Cardinals Kolb is hurt, John Skelton gets another chance to prove he’s the future

Via Azcardinals.com:

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John Skelton, as the backup quarterback, insists he gets ready to start every game even if he knows he won’t.

That’s easy to have said, for instance, two weeks ago when Kevin Kolb was healthy. It means something different when Kolb is limping around with a turf toe.

“It’s more of a sense of urgency, it’s more of ‘You might play’ to now ‘You may play,’ ” Skelton said Thursday. “You prepare as best you can for the situation you find yourself in.”

That situation is that Kolb didn’t practice for a second straight day and that Skelton seems likely to find himself under center Sunday against the Rams. It’s nothing he wasn’t already thinking. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said if Kolb doesn’t practice Friday he’d still “consider” playing Kolb, although it sounded anything but a certainty.

Skelton missed a chunk of the preseason after suffering a high ankle sprain, the reason he fell behind Rich Bartel on the depth chart through the first five games of the season. Then came the bye week, which “let him get back in the flow,” Whisenhunt said. Following the bye, Skelton was back to his backup role.

If Skelton does play, Whisenhunt is much more comfortable than he was last year, when the intent was to have Skelton ride the bench all season and just watch. Even without an offseason, Skelton is in a much better place — “It was hard enough for him to call a play in the huddle last year,” Whisenhunt said – after starting the final four games of 2010.

That highlighted one of Skelton’s strengths, which was that rarely does he get flustered. Skelton said he isn’t the type of guy to throw a helmet when things go haywire and, despite his youth, he has already developed a reputation of an even-tempered demeanor, impervious to emotional derailment.

He also has a dry sense of humor, which he showed off when a reporter asked if Skelton at least had a dog to kick around.

“I do, and he gets kicked quite a bit,” Skelton joked. “It’s mostly his fault though.”

I love that this kid gets another chance to start. I think he is the future of the Cardinals and Kolb is not the answer. I think Skelton is more mobile and has more arm strength. True, he went to Fordham but he has shown that he can win games. I still remember the 4th and 17 on Christmas Day against the Cowboys when he completed a 20 yard pass which lead to a great game winning drive. He can be a star and I think he doesn’t get credit because Kolb went to Houston and played at a bigger program. I think that’s poppy-cock and you’ll see a happy Fitzgerald today against St. Louis…

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