It has been just a few days, but now that John Skelton has been named the starting quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals, fans want to know what goes into the decision. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt, after addressing the media on Friday about his decision, also was on the radio with Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki. He said a lot of the same things that he said in his Friday press conference, but a couple of things were perhaps clarified.
The interview was transcribed in full here.
Once again, Whiz did not go into details about his decision, again saying that "ultimately, the bottom line is you've got to go with the player that you feel gives you the best chance to win right now." And they believe that Skelton is that guy.
As for the possibility playing Kevin Kolb in some packages, much like how other players are subbed in and out, Whiz did not say no. He didn't say it would happen.
"To answer your question about the changeup as part of an offense, if it gives us a chance to win, to put pressure on an opponent, we absolutely would consider it. It's not something that you'd always want to go to, but once again, it worked for us in the way we did it back in 2007."
It doesn't sound like he really has that in mind unless SKelton is ineffective. He doesn't close the door on the idea, but, to me, sounded lukewarm.
On Skelton's accuracy:
"I think that John's made progress with that ... as far as his footwork and how he moves in the pocket. I think that he's improving with that. You may not see the results when you're looking at a game or only at one practice, but when you look at it over the course of time, you do see improvement. ... Your right, he's missed some throws, and those are the things that we've got to be able to get him better at, and he's been working at it. I think more of it is about his decision process than it is the actual mechanics. When he knows what he's looking at and is sure about his read, he's accurate with his throws."
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