The 11-3 Arizona Cardinals have already found success with two different starting quarterbacks this season. Now, ahead of one of the most pivotal games of the season, Ryan Lindley will lead the franchise against the NFC West-rival Seattle Seahawks.
Adam Green of ArizonaSports.com passed the news along from coach Bruce Arians:
Darren Urban of the team's official website revealed a roster move the Cardinals made at the position on Monday:
Lindley, 25, was thrust into the lead role in Week 14 against the St. Louis Rams after Drew Stanton suffered an MCL sprain. In the relief appearance, Lindley went 4-of-10 for 30 yards in the 12-6 win.
It wasn't a great performance from Lindley, who has been the worst in one quarterback category since 2012, as ESPN Stats & Info notes:
Adam Green @theAdamGreen
#AZCardinals coach Bruce Arians says Ryan Lindley will start vs. Seahawks; will have packages for Logan Thomas.2014-12-15 19:08:32
Arians also revealed what he told Lindley when he informed him of the news, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN:
Darren Urban @Cardschatter
#AZCardinals sign QB Jeff Mathews (UDFA from Cornell, spent time w/ATL, IND) to practice squad. Cut LB Kion Wilson from PS.2014-12-15 17:48:47
One caveat that Green notes is that rookie Logan Thomas might have a small role against the Seahawks. Thomas was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft, but has completed just one pass in the NFL this season—an 81-yard touchdown against the Denver Broncos.
Prior to announcing his decision, Arians spoke about why Thomas might not be a perfect fit at this point.
“I’ll just sit down and think about which one I want,” he said, via Weinfuss. “It has nothing to do with Logan and what I think about him as a player. I think he’s going to be a great player. It’s just the timing of it.”
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Ryan Lindley could start at QB for Cardinals if Drew Stanton is out. Lindley has worst Total QBR in NFL since 2012 (min. 200 action plays).2014-12-12 14:31:18
Sunday's start will be the biggest for Lindley in his NFL career. The Seahawks come in with a 10-4 record and a chance to still win the NFC West by winning out against the Cardinals and Rams.
Luckily for the Cardinals, they have already secured a playoff spot with the victory over St. Louis on Thursday night. Stanton might also return in a month, per Chris Mortensen of ESPN, so Arizona might only have to worry about starting Lindley for a short period ahead of the postseason.
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