Right now the Cardinals are rolling, but like always, each win brings up more questions. With two weeks left in the regular season, and the race for the Playoffs heating up, the ROTB writing staff attempts to answer three of the many questions surrounding the Cardinals.
Hit the jump for their answers, and don't forget to answer the questions yourself in the comments below.
Jesse Reynolds: The leash is short in my mind only because Skelton has proved he is inconsistently consistent. He is bad/mediocre the first three quarters and great in the 4th and OT. Skelton missed a lot of throws this week but also made some big ones when it counted. I'm not sure my heart and the defense can continue this way forever.
Tyler Nickel: I think this question IS asked every week... Let me answer your question with a question. How can Kolb's leash be shorter if he hasn't been able to play?
CardsFan08: I like John Skelton, and I like watching him develop. I think for the remainder of this season it's the same mantra over and over: If Kolb is healthy he plays. It's the only way he'll get better. But, with that said I think this does open the door for a QB competition in the offseason to see who can win the reins with time to develop in the offense and with both players having around 8 games of playing experience it will be a true split time side by side comparison, with a winner takes all preseason battle.
JoeCB1991: I said before that neither QB has done enough to outright earn the job. Both of them have shown flashes but there is still too much inconsistency. I think that Kolb should start the last two games if he is healthy, and then the offseason will be very important for him with building chemistry with the receivers (part of what helps Skelton is being around Fitz longer, and Kolb has been surrounded by small and fast guys who can't do the same things as Fitz for most of his career for it will take more getting used to for him) and learning the offense. I am in favor of them competing for the job during Training Camp too.
Cdeveau: How short is Kolb's leash? An interesting question, one that I'll answer as a business man. Kolb can't have a short leash. The Cards invested heavily in Kolb, both in players/picks traded and salary. That being said, he has under-performed this season. Was it because of the lockout? Is it because he can't make the transition? Is it because he can't be healthy? I like some of the things I've seen from Kolb. I've also liked some of the things I've seen from John Skelton as well. Not to mention Skelton was a Whis draft pick, and is a larger, heavier guy who as we've seen sheds sacks and keeps the plays alive. At the same time, both QBs have shown me plenty I don't like. If Kolb is healthy, play him. Evaluate the position in training camp next year, and try and raise Kolb's trade value if they decide Skelton is the man.
Jess Root: Leash? I still don't think he has one. Skelton is playing well enough, but the last time Kolb played he was solid. You go with Kolb unless he is awful because Skelton has been a mixed bag, albeit a bag that comes through at the end. Kolb was, too, the last time he had to.