New Cardinals coach confident if Drew is starter

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PHOENIX (AP) - New Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says his team isn’t looking for a quarterback.

“We already found one,” he told reporters at the NFL owners meeting Wednesday.

While Arians hasn’t officially named a starter, there’s no doubt he’s leaning toward Drew Stanton, the backup to Andrew Luck in Indanapolis last season.

“I have all the confidence in the world with him being our starter,” Arians said.

The new coach, sporting a Cardinals red driver’s cap, said he hopes to name a starting quarterback as soon as possible. There will not be the kind of through-the-training camp competition for the job that was the hallmark of former coach Ken Whisenhunt.

“I’m not a two-quarterback guy,” Arians said. “When everything settles down and the roster is complete for spring, we’ll look at the situation and if we feel we can name a starter, we will name a starter. We need leadership on that side of the football and in our whole locker room.

“We’ll exhaust every opportunity in the drafft, whoever else is available, but we are quite honestly comfortable with Drew Stanton.”

Arians knows that several mock drafts have Arizona picking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the No. 7 pick overall.

“I think all speculators look at need and not the draft board,” Arians said. “If you draft for need, you’re in trouble. Just because you need one you don’t take one. If there’s someone who fits the spot in the draft that you put him at, then you take one.

“That’s why I feel very comfortable with our situation right now, with Drew Stanton in our mix. The need value is not there.”

Whisenhunt annually staged a quarterback competition that often continued through the final game of the preseason. But Arians wants no part of that.

If it’s tough to pick one quarterback, Arians said, “It’s a problem.”

“When you’ve got two, you don’t have one,” he said. “That’s been my philosophy all these years. If we’re out there competing to see who the quarterback is, we’ve got a problem.”

A more plausible scenario has Arizona using that No. 7 pick to bolster its offensive line, which is not nearly the dire portrait that many have painted, the coach said. Arians called Levi Brown, who missed all of last season with a triceps injury, an “elite” tackle. He likes the improvement he saw from rookie tackles Bobbie Massie and Nate Potter as the season progressed. Either one of them could be moved to guard, Arians said.

“I think we’re maybe one player from having a hell of an offensive line,” Arians said.

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