Tag:Arizona Cardinals
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:53 pm
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Hot Routes 3.30.11 Rusty Smith self confident?


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Posted by Andy Benoit

Posted on: March 24, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Adrian Wilson played through serious injury

Posted by Andy Benoit
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In case you didn’t notice last season (and there’s a good chance you didn’t, considering the guy is a highly respected veteran leader and got voted to the Pro Bowl off reputation), Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson was awful in coverage. Awful. The Cardinals had to edit several of their defensive schemes to hide the glaring weakness.

Wilson has never been a great cover artist, but the 2010 issues were extreme. We’ve come to learn there might have been a reason for that. According to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 radio, Wilson played the entire season with a torn abductor. The injury required offseason surgery.

A torn abductor (upper, inner leg) is said to compromise one’s lateral stability.

It’s a testament to Wilson’s toughness that the team had no idea he was hurt so severely. Wilson never missed practice and, therefore, never showed up on the team’s injury report. "We didn't know how bad it was until afterwards and that is maybe something you have to make sure as you go forward that you can't fight through everything,” Ken Whisenhunt said, according to ESPN’s Mike Sando. “But I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he did and I believe that this year we will see more of the old Adrian because he'll be healthier."

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Posted on: March 18, 2011 9:22 am
Edited on: March 18, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Warner: Palmer could be 'tremendous' in Arizona

Posted by Will Brinson

Everywhere Kurt Warner goes, there's always one particular question that people ask him. "Who's going to play quarterback for the Cardinals?"

That's because Warner, after retiring after 2009, left a pretty big void on Arizona's roster; filling it has become the top priority for 2011. And Warner had some pretty interesting thoughts about how would work for Ken Wisenhunt's crew in the upcoming season, including a certain quite disgruntled Bengals quarterback.

"I think a guy like Carson Palmer would be tremendous in that kind of system," Warner told Chuck and Vince on the Fan AM 1060 Thursday.

Warner also shared some advice on a guy he's played with plenty of times in his career, Marc Bulger.

"The thing I always look at putting guys in certain systems is, how does it fit what they have done in their career and how does it fit their skill set?" Warner said. "If the Cardinals want to do what we did when I was there, I think Marc fits the bill extremely well. He is a very accurate passer down the field, he can read defenses, he understands the system they plasy there and can do those things very well."

Of course, going with Bulger doesn't preclude the Cards from drafting a quarterback, either. And there's a decent chance that Arizona will have a look at No.2-ranked quarterback on the CBSSports.com big board: Cam Newton.

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"He doesn't have quite as much speed as I do, but unfortunately that's not one of those things you can teach," Warner joked. "He's an extremely talented young man, but I'm one of those guys -- as talented as he was, as good as he was in college -- I'm always leery of taking someone high to the NFL that hasn't based their career on reading defenses in the pocket and throwing the football. Because at this level it's very rare to go far in the playoffs with a guy who runs -- as opposed to passes -- first, that looks to create with his feet -- as opposed to his arm -- and I can't remember the last one -- if there's ever been one -- who's won a championship."

For what it's worth, Warner praised Newton for being a "great kid" and "talented" and he's not really taking shots at the Auburn product. In fact, he's just making the same point that everyone else has made: Cam Newton is a gamble.

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Posted on: March 9, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.9.11 anyone want Tiki?

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Posted by Andy Benoit

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 8:12 pm
 

'At least 3 teams' thinking of trading for Kolb?

Posted by Will Brinson

It's no real secret that lots of teams in the NFL adore Kevin Kolb. After all, he's a really good backup on a team that will be starting Michael Vick next season, and it's not like the Eagles are shy about trading quarterbacks.

Oh yes -- half of the league desperately needs a starting signal caller too. And ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that "at least three teams are debating deals" for Kolb.

The language here is important, because anyone can "consider trading for" Kolb. Like the Panthers, for instance, who need a quarterback. But their need for someone like Kolb to step in doesn't necessarily match up with what the Eagles will require in return -- a first-rounder (and even if their first overall pick in the second round might work, it's already in the Patriots hands).

So, for three teams to be seriously considering a trade for Kolb means that the Eagles were correct in their assessment of his value. He's worth a significant amount of money to a significant number of teams, and likely a first-rounder at some point.

Now, bear in mind if there's no new CBA by the time the draft rolls around in late April, the Eagles won't be able to get immediate value for Kolb, because teams won't be allowed to trade. Which makes the likelihood that they sit tight and plan a little longer for the future much higher. But it's also extremely likely that Philly's talking with other teams about what it would take to get Kolb, so don't be shocked if you see his name in a major deal once/if a new CBA gets done.

Don't forget, either, that it wouldn't be impossible for a team like, say, Arizona, to draft a player with their first pick that Philadelphia "really, really likes" (do you get what I am saying?) and then include him in a later deal for Kolb.

