If you thought Thursday night would provide some clarity to the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback battle, think again.
John Skelton got the start against the Tennessee Titans, but did nothing to cement himself atop the Cardinals' depth chart. Skelton failed to move the team, though shaky work by the offensive line put him in a difficult spot.
He threw an interception on the Cardinals' first possession, a badly overthrown ball over the middle that was picked off by Michael Griffin. Skelton finished 4-for-10 for 41 yards and an interception.
As for Kevin Kolb? It's hard to say what to make of his night. He was both competent and maddening in equal measures. On his second possession, he threw a horrendous interception, rolling to his right and firing a pass into a sea of Titans defenders. Sound bad? See for yourself.
As Trent Dilfer noted on the ESPN telecast, Kolb was clearly pressing at that point. That's why his next possession was so promising. Working in a two-minute offense at the end of the second quarter, Kolb marched the Cardinals 76 yards on seven plays, capping off the drive with a 3-yard TD strike with Andre Roberts. The big play, however, was a 53-yard hookup with Larry Fitzgerald.
It was a nice play by Kolb, who was flushed to his left, forcing him to throw downfield across it his body. It also helps having the greatest wide receiver of a generation on your side.
But this is Kevin Kolb we're talking about. The good times never last. After taking all those good vibes into the locker room, his first pass in the third quarter was picked off by linebacker Colin McCarthy and taken to the house. Ugh.
Kolb finished 17-of-22 for 156 yards for one touchdown and the two picks. He made some plays, but the mistakes have to terrify Ken Whisenhunt. We say Skelton still has the gig at this point, but only because of Kolb's seeming inability to make a push.