Ken Whisenhunt says his decision to sit potential Week 1 starters Kevin Kolb and John Skelton in the team's preseason finale is due to a lack of available snaps.
The Arizona Cardinals head coach went on The Doug and Wolf Show and said that, while he wants to get a good look at the offensive line, there wouldn't be enough opportunities for a fair assessment of both Kolb and Skelton. Whisenhunt also wants to give third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley a chance to work with the first team, though he again cautioned that Lindley is not in position to start the regular season opener.
Per the transcript at Sports Radio Interviews:
"The thinking with Ryan Lindley is going into this game I don't know how much of our offensive line is going to play. Obviously we want to put D'Anthony Batiste in at left tackle, Bobby Massie at right tackle because that stabilized us at Tennessee last week and we want to see it to start the game. I don't know if we are going to get enough snaps to evenly divide between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, so how are you going to assess them playing a game when they are playing with two different lines against possibly two different sets of defenses?"
With all the offensive line struggles for Arizona, it's fair to give one last, short look while piecing that group together. The Cardinals, after all, have the luxury of playing their fifth preseason game, giving them more time than most to get repetitions at game speed.
But Whisenhunt won't risk injury or further analysis by outsiders regarding his quarterback situation, which he said will be decided in the remaining team practices.