Bruce Arians made another quarterback change.
The Arizona Cardinals head coach announced Monday that Drew Stanton would start Sunday against the New York Giants.
"I'm going to change Drew this week, it's not Blaine's fault [Gabbert]," Arians told reporters. "He's healthy enough to run and be Drew, otherwise it would not change."
With the Cards eliminated from the playoff dispute, the move almost ended with Blaine Gabbert's experiment for 2017, except for an injury.
The change came after Arians said on Sunday that Gabbert would remain the opener. On Monday, the coach said he decided to make a change after watching the film of the 20-15 loss to the Washington Redskins. Arians added that he believes Gabbert can still be an NFL quarterback, but Stanton gives the Cardinals the best chance to win this week.
Stanton started two games this season after Carson Palmer suffered a broken arm. However, the 33-year-old backer of his career injured his knee in Week 10, paving the way for Gabbert's season. Stanton has a pass percentage of 52.5 with 17 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.
The Cardinals went 2-3 with Gabbert in the lead, including a last-minute victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs. However, the seven-year-old has played progressively worse in his five starts, including Sunday's brutal clunker in Washington. In the loss, Gabbert completed 16 of 41 passes, for a rate of 39.0 percent, 189 yards, an average of 4.6 yards per attempt and one interception.
Arians achieved Gabbert's best performances in the quarterback's career. The coach even showed a somewhat irrational confidence in the former first-round pick, including insisting that Gabbert could be his starter next year if Palmer retires. The movement on Monday should put those thoughts in bed.
By 2018, the future under center in Arizona remains a depressing unknown. Even if Palmer returns, the person calling for the long-term franchise is not currently on the list. In a division that now features Russell Wilson, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jared Goff, the black hole looming in the NFL's most important position is a potential harbinger of the future for the Cardinals.