The NFC West is still one of the weakest divisions in football, and the Cardinals could be a QB away from returning to the top.
“Yes, I will give up a first round pick for Kevin Kolb,” Doug Franz said on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf show Tuesday. “Because I think the division’s so bad, that you get Kevin Kolb, you win this division and now your first round pick is in the 20s, and that’s fine with me.”
But, Franz is confident the Cardinals could win with Kyle Orton, who will likely come cheaper than the Eagles backup.
And, given the potential of John Skelton, Franz feels Orton may be the best bet for the Cardinals right now.
“I do like John Skelton, but I also, if I’m Ken Whisenhunt, I’m looking at the situation…I’m saying this division’s so bad, and all I have to is if I win the division I’ve already got a home playoff game,” he said. “Kyle Orton is good enough to win this division. I can still teach John Skelton.”
Tim Kempton, though, feels that the Cardinals should have their eyes on a larger goal than just winning a weak division.
“It’s not about winning the division,” he said. “It’s about winning the Super Bowl.
“John Skelton gives us the best chance to win the Super Bowl. Maybe not this year, but next year.”
Kempton has an interesting point, though as the Cardinals have proven, once a team makes the playoffs anything is possible. Would it be worth passing up that chance, remote as it may be, just to give John Skelton more reps as the starter?
What it comes down to is just how highly Ken Whisenhunt thinks of the guy he drafted in the fifth round out of Fordham just one year ago. Is he good enough to be the long-term option at QB, or is destined to become a career backup?
If it’s the former, landing a guy like Kolb makes less sense, as the team would really just need someone to keep the seat warm for a couple seasons until Skelton is ready. If it’s the latter, well, it will be open season on pretty much every available QB once the lockout ends.