Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Training Camp Battles: Kolb vs Skelton

     Once again, the Arizona Cardinals face a tough decision on what quarterback they want to start; John Skelton or Kevin Kolb. Kolb played in 11 games last season before suffering a season ending concussion. In that span, the 27 year old threw for 1,955 yards with 9 TDs and 8 INTs, as well as leading Arizona to a 2-6 record. Sadly, Kolb is prone to serious injuries, having suffered two concussions and a toe injury within the past two years. When Kolb was sidelined in Week 7 due to turf toe, Skelton stepped up in the next game against St. Louis, leading them to an overtime victory. From there, Skelton went 2-1, defeating the highly talented Eagles, and the St. Louis Rams, both games on the road. The next time Skelton got the start was when Kolb suffered yet another concussion against San Francisco. The back-up ended up defeating the highly favored 49ers, 21-19. By the end of 2011, Arizona was 6-2 when Skelton was at the helm, and gave the Cardinals a shot at contention. Kolb may have better statistics, but Skelton had a much better record when starting. Interestingly enough, though, the offense when under Kolb scored more points than when under Skelton. Kolb has the nod to start in the Arizona's first pre-season game, but many Arizona players have supposedly said they prefer Skelton as the starter.

Bottom Line: Kolb should start the first few games, and the Cardinals can make a decision based on his style of play. If things do not go well, they should waste no time in starting Skelton.

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