The State of the Cardinals

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Cardinals Underground, which is a collaborative media effort by Darren Urban, Ron Wolfley, Paul Calvese, and Jim Omahundro, have posted a comprehensive audio Off-Season Report.  The group discusses the state of flux in which the Cardinals currently find themselves.  Highlights include Kurt Warner’s retirement, the loss of Boldin, Dansby, and Rolle, and of course the prospect of Matt Leinart under center.

With regards to Matt Leinart, the group basically comes to the collective conclusion that Leinart needs to know that he’s the number one guy in order to flourish.  Darren Urban compares Leinart’s situation now to the circumstances that preceded Leinart’s rise at USC.  After Carson Palmer graduated, Leinart competed with current Chiefs’ quarterback Matt Cassel for the starting job.  USC head coach Pete Carroll noted that Leinart floundered during that quarterback competition until Carroll finally threw his support behind Leinart.  Leinart subsequently bloomed, with a Heisman trophy and two national championships following.  It’s a fair point, but parallels drawn between college and the NFL rarely pan out.

The report also addresses the loss of Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle.  The group agrees that Dansby is the harder player to replace, but ultimately both were far too expensive for the level of services they provided.  They also note that Darnell Dockett, Adrian Wilson, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are the true pillars of the Cardinals’ defense, all of which would be much more difficult to replace than Rolle or Dansby.

Unfortunately, the group puts their feet in their collective mouth regarding Joey Porter.  They note that Whisenhunt will have some “mechanism to control Joey Porter.”  The Cardinals Underground report, however, was posted on March 26th, mere hours before Porter’s arrest for suspicion of DUI, assaulting a peace officer, and resisting arrest; their analysis regarding Porter’s likely contribution to the team is still relevant, though.

Finally, Cardinals Underground addresses the current state of the roster as it relates to this month’s draft.  The commentary tends to get a bit campy, especially from Ron Wolfley, but it’s a good source of analysis that sums up the Cardinals’ extremely eventful off-season to this point.


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2 Responses to “The State of the Cardinals”

  1. Troy says:

    Just to clarify, Pete Carroll’s full statement was that BOTH Leinart and Cassel were floundering, but when Leinart was given the starting position, he just took off. Another point, Leinart still had to fight to keep his job as the starter, but obviously, no one was going to take it from him because his play was starting QB caliber. 37-2 says it all.

  2. Will says:

    Troy-

    No one can argue with Leinart’s production in college. It seems to me that Darren Urban was merely pointing out that Leinart may perform better in the NFL knowing that the full weight of Whisenhunt’s support is with him.

    Certainly, every Cardinals fan wants Leinart to perform well.

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