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Will Brian Hoyer Be Named Starting Quarterback for Arizona Cardinals?

December 26th, 2012 at 9:14 AM
By Steve Smith

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Is is time for yet another quarterback change in the desert?

That appears to be the case as it is being speculated that Brian Hoyer will be named the fourth different starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals this season as the Red Birds prepare for their season finale this Sunday in San Francisco.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt has not made that decision official yet but it would make sense for a couple of reasons. First, both John Skelton and Ryan Lindley have been ineffective. That is an understatement. Lindley was pulled early in the third quarter of Arizona's 28-13 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday and was replaced by Hoyer. Hoyer, signed just two weeks ago off waivers, completed 11-of-19 passes for 105 yards with an interception in his first game action since throwing just one pass for the New England Patriots during the 2011 season. 

Secondly, what do the Cardinals have to lose at this point? They are 5-10 and going nowhere so this would be a good time to evaluate Hoyer against one of the best defenses in the NFL in the 49ers. Don't forget this ugly fact – the Cardinals have not scored a passing touchdown in their last six games.

"It's tough, isn't it?" Whisenhunt told Yahoo Sports about his team's situation at quarterback. "We're not getting production out of that position and it's hard to win in this league if you don't do better from that standpoint." 

It would just make all the sense in the world to name Hoyer the starting signal-caller. Kevin Kolb (eight TD passes, three interceptions) was Arizona's most efficient quarterback this season by far but he sustained rib and shoulder injuries in Week Six against Buffalo and is out for the season.

Hoyer also seemed to have some chemistry with Larry Fitzgerald – completing four passes to him during the Bears game. Fitzgerald enjoyed his most productive outing in a long time last Sunday with eight receptions for 111 yards.

It's time to try something new.






Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Brian Hoyer, Football, John Skelton, Ken Whisenhunt, Kevin Kolb, Larry Fitzgerald, NFL, Ryan Lindley

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