NEW ORLEANS -- The Arizona Cardinals are the standard for the theory that all NFL teams are only as good as the quarterback.
In 2008, the Cardinals played in the Super Bowl. In 2009, they were a playoff team. That was with Kurt Warner. He retired after that season and they went 5-11 in 2010.
"We know that's an area we have to address," Cardinals general manager Rod Graves said here during a break at the league meetings. "We know we have two areas by which we can focus. That's the draft and free agency. We're going to address it. Let me get that out of that way. We know we're having the draft. The other is uncertain now. The draft is the area we have to focus on right now."
The Cardinals pick fifth in the April draft, which will likely give them a chance to pick either Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert.
At any rate, anybody who doesn't understand the value of the quarterback need only look at the Arizona Cardinals. They fell apart without one. Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton aren't the answers. They need to get somebody who can be.