No (QB) news is … the news

Posted by Darren Urban on December 22, 2011 – 1:35 pm

There was nothing different on the quarterback front Thursday as coach Ken Whisenhunt continued to play his cards close to the vest. Kevin Kolb is “making progress” but Whisenhunt wants to see how Kolb reacts Friday to the plane flight to Cincinnati.

“He’s getting reps and seeing the field and getting acclimated to the game plan,” Whisenhunt said, and when he was asked just how many reps — remember, Whiz said he’d like to get the starter more reps — the coach just smiled. “I’m not going to comment on the number of reps,” he said. “Both (quarterbacks) are getting reps and both working. We’ll make a decision at the end of the week when we see where everything is.”

Such a vague path would seem to point more toward John Skelton getting another start, since Kolb was clearly the starter the week he finally returned against Dallas. But it’s wait and see.

— Whisenhunt did say he doubts right tackle Brandon Keith, sporting a walking boot because of an ankle injury and sitting out practice for a second straight game, will be able to play in Cincinnati. That means Jeremy Bridges would get the start for the fourth time this season.

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38 Responses to “No (QB) news is … the news”

  1. By Shaun Church on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Good news for whomever the quarterback will be in Cincinnati. With Levi now playing better (he was named the Cards’ player of the week, correct?), Keith is now the weak point in the line. That sack he allowed last week in which Jabaal Sheard came through untouched was completely unacceptable. I believe Bridges makes them more solid in protection, and that indeed good news for our chances.

  2. By D on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Offseason priority- 2 Off tackles needed.

  3. By Phoenixraven1 on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Does this linebacker we promoted from the practice squad have any promise or is he just a body at this point?

  4. By Darren Urban on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Phoenixraven —

    RE: Linebacker

    Brandon Williams is probably just a body right now. Maybe with an offseason that changes.

  5. By Achofied on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Who cares he can’t block anyways revamp the line wiz

  6. By Achofied on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Sit kolb for the two games that are left. See how he improves in the of season if he’s still struggling trade him for a fifth rounder.

  7. By Jeremy W on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Since the cards play on saturday are u still going to do friday before the bengals

  8. By Darren Urban on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Jeremy W —

    RE: “Friday before”

    Yes, I will post one around lunch tomorrow.

  9. By Marcus on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Who would you think is best for the cards to start at qb against the bengals?

  10. By Marcus on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    p.s. given that there both healthy.

  11. By Darren Urban on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Marcus —

    RE: QB

    If both are healthy, I want to see Kolb. Since Kolb has been limited two straight days, I’m not sure he’s healthy.

  12. By Stephen on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Its been weeks now with the controversy.
    But im wanting to know since you see practice and all, who is your favorite qb? Just curious if you were coach who would you go with.

  13. By Darren Urban on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Stephen —

    RE: Practice/QB

    Can’t talk about practice, and I don’t watch it that closely these days, not for that. I have said many times, I want to see Kolb if healthy.

  14. By tom watson on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, why such a secret as to who starts, When it’s Kolb Coach has a press conference and says it’s Kolb starting he is our man. The only news Skelton gets is when Friday rolls around and you post the inactive list or ESPN reports it. Never throws Skelton a bone, any of you.

  15. By Paul on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    If it’s Skelton…I hope they go to the no huddle offense early and often!

  16. By joe67 on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Like’em both. Play the one that will give us the best chance to win.

  17. By Rich on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Do you think the Cards might bring back Levi at right tackle (he was a pro bowl alternate there)? Or is it your sense that the team really likes Keith long term as a starter?

  18. By Darren Urban on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Rich —

    RE: Levi

    I think with Levi it’s about his contract. He makes a lot of money next year, or is supposed to. The Cards either have to work out a new deal or he will have to be cut and look in free agency.

  19. By Phoenixraven1 on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    my fear is someone snags him and makes him a guard which he probably would excell at…

  20. By Kevin S on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve got no issues with Whiz playing close to the vest… why give Cincy any additional info about whom to prepare for?

  21. By Chris Robot on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, Rich –

    RE: Levi

    I think Darren will correct me if I am wrong but, LT makes more money per year than RT. Levi will want LT money. The only chance that Levi comes back is like Darren said, if he works out a new deal OR he tests free agency and decides to come back to Arizona.

  22. By Scott H on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I think that if there are still some symptoms 2 days before the game and it’s being said that they want to see how he handles the plane ride to another city…sounds like another start for Skelton. And why not? Didn’t I see where someone pointed out recently that Skelton’s numbers have actually been better during away games? Hey, if this guy could go into Philly and win, then he can do the same in Cincy! I say we let Kolb rest another week – which he seems to need – and roll with Skelton this week.

    Even if Kolb is the better QB – as many believe – how can he possibly be as ready to play as Skelton is right now??? Kolb has spent most of the past 2 months out of action – not playing in games and very limited in practice. We saw how rusty he was in that first half against Dallas…fortunately, our D was solid and Kolb got going a bit in the 2nd half. But Skelton has been working this whole time and has no rust on him. We know Skelton is ready. We have to reasonably expect Kolb to still be rusty. Give me the guy we know is warmed up and ready to go!

  23. By Eric on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren, How does a Punter tear his Bi-ceps? Was he doing curls with A Dub?

  24. By Darren Urban on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Eric –

    RE: Zastudil injury

    He tore it trying to tackle Dez Bryant in the Dallas game.

  25. By John S on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I think it would be ridiculous not to let Skelton finish out the season. He’s on a win roll, why throw a wrench in at this point? Next year Kolb has no excuses.

  26. By kkfan on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    @ Kevin S, most coaches will prepare for either QB…so it really doesn’t matter whether Whizhenhunt specifies which one will play. I do believe he wants to see how Kolb responds to the change in altitude (from the flight) before making his decision.

    @Darren , when players go to a neurologist from getting a concussion, do they do a CT scan to make sure there is no serious damage done? Or do they simply just run physical type tests much like an eye docto?. As a lot can be diagnosed by examining the eyes. Just wondering if that has ever been mentioned . Since concussions are such a common occurance these days in sports. Especially contact sports.

  27. By Darren Urban on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Kkfan –

    RE: concussion tests

    I will be honest, I do not know.

  28. By Blair on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    it blows my mind any one would want levi brown back, even if he offered to play for free

  29. By AndyStandsUp on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, just had a brain backdoor trumpet and realized if Zastudil’s arm injury would sideline him during the game who take his spot?
    Feely as punter, correct?
    But who would be the FG holder?

  30. By Darren Urban on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Zastudil backups

    Feely would punt. Skelton would hold.

  31. By NJAzCardsFan on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Do you think Deuce Lutui will be back next year, especially since he has hasn’t played this year?

  32. By Darren Urban on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Lutui

    I think that’s a long shot at this point. I think he wants to play. Not sure it will be here. But I’d never say never.

  33. By CreditCard on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I’m eager to see how the Cards will perform in Cincy. This road game, and the next home game against Seattle will have real playoff implications for all three teams. Should be fun to watch, and be interesting if the Cards are really ready for being a playoff contender. Hope the ball bounces our way. Go Cards!

  34. By Brandon on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I wished we still had DRC. He was an amazing CB and in my opinion, if they had given Skelton more reps and focused on him to become a better QB, then there was really no need to trade for Kolb.

  35. By BIG RED on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Skelton who else. If you wanna win.

  36. By clssylssy on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    During the pathetic ASU game last night, it said across the bottom that Skelton would start against the Bengals. I can’t believe that our “fan’s *rolls eyes* would seriously want to send KK out to play the Bengals in such a delicate condition. Kudos to Coach Whisenhunt for putting the health of the player first. Skelton has been doing an excellent job so what’s the big deal…makes you wonder about the fans who may be “concussed.”

  37. By Jason on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Kolb and Skelton are both needed on this team. Kolb is a good QB given an offseason and Skelton has been improving. Kolb is more accurate than Skelton IMO but can not shake the pass rush as well like big old Skelton.

  38. By Frustrated on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, you are doing a very nice job reporting the news for us Card fans. I would especially like to say that was a wonderful piece that you did on OBS. I hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Nothing would be sweeter than the Cards making the playoffs for a nice Christmas present. GO CARDS!!

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