In my eyes, the Broncos/Cardinals game on Thursday was the first contest this season where Arizona looked like an NFL team in pre-season mode. In the first four outings, the Offense was comprised of short sets of chaos between the efforts of the Defense. There seemed to be no logical reason or rhythm to the Offensive attack.
At first, I tried to assume that it was just the coaching staff. They must have been utilizing those early games to evaluate, rather than practice. As the game proceeded in normal NFL pre-season form, I began to change my mind about what was occuring on the field to change the look and functioning of the Arizona team.
Then it dawned on me! The rookie QB was actually running the Offense, as if it belonged to him. Sure he made his share of flubs but he overcame his mistakes and pointed out to his players their mistakes when appropriate. This was "HIS" team, "HIS" Offense, "HIS" attack!
I never felt that Kolb or Skelton had taken ownership of the Cardinals Offense. NFL in the desert had taken on a kind of fairy tale quality where Whiz was Goldilocks testing out QBs: "This one is too hard! This one is too soft!"
It's an eye opener when a kid steps out of the college ranks and exhibits what "Just right" looks like to two veteran NFL quarterbacks and their coach.
If niether Kolb or Skelton take ownership of this Arizona team, then I say, turn it over to the kid, early in the season and build the Offense around him. Give the ticket holders hope.
It's too bad Osweiler escaped the desert. I would have much rather seen him duel Lindley for the starting QB job and the privilege of leading this franchise and it's fans toward the playoffs. Youth with talent and the pride of ownership should be served.
The fairytale is turning into "Rocky Horror Show". Everybody knows the script and after attending a couple of seasons of these performances the audience has grown weary and is looking for something new. It was originally meant as a joke, but if Skolb falters, I do expect to hear: "WE WANT LINDLEY! WE WANT LINDLEY!