Report: Skelton wins Cardinals' starting job

Posted Aug. 31, 2012 @ 5:03 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 5 p.m. ET, Friday, Aug. 31

John Skelton will be the Cardinals’ starting quarterback in Week One, according to Adam Caplan of The Sideline View.

Skelton beat out Kevin Kolb for the job. The Cardinals traded for Kolb last offseason and signed him to a six-year, $65 million contract. Kolb started last season but played in only nine games because of concussions. He threw nine touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

Skelton, a third-year pro, started the other seven games for Arizona last season and threw 11 TD passes and 14 picks.

This preseason, the numbers have been similar. Kolb and Skelton each threw one touchdown pass. Kolb threw three interceptions to Skelton’s two, and Kolb completed 59.5 percent of his passes — Skelton completed 56.0 percent of his.

The Cardinals open their 2012 season at home against the Seahawks.

The way we see it

Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt's decision to start the season with Skelton under center was not all that surprising, even though neither Kolb nor Skelton has done anything to really distinguish himself.

Kolb might have actually temporarily gained an edge over Skelton with his strong finish in the first half against the Titans last week. If he could have picked up where he left off in the second half, he might be the starter, but things went downhill quickly for Kolb when his first pass of the second half was thrown right into the hands of Titans LB Colin McCarthy, who returned the pass for a score.

It is that kind of disturbingly ugly play that has occurred more often than not for Kolb, who at least initially enters the 2012 campaign on the outside looking in.

It's worth noting Skelton's strong effort in his last game vs. Seattle, Arizona's Week One opponent. In Arizona's 23-20 victory over the Seahawks in Week 17, Skelton threw for 271 yards and a TD, in addition to running five times for 19 yards.