It’s time for everyone who followed the Peyton Manning
saga to come to terms with the fact that the Cardinals are
sticking with the same quarterbacks they had at the
conclusion of the 2011 season.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt stated that they’ll
go into next season deciding between Kevin Kolb and
John Skelton for the starting spot, just like last year.
But more pressure is on Kolb, who was chosen as a starter
last season and whose future with the team was up in the
air when the Cards waited to give him a $7 million roster
Instead of just focusing on getting back into playing
form, Kolb has additional work to do.
ESPN’s John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and
Wolf Friday that Kolb’s next move should be earning back
the trust of the franchise and his teammates.
“Now Kevin’s got to, I think, win back the organization
and win back the locker room,” Clayton said. “He’s never
had an offseason to work with the Cardinals. Now he’ll
have that, but I think what it does show is that there are
some questions in the organization’s mind whether this was
a good move or not.”
In Kolb’s first season with the Cardinals coming from the
Eagles, he posted a 2-6 record, and could only watch as
his backup Skelton led the team to six wins. Kolb
completed 59.4% of his passes while throwing for 1,955
yards last season in limited action.
Though it may seem that the Cardinals are moving on from
the Manning saga, Clayton said that everything is probably
not okay between Kolb and the organization.
“You can see that there are some questions that I guess
the organization has or they wouldn’t take the rare
opportunity to go for Peyton Manning, and they were all in
on Peyton. So now, not getting him, it’s like ‘okay let’s
patch things up; you get your $7 million,'” Clayton said.
“They’re going to naturally, by giving him the $7 million,
say ‘everything’s great,’ but still you have to see some
doubt with the way they handle things.”