Yet, after Kevin Kolb went down with injury, what did the Arizona Cardinals have last year? They had multiple quarterbacks who lost multiple games. Single-handedly.
As evidence, may we present the following stats? Kevin Kolb - 8 TD, 3 INT. Skelton/Lindley/Hoyer - 3 TD, 17 INT. Game over.
As a refresher, touchdowns tend to win games while turnovers typically lose games. That is, with the exception of the Atlanta game last season, where the Cards defense forced a half-dozen turnovers and the Cards still lost. Why? Everybody now -- they had QBs who lost games.
So, what do the Cards need again this year? (Hint -- it doesn't include the word "liability").
Unlike a signal caller who loses games all by his lonesome, the Cards really do not require the flip side -- a player who will win the game all by himself. Now, would they welcome that? Uh, yes. A thousand times yes. But, barring a miraculous Russell Wilson discovery in the middle of the draft, a veteran/winning QB will have to suffice as the search continues.
Translation -- a quarterback with a track record of success. Currently, the Cards have a collection of QBs with…potential. Yeah, that's an apt description.
What the Cards don't have is a proven player at the position. A proven performer who will turn the unknown into a known. A competent QB who eliminates the guessing game from game to game by the coaching staff and front office.
What's more, the Cards need a QB who will generate buy-in from the rest of the roster.
At his breakfast meeting with the media a couple weeks ago, Bruce Arians told the story of how a veteran defender saw a single pass from Andrew Luck during a Colts practice and exclaimed -- "hey, we're back!"
Ding. That's what the Cards need -- a belief. A confidence they can compete. A quarterback that will help the team help itself, instead of inducing defeat before they break the huddle.
This season, that looks to be Carson Palmer.