Whisenhunt: No ‘favorite’ in QB battle

Aug. 14, 2012

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt
dismissed a report by ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter that John Skelton has
emerged as the favorite to win the starting quarterback job over Kevin
Kolb.

“As far as favorites and long shots, I really
haven’t ever thought of it in those terms,” Whisenhunt said at his daily
lunch-time press conference. “We’ve always been true to what we’ve
said. We’re going to stick to the
process.”

Whisenhunt said Kolb will start this week
against the Raiders as originally planned, and the Cardinals coaching
staff will “let it play itself out.”

Neither
quarterback has impressed thus far in the preseason. Through two games,
Kolb has completed just 2 of 9 passes for 25 yards with one
interception. Skelton is 7 of 12 for 67 yards and an interception. Both
struggled last week in a loss to Kansas City.

Most
who cover the team on a regular basis think the job is Kolb’s to lose,
given the investment the Cardinals made in him when they acquired him
from Philadelphia: 2009 Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie,
a second-round pick and the five-year contract extension they gave him
worth a maximum of $63 million.
 
But Kolb
may be losing his advantage with his performance thus far. Aside from
the persistent questions about his durability following multiple
injuries the past two seasons, he still hasn’t demonstrated good pocket
presence.

On the flip side, Skelton has struggled
with his accuracy and his reads in camp, and exhibits a tendency to lock
onto one receiver. The Cardinals have two games left to sort out the
mess (neither will play much, if at all, in the team’s fifth preseason
game).

“I don’t go through it on a daily basis,”
Whisenhunt said. “If you did that you’d be changing your evaluations
every day. You kind of have to look at the whole
thing.”

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