The Arizona Cardinals are in the process of OTAs right now, and there is a quarterback battle taking place. While a team would ideally like to avoid a situation of not having a bonafide starting quarterback on the roster, it is interesting to see how Kevin Kolb and John Skelton will respond to battling for the job every day in practice.
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt has kept an open mind about the quarterback position in recent weeks, but today he let out a little more about who he hopes wins the job. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic has the latest from camp.
Whisenhunt was asked about balancing the idea of fair competition with the reality that the team traded cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick to the Eagles for Kolb, who has made $19 million since joining the Cardinals.
"I don't think about that when you're on the field," he said. "I don't look at a player and think what's he's making or what you did to get him here. I look at them based on what kind of plays they're making.
"I obviously know how much we invested in Kevin. I want Kevin to be successful. I want him to be our quarterback, but I'm not going to ignore the fact that John Skelton worked pretty hard and did a good job in there when he was playing, too. He's earned the right to compete for that spot."
The fact that Whisenhunt wants Kolb to win the job really doesn't come as a surprise -- you kind of got the same feeling even without him directly saying so -- but it is good to see Arizona committed to letting the best man win the job. Kolb and Skelton have reportedly both looked strong in recent weeks, and this is a position battle that appears destined to go into the summer months.
Hey, at least it'll keep things interesting around training camp.
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