No QB controversy here, Skelton should start over Kolb

Nov 14, 2011, 5:11 AM | Updated: 6:38 am

Much of the talk after the Cardinals’ improbable 21-17 win
over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday has been about the
quarterback position and what is now a bona-fide QB
controversy.

Or is it?

Quarterback A has completed 56.8 percent of his passes for
an average of 7.5 yards per attempt, has a 1:1 touchdown
to interception ratio and has been sacked an average of
3.4 times per game. His QB rating stands at a solid 77.8.

Quarterback B has completed 54.7 percent of his passes for
an average of 7.2 yards per attempt, has a 2:1 touchdown
to interception ratio and has been sacked an average of
3.5 times per game. His QB rating is 84.1.

Quarterback A is Kevin Kolb, and it’s worth noting that
the only thing he did to earn the starting QB job is get
traded for and sign a contract extension. Nothing he’s
done on the field makes him seem like a better option than
Quarterback B, John Skelton, which is why the second-year
pro should be the starter going forward.

It’s not that Skelton is Tom Brady circa 2001. He’s done a
solid job the last two games – both wins – but is hardly
the reason for the victories. Skelton has played a
significant role, and that is something no one can ignore.
At least, they shouldn’t. The Cardinals shouldn’t.

Most pointed to the defense and special teams as why the
Cardinals beat the Rams a week ago, and they were right.
The QB didn’t mess things up, but he was hardly brilliant.
He wasn’t brilliant in Philadelphia on Sunday throwing a
pair of really bad interceptions, but he was resilient in
leading touchdown drives after each turnover. He was
clutch, leading scoring drives of 84, 89 and 87 yards,
including some ridiculous throws on the game-winner. He
was the first Cardinals QB to win away from Glendale since
September of 2010, and is now responsible for four of the
team’s eight wins in the post-Kurt Warner era.

Why ignore that?

The common theme for most seems to be the Cardinals made a
hefty investment in Kolb and would be foolish to bail on
him now. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a second round pick
and a big contract extension was the price to bring the QB
to Arizona, and the Cardinals owe it to themselves to try
and make it work.

Well, the trade happened and it’s not getting reversed.
Why let one mistake lead to more? I believe the term is
“sunk cost,” and the team should not worry about the past,
rather it should focus on the future.

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No QB controversy here, Skelton should start over Kolb