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.” (more…)
Dear Kevin Kolb,
I’m sure you are aware of the news that your team, the Arizona Cardinals, are no longer in the running for the services of Peyton Manning. That revelation came to disappointment for many Red Birds fans alike, but probably came as a relief to you.
Take the news with a grain of salt, because it says something about you too.
Sure, you were injured for most of last season because your offensive line was like a swinging saloon door at the entrance to an Old West tavern. And yeah you had a miniscule off-season to learn, understand and execute a new offense.
But signing that massive contract extension put a target on your back to perform well when you were physically able to and you did not come through.
Now with this Manning frenzy, the Cardinals were thinking of cutting you if they were to land the future Hall of Famer. Well, they did not and Manning is down to two other teams.
Now is the time to get down to business and prove to the fan base that you are an NFL-caliber quarterback. Your 58 percent completion rate, nine touchdowns and 1955 yards in 2011 are not enough. Neither is your 3-6* record as a starter (the asterisk is because you were knocked out of one game very early and your team still won).
When you come up to training camp this summer, you better have a huge chip on your shoulder. (more…)