The Arizona Cardinals' quarterback situation has been chaotic to say the least this season. The competition for the starting job ran all the way through to the end of training camp before John Skelton was named the starter.
Skelton got hurt in the first game and Kevin Kolb came in to lead the winning drive. Kolb gets hurt against Buffalo and Skelton comes back into the starting role and settled in there until after their bye week.
At Atlanta with a 13-0 lead, Ken Whisenhunt pulls Skelton for rookie Ryan Lindley, and Lindley is the starter for the next two games before going back to Skelton.
Yes, it has the look and feel of the Arizona Cardinals playing musical quarterbacks in the same way they did in the preseason. At least then they had five preseason games to try and get this figured out. It gives the appearance of being no closer to a solid answer now than it did in the beginning of August.
Following the 58-0 debacle in Seattle, Whisenhunt even asked Kent Somers, beat writer for the Arizona Republic if he could play.
How bad is #azcardinals QB situation? asked Whiz who was starting next week. He says, "do you play?"— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 10, 2012
Here's a look at some fan comments from various media sites.
Cleary (@mikepcleary) December 9, 2012
How and the hell do scrubs like John Skelton and Ryan Lindley even make NFL rosters... Dudes are complete garbage— Jordan Goltz (@Jordo_Goltz) December 9, 2012
Cardinals QB quandary: The difference between John Skelton and Ryan Lindley is like the difference between crabgrass and weeds.— Norman Chad (@NormanChad) December 9, 2012
Even Vince Young chimed in on Twitter, offering his services.
@larryfitzgerald you know I can help tell coach.— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) December 9, 2012
Neither Lindley nor Skelton have said anything relevant to Sunday's performance on their Twitter accounts since the game. Judging by the comments above, it looks like fans don't care one way or the other which one starts.
This week, the Cardinals claimed Brian Hoyer off of waivers. Hoyer spent three seasons as the backup to Tom Brady in New England between 2009-2011 and has thrown 43 passes in his career with one passing touchdown and an interception.
Reaction to the Cardinals picking up Hoyer has been positive.
The Cards are signing QB Brian Hoyer, recently released by the Steelers. Instantly becomes the best QB on their roster— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 10, 2012
Only 14 weeks too late. MT: @profootballtalk: Cardinals claim Brian Hoyer off waivers— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) December 10, 2012
The Cardinals claiming Hoyer puts up a white flag on Kolb's season. He's been out for weeks and it makes no sense to keep him active when the team is 4-9 and the first team in NFL history to lose nine straight after opening 4-0.
QB Kevin Kolb said rehab has "hit a wall." Frustrated and is still working, but did not sound optimistic to return soon. #AZvsSEA— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 5, 2012
Skelton and Lindley have both been dreadful this season to say the least. With three rookies starting on the offensive line, it would make for a long season either way.
Hoyer looks like he could get a start this season. Teams don't claim quarterbacks off of waivers in week 14 to stand on the sideline for three weeks and hold a clipboard. The only question is when he will start. It would be doubtful to see him get the call this week as it would be difficult to pick up an entire playbook in a few days' time.