Cardinals: Skelton to Remain Starter

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Rookie QB John Skelton did enough in Sunday's win against Denver to earn another start under center.

Quarterback John Skelton will start his second consecutive game this week even if Derek Anderson is cleared from his concussion, coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday.

The Cardinals won Sunday in Skelton's debut, beating the Broncos 43-13.

It was the Cardinals' largest margin of victory since they beat the Redskins 36-6 in 1993, but Skelton doesn't deserve a ton of credit for the offensive output.

The rookie quarterback was efficient in his first start. Skelton didn't commit a turnover and he wasn't sacked, but he completed just 15 of 37 for 146 yards. At times, he had trouble calling plays because of verbiage mistakes, but coach Ken Whisenhunt said the problems weren't unusual for an inexperienced quarterback.

"We'll stick with what our plan has always been, and that's to stick with the best player, the player that gives us the best chance to win," Whisenhunt said. "And I think right now that's John Skelton."

Whisenhunt was pleased with Skelton's composure.

"They brought a lot of pressure," Whisenhunt said of Denver, "and he was able to handle that, make some throws. There's potential there to grow into that position. That's an exciting part of it."

Skelton was helped by the Cardinals' second consecutive solid defensive performance. The Broncos committed six turnovers, and the Cardinals applied consistent pressure on quarterback Kyle Orton.

While enthused about Skelton's future, the only reason the rookie got into the lineup was because the Cardinals had no viable alternative. Anderson has not been cleared after suffering a concussion Dec. 5. Max Hall is out for the year after suffering shoulder dislocation.

Richard Bartel, signed a week ago, is the only other healthy quarterback.

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