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The uncapped year and other stuff

Posted by Darren Urban on September 29, 2009 – 11:01 am

We’ve just gotten started with the season but this blog post by former NFL front office guy J.I. Halsell does a nice job breaking down what the uncapped year would mean to free agency. If there won’t be a new collective bargaining agreement by early next year, the NFL will deal with no salary cap (before there is a potential work stoppage in 2011, but we won’t fret about that — yet).  He even ends up using  free-agent-to-be Neil Rackers as an example. It would really wreak havoc on free agency, which is why it exists in the first place. It’s supposed to be motivation to get a new CBA done.

A couple other things:

– The Cardinals have converted only 10 of 37 third-downs this season, an astounding low mark of 27 percent. Last year, they were at 42 percent, which shows you how much the passing game isn’t clicking.

– Ever wonder what happened to Marcel Shipp after he was released in training camp 2008? He has resurfaced in the UFL (and is on the same team as Arizona local and Arizona State product Adam Archuleta).

– Finally, please welcome in a new member of the Cards’ broadcast and web departments. Pete McElroy will be doing both video and written pieces for azcardinals.com after spending the past few years covering the Washington Nationals.


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13 Responses to “The uncapped year and other stuff”

  1. By Big Red on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    SHIPP should be brought back as a blocking back and some tough running.

  2. By Daren on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Welcome aboard Pete.

  3. By Barbara wurzbach on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Always. Liked Marcel. I still think we could use him. Happy he found work!!!

  4. By Ottis Anderson on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Sorta sobering to think we’re also 1-7 since winning the NFC championship game. Four of those losses were in preseason, but with so many of the preseason problems still not solved, those four games have been a fairly accurate barometer of predicting what would happen when the games really counted. The two games after the bye week will probably determine how the rest of the season will go, or at least if we have a shot at the playoffs. Third game after the bye week is a trip to see the NY Giants. Let’s hope we’re 3-2 going into that game!

  5. By vsancards on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Shipp is my daughters favorite Cardinal to this day. I think she now has a favorite UFL team! :)

  6. By Paul on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Well, when we have had a handful of 3rd and very shorts. Either Warner checked off to a pass or a pass play was called from coach. I’m thinking more of the former. The staff may have to reign in Warner because he wants to pass 50 time a game.

  7. By Ken S. on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Lets put the 3rd down percentage in better context please.

    I would be curious to see if the teams avg. distance to earn a 1st down on 3rd down is about the same, smaller, or greater.

    I think that would give us a more accurate picture of this team.

  8. By william Beltrami on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Coach Whiz is the head coach, he is also offensive cord….I know two seasons ago he did this. He said he had Tod Haley do it so he could consentrate on being the head coach, that was the superbowl year! Do we have a budget for one? I think it might be a smart move. I know he is a great cord…..however, thats why other teams have them.You may know how, but please!

  9. By Barbara wurzbach on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Is Denny green coaching in the ufl??

  10. By darrenurban on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Barbara —

    Yes, Denny is coaching the San Francisco team in the UFL.

  11. By Superfuzz on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Hey welcome Pete! Just came back from watching the Nats beat the Mets tonight! Go Big Red!

  12. By Kelly Taylor on Oct 1, 2009 | Reply

    As long as rushers are coming free on the edges, Kurt is either going to be sacked or forced to immediately throw away the ball and the down. This is completel;y the fault of the coaching staff; they’ve made no adjustments period. I can’t believe they’ve not addressed this. Kurt can only call timeout so many times.

  13. By Rayzona on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    I miss Marcel Shipp also. He would be great with Hightower. Call him up Whiz.

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