Guess the quarterback: 16-for-25, 247 yards, one touchdown. Cards win in overtime.
It was Kevin Kolb, against Dallas, in the middle of the Cardinals’ rebound stretch last season. It easily could have been John Skelton.
This isn’t to point out Kolb was better last season, or to downplay what Skelton accomplished. It is to point out, however, that once the defense found its groove, the Cardinals were winning in similar fashion when Kolb was QB — like they did against the Cowboys — as when Skelton was QB and the team was finding ways to win close games late.
This isn’t intended to rile up the Skelton-versus-Kolb crowd. Actually, it’s the opposite. As noted a few places, Kevin Kolb took first team reps Wednesday. Skelton led the first team Tuesday. This is just getting started. Barring something unexpected, I’d think each will get a chance to start in the preseason. Each will get their chances, just like coach Ken Whisenhunt has said. Obviously, the Cards have invested a lot, money and otherwise, in Kolb. I don’t think that will insure him the job, although maybe it tips it to him with everything else being equal. Could it end up equal?
But like I noted from the Dallas stat line that easily could have had Skelton’s name attached to it, there is a reason this has reached this point. That’s not going to change. It’ll go back and forth until deep into camp. That’s what I expect. That’s what the Cards want, to have each guy pushing.
“I’ve said it a hundred times: ‘Look, if you are afraid to compete in this league, go home,’ ” Kolb said. “There is a lot of time between now and (the season) and a lot of time to prove yourself.”
A lot of time.
This is just beginning.
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