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Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Update: Starters To Play More Against Raiders

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Aug 5, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) warms up before the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 5, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) warms up before the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

We already knew that the Arizona Cardinals were set to have a more intense week of practice in Flagstaff after their 27-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt was unhappy with the team's performance in all facets.

That unhappiness lingered on Monday.

"I'm displeased with all units," said Whisenhunt begrudgingly at lunchtime on Monday. "I would say that there's a few players that are doing what we want them to do, but there's not enough of the 22 starters getting it done they way we want to get it done."

So what is going to do about it?

Wrote Tyler Nickel for SB Nation Arizona, the starters are going to play a while.

He continued by saying that there will be no set snap count or quarter length for how long the starters will play against Oakland. They will likely play until Whiz sees what he wants to see: progress.

With Kevin Kolb starting on Firday against the Oakland Raiders, we might see the starters the entire first half, at least much of the starting unit. That will likely mean Kevin Kolb and John Skelton each for a quarter -- time for them to, as one reader put it, "step up or step out," giving the coaching staff the sample size necessary to begin to make a decision on the starting job.

At this point, the roster fringe is far less important than the quarterback situation. It won't matter who grabs the last few spots on the active roster if there isn't a confident decision made at QB. I would not be opposed to giving each guy a half and letting the Rich Bartel/Ryan Lindley decision take a back seat for a week.

How long do you want the starters in the game on Friday?

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