The Arizona Cardinals are in relatively uncharted waters this offseason when it comes to the quarterback position. Don’t take that as it sounds, because it’s really a good thing.
Trivia Question: How many quarterbacks have started all 16 regular-season games for the Cardinals and returned to start Week 1 the next season?
Trivia Answer: Three; Neil Lomax (1984-85), Jake Plummer (1998-99, 2001-02) and Kurt Warner (2008-09).
In 36 years of the NFL using a 16-game regular season, just three signal-callers have stuck around after starting every game the year before to start the first game of the next season.
By comparison, the Green Bay Packers, who have not had the issues at quarterback through which the Cardinals have suffered, have seen five quarterbacks pull off this same feat—with Aaron Rodgers doing it five times and Brett Favre an amazing 14 times. How sad is that for the Cardinals franchise?
Barring an injury, Carson Palmer will become the fourth Arizona quarterback since 1978 to start Week 1 after starting all 16 games the previous season.
The future of the position looks promising as well. Palmer is 34 and could be in his final year with the Cardinals, but rookie Logan Thomas could be ready to take over as early as 2015—after a fortnight of OTAs, he certainly looks the part of an NFL quarterback.
His development, along with Palmer’s 2014 performance, could determine whether general manager Steve Keim re-signs Palmer beyond this season.
Let’s take a gander at the quarterback depth chart and analyze each player one at a time.
Note: The parenthetical number following each player’s name indicates his year within the organization.