Well, folks... it has been decided. Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced yesterday that the team will go with John Skelton as the starting quarterback week one against the Seattle Seahawks. It was a close race between Skelton and Kevin Kolb, but ultimately, Whisenhunt feels that Skelton probably has the better tools to deal with the offensive line he stands behind.
So where does that leave Kolb? Well, he will probably ride the bench for a few games at least, but if Skelton struggles, he will be put into the game. For now, he is just an overpaid backup.
Seattle is dealing with a very similar situation themselves. Rookie Russell Wilson was named the starting quarterback over the free agent that the team is giving $10 million in guaranteed money to. Matt Flynn lost the job outright.
The thing is, there is a distinct difference between these two QB competitions that should make Cardinals fans a bit uneasy.
Wilson looked absolutely dynamic for the Seahawks during the preseason. He creates plays both with his arm and his legs, which has kind of become the prototypical mold for a quarterback nowadays. So, Pete Carroll and his staff decided to give the young man a shot. And why shouldn't they? He earned it.
As for Skelton, can we as Cardinals fans honestly say that he "earned" anything? Or did he simply stink less than Kolb?
Both quarterbacks made plenty of mistakes over the past five games and neither one of them looks ready to lead a football team. The offense was stagnant and points were not getting put on the board. Ultimately, that is how you win football games.
So for Seattle, it's a good thing that Flynn is on the sidelines. Sure, they may have made a decision that might not work out in the end, but that is only because Wilson proved that he is ready in such a short time.
For the Cardinals, it's different. The team wanted Kolb to win the job, but he just couldn't do it. Now, he may be a failed project and a player that is hardly more competent is going to be under center come week one.
That's a pretty scary thought, if you ask me.