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Should The Arizona Cardinals Bring In A Veteran Quarterback For The Playoffs?

Submitted by on December 14, 2014 – 3:44 pmOne Comment
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Good news, Arizona Cardinals fans: Your team is going to the NFL Playoffs this season! They just missed going last season with a 10-6 record. But this year, thanks to the 11-3 record that they’ve put together through the first 15 weeks of the 2014-15 NFL season, they’ve all but secured their place in this year’s postseason (unless the Dallas Cowboys/Philadelphia Eagles game somehow finishes in a tie tonight, the Cards will clinch a berth). However, there’s some bad news, too, Cards fans. And it involves the production, or lack thereof, that you’ve received from your quarterbacks so far this season.

Earlier in the year, the Cardinals didn’t have a whole lot to worry about. Carson Palmer was lining up under center for Arizona and, while he did struggle with some shoulder issues early on, he was effective for the team. But he went down with a season-ending ACL injury last month, and ever since, the Cardinals haven’t been very effective at the quarterback position. Drew Stanton has shown some small glimpses of being a productive QB at times. But for the most part, he has struggled and, now that he’s got a sprained knee, there’s a chance that the Cardinals will have to roll out either Ryan Lindley or rookie Logan Thomas to play QB for the rest of the regular season and, eventually, the playoffs. And that seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

Lindley has not been effective in the past, and Thomas is still learning how to play QB in the NFL. So there have been some NFL analysts who have suggested that the Cards should try signing a veteran QB to play for them. They don’t necessarily need a star quarterback. They just need someone who can learn the Cards’ offense quickly, throw the ball downfield, and, most importantly, limit turnovers. Arizona has a great defense. So the last thing they need is someone who is going to put pressure on that defense by fumbling the ball away or throwing interceptions.

At this point, though, signing a quarterback who hasn’t been with the Cardinals at all this season seems like a long shot. It would be damn-near impossible for anyone to come in off the street and lead the Cardinals into the playoffs. But we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cards stash someone on the bench…just in case. Because as the Cardinals found out last year, it’s difficult to make the playoffs, so the last thing you want to do is get to the postseason and not be prepared to put up a fight.

Do you think the Cardinals should sign a seasoned veteran to play QB for them? Or are they better off sticking with the quarterbacks they already have?

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