Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Tenacity

Earlier we talked about draft choices Eric Green and Antrel Rolle, and how they are an excellent addition to what was a depleted secondary. Everyone talks up these draft choices and they should, both players are good athletes, but they won’t be handed the job right away. People tend to forget about David Macklin who is already the starter. The cornerback position is Macklin’s to lose. The guy is small and often over looked, but his tenacity and pesky presence keeps him on the field.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

No Suprise Here

With the addition of journeyman quarterback Kurt Warner, Josh McCown has official taken a back seat as the number 2 quarterback going into training camp. Even though he has become the back up, he still has training camp to dethrone Kurt Warner. McCown still shows improvement and has impressed the coaches as well. So it is still quite possible for McCown to get a game or two under his belt in the 05’ season.

Monday, May 23, 2005

A Mentor

I have to admit that Dennis Green has done a great job revamping his team with much needed talent. Recently signed free safety Robert Griffith will bring something very valuable to his team, especially the secondary.

The young secondary consist of two draft pick, both cornerbacks, Antrel Rolle and Eric Green. The Cardinals were looking for much need veteran talent to help the rookies adjust to the NFL game speed which is far different from College.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

3rd times a charm

from Foxsports.com
QB Kurt Warner is with his third team in three years, but he'll be operating an offense that's familiar to him. The Cardinals scheme is similar to what Warner ran in St. Louis, although it's hardly the scoring machine the Rams were when Warner was there. Warner knows what he's doing in this system. Coordinator Keith Rowen was a former assistant in Kansas City under Dick Vermeil, who coached Warner with the Rams.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Young Guns

Anquan Boldin's absence because of a contract dispute can't be underestimated. He's the team's best offensive player by a large margin, and the club doesn't have anyone who can match his production. Larry Fitzgerald has the ability but has yet to reach that level.

Although, Mr. Larry Fitzgerald did have his way with CB Antrel Rolle, the team's first-round pick, in the first two days of camp. But Rolle seemed to adjust in the last practice and was better in coverage.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Reporting In

from Foxsports.com
Kenny King isn't well known, but his return from injury this year should give the club a huge boost. For now, King is playing "under" tackle behind Darnell Docket, but he also can play end. He missed last year with a wrist injury, but has returned 20 pound heavier, which should allow him to hold up better inside. King has great quickness and instincts. Even if he doesn't start, he'll play a lot as a substitute for tackle Darnell Dockett or at defensive end or in nickel situations. His versatility help make the defensive line deeper than it has been in years.

The team has two solid fullbacks, Obafemi Ayanbadejo and James Hodgins, but only one of them is expected to make the team. Ayanbadejo seems to have the advantage. He played well last year, and while he's not the devastating blocker that Hodgins is, Ayanbadejo is a running and receiving threat. He was especially effective in goal line situations. Hodgins missed all of last year with a shoulder injury. At 273 pounds or so, he moves well and is an excellent lead blocker. But the Cardinals like to use the single-back formation a lot, so it would be a luxury to carry two fullbacks.