Thursday, November 1, 2012
Chat wrap: Seeking answers in Arizona
By Mike Sando
The latest NFC West chat has come and gone.
One leftover question jumped out as one to explore here.
Eugene from Boston thinks it's clear the Arizona Cardinals will be in the market for a quarterback in the offseason. He suspects they won't be drafting early enough to select one of the highest-rated ones. Might they consider a trade? Would they draft one in the second or third round to develop behind Kevin Kolb or John Skelton?
This one stumped me, so I made a call to Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.
Williamson: "It surprised me Arizona was able to win as many games early in the year, but now they are falling back to earth and being who they really are. The defense is on the field too long, the offensive line is terrible and it's going to be tough.
"I really don't think Skelton is the guy. Kolb has been better than expected, actually. When the season is shot, I would like to see Ryan Lindley get some snaps, maybe start the last game or two. I'm not sure if that will happen, though. I don't think they have a quarterback. They are going to have to manufacture that position.
"I don't know how you fix that. You can use your first-rounder on a quarterback, then let him sit there for a year and figure it out. But you need to address the offensive line first. I know they get Levi Brown back, but he's not great. They signed Adam Snyder and he stinks. Maybe Bobby Massie gets better, but he was a fourth-round pick for a reason. He's not Orlando Pace.
"They are in no-man's land. You could try to bring back Kolb for less money, maybe $4 million to $5 million a year or else say goodbye to him. You could attack the position in the draft and try to sign a tackle. If you tread water with the guys you have, you'll be 6-10 for the next three years. Meanwhile, the other guys in the division could be getting better. Seattle is with Russell Wilson."
To be continued.