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If I told you a team who played no fewer than four quarterbacks during the regular season (five including the preseason) ended with a losing record, would you be surprised?
If I told you that of those four quarterbacks, only one had taken a snap in the NFL prior to 2010, would it surprise you to know that the team ended the season at the bottom of their division?
Didn't think so.
Throughout the season, the Cardinals started Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton, and also used Richard Bartel (pictured) in relief. The Cardinals started Matt Leinart in the preseason, who was projected to be the starter for Arizona in 2010.
At times it felt like the Cardinals had an open door policy when it came to quarterbacks. Whoever turned up first got the nod.
And just as soon as you feel one of them is starting to take ownership of the team, another joins the party.
Take John Skelton. The Cardinals fifth-round selection was finally handed the keys to the Cardinals following Week 13 injuries to Hall and Anderson, and he performed pretty well. He lead the team to two wins in his first three games, and while he was not excellent, he was good enough to earn the right to at least close out the season with the Cardinals.
Skelton appeared to be the QB project the Cardinals were hoping he would be, and all signs pointed to the fact that he would be a solid signal caller within the next few seasons.
Then, without warning, and for no clear reason, the Cardinals decided to bench him in favor of Richard Bartel, who had, until being called up by the Cardinals, been playing backup at the Sacramento Mountain Lions, of the UFL.
As the slide title says. It hurts everyone. Not only does it prevent any one player from finding his feet, it also hurts the receivers, the offensive line, even the defense.
Receivers are expected to adjust their timings, often mid-game, and, rather unsurprisingly, this affects their ability to catch passes. The O-line is forced to go from protecting pocket passers to scramblers, and back again within the space of a few weeks.
And yes, it affects the defense. An ineffective QB means they spend far more time on the field than they would like.
All in all, it's been an ugly situation, and one that the Cardinals need to sort out soon.