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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

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This blog's East Coast bias makes me sick. And I find Jesse's Pacific Northwest bias noxious as well. So: what's up with the Cardinals? Not the St. Louis Cardinals -- I'm fed up with all that Midwest coverage we've been getting (seriously guys, EST or PST. Just pick one) -- the Arizona Cardinals.

Edge, after the Cards lost to the Raiders:

"They warned me about this," James said after gaining 34 yards in 14 carries against the Raiders.

James leads the NFL in rushing attempts but is averaging 2.7 yards per carry.

"I wasn't prepared for this, man, I really wasn't, when making my decision," he said "I don't know what we're doing now."

I think they have talent, but the personnel on the lines, especially O-line, are problematic (no way a team with that much offensive talent should be scoring so little). What should they do? Free agent pickups than could/should have made? Can still make? Fire the coach? Release/trade/bench some players? Move the city to Balitimore in the middle of the night?


  • step 1: secure high draft pick for this year.

    step 2: Platoon Edge w/ any young RB w/ promise to see if they have any future horse in the stable.

    step 3: If they don't find any young horse that's worth a damn, trade one of their multiple draft picks (see below) - not a first rounder - for Mike Bell, or someone similar.

    step 4: unless there's a monster lineman coming out of college this year, parlay a top 3 draft pick into multiple picks.

    step 5: use multiple picks to create really good offensive line to protect Lienart.

    step 6:

    step 7: win superbowl (aka profit)

    What this plan doesn't take into account is the miserably terrible fan support they get. Although moving the team is an option, I think it's a poor one, since AZ is the fastest growing market in the US, and contrary to popular opinion, it's not JUST old people moving out there.

    By Blogger Alex, at 11:55 AM  

  • For what it's worth, apparently they're getting decent fan support this season (new stadium), and the reason they're making such a fuss about winning (when have they ever cared about that?) is that they're worried they'll go back to having an empty stadium.

    By Blogger chas, at 8:14 PM  

  • Maybe I'm too much of an Edge fan, but this team's problems really do seem like O-line, O-line, O-line. And then maybe defense. Then the running game.

    I don't know how you build an offensive line in a hurry, but if they want to maintain the city's interest, I think that's what they have to do. Maybe they should think about trading one of their WR this offseason?

    By Blogger Jesse, at 1:11 PM  

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    By Blogger Jesse, at 1:11 PM  

  • Agreed. Edge is getting nailed in the backfield. So either his speed ihas decreased by HALF since last season, or his O-line is teh suck.

    But don't trade the WRs. Their best chance to stay afloat is to have Leinart/Fitz/Boldin become golden boys.

    In the meantime, I suggest nothing but run-blocking guards in the middle rounds. The pass-blocking OLs tend to go high (left tackles and whatnot) but guards aren't such hot commodities, and centers are rarely taken above the 4th. If the scouting is there, OL talent is cheap to come by.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 1:46 PM  

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