Coach Ken Whisenhunt didn’t make a decision on who his starting quarterback will be when the regular season starts, but he did make a decision on who will start against Denver in the preseason finale — and it isn’t Kevin Kolb or John Skelton. It will be rookie Ryan Lindley.
In the last preseason game, it doesn’t make much sense — given who the Broncos will or, more importantly, won’t play — to play starters, Whiz said. Kolb and Skelton likely will sit out, in fact, with Rich Bartel coming in in relief of Lindley. William Powell, who leads the NFL in rushing, is going to get a start at running back (although Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams will each get a chance to play to knock more rust off). This is about getting some reps against defenders higher on the food chain for guys like Lindley and Powell.
One thing Whisenhunt made very clear: Lindley, regardless of his performance, is not in the mix to be a starter in the regular season. He was even asked about all the fans looking for Lindley to play if Ryan has a good game. Whisenhunt knows that influx of opinion is possible — but again, emphasized Lindley will not be starting when the games count.
The decision for the quarterback is coming, obviously, but Whiz still isn’t saying when. Practice this week remains part of the evaluation process between Kolb and Skelton, although with Lindley and Bartel needing reps to prep for this game, you have to wonder how much more evaluation Whisenhunt and the coaches really still need to make. (As I mentioned the other day in response to a blog comment, what Whiz is telling all of us and what he is really thinking aren’t necessarily the same thing.)
The depth chart was officially changed, with D’Anthony Batiste now the starter at left tackle and Bobby Massie at right tackle. Whisenhunt wouldn’t rule out the Cards adding a tackle through free agency or waivers, but noted that he liked how Batiste played.
It was a lot to digest, especially since the Cards still don’t have a QB announcement.
The players aren’t available until later this afternoon, with the team headed over to ASU’s Dickey Dome for practice first.
Tags: Bobby Massie, D'Atnhony Batiste, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, Rich Bartel, Ryan Lindley, William Powell
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