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Ken Whisenhunt: Cardinals excited to have two good quarterbacks

Ken Whisenhunt

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Cardinals, 13-10. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says anyone interpreting his pursuit of Peyton Manning as an indication that he lacks confidence in his quarterbacks is incorrect.

In fact, Whisenhunt told Albert Breer of NFL Network that the Manning chase has nothing to do with how he feels about Kevin Kolb or John Skelton.

“There was a lot made about our pursuit of Peyton Manning, and we all recognize what a great player he was,” Whisenhunt said. “But if you go back three weeks ago, before any of this happened, we were excited about our quarterback position.”

Of course, if the Cardinals were really excited about their quarterback position, they wouldn’t have pursued Manning at all. The teams that are genuinely excited about their quarterbacks -- teams like the Patriots, Giants, Packers, Lions, Panthers, etc. -- weren’t in the Manning chase.

Still, Whisenhunt said he’s excited about the Kolb-Skelton competition coming in training camp.

“We have two players that have done good things for us at different points of the year,” Whisenhunt said. “We’re excited to get those guys in an offseason program and continue to develop them. So I think we’re excited about that position. We’re obviously going to have some competition there, which is what we want. I think there will be some excitement.”

The Cardinals were in plenty of exciting games last year, but Cardinals fans can be forgiven if they think watching Kolb competing with Skelton is slightly less exciting than watching Manning.