Monday, September 10, 2012
Kolb or Skelton? Whisenhunt's QB dilemma
By Mike Sando
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Quarterback John Skelton heard a pop in his injured ankle and had reason to fear the worst during the Arizona Cardinals' regular-season opener Sunday.
Turns out Skelton suffered only a "low" ankle sprain against Seattle and could return quickly. How quickly? Coach Ken Whisenhunt sounded unsure during his news conference Monday, but the news was about as good as it could have been for Arizona. High-ankle sprains can sideline players for a month and affect them for much longer than that.
Whisenhunt was non-committal Monday when asked whether Skelton or Kolb would start against New England in Week 2. He'll want to see how well Skelton responds to treatment before making a decision.
Whisenhunt did say he thought Kolb might be "trending" positive in the bigger picture, having played well in two of his most recent extended regular-season performances: in victory against Dallas last season, and in relief Sunday. Whisenhunt also liked aspects of Kolb's performance against Tennessee during the preseason despite two interceptions.
With Kolb leading the winning touchdown drive against Seattle and Skelton hurting, Whisenhunt has a prime opportunity to give Kolb a chance to salvage his career in Arizona. Whatever pressure Kolb was feeling after signing a $65 million contract in 2011 might be diminished after Skelton won the job in training camp this year. Kolb seemed to play freely off the bench against Seattle.
Whisenhunt said he thought Skelton, a slow starter to this point in his career, started the game Sunday better than he has started one for the Cardinals to this point. He also thought the throw Skelton made to Andre Roberts right before Skelton suffered the ankle injury might have indicated the quarterback was close to snapping out of a second-half funk.
I'm heading to the Cardinals' locker room. Back in a bit.