Bruce Arians Seems Confident Enough in Drew Stanton as Arizona Cardinals Starter Next Season

By Dan Parzych
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After the first four weeks of the regular season in 2012, the Arizona Cardinals seemed like one of the teams to beat after jumping out to a 4-0 start, but they would go on to lose 11 of their next 12 games and finish the year with a disappointing 5-11 record. The team has made plenty of changes this offseason–including recently parting ways with Kevin Kolb–and while most people would think the Cardinals would add another quarterback this offseason whether it was through free agency or the 2013 NFL Draft, it appears new head coach Bruce Arians may be set on the team’s current options.

In fact, Arians seems confident enough in Drew Stanton to give him a shot at the starting job with the Cardinals for the 2013 season–which is an interesting move on the head coach’s end. Stanton may be entering his seventh season in the NFL, but he’s only started four games in his career while throwing for just four touchdown passes–which is not the type of experience a team wants when it comes to a starting quarterback.

Stanton may have been a great mentor for Andrew Luck last season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, but this is a completely different situation with the Cardinals. Arizona has already been frustrated enough with their quarterback situation after the Kolb acquisition turned out to be a complete bust and to make things worse–Larry Fitzgerald’s production is also suffering because of it.

Arians may feel confident enough in Stanton, but naming him the starting quarterback next season would be one of those moves that could come back and haunt him down the road considering the level of talent in this year’s draft class.

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