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Ryan Lindley Back as Starting Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals

December 13th, 2012 at 4:13 PM
By Steve Smith

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The quarterback carousel continues for the beleaguered Arizona Cardinals.

Rookie Ryan Lindley is back in as the starting signal-caller for the Red Birds for this Sunday's contest against the Detroit Lions in Glendale. This will be the fifth time Arizona has changed starting quarterbacks this season and the second time Lindley gets the starting nod. At first this move may leave you scratching your head but it actually makes sense when you think about it a little more.

Kevin Kolb has been placed on injured reserve due to detached ribs and a shoulder sprain that he suffered against the Bills in October so he is out of the picture. Too bad, he was their most effective quarterback by far. 

It looks like the Cardinals have grown tired of John Skelton and know his ceiling right now. It's not very high. They are 4-9, mired in a nine-game losing streak, and are going nowhere this season. Why not see what they have in Lindley? What do they really have to lose at this point? Perhaps he'll show some improvement.


Make no mistake – the San Diego State product has been dreadful in his two starts. Overall, Lindley has completed just 48 percent of his passes for 507 yards, five interceptions and no touchdowns. His QB rating is an abysmal 42.6. With that said, it's time to evaluate talent and this is Lindley's shot to impress. Don't be surprised to see Brian Hoyer, claimed off waivers earlier this week, playing quarterback for the Cards before the season is over. With three games remaining, this is the time for Lindley and Hoyer to shine. Their future in the NFL may depend on it.

Did you know?

The Lions lead the all-time series with the Cardinals, 31-24-5. The Red Birds though have captured three straight and seven of the last 10 contests between the two clubs. By the way, the series dates back to when the Cardinals were in Chicago and the Lions were known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans. The Spartans began play in 1930 before moving to the Motor City in 1934. before moving to th 


Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Brian Hoyer, Football, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, NFL, Ryan Lindley

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