Bruce Arians, coach for the Cardinals, said that he won’t take any risks on Saturday in the team’s wildcard meeting with the Panthers by using the services of QB Drew Stanton, and instead he will give Lindley his career’s first start in a playoff game, something that many pay per head agents believe is a very good move.
“Drew is not going to be able to play,” said the coach.
The decision made by the coach to start Lindley was made after practice on Thursday.
“He is close,” said Arians about Stanton. “But there’s no way I’m risking it.”
Stanton, who was not able to practice at all this week, will not play for his third game in a row as he keeps recovering from an injury to the right knee which happened when his team took on the Rams on Week 15. Arians also said that the player won’t suit up in the team’s game against the Panthers.
In his career spanning three years, Lindley went 1-5 as a starter for the team, and he’s 0-2 this season when he steps up for Stanton.
Last Sunday, the player featured in one of the best games that he had in his career when he faced the 49ers, as he was able to complete 59% of his passes as he threw 316 passes – a career-high – and an average of 8.1 yards-per-attempt, which is another high in his career. The player also threw his career’s first two passes for a TD while making his 229th attempt – which is an NFL record, putting an end to a league record streak of passes made without a TD scored.
The coach said that Lindley was the most inexperienced QB that he ever sent to the feature in the playoffs, and pay per head agents cannot disagree when they look at the team’s record, but are well aware of his talent on the field.
The Elias Sports Bureau said that the he will be the 7th QB to start a game in the playoffs having one win or less as a starter in the regular season since the NFL merger in 1970. The QB’s have a record of 2-4 put together. In 1979, Gifford Nielsen, who was a player for the then-Houston Oilers, was the last one to win under those circumstances.
On Thursday night, the team is set to go to North Carolina, and on Friday they’re set to have a walk-though.