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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