Arizona Cardinals Still Not Naming A Starting Quarterback

Arizona Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon

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Arizona Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon wouldn’t name a starting QB for the team’s opener when ask.

The expectation all offseason has been that Colt McCoy will be the starter.

The outlook for the Arizona Cardinals is pretty bleak heading into the 2023 NFL season.

They clearly went into rebuild mode this offseason, leaving them with one of the NFL’s worst roster while they’re waiting for Kyler Murray to return from an ACL injury.

Colt McCoy has been expected to stand in for him as he recovers, but the Cardinals have yet to to confirm that.

When asked by reporters today, head coach Jonathan Gannon refused to name a starting QB for the team’s season opener against the Commanders.

“When we need to name the starters we’ll name the starters,” Gannon said (via the Cardinals’ website’s Darren Urban). “He’s doing a good job. I thought he operated well. I think he’s getting more and more comfortable with what we are asking him to do. He’s obviously played a lot of football but I like where his game is trending.”

Colt McCoy’s only competition for the starting job comes from rookie Clayton Tune and veterans Jeff Driskel and David Blough.

Tune was a 5th round pick in this year’s draft and hasn’t looked all that impressive so far n his preseason appearances. Drikel has bounced around the league since he was drafted in 2018 and has a 1-9 record as a starter. Blough started 2 games for the Cardinals at the end of last season and didn’t give much reason to believe he is the answer at the position.

With those being the other options, Cardinals fans shouldn’t just be expecting McCoy to be the starter, they should be hoping for it. If McCoy doesn’t win the job it probably means age has caught up to him and this year could be even worse than what fans are bracing for.

Whoever it is that ends up starting for the team this season, Arizona Cardinals fans will find themselves counting down the days until Kyler Murray’s return so they can get a glimpse of what might be possible under new head coach Jonathan Gannon.