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

C. Palmer wants out of Cincinnati quite badly, it appears (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like Bengals QB Carson Palmer is adamant about not returning to Cincinnati to play football. As in really, really adamant.

According to my buddy, Dennis Janson of WCPO, Palmer told a confidant that “I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again. … I have $80 million in the bank. I don't have to play football for money. I'll play it for the love of the game but that would have to be elsewhere. I'm prepared to live my life."

So, that sounds like he’s serious, and he makes a good point. He has tons and tons of money – in 2005, he signed a six-year extension worth about $118 million – and after starting at QB for the Bengals for seven seasons, he’s probably determined that he just doesn’t need the aggravation anymore.

That’s not to say he wants to retire if he can play for another team. For a squad like the Cardinals – who brought us the trio of Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall last season – Palmer could be a useful player.

Normally, owner Mike Brown has a habit of saying, “Screw you,” (but in a nicer way) to players who demand things, like trades, to him. Chad Ochocinco knows what I’m talking about. But apparently, the Bengals think Palmer is serious.

And they’ll most likely want to get some kind of return on their investment, so they might very well listen to trade offers for Palmer.

By the way, I assume if Palmer is playing for another team that has to play a road game in Cincinnati, he will actually show up at Paul Brown Stadium on gameday. But, if he can get that written into a new contract, maybe not.

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Posted on: February 27, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Kolb's stock so hot Eagles may be forced to deal

Posted by Clark Judge

After interviewing GMs and coaches at this week's NFL scouting combine, I'd be surprised if the Philadelphia Eagles don't wind up trading quarterback Kevin Kolb. There just seems to be too much interest in the guy -- and too many teams willing to bid on him -- for the Eagles not to consider a move.

The Eagles haven't said that Kolb is for sale, but they haven't said he isn't, either. Coach Andy Reid is a staunch supporter of Kolb and wants to keep him -- as he should. Kolb is young, he is proven and he is under contract for another season. Plus, he backs up Michael Vick, whose wide-open style of play makes him a virtual certainty to be hurt next season ... or any season.

But the Eagles may be offered a deal they can't refuse. They're in a position not unlike the one they had last year with Donovan McNabb ... except that Kolb has a future. McNabb had a year left on his contract, too, and the Eagles had to decide to keep him one season or get what they could for him when they could.

The situation is similar, except Philadelphia isn't shopping Kolb. According to people at this week's combine, clubs are calling the Eagles and are eager to make a deal. And you can see why. This year's draft class isn't strong at quarterback, with no clear No. 1. Plus, it falls off sharply after Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton, and there's no certainty that either of those guys can make it. So that makes Kolb that much more attractive. He has started, he has won and he's 26.

The question, of course, is what it will take to get him. The Eagles years ago shipped backup A.J. Feeley to Miami for a second-round draft pick, but Kolb isn't A.J. Feeley. He's much better and more desirable. They traded McNabb last spring for second and fifth-round draft choices, but Kolb's best years are ahead of him where McNabb's were not.

So now the question: What will Kolb command?

"I guarantee you it will be high," said one coach. "The Eagles always shoot high."

That means a first-rounder and something else, probably another high draft pick, and while that exceeds what Houston quarterback Matt Schaub commanded when the Falcons traded him -- for a flip of first-rounders and two No. 2s -- apparently it hasn't dismayed suitors. Several clubs said they heard there's a bidding war on for Kolb, with clubs desperate to fill the most important position. You can figure that Arizona, San Francisco and Minnesota probably are involved, with all desperate to fill quarterback openings , but they're not saying, and neither are the Eagles.

All I know is how Philadelphia operates, which is to set the bar high and deal only if they get what they want. A year ago the club went to the NFL scouting combine with Michael Vick available for the right price, which was a second-round pick. But it didn't budge because there was little or no interest. Vick hadn't played in two years and barely played in a third, with teams concerned he might never be the quarterback he was with Atlanta. So they backed off, and the Eagles kept him.

But league sources seem to believe Philadelphia can and will get what it demands for Kolb, partly because he is proven, partly because he has a future and mostly because he's better than what's available in the draft.

Of course, if and when there's a lockout next week, there can be no trades. Deals would be put on hold until a settlement is reached, and there's no indication a settlement is near. That could complicate or sabotage a trade if a work stoppage goes beyond the April 28-30 draft, with teams no longer able to offer picks in return.

This was cross-posted from Clark Judge's Punt, Pass and Judge Blog. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.25.11: Happy birthday, forward pass

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • So, the forward pass turned 78 years old today. Two things: 1) It's really held up well in it's old age, and 2) Can you imagine how many billions of dollars the NFL would be fighting over if it hadn't been invented? Because I bet it would be like five. Except without the billion part.
  • Leonard Hankerson wants to carry on the "tradition" of "The U." He must not have watched the movie about what happened there. Just kidding, as you can see, he seems like a nice kid.


 
 
 
 
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