After struggling in his start against the Jets last Sunday, the rookie quarterback understands that his poor performance probably cost him his job.
Searching for a way to put an end to a brutal losing streak that has grown to eight games, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt has changed his starting quarterback. Again. John Skelton will get the start under center on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, and while ousted starter Ryan Lindley is likely disappointed to head back to the sidelines, the rookie signal caller respects his head coach's decision.
"You have to respect the decision. When you don't perform like that, there isn't much ground to argue on. ... I'm not losing confidence.
Lindley struggled in the Cardinals 7-6 loss to the New York Jets last Sunday, completing just 10-of-31 passes for 72 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Despite Lindley's struggles, Whisenhunt stuck with the rookie for the entire game:
"Every time it seemed like we'd knock it down and get something going (against the Jets), something else hit the fan.
While Whisenhunt did not give specific reasons for the change, it is likely that Lindley's poor performance, combined with Seattle's raucous stadium atmosphere and the weight of the team's eight-game skid has the Cardinals head coach looking for solutions anywhere and everywhere.
The Cardinals have scored six points in their last six quarters of play.
Kickoff on Sunday is slated for 1:25 p.m. PT at CenturyLink Field. The game will be televised on FOX.