Tag:Arizona Cardinals
Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 4:33 pm

Cardinals will get QB somewhere

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. 

If there is a system in place to allow player trades -- and that's a big if -- they would likely be in the mix to make a deal for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb or Cincinnati's Carson Palmer

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.



Category: NFL
Posted on: January 11, 2010 12:03 pm

Monday Musings

---It was coming. And it would have been loud. If Green Bay had won the coin toss Sunday and took the kick and went down and beat Arizona, the revolt was coming. Change the overtime rules they would have screamed -- again. My reply to that has always been if defense can win championships, why can't it win in overtime? It did in this one. Karlos Dansby returned a fumble 17 yards for the Cardinals to give them a 51-45 victory. Defense won in overtime. Wow. Now we don't have to hear that mindless babble-speak about the NFL changing the overtime rules. We have this game to throw back in their faces. Don't change the rules.

--The Eagles would be stupid to let Donovan McNabb walk. He has one year left on his contract, so why not play him next season and then take a look at where he stands? They wouldn't get much for a 33-year-old quarterback with one year left on his contract, so why not keep him and see what happens? I heard some speculation that the Eagles could get a first-round pick for him. No way. By the way, it wasn't all on him that the Eagles had troubles in Dallas. The offensive line was whipped. That unit didn't play that well this season after many of us thought it would be a strong point. Kevin Kolb is the quarterback of the future, but that should be a year away at least in my mind.

---I just don't get the Pete Carroll love-fest. He was a great college coach because he could recruit whomever he wanted to USC. But giving him power and paying him $7 million a year to come to Seattle is a bit much. There are better options, cheaper options. Then again, Seahawks owner Paul Allen doesn't have to worry much about money. I sure hope they hire the right GM.

---I've said it all along and I keep saying it, the Cowboys need to get the ball to Felix Jones more. He is gives them a much more explosive option than Marion Barber. He scares coordinators with his speed. Jones' 74-yard run against the Eagles was a special play, the kind few backs can make. It takes great speed. He is the X factor for the Cowboys moving forward.

---Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver will meet with coach Jack Del Rio Tuesday. There has been talk Del Rio will have to wow Weaver to save his job. That's not true. Weaver plans to keep Del Rio, but this meeting has to go Del Rio's way, according to a source, or their could be problems. Weaver will tell him things that need to change. Weaver owes Del Rio $15 million, so Del Rio has a nice parachute if things don't work out. Since Weaver gave Del Rio's staff contract extensions late last season, it would seem unlikely that he will let him go. But it's possible. The word is that if Del Rio does get let go by the Jaguars -- or gets in the USC mix -- the team would target Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. General manager Gene Smith is high on Ferentz. But that might be costly. A name they should look at is Connecticut coach Randy Edsall. He was a Jaguars assistant under Tom Coughlin and Smith knows him well. Edsall would come a lot cheaper than Ferentz, and is thought of highly by certain people in the organization.

---The Patriots were never the same after Fourth-and-Jackass in Indianapolis. They can say that call didn't matter, but look at how they played after that. Then again, maybe Bill Belichick knew his team wasn't that good when he made that call, which is why he did it.

---Bad move of the year: Patriots getting rid of Richard Seymour. They missed him. The draft picks will be nice, but they missed him.

---Watching Early Doucet catch two touchdown passes playing for Anquan Boldin only backs up my adage that great quarterbacks make their receivers. Kurt Warner is a great passer and I think I'd look good catching passes from him. If Warner is retiring after this season, he will leave with a ticket to Canton.

---Carson Palmer will take a lot of heat for the way he played against the Jets, but the Bengals lack deep speed. When Chris Henry got hurt, and then tragically passed away, they lost their deep threat. They have to get one in the draft. They also have to be far less conservative during the season. They ran it well, but when it came time to throw it they didn't have the offense to do so. Palmer is too good to be handing off all day.

---Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley is the tight end of our generation, a pass catcher who can split wide and create mismatches for defenses. More and more of this type of tight end will emerge. I think it's great for those of us who love offense. It means trouble for defenses.

---The Cowboys have received a Pro Bowl-caliber season from corner Mike Jenkins. And he played well against the Eagles. The interesting thing about that is Jenkins was almost a backup to open the season. The Cowboys coaches thought Orlando Scandrick outplayed him in the summer, but they weren't sure Jenkins could handle being a nickel corner from a mental standpoint. So they kept him as the starter and Scandrick as the nickel. That has worked out well on both fronts. They both have embraced their roles and played well.

---So Shank -- er Shayne -- Graham misses two field goals and then doesn't meet with the media? Terrible.




Category: NFL
Posted on: June 4, 2009 7:38 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2009 7:39 pm

Wilson set the example

Darnell Dockett and Anquan Boldin, say hello to Adrian Wilson.

You already know him. He's your teammate. But unlike th etwo of you, he never publicly complained about his contract, which is why he now has a new one. I tried to get Wilson to disucss it during Super Bowl week, and he didn't bite.

The Cardinals sources I talked to noticed his silence. They insisted the hard-working Wilson would get his deal, especially since he didn't complain about it. They said the same would happen for Boldin and Dockett. Both complained. Now both are begging for new deals.

Wilson's signing shows this isn't the same old Cardinals organization.

Wilson signed a five-year extension Thursday that will keep him in Arizona through 2013 if he continues to play at a high level. That means he'll likely finish his career with the Cardinals, making him the face of the franchise. He is Mr. Cardinal.

Dockett and Boldin would be wise to follow his path, rather than staying away or publicly complaining about their deals.

"If Dockett would just come in and play, and play at a high level, he will eventually get his new deal," one Cardinals source said.

It worked for Wilson. It can for the other two as well.
Category: NFL
Posted on: March 25, 2009 4:13 pm

Whisenhunt can't watch

 DANA POINT, Calif. -- Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said he still hasn't watched the Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"In fact, in the Commissioner’s address, they showed a clip of the Super Bowl and the end of the game. I was just starting to get over it and that kind of ripped it open," Whisenhunt said. "It was hard. One of these days (I’ll watch it). Watching that play before halftime was pretty tough. A lot of things about that game make it difficult. You remember so many things about the game, it’s hard to look at it because of the way it ended, obviously."

Whisenhunt touched on a couple of other things, one being whether receiver Anquan Boldin, who is in a contract dispute, would be on the team in 2009.

 "He’s under contract for two more years," Whisenhunt said. "If nothing happens, he plays for us."

The Cardinals could still trade Boldin, but they would want at least a first-round pick for him.

Whisenhunt also discussed the recent hip surgery of quarterback Kurt Warner. That injury, Whisenhunt said, was something that nagged Warner late last season, but wasn't enough to keep him out or put him on the injury report.

“I think Kurt’s ready to hand the ball off and do a lot of play action now instead of really throwing the football.” Whisenhunt said joking. "Kurt’s doing well. He’s excited about having this done and being able to play pain free. He felt like he could have still played with
what he was playing with but this is a situation where it will only make things better.”

Warner signed a two-year contract earlier this month to finish his career with the Cardinals.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 19, 2009 7:06 pm

Baby Boldin

Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin is a baby.
A big one.
I can understand the sideline confrontation with offensive coordinator Todd Haley as the Cardinals were driving to the winning points. Boldin is a competitor and he played through a painful hamstring injury, yet wasn't on the field for some of the plays on that drive.
That led to the confrontation between he and Haley.
"I am emotional on the sidelines and sometimes that stuff happens," Haley said. "It's just who I am."
The worst sin Boldin committed was leaving the field as soon as the game ended and not returning to the field to celebrate going to the Super Bowl with his teammates.
That is the ultimate in selfish.
If I were one of his teammates, I wouldn't respect him for that at all. The only thing is, the Cardinals players love him.
Boldin has some explaining to do.
If he were named Terrell Owens, a certain four-letter network would be setting up shop outside his house.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said it's all a dead issue.
"From my understanding it’s over with," Whisenhunt said. "Like I said, those things happen on the field, those things happen in games all the time. This is a highly competitive business. There are a lot of emotional swings that go into this game. We’re never going to always agree on things. But we’ve always been able to move past that and continue to be focused on our goal."

Quick hits

---The NFL needs to do something about the launching of players to make tackles. That hit by the Steelers Ryan Clark on Baltimore's Willis McGahee in the AFC Championship Game was downright scary. Luckily, McGahee is fine. But the NFL will have to examine the tackling techniques the next couple of months before the league meetings in March. Somebody is going to get killed the way things are going.

---I really like the hiring of Rex Ryan as coach of the New York Jets. They're going from a pretend "tough" guy in Eric Mangini to a real one. I like Ryan's demeanor. The key for him will be the hire he makes as his offensive coordinator.

---If new St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo is smart, he look at Giants quarterback coach Chris Palmer as his offensive coordinator. Palmer would put in a tough, physical offense that would help change the culture in St. Louis and help make Steven Jackson a Pro Bowl player again.


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