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The Cardinals fans have not had a lot to celebrate in 2010, but have stayed loyal to this franchise.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about Jonh Skelton was not his ability to win fans to his cause, I suspect that they would have rallied around Ryan Leaf at this point, but his ability not to deliver the goods, and not disappoint them.
Skelton is likeable. The fans wanted him to be good, and in return he works hard, at least against the Broncos, to help make something happen for them.
He has a great attitude, and relishes any chance he has been given.
As fans, we don't know what he will turn into, but unlike Anderson, and to a lesser extent, Max Hall, the fans are excited by what he could be.
When Anderson was named starter, no Cardinals fans cheered. No-one was excited by the prospect of having Derek Anderson under center. No-one had high hopes for the season. We all felt that he was not a good prospect.
When Hall was named his replacement in Week 5, we were apprehensive. Sure, we were excited, but it was much more to see Anderson benched than it was to see Hall start.
And while some of us—myself included—bought into the hype, we were quickly disappointed. We felt Hall was the answer to all of our prayers, that he was ready to lead the team to victory after victory. If that was our expectations, of course we were going to be disappointed.
It's hard to say whether Skelton will do the same, but, at least in Week 14, he did not.
But, unlike Hall, and Anderson, Skelton feels like he has more to offer.
He feels like he has come into the league as a rough, uncut diamond, ready to be shaped, polished and improved, rather than the finished product.
Unlike Hall, Skelton doesn't feel like the answer to prayers yet. He doesn't feel like he is yet ready to lead this team, but somehow, that is good. We feel like we are getting in on the ground floor of something that can go a whole lot further.
Hall always felt like he was, more or less, as good as he was going to get from day one. And while we thought that his ceiling was higher than it turned out to be, but we never felt like there was much room for improvement.
Skelton couldn't be more different. Yes, he has had some great positives, but that feels like the tip of the iceberg compared to what he could have to offer.
And that is one exciting prospect.