Whisenhunt makes decision: John Skelton is the Starting QB

John Skelton starting against Broncos this Sunday. Photo courtesy of azcardinals.com

Via Arizona Cardinals:

The first interview John Skelton did as an NFL starting quarterback was in Spanish.
It had been planned, and Skelton – who learned the language from his grandparents in his native, El Paso, Texas – is fluent, although he doesn’t use it every day.
“That (interview) was hard,” Skelton quipped. “Harder than practice.”
Practice hasn’t been easy either, however. Going from inactive third-string quarterback all season to ramping into a starter in a week’s time can’t be. With Derek Anderson still not cleared from the concussion he suffered last weekend, coach Ken Whisenhunt had only Skelton or Richard Bartel – who was just signed Tuesday – to pick from.
He picked Skelton.
“Didn’t really have a choice,” Whisenhunt said, adding that Skelton’s command of the offense was better throughout the week and that he’s better prepared to play than the previous week.
“It doesn’t mean it’s going to be great quarterback play,” Whisenhunt added. “We’re hoping he’ll get in there and handle it well and make some plays for us.”
Whisenhunt is hoping Anderson can be cleared in time to be the game’s third quarterback. Bartel will be the backup.
Skelton said the game plan was developed with him in mind, plays he ran successfully in the preseason and training camp. He has also been helped by one-on-one sessions with quarterbacks coach Chris Miller over the last three or four weeks to talk specifically about details.
“It’s one thing to sit back and watch the reps and learn by film study,” Skelton said. “(Practice) definitely helped. I benefitted from running (the offense) because a lot of those plays, it’s the first time I have run them.”
Skelton said he is expecting to have some nerves, despite his brief playin
g time last week. While Whisenhunt made sure to temper expectations, Skelton was very plain with his own expectations.
“A win,” Skelton said. “I think that would help everyone involved in the locker room. Getting a win no matter how we get it, will be our number one goal.”
That’s usually an upset for a rookie fifth-round pick starting his first NFL game.
“You have to understand what you are faced with and you have to be patient,” Whisenhunt said. “Your expectations can’t be so high that they are going to come in and play well.
“To think John was going to be in line to play a lot is something you weren’t expecting. But where we are now with our team, with our record, it’s one of the things you get to look at. It’s one of the positives, I would guess. Let’s face it, the bottom line is, we still want to win a game.”

…This is great news because the whole week Coach Whisenhunt put fans in limbo over who was going to start. He finally decided it was John. I think this was the perfect choice because it is time to give the guy who you brought in here time to develop. I have watched him since his days at Fordham and I think he can develop into a Kurt Warner or Peyton Manning type player. If you want to win as Coach would say, the winner is going to start this weekend. He loves to get out there on the field and compete. This is a perfect situation because he will be playing a Denver Broncos team that has been going through a lot with the coaching change and the constant losing every single year. I don’t know what the outcome will be but I am just going to love watching John play with my fellow Fordham fans. I hope he throws 3 TD and wins, but just saying John Skelton,  starting quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals puts a smile on my face…

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