It has been said that John Skelton was the lesser of two evils, the QB more suited to play behind this o-line that leaks worse than a sieve. Using statements like that against our starting quarterback is a fallacy, John went into this offseason knowing he was going to have a shot at winning this starting job. So what did he do in the offseason? He trained he put his heart and soul into aspirations of being named a starting QB in the NFL.
So why will John Skelton continue to be the starter for the season barring an injury?
#1 has to be his durability. At 6'5, 240 pounds he is the size of some of the lesser linemen in the NFL, he's bigger than our own Daryl Washington and O'brien Schofield, with size like that your durablity is going to hold up a little longer than say a 6'3 220 pound QB.
#2 his pocket presence and the o-line, it has been noticed by all that the pocket does not break down as quickly when the QB steps into the pocket, something John Skelton does very well. We have yet to see Skelton behind our most "successful" line yet, Batiste at LT and Massie at RT a "luxury" he has not yet been provided.
#3 and the biggest reason John Skelton will not lose the starting gig. He earned it, the elation that pours out of him can be seen in this video. John is now the starter he has been taking 100% of starter reps, working with the starters, lining up consistently behind the line mentioned above. He has received congratulations from random fans, family, the El Paso Community and the Fordham Community have all expressed a congratulations to him and given him a sense of accomplishment that one tends to strive on and not look back. As we have previously learned sometimes you just have to name a starter to see that person blossom, it gives them the confidence they need to succeed. John Skelton is yet again the starter for the Arizona Cardinals, this time not by default but by being the best choice on the roster through competition.
I believe this year we are going to see a lot better John Skelton, bad o-line and all, a lot better John Skelton does not mean a pro bowl type player but I do believe it means a better TD:INT ratio, and higher completion percentage, better reads of the competitions secondary.