Report: Bruce Arians could have interest in QB Drew Stanton

Arians could want to bring Drew Stanton to Arizona. (Ryan Wilson,

One of the biggest problems new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians will face heading into next season is how to improve his team’s quarterback play. Since Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season, Arizona has watched, often with head in hands, as Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Max Hall, Derek Anderson, Ryan Lindley, Brian Hoyer and Richard Bartel have tried to play the position competently. Overall, all have failed.

But it sounds like Arians might want to bring in one of his former players from Indianapolis in an attempt to find somebody who can play the position somewhat decently.

According to the National Football Post’s Dan Pompei, that player could be Drew Stanton , currently Andrew Luck’s backup who spent the previous four seasons backing up Matthew Stafford in Detroit.

Pompei writes that “Arians was impressed with how Stanton performed in preseason and practiced all season with the Colts” and “the fact that Stanton knows Arians’ offense and fits in it gives Stanton an edge.”

In his career, Stanton has started four games, going 2-2 in them, but he’s thrown five career touchdowns against nine interceptions and has a passer rating of 63.1.

Even though he doesn’t have much experience, Stanton could have multiple suitors. But the Cardinals’ opportunity might be the most intriguing for him because it could be his best chance to be a starter, especially playing for his former offensive coordinator from Indianapolis.

“Offensively, we need to get some guys healthy, evaluate our quarterback position and if there is a guy behind door No. 2 that could help us more, we might go that way,” Arians told recently. “Or we'll make the ones we have better.”

It’ll also be interesting to see what happens with Kolb -- who is scheduled in 2013 to make a base salary of $9 million with a $2 million roster bonus due March 15. Reportedly, Kolb is open to restructuring his deal, and if he does, it’d make sense that he would be the favorite to win the starting job.

“I've seen enough film to know that he is good enough, but we have to protect him a lot better,” Arians said. “When he is healthy, he has had some good moments. He has had some not-so-good moments. We have to protect him better, run the ball better.”

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