Cardinals: Backup QB plan

Assessing the Cardinals' backup QB situation if Kevin Kolb or John Skelton is injured and misses time.

Kevin Kolb and John Skelton haven't shown quite enough for the Cardinals to install one of them as the starting quarterback just yet.

Any team would be happy to have them as backups.

Skelton owns a 7-4 record as a starter, compared with 6-10 for Kolb. Skelton is more durable. He has shown greater resourcefulness in fourth quarters, helping the Cardinals to five fourth-quarter comeback victories.

The backup plan arguably looks better if Kolb wins the starting job.

Skelton and Kolb each own five career games with at least 270 yards passing. Skelton passed for 282 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in coming off the bench to help the Cardinals to an upset victory over San Francisco last season. He made key plays by air and ground during a Week 17 victory over Seattle, completing third-down passes for 26, 26, 22 and 18 yards.

Skelton has done more to earn the team's confidence as a backup and possibly even as a starter. The Cardinals can feel relatively good about their backup QB plan either way.

Confidence rating (out of 100) if Kolb or Skelton is out for extended period: 60.