John Skelton: Injury Takes Arizona Cardinals' QB Situation from Bad to Worse

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 15, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Quarterback John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after throwing an interception during the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Seahawks 20-16.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals have a competitive team, but their QB situation is underwhelming at best. An injury to John Skelton only makes the situation worse. He is currently listed as doubtful for the Cards' Week 2 clash with the New England Patriots, per ESPN.

At best Skelton is a game manager, and that wasn't working in Week 1. When Skelton went down with an ankle injury against the Seattle Seahawks, he was only 14-of-28 for 148 yards and an interception.

Kevin Kolb did come in and lead the team to victory, but Cardinals fans should hold their horses before getting too excited about Kolb's performance.

He did complete 6-of-8 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown, but almost all of this work came in the no-huddle. There is a big difference in executing in this situation and the traditional balance of playing under center with all things considered even.

Kolb is the same guy he's always been, and that is a decent backup quarterback that wilts when he gets the opportunity to start.

This was Kolb's third fourth-quarter comeback as a Cardinal. His QB rate for those three games was 126.1 with a completion percentage of 68.5. With those numbers it sounds like he's on his way to Canton.

In Kolb's 16 starts as a professional, the numbers look a lot different. His completion percentage is 59.7, and he's thrown almost as many interceptions as he has touchdowns (19-17).

When the pressure is on Kolb for an extended time, he cracks. When he's forced to make reads from under center, he isn't as sharp, thus the different levels of success. We'll see Kolb-the-starter and not Kolb-the-finisher against the Patriots in Week 2, and the results won't be pretty.

The Cardinals do have rookie Ryan Lindley as a third option, but he isn't exactly Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. He was 48-of-92 in the preseason with a touchdown and three interceptions.

It is no secret what position the Cardinals need to target in the offseason. The Skelton injury will just further highlight the issue.


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