Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Dilemma: No Need to Overreact to Hall of Fame Game

Frank Wagner@Fw1812Correspondent IAugust 6, 2012

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 5: Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis #98 of the New Orleans Saints tackles quarterback Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals during first quarter of the Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium on August 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. Kolb was injured on the play and left the game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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After Sunday night's 17-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame game, it is very easy to overreact to the quarterback controversy surrounding the Arizona Cardinals.

After all, Kevin Kolb started off the 2012 preseason with an interception on his first attempted pass, subsequently threw two incompletions and rounded off his night with an injury while attaining his first completion.

Competition over, right?

Not so fast there.

Look, there is no getting around that Kolb's performance was bad.

In fact, it wasn't just bad. For someone who is fighting for their job, it was downright atrocious.

Further, after starting a bit shaky, John Skelton's play in relief of Kolb was pretty good, as he went 4-of-6 for 32 yards and led the team on their only touchdown drive.

However, we must remember that this is just the first preseason game, and one of five at that.

According to the team's official website,, coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed that Kolb suffered a rib contusion, but said the injury was not serious and the quarterback could still practice this week.

Except for debilitating injuries, no competition for a position on the depth chart has ever been decided by the first preseason game.

There are just too many mitigating factors to draw any definitive conclusions yet. I mean, it was a glorified practice, it was their first real-game activity in months and the pressure on Kolb was a bit disconcerting.

That being said, the oft-injured quarterback's performance left a lot to be desired.

The main thing to remember, though, is that there are still four more games and plenty of practice sessions for more twists in this tale.

It would be ill-advised to count Kolb out just yet; he still has a great chance to be the starting quarterback come September.

For right now, it's just advantage Skelton.



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