Kevin Kolb is inactive today for the Cardinals showdown against the Minnesota Vikings, meaning backup/starter/whatever he is quarterback John Skelton has been tasked with leading the reeling Cardinals. After two straight losses, Arizona is not only looking like a weak team that lucked its way into an undefeated start, but they have serious issues under center.
So serious, that they’ve called up free agent and former National Champion Vince Young for a workout. Why would the Cardinals call up Young when Skelton has demonstrated he can manage games?
Two words: Ryan Lindley.
That’s the only other quarterback on roster for the Cardinals that is healthy and should Skelton go down again like he did in Week 1, chances are Lindley isn’t going to turn in a miraculous backup performance like Skelton has in the past. Instead, Arizona has said that Young will come in on Tuesday to workout and try and prove he’s worth a roster spot.
Young hasn’t played in a regular season game since late last season, and he hasn’t held a starting job consistently in over two years. After trying to earn the backup role in Buffalo, Young was replaced by Tavaris Jackson — and when the man they call TJack replaced you, the message from the NFL has been sent. Young recently filed for banckruptcy, claiming he’s literally penniless.
From purely a human standpoint, this could be a way fro Young to at least earn a bit of a living being a third stringer for the rest of his career in Arizona. No matter how you feel about the guy, no one deserves to spiral downward the way Young has, but it’s up to him to fix it as we can only feel bad or good for him and nothing more.
But the chances look good that Young will have a contract with the Cardinals by next Sunday. If Kevin Kolb, who’s currently slated to miss two months, misses the remainder of the season, Young might not only make the team but get a chance to redeem himself as a starter in the NFL.