There might not be another team in the NFL with a worse quarterback situation than the Arizona Cardinals right now. As the preseason has come to a close, almost every team knows who their starting quarterback is going to be. This is not the case for the Cardinals.
Two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Kyler Murray is still recovering from his ACL injury suffered last season. Ian Rapoport reported that the Cardinals are keeping him on the reserve/PUP list to start the 2023 NFL regular season. Players who start the year on the PUP list are required to miss the team’s first four games.
The Arizona Cardinals Release Colt McCoy, But Do Not Name Starter for NFL’s Week One
With the news that Murray will start the season on the PUP list, the Cardinals also made the decision to cut veteran quarterback Colt McCoy. This means that the Week One starter in Arizona will either be Joshua Dobbs or Clayton Tune. However, head coach Jonathan Gannon refused to reveal which one will start in order to keep a competitive advantage.
Both options are on the table for their starting QB, with Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon saying he’ll decline to name a starter for competitive advantage. https://t.co/Ugo69Dwz1u
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 28, 2023
McCoy, a long-time NFL quarterback was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, is entering his age 37 season. In two seasons with the Cardinals, McCoy started six games; the team had a 3-3 record in those starts.
In 12 games with Arizona, McCoy completed 71% of his passes for 1,520 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions (87.4 passer rating).
Joshua Dobbs was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has bounced around the NFL in his six-year career, spending time with Pittsburgh, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns (twice), Detroit Lions, and Tennessee Titans.
Last season, Dobbs started two games for the Titans, completing 58.8% of his passes for 411 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions (73.8 passer rating). The Titans were 0-2 in his starts.
Clayton Tune was drafted by the Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. In his final year at Houston in 2022, he threw for 4,074 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions while completing 67.3% of his passes.
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