August 21, 2012: QB position still unsettled
FLAGSTAFF — Following the 20th* and final practice, head coach Ken Whisenhunt declared it a “good camp”.
Likely keeping their stay at NAU from being an excellent camp was the potential season-ending injury to left tackle Levi Brown and still-unresolved quarterback competition.
Many hoped a starter would be named by now, but that may have been wishful thinking.
“We knew we had a competition going in,” Larry Fitzgerald said. “It’s probably going to go down to the wire.”
Waiting to make a decision on whom will line up under center Week 1 is fine if the competition were a close one based on great performance.
The competition is close, yes, but it’s not because of great performance.
Quite the opposite.
Neither Kevin Kolb nor John Skelton have distinguished themselves.
“I felt like I pushed every day. I felt like I was mentally focused every day,” Kolb said.
“I mean you’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to have highs and lows but that’s the way the season is going to go as well. It’s how you respond to those and move forward. That’s the way I tried to approach it. I tried to approach everything like a 16-game season.”
Kolb has struggled and in all likelihood has one more opportunity — Thursday at Tennessee — to make a move in this race.
Skelton has struggled as well but has had more good moments than bad. Fewer mistakes is why some believe he is the favorite to land the job.
“Well, none of that’s coming from in-house,” Skelton said. “All of that’s coming from the media outside. I think until I hear an ultimate decision come down from Coach Whisenhunt, I’m going to keep treating it the same way I have been.”
Let’s see that decision being made because someone grabs ahold of the job rather than the job being handed to them.
*21 practices were scheduled but one was canceled to go to the movies