pac 10

JR

QB

243

421

57.7

3830

9.1

28

14

149.4

2011

SDSU

Pac 10

SR

QB

237

447

53.0

3153

7.1

23

8

125.7


Lindley obviously has a better stat sheet from college yet one thing sticks out, not once did he complete more than 60% of his passes in a season. This is a stat that is very alarming. However Lindley did consistently improve and is said to have only suffered a mediocre senior season because of a huge lack of talent around him.

Decision

Just looking at their college careers the choice is easy, Ryan Lindley is the better QB. However in the NFL being better in college doesn't mean you will be the better pro. While Bartel has a very limited sample size of stats he has been praised for his work ethic, football smarts and rapport with the team and coaches.

When it comes to a third string QB, you probably never want them starting and so having a developmental pick there makes sense. However on our roster our first two QB's are developmental at this point, so do you go with the safe commodity or take the risk and go with the potential?

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