August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Drew Stanton (5) passes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Stanton: Next Arizona Cardinals Starting Quarterback?

When the Arizona Cardinals announced the signing of free agent quarterback Drew Stanton, he was immediately one of the team’s most promising signal-callers and there was speculation on whether or not he would get a chance to run the offense. According to Stanton, he will. The new Cardinals quarterback said he was promised a chance to compete for the starting job and, quite honestly, he should win the job.

Stanton would face very little competition for the job, especially with the most likely challenger Kevin Kolb a potential cap casualty if he refuses to restructure his contract.

The other quarterbacks, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley have left a lot to be desired, while restricted free agent Brian Hoyer has never shown much skill of his own. It’s an ugly situation in Arizona, but luckily they have Stanton.

For Stanton, he lacks experience of his own, but he is the most familiar with new head coach Bruce Arians offense after spending last season with the coach in Indianapolis.

That gives him a leg up and I wouldn’t expect him to look back.

Arizona could also choose to go with a rookie quarterback early in the 2013 NFL Draft, but once again, the experience of Stanton in Arians’ offense would give him the edge.

It may not be what Arizona Cardinals fans want to hear, but Stanton could be on track to earn the starting job. What’s even worse? He is the most deserving and capable signal-caller that the team has.

What do you think? Which quarterback should win the starting job and how should the Cardinals approach their quarterback situation?

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