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Around the NFC West: Cards' QB story

Ryan Lindley replaced John Skelton, who replaced Kevin Kolb, who replaced Derek Anderson, who had once been replaced by Max Hall, who had earned a roster spot at the expense of Matt Leinart.

That is the short version of the Arizona Cardinals' Kurt Warner succession story. I would call it a plan, except it hasn't all been planned. Not like this. Some of those guys listed above replaced each other multiple times along the way.

Around the NFC West: Nov. 19, 2012

Lindley, 9-of-20 for 64 yards after replacing Skelton during a 23-19 defeat in Atlanta on Sunday, became the sixth quarterback to log regular-season snaps for the Cardinals since Warner retired. Rich Bartel also took snaps at various points. Leinart never did.

The Cardinals suffered their sixth consecutive defeat following a 4-0 start largely because their passing game couldn't turn six Atlanta turnovers into more points. Receivers could have done more. The offensive line isn't very good. But a top quarterback can change all that. Warner did it.

Identifying the problem is the easy part. Finding the solution is so much tougher.

The Cardinals have tried just about everything. Leinart was a top-10 draft choice and entering only his second season when coach Ken Whisenhunt arrived in 2007. Anderson was a free-agent addition. Kolb was a veteran trade acquisition. Skelton, Hall and Lindley were late-round draft choices.

Lindley would be the logical candidate to start in Week 12 if an injury continues to sideline Kolb, as expected. There's no sense in going back to Skelton so quickly. Kolb will presumably return at some point, hoping to establish himself as an option beyond this season. But he keeps getting hurt.

Meanwhile, Arizona's defense continues to weather the offensive futility. The unit played well enough Sunday to generate optimism for the future, provided coordinator Ray Horton doesn't surface as a head coaching candidate following the season. That is another potential concern.