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Updated Nov 18, 2011 - 1:42 pm

Sunday could be an 'audition' for Skelton

Arizona Cardinals' John Skelton, left, passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

This so-called quarterback controversy for the Arizona Cardinals won't go away.

And while it's not as widespread as say, Team Edward vs. Team Jacob, the Kolb vs. Skelton argument has been an intriguing one in the Valley for the last three weeks.

Let me lay my cards on the table: I'm a Kolb guy. Okay, let me rephrase that. I'm a guy who believes that it's way too early to hand the offense over to Skelton, especially considering Kolb's injury and the hefty contract he signed after being traded to the Cardinals. Eight starts is not nearly a big enough sample size to form an opinion on Kolb's future (although I guess the Cardinals did that when they gave him $63 million, but I digress).

That being said, if John Skelton can go into San Francisco and beat the first-place 49ers, it'll get a lot harder for head coach Ken Whisenhunt not to give him the job.

Most Skelton supporters point to his 4-2 record as a starter as a reason that he should be the man steering the offense. It's almost like a mini-Tebow argument (with my sincere apologies to Skelton's ability to actually throw a football).

Think about it: Tebow supporters say "who cares what his numbers look like? He just wins games." And there is some truth to that. Winning is the ultimate statistic in any sport.

But a little deeper look into Skelton's win list reveals that he hasn't exactly beaten great teams on his way to that record. His four pro wins have come against Denver (2010), Dallas (2010), St. Louis and Philadelphia--four teams with a combined record of 12-29 at the time of the game.

But a win over the 49ers, a team that is not only 8-1 and has given up the least points in the NFL, but also has had the Cardinals' number over the last two years, might be enough to turn my thinking around.

And maybe Ken Whisenhunt's as well.


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