John Skelton says you're always competing for job as QB

All signs point to Kevin Kolb being the man the Arizona Cardinals are pinning their hopes on in 2012.

After the club failed in its bid to woo Peyton Manning, Kolb was paid a roster bonus which means he’ll earn roughly $8 million this season. That’s a ton of coin to pay a backup but the Cardinals are saying all the right things when it comes to a quarterback competition between Kolb and John Skelton, who performed well late last season when given an opportunity. It also speaks to how ineffective Kolb was when he played.

Skelton believes the competition is on the level.

It’s like anything else,” Skelton said on a visit with KTAR, according to “Whenever you’re competing you always wanna put your best foot forward, you always wanna put your best work on film and stuff. And it’s a grind. I know Kevin’s pushing and I’m pushing, and really there’s competition at every position right now. And if it wasn’t Kevin and I competing, and Kevin was the starter, I’m sure I’d be competing with Rich (Bartel), or I’d be competing with Ryan (Lindley), who just came in. To be able to know that you’re going into a competition for the starting job makes it that much more precise in the workouts and everything.”

Skelton says he needs to learn the nuances of the offense and get experience against certain defenses.

“I think right now it’s just getting a better understanding of the playbook, a better understanding of defenses that we’re gonna face and trying to exploit certain defenses that we’re gonna see,” he said. “We play San Francisco twice a year. They’re a stellar defense. Why do we attack them this way? Why do we run this play in this situation?

"I think once I get a better grasp of everything we’re trying to accomplish as an offense, then everything kind of falls in line. Then the footwork falls in line because I know where I’m going with the ball. Then the accuracy falls in line because my footwork’s in line. I think it starts at the top. Once the mental game’s slowed down — which it has tremendously since I first came into this program — I think once that’s at the level of the elite quarterbacks in the league I can go ahead and kind of let everything else fall into place, and then just play football again.”

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