- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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The closer the Arizona Cardinals get to identifying their next quarterback, the muddier the picture becomes for those not privy to the team's plans.
At various points recently, we've seen projections suggesting:
What to make of it all? Rule out Gabbert. The Cardinals selected LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson instead.
The Cardinals are like a quarterback drawing up plays on a whiteboard. They cannot be sure which receiver will come open first, how quickly pressure might develop or from where, what defensive measures their opponents might take, when the game will begin or even the rules under which the game will be governed.
The rest of us know even less.
The Cardinals could pursue any of the other quarterbacks mentioned here, along with others. To continue the whiteboard analogy, they do not have to lock onto one receiver before the game has even begun. Bulger could make sense at a certain price, but what if Hasselbeck suddenly becomes a viable option? What if the market for Kolb is strong? What if it's weak? What if Cincinnati unexpectedly dangles Palmer?
Let's just call this what it is: a fluid situation.
The closer the Arizona Cardinals get to identifying their next quarterback, the muddier the picture becomes for those not privy to the team's plans.At various points recently, we've seen projections suggesting: Drafting Missouri's Blaine Gabbert would be a "no-brainer" selection for Arizona; The Cardinals might already have "an understanding" with veteran Marc Bulger; Arizona is Matt Hasselbeck's most likely free-agent destination; Carson Palmer could fit nicely in the Cardinals' offense; Arizona appears to be the favorite to land Kevin Kolb from Philadelphia; The Denver Broncos think the Cardinals have interest in Kyle Orton as a fallback plan; Donovan McNabb is not an option.