I can’t speak for everyone, but what I have learned this preseason is that Kevin Kolb will never become the long-term solution to Arizona’s quarterback issue.
“Zero. Point. Zero.”
No, that’s not Kolb’s grade-point average. That’s his quarterback rating through two preseason games.
And though it’s a small sample-size (2-of-9 for 25 yards and one interception), it is indicative of the quarterback that he truly is. He can’t get all the way through his progression without becoming terrified his toes may be stepped on by an offensive lineman.
He starts from his right, and by the time he looks to the middle of the field, he ends up rolling out to the right to avoid a pass rush that is sometimes not even there.
Because of that, I have a new nickname for Kolb (h/t to B/R Featured Columnist Jesse Reed, via his Twitter account): Zoolander.
Rookie Ryan Lindley has looked like a professional quarterback so far, albeit his competition has been mostly against third- and fourth-string defenders. Rich Bartel was solid against players in KC who won't make the roster, but if it's a close battle between these two, I would expect Lindley to get the nod due to the higher potential that he develops into a starter down the road.
As for John Skelton, I still don’t understand why everyone believes his performances have been bad. What we’ve learned about Skelton is that he possesses great pocket awareness, he has improved his ability to read coverage (though it still needs work) and perhaps most importantly, he can take a hit and come back for another play without crying about bruises.
There is much left to find out from both quarterbacks, but as of right now, the starting quarterback will wind up being John Skelton.
And that’s not a bad thing, everyone. Just let it soak in for a while, watch some highlights of Skelton’s intangibles and assume he will improve this year as he did from his first to his second season.
Doesn’t that feel better?