Meet Your New Starting Cardinal Quarterback __LINK__
The last time these two teams played each other, the 49ers smacked the Cardinals 38-10 on Monday Night Football in Week 11 in Mexico City. Jimmy Garoppolo was still the starting quarterback at the time for San Francisco and had one of his best games this season (20/29, 228 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs). Heading into this week's matchup, the 49ers will look for rookie quarterback Brock Purdy to have another solid performance under center and lead them to their 10th consecutive win.
Meet Your New Starting Cardinal Quarterback
Overview: After losing out on the starting quarterback competition to John Skelton, Kevin Kolb has suddenly been thrust back into the starting quarterback job, after Skelton suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the team's week one win over the Seahawks. Being thrust into action late, Kolb came and provided the Cardinals a spark on offense, throwing the go ahead touchdown to Andre Roberts. While Kolb might not be the Cardinals' plan A, he's the hot hand right now, and is playing for his chance at ever resurrecting a career as a starter.
Can they turn it around? Not unless they get better quarterback play than they got last week. But again, I've seen stranger things. I saw a team quarterbacked by some new guy named Jake Delhomme who threw for 96 yards with two picks beat the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers in 2003 by blocking every kick out of the sky. I saw them almost beat the Bucs in 2002 on a day when Randy Fasani had a 0.0 passer rating. I saw them beat the Falcons while treating the forward pass with visible contempt. I saw 44-year-old Vinny Testaverde beat the Cardinals while he was still meeting his much younger teammates, when he would throw a deep ball and then need two days off to recover. A lot of things are possible.
Despite their unimpressive record, the Cardinals have battled through an injury-plagued season and are starting to get fully healthy at the right time of year. Starting with quarterback Kyler Murray and receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona has two kinds of threats that have given the Patriots headaches this year -- a mobile quarterback and a number-one wideout, while defensive lineman J.J. Watt remains a major presence up front capable of wrecking gameplans.
In its season-opening, 35-14 loss to Oregon on Saturday, Stanford played without starting quarterback Davis Mills, starting receiver Connor Wedington and defensive end Trey LaBounty because of COVID-19 protocols.
Not likely a day one starter in the NFL, EJ could build his way up into a starting role. There is no time like the present when it comes to bringing in talent. Even Chris Ballard said that he is willing to keep striking at the quarterback position until he hits.
The Arizona Cardinals are leaving their options open at the start of Week 18 when it comes to deciding who will be the starting quarterback when they face the San Francisco 49ers in their season finale.
Moon, who made his final NFL start for the Chiefs, was a trailblazer, not just for black quarterbacks playing in the NFL but for breaking starting barriers too. Moon was the first African-American starter for four teams (Chiefs, Vikings, Seahawks, and Titans/Oilers), the most of any black quarterback.
New Orleans went 1-2 with Winston as the starting quarterback. It has gone 1-3 with Dalton under center. While the record is similar with either quarterback, the Saints have achieved those results in different ways.
John Wolford might finally be able to delete his LinkedIn profile after the NFL player made an historic debut as the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. At the very least, Wolford can update his resume to show that, in addition to his experience as a private equity analyst, he's now helped an NFL team reach the playoffs.
In August 2019, Los Angeles signed Wolford to the team's practice squad (where players are not on the team's official roster but earn more than $8,000 a week). But entering the 2020 season, the Rams added Wolford to the roster as the backup to starting quarterback Jared Goff, who was the first overall selection of the 2016 NFL Draft and earns $33.5 million per year. (By comparison, Wolford is earning the NFL's league minimum salary this season, $610,000, along with a $150,000 signing bonus, according to Spotrac. Wolford remains under contract with the Rams for next season, as well, when he would make a base salary of $780,000.)
Caldwell, 81, and his wife are regulars at Soquel games these days. One of their grandchildren, Cole Johnson, is a returning starting quarterback for the Knights and off to a hot start having thrown for six touchdowns through two games.
New starting quarterback Jalen Hurts completed 17 of 30 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown without an interception or a sack. He also ran 15 times for 106 yards before three kneeldowns at the end of the game. He became the second QB in league history to beat a team on a winning streak of nine or more games in their starting debut.
After playing college football at Northern Iowa from 1990 to 1993, Warner spent four years without being named to an NFL roster. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers in 1994, but released before the regular season and instead played three seasons for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League (AFL). Warner landed his first NFL roster spot in 1998 with the Rams, holding a backup position until he was thrust into becoming St. Louis's starter the following season. During his first season as an NFL starting quarterback, Warner led The Greatest Show on Turf offense to the Rams' first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XXXIV, earning him league and Super Bowl MVP honors. He won his second league MVP award in 2001, en route to a Super Bowl XXXVI appearance, and also appeared in Super Bowl XLIII with the Cardinals.
The following season, Warner was replaced as the Rams' starting quarterback for good after fumbling six times in the team's opening-day game against the New York Giants. Warner later revealed that he had previously broken his hand and that it had not fully healed, making it more difficult to grip the football. His successor as the Rams' starting quarterback, Marc Bulger (another relatively unheralded quarterback coming out of college), stepped into the breach and played reasonably well upon replacing Warner.
Leinart was named the Cardinals' starting quarterback going into the 2008 off-season, but Ken Whisenhunt stated that it would be very possible for Warner to be the starter before week one of the regular season. Indeed, Warner was named the starter on August 30, 2008. That season, Warner had 4,583 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and a completion percentage of 67.1%. He was the top ranked passer in the National Football Conference for the third time, and only trailed Philip Rivers and Chad Pennington of the AFC in NFL passer rating for the season. Warner also received FedEx Air Player of the Week honors for his performance during weeks 9 and 11 of the season. He had his struggles during the season, as in week 3 of the season vs. the New York Jets, his team turned the ball over 7 times. This included an interception for a touchdown, and 2 picks resulting in a touchdown and a field goal in just the second quarter. Warner still managed to get his team to score 35 points in a 56-35 loss.
After marrying Brenda, Warner officially adopted her two children from her first marriage; they have since added five children of their own. His son E.J. is the starting quarterback for the Temple Owls. Another son, Kade, is a wide receiver for the Kansas State Wildcats.
Roger Piccirillo from Bridgeport, Connecticut Question: Hey Jim as always hope you and yours are doing fine and I love what you do with the mail bag and articles. I want to touch you on backup quarterback situation, after watching first two preseason games it's become clear that neither Malik or Woodside will be able to win games if RT has to miss significant playing time. The writing was on the wall for Woodside when Malik was getting most of the reps in practice and the first two preseason games, they went as far as they could with Woodside lucky they didn't need to play him the last two seasons. So why not give the reps to Malik and see how fast he can develop and what he can do, unfortunately he's just not ready to play in the NFL this year and maybe never. My personal opinion is the back up quarterback for the Titans in 2022 is not currently with the team, I believe they will pick up a veteran QB when the final cuts are made around the league. On a separate note I was pleasantly surprise at how well the defensive backs played in week 2 of the preseason if they continue to improve this could be one nasty defense. As always thanks for the chance to contribute to the mailbag.
Michael Schlitz from Columbus, Georgia Question: Good morning Jim, I hope you're doing well and enjoy having our Team back at it. As always, I appreciate your hard work, dedication, and keeping us informed. Huge thank you for that. I think the last time I wrote in was last year when asking about Aaron Brewer's progress. Great to see him competing for a starting role. Now I would like to ask your personal take on rookie Nicholas Petit-Frere? I've seen plenty of updates on the other rookies but little on how he's doing and adjusting to the NFL/Titans. Is he competing well, does he look like a solid depth piece, or what does he need to improve on? Thanks again for your observations.