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Whisenhunt tabs John Skelton as Arizona Cardinals starting QB

John Skelton will start at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals’ season opener a week from Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt made the official announcement Friday afternoon.

“Looking at a lot of different factors, and I’m not going to get into the specifics of everything that was involved, but it’s fair to say that at this point going forward we feel like the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win right now is John Skelton,” Whisenhunt said.

The quarterback competition between Kevin Kolb and Skelton has been one of the most-talked-about in the entire National Football League. But it’ll be Skelton, who threw for 131 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions in the preseason, who will guide the offense in the opener.

In Kolb’s absence last season, Skelton led the Cardinals to a 5-2 record as the starter. His success in 2011 may have helped him lock up the job this season.

Whisenhunt said Skelton, a fifth-round pick out of Fordham in 2010, has made considerable progress as a professional.