John Skelton Will Prove He Can Still Win Ugly

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 18, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  quarterback John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals stands on the sidelines during warm ups to the NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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John Skelton has proved he can win football games in the NFL. It may not come with a sparkling QB rating, and he may not produce the most crisp spirals on every throw, but he wins.

Kevin Kolb will miss an unspecified amount of time, per Phoenix New Times, so this is Skelton's ship to keep afloat for the foreseeable future. Arizona Cardinals fans shouldn't be in a state of panic with that statement. Let's not forget that Skelton is the man that took over in Week 9 of the 2011 season, and led the team to a 7-2 finish.

Were it not for the horrid 1-6 start, Skelton would have marched the Cardinals into the postseason.

Some may look at his career passer rating of 64.2 and cringe. Even more disheartening is the 34.2 QB rating he has in limited time this season. Yet the primary statistic Cardinals fans should be concerned with is wins and losses.

Skelton has a record of 8-4 as a starter, and that's part of the reason he has the confidence of his teammates. 

Cardinals WR Andre Roberts said this to about Skelton taking over under center:

It's too much of a big deal. You know we had John at the beginning of the year, we had him in camp, so it's not like we're bringing somebody in new that we haven't played with.

John's been here for a while. We understand what he brings to the table, so it won't be that big of an adjustment.

There certainly is a familiarity with Skelton dating all the way back to 2010, and he was, of course, named the starter to begin the season. The Cardinals have some issues with their offensive line that must be worked out.

They have allowed 28 sacks this season, which is tops in the NFL. Before any QB can perform well, that has to be rectified. Such is the case with the running game too. The team's backfield has been ripped to shreds by injuries, and now William Powell is the man getting most of the touches.

Skelton will need some help to keep the team in the race for the NFC West title, but if there's a QB on the roster that can scratch and claw his way to a victory, it's Skelton.

The perseverance he's had to show to be in the situation is noteworthy, He has yet another opportunity to claim the job at QB. Things aren't exactly ideal, but then again they never are with Skelton.


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