Is Drew Stanton the answer at QB for the Arizona Cardinals?
The Arizona Cardinals have been searching for their quarterback of the future ever since Kurt Warner retired following the 2009 season.
The list is long and unimpressive – John Skelton, Max Hall, Derek Anderson, Ryan Lindley, Kevin Kolb and Brian Hoyer. It’s been a tough three years. Enter Drew Stanton. The Cardinals signed him last week to a three-year, $8.2 million contact and he instantly became the favorite to win the starting QB position.
Stanton was Andrew Luck’s backup with the Colts last season. Arizona head coach Bruce Arians knows Stanton well and Stanton knows Arians’ system from being together in Indianapolis last season. Is it a perfect fit?
“They need to find an answer at this position,” Stanton told azcentral.com. “I want to be that answer. I’m going to do everything in my power to be that answer, and given that opportunity, I feel like I can.”
It was a smart move signing Stanton. He is still just 28 years old and only $3 million of his contract is guaranteed. He is big and strong (6-foot-3, 243 pounds) and is known to have a strong arm as well. You won’t hear Larry Fitzgerald complaining. Stanton also has the advantage of knowing the system that Arians is going to run.
“Obviously I think it’s going to fit together great; that’s why I want to be a part of it,” Stanton told azcentral.com. “I think that how (Arians) does stuff, his approach is unique. It’s not one you tend to see in this league… People sometimes tend to fit a square into a circle. He’s the type of guy who is going to be able to adapt. He knows what he wants his identity to be. He makes no qualms about it… He says we’re going to be a team that wants to run the football and establish that up front. It allows guys to play to their ability. His whole system is predicated on guys relaxing and allowing their true athleticism to come forth.”
With Stanton in the fold, the Cardinals won’t have to feel the need to reach for a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft. Most likely, they’ll grab an offensive lineman with the seventh overall pick and then choose a young signal-caller in the second or third round. It looks like a winning formula. At least it appears like the Red Birds are finally headed in the right direction.
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