John Skelton Named Starter in Arizona
In a move that arguably means very little to anyone other than owners of Larry Fitzgerald, the Arizona Cardinals have officially named John Skelton their week one starter over Kevin Kolb. Both QBs were, at best, borderline QB2/emergency/injury replacement options coming into this season, and their pre-season performances did nothing to change that.
How did Kolb manage to lose his job to the unheralded Skelton? Well, sucking didn’t help. According to NFL.com, Kolb is doing his best to be ready if another opportunity presents itself. During a recent interview, Kolb stated, “I don’t know that there’s one thing,” he said. “My thinking of the deal is you just work as hard as you can possibly work, put in the time. I know there’s still things to come here. I tell you all that every time something bad happens, and that’s the perspective that I’ll keep.”
The situation is familiar to Kolb. In 2010, he emerged as the starter for Philadelphia when the season began, but was injured and replaced by Michael Vick, who held on to the job when Kolb returned to good health.
That experience, Kolb said, taught him to be ready no matter what.
‘When I was in this position before with Vick, I think it was three weeks later he went down,” he said. “Again, there’s no time to sulk, no time to feel sorry for myself. I’ve just got to go back to work today and be ready for the Seahawks. It will be a big game for us.’ ”
Counting on Larry Fitzgerald as your top WR? Things just got a bit clearer for you. Just be wary if someone in your league seems too willing to hand you Fitz. Time will tell if Skelton is the answer, or just “another guy” behind center.