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DRC’s learning curve

Posted by Darren Urban on January 26, 2010 – 2:01 pm

The news today from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie that he’ll be out three to four months — and hopefully be back for OTAs — is great news for both the Cards and DRC. Not only does it sooth any lingering fears after his injury in the Cards’ final game — quieting the idea the knee injury will sap him of his No. 1 gift, speed –  it means his education in the NFL will continue to happen before 2010 officially starts.

DRC is a Pro Bowler, and I believe deserved. But there is little question (and DRC will acknowledge this himself) he needs to get better in many aspects of the game. He probably needs to be willing to be a little more physical (that may be tougher in the short-term after suffering two injuries in the final three games trying to tackle) and he needs to continue in improving the mental aspect of the game, both in film study and his concentration during games (the latter was an admitted issue).

Having him available for some on-field work and meetings in the summer is crucial to DRC’s continued rise. That should happen assuming he works on his rehab, which he has already started. Heck, if DRC is already a Pro Bowler, it’s amazing to think of what he can still become.


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10 Responses to “DRC’s learning curve”

  1. By Clayton