Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was in no mood to create a quarterback controversy on Wednesday during his conference call with the Bay Area media.
The fifth-year coach may have a big decision to make before Sunday’s contest against the 49ers, as quarterback Kevin Kolb practiced on a limited basis Wednesday for the first time since injuring his right foot in Week 8. John Skelton has led the Cardinals to two straight wins in Kolb’s absence, but it sounds like Kolb, who joined Arizona via trade this offseason, will have a chance to regain his starting job when healthy.
Asked which quarterback will be starting on Sunday at Candlestick Park, Whisenhunt said he didn’t know yet.
“We’d like to see how Kevin progresses,” Whisenhunt said. “Obviously we’re comfortable with John if we don’t feel like Kevin’s ready to go. We’ll continue to look at that situation.”
Skelton also spoke to the Bay Area media and said he would be ready for which ever role he will have this weekend. In last week’s 21-17 road win against the Philadelphia Eagles, Skelton tossed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to complete the comeback win.
“Right now I’m just doing what’s asked of me,” said the second-year signal caller. “Of course I’d like to be the starter. I think everyone will tell you that – that they want to be starters in the NFL. I’m doing everything I can to help us win ball games right now.”
The Cardinals (3-6) are currently tied with the Seattle Seahawks for second place in the NFC West, five games behind the 49ers (8-1). Looking ahead to this weekend’s matchup at Candlestick Park, Whisenhunt said his team would have its hands full.
“They’re a tough team to prepare for,” Whisenhunt said. “They’re balanced, they have a lot of weapons and the quarterback’s doing a very good job of understanding that and making timely plays.”
Regardless of who’s under center for Arizona, the 49ers defense will still have to focus on one of the premier wide receivers in the game, Larry Fitzgerald, who hauled in seven catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns last week. Skelton said he feels like he’s building good chemistry with Fitzgerald this season, as the two worked together frequently in the offseason.
But after studying film this week, Skelton said he was impressed with the 49ers’ defensive backs.
“They’re secondary is an active group,” Skelton said. “Guys fly around to the ball and we just know that we have to be on top of our game as an offense to be successful against them.”
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