The Arizona Cardinals had another pitiful performance against the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, losing the game 38-7 and finally putting an end to their dreadful 5-11 season.
The rookie quarterback John Skelton started the game and completed 14 of his 25 passes for 92 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. These stats don’t sound all that bad, but take a deeper look and you will be just as disappointed as I was.
Skelton was sacked four times, with three of those coming in the first quarter alone, for a total loss of 29 yards. One of those sacks resulted in a fumble, and Skelton had an average of only 3.7 yards per play; that definitely won't win games.
With Skelton having little success, Ken Whisenhunt gave the ball to Richard Bartel in the end of the third quarter. In his first game in the NFL, he completed 16 of his 28 passes for 150 yards, with one interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Bartel had decent numbers for his first game, but still nothing to write home about.
With the little-to-no success this season for the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterbacks, there has to be someone that can solve this situation for the years to come.
The Cardinals will have the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and may be going after a top quarterback with their selection.
In that case, who are the top prospects for the Cardinals to consider?
Of course, there are big names like Andrew Luck, Ryan Mallet, Jake Locker and even Cam Newton. But are the Cardinals willing to take a chance at one of these top quarterbacks?
With the first overall pick, the Carolina Panthers will more than likely solve their quarterback problems with the top-ranked Andrew Luck out of Stanford.
The second pick by the Denver Broncos will certainly be anything but a QB, given the recent success of Tim Tebow.
The Buffalo Bills (third overall) and the Cincinnati Bengals (fourth overall) will seek out help in areas other than a quarterback with their picks.
So that still leaves the Arizona Cardinals with many options to consider.
But the Cardinals may look elsewhere for their new quarterback if they are truly seeking one.
There was a rumor in the 2010 offseason that Donovan McNabb would be headed to Arizona. But that rumor was put to rest in March when Cardinals GM Rod Graves said that the team had “no interest” in McNabb.
But have things changed since then? Are the Cardinals in dire need of a new quarterback?
There has been no word from Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt as to who he thinks the Cardinals will be starting behind center next season, but he has expressed his desire to help the team any way possible.
So do the Cardinals rely on their rookie quarterbacks Skelton and Bartel, do they pick up a new one in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft or do they go after a different veteran in the league?
Whoever gets the majority of the snaps next season for the Cardinals, let’s hope he can lead the team in the right direction.
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