Now that Camp has started we finally will get to see progress in the Kolb vs Skelton debate. It has been chewing us all up all season and I have spent hours reading breakdowns and opinions by all you fine folk. I have done a little analysis myself and have come to the concluion that most of you have completely lost your minds. By most of you, I mean everyone who wants scattershot Skelton to win the starting job.
Please tell me "but Skelton just wins?" Please say it and embarrass yourself with a senseless argument. Skelton "just wins" by throwing 14 picks to only 9 touchdowns. Think about that for a moment, Skelton threw 44% more interceptions than touchdonws last year. How long can he continue to "just win" while throwing that many picks? Well maybe he made some bad decisions on those picks but otherwise he played well? Nope! Skelton only completed 54% of his throws and had a QB rating of 69 (yes a pathetic "just winning 69 QB rating). Remember all those amazing catches Fitz made, the ones where it seemed impossible for him to pull in? Well Skelton threw those terrible passes. If they had been to any other receiver they would have been incomplete.
They were horrible horrible inaccurate passes that Fitz somehow managed to salvage. I don't want Fitz to have to make amazing catches, I want him to be hit in stride. Skelton is simply not an accurate thrower and he throws way to many interceptions. I don't care how much poise or how many intangible's he has, if he can't throw accurately he is not good Quarterback. Skelton has never been accurate and if he is not accurate now after playing Quarterback since he was a teenager, he will never be accurate.
But he has so much upside? Of course he does, every terrible QB has upside, he can't be much worse so he could only go up. Upside means he sucks now but there is a possibility he won't suck sometime in the future, I'm not interested. Kolb is more accurate, throws fewer picks, and scores more points. He will win more games than Skelton in the long run.
Using the win/loss record as evidence of Skelton being better is incredibly misleading. Yes Kolb lost games to the Giants, Ravens, and Steelers. He also scored 27, 20, 27 points respectively in those games, and he lost to the Vikings when AP blew up for three TD's and teh whole team quit. Do you think Skelton would have won those games? No Way!!! The team has never scored more than 23 points with Skelton playing QB and those games featured scores on defense and special teams.
If Skelton ends up starting the season, I will start praying for the #1 draft pick because we will need it. Please Please let Kolb be as accurate and smart as he has been in the past and let's put Skelton back on the bench where he belongs (to be replaced by Ryan Lindley within a couple years).