Report: Cardinals prefer Skelton over Kolb
With the majority of training camps getting underway, competitions for starting positions have also begun. For the Arizona Cardinals, John Skelton and Kevin Kolb will duel for the starting quarterback job. According to one report, the locker room is rooting more for Skelton than Kolb, as reported by ProFootballTalk.
Appearing on Total Access, former NFL linebacker Willie McGinest said that his friends on the Cardinals are leaning towards Skelton because of the respect he has earned.
"Talking to some of my buddies down there, it seems like they're gravitating toward Skelton a little bit more," McGinest said.
Skelton took over as the team's starting quarterback in 2011 after a 1-6 start to the season under Kolb. In Skelton's 8 games played, he posted a 6-2 record, despite throwing 14 interceptions to 11 touchdowns. Kolb, on the other hand, posted a 2-6 record in his 8 games, despite throwing 9 touchdowns to 8 interceptions.
Skelton has earned respect for working his way from a fifth round draft pick in 2010, to a potential starting quarterback in 2012. Kolb does not have the same Cinderella story, as he forced his way out of Philadelphia by demanding that the Eagles trade him or make him a starter. The Cardinals signed Kolb to a six-year, $65 million deal in 2011.
"He's [Skelton] a big quarterback, he's tough in the pocket, he has a carefree attitude, he really doesn't have any pressure," McGinest said. "He didn't get a huge contract like Kolb did, and he's one of those guys that can command a huddle, come in there, and guys just like his attitude."