Rookie Josh Rosen will be the ninth Cardinals starting QB since 2012
It didn’t take long for Arizona Cardinals’ No. 10 pick Josh Rosen to get the start under center. Head coach Steve Wilks has named him the starting quarterback for Sunday’s Week 4 game against the division-rival Seattle Seahawks.
Rosen will face four-time Pro Bowl and Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson, who was drafted by Seattle in 2012. Wilson made his rookie debut on Sept. 9 of that year in a season opener against the Cardinals, who started John Skelton at quarterback.
No other quarterback has started a game for the Seahawks besides Wilson since his debut. The Cardinals have had eight more starting quarterbacks since Skelton in 2012.
Here’s a look at all nine Cardinals quarterbacks since then, courtesy of Sam HawkBadger on Twitter:
John Skelton (2010-12), Games played: 20
Skelton played eight games in 2011 and started six games for the 2012 season. He had won a quarterback competition before the start of the season with Kevin Kolb.
Kevin Kolb (2011-12), Games played: 15
Kolb started for Arizona in place of Skelton, who injured his ankle in the season opener. The team went on a four-game winning streak but finished 5-11.
Ryan Lindley 2012, Games played: 9
Lindley’s first start with the Cardinals came on Nov. 25 against then-St. Louis Rams in a 31-17 loss. His only win as a Cardinals starter came against the Detroit Lions. In four starts as a Cardinal, Lindley has thrown for 529 yards and seven interceptions.
Brian Hoyer 2012, Games played: 2
Hoyer was the fourth quarterback to start for the Cardinals in the 2012 season, replacing Lindley due to his struggles in Week 16. In the season finale, Hoyer got his only start for Arizona and went 19-34 with a touchdown and an interception.
Carson Palmer (2013-17), Games played: 60
In desperate need of a starting quarterback, the Cardinals made a trade with the Oakland Raiders for Palmer and signed him to a new contract. He played all 16 games with the team, leading them to a 10-6 record but missed the playoffs. In five years with Arizona, Palmer started 60 games and threw for 16,782 yards and 105 touchdowns. The former First-Team All-Pro retired with the Cardinals in January after 15 years in the league.
Drew Stanton (2014-17), Games played: 26
Primarily used as Carson Palmer’s back-up, Stanton was favorite of coach Bruce Arians and was credited with nine wins and just four losses during his tenure. Stanton was a steady hand for the Cardinals when Palmer couldn’t go, but with a career completion percentage of 52.4 and a 20:24 touchdown to interception ratio, the Michigan State product never broke through as a full-time starter.
Blaine Gabbert (2017), Games played: 7
Gabbert made a splash in the preseason for the Cardinals and helped keep the Cardinals afloat in 2017 as the Cardinals third quarterback of the season. He finished the year with two wins in five starts throwing for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns.
Sam Bradford (2018), Games played: 3
The Heisman Trophy winner might have seen his best days before signing with the Cardinals before the 2018 season. After being given the starting quarterback job, Bradford through four interceptions in three starts producing no wins before being benched for rookie Josh Rosen. Bradford’s QB rating of 62.5 ranked No. 34 among quarterbacks in the NFL through Week 3.