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John Skelton will emerge as the Cardinals starting QB in 2012.
Let me begin with this statement: John Skelton will win the quarterback battle over Kevin Kolb.
As I highlighted in a previous article, the Cardinals cannot trust what Kevin Kolb has to offer. His concussion problems, lack of pocket presence and inability to become a better quarterback are indeed problems, but that is not why Skelton will win out.
The former Fordham University star quarterback looks the part of an NFL starter, so says B/R NFL Lead Blogger Aaron Nagler:
There’s an old scouting adage that says you need to see roughly 10 games to know if a guy can be a starter in the league—and from this chair, it sure looks like Skelton can play the part.
Looking like he can play the part and actually playing the part are two different things; however, he did improve from his rookie season to last year in some ways—the lockout-shortened offseason notwithstanding.
In 2010, Skelton looked like a rookie fifth round pick at quarterback. He completed just 47.6 percent of his passes at 5.3 yards per attempt, 11.0 yards per completion and 132.4 yards per game.
He was markedly better last year, completing 54.9 percent of his passes at 7.0 yards per attempt, 12.7 yards per completion and 239.1 yards per game—including his first two 300-yard passing performances against the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns.
For what it’s worth, Skelton has averaged 4.7 yards per rushing attempt during his brief two-year career. That shows he already understands when to pull it down and take off, as opposed to running because he’s skittish in the pocket—Kolb averages 2.4 yards per rushing attempt in his career. (This stat may fall under the “I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’,” category.)
Skelton will win the job, complete 57 percent of his passes, throw for 3,700 yards, toss 24 touchdowns and throw 19 interceptions for a 77.4 QB rating.