Yesterday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said he wasn’t going to “macro-analyze” the quarterback situation on a daily basis and that the Cards would let everyone know who the starting QB will be when a decision is finally made. But this morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is saying “people inside the organization” consider John Skelton the favorite to win the job. I’m guessing Whisenhunt will be asked about it at lunch.
Even if true, a favorite does not signify a winner of the competition, and Kevin Kolb is going to get the start (and my guess, a lot of playing time) Friday against the Raiders. Before this latest Skelton report broke, Kolb talked about where he is and how he deals with the constant scrutiny this competition has brought.
“For me, it’s making me a better player,” Kolb said. “I don’t get caught up in a day-to-day, ‘How did John do, how did I do?’ “
One of Kolb’s issues, of course, is staying in the pocket and not scrambling too early. He knows that. “It’s always a constant battle as far as trusting it and standing in long enough to make that throw,” Kolb said. “We just keep analyzing that fine line and get as close to it as possible.”
Kolb said he had one play against the Chiefs where “I definitely got out early.” There was another play where Kolb had to scramble, but Whisenhunt said that was when rookie receiver LaRon Byrd ran the wrong route and put Kolb in a bad place on the play.
“That’s one of the areas we are working on, stepping up in the pocket, staying with your reads,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s an area he’s made improvement on, I’ve seen it. It’s just got to translate to the games. Some of it is not his fault. We’re working on the offensive line. But you know what, you think pressure on the quarterback is automatically offensive line but there are tight ends and backs that didn’t do the job in the game. They are all accountable.”
The battle is coming to an end, of course. Whisenhunt hasn’t said as much, but there seems like there would be a lot riding on Kolb’s Oakland performance. But I remember covering former Coyotes coach Jim Schoenfeld in 1998-99, a year that started great and fizzled, responding to a report he would be fired if the team lost a particular game. Schoenfeld felt like, if he had done poor enough to be fired, there’s no way the result of one game could make a difference.
Kolb seems to understand the big picture too. “We’ve had a lot of time to audition,” he said.
“The thing is, the end is the beginning, right?” Kolb added. “Whoever is named the starter, you strap up and get ready for 16 games.”
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