Ryan Lindley started 49 consecutive games at quarterback for San Diego State. He's 6-feet-3-inches and 232 pounds, and he can make a football spin as fast as a centrifuge.
So why did he last until the sixth round of the NFL draft last weekend, where he was taken by the Cardinals?
Accuracy. Or the lack of it. Lindley's highest completion percentage in four years was 57.72, and last year it dipped to 53.02.
"I've been blessed with a pretty good arm," he said. "At the same time, I think something that has hurt me in the past is accuracy, and a lot of that for me is my footwork, which I have been working on a ton."
The footwork of quarterbacks has been a continuing theme for the Cardinals in recent years. Matt Leinart struggled with it, as did Derek Anderson. It will be a point of emphasis this off-season for John Skelton and Kevin Kolb.
After the season, Lindley worked with quarterbacks coach Steve Calhoun and former NFL assistant Ted Tollner to try to correct the problem.
"They both helped me out a ton and really just gave me a lot of information," Lindley said.
The Cardinals are counting on new quarterbacks coach John McNulty to help, too. He previously was the team's receivers coach.
"You've got a big guy that's almost 6-4, that's athletic, that's got a good arm and can move in the pocket," coach Ken Whisenhunt said of Lindley. "He's had success in an offense that's been productive at the college level. That's what you like as well."
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