Aug 07, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley (14) leaves the field after the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals practice at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Anytime you have as big of a quarterback debacle as the Cardinals currently have on their hands, fans tend to get a bit impatient. Kevin Kolb and John Skelton have failed to deliver and sort of confidence to fans (and probably coaches, deep down), which causes irrational thinking to often take place.
Some fans have already been calling for rookie Ryan Lindley to start getting some snaps with the first team offense in the hopes that he will somehow be the next Tom Brady. That may be the case someday, but for now, it looks like Lindley is going to be glued to the sidelines.
At Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt's press conference yesterday, he adamantly noted that he is not on the #Lindsanity bandwagon. He is very pleased with where Lindley is as a rookie, but believes that he is nowhere near ready to start in the NFL.
"I think Ryan has done a very good job for a rookie and for what we've asked him to do. I think that he's missed some things, he hasn't gotten a lot of reps. So I'd say based on the fact that he hasn't gotten as many reps for a young guy, he's probably ahead of where you would expect a young guy to be. But by no means does that mean he is ready to play at this level. He still needs some work," Whisenhunt said.
Sure, Lindley has made a few decent throws during the preseason and there is no doubting that in the long term, he could be the answer at the quarterback position. He has all the tools to be a great player. It's just not his time... yet.
Kevin Kolb and John Skelton might not end up being the answer to the Cardinals' QB woes, but one thing is for sure. The answer is not Ryan Lindley. Sorry, Lindsanity lovers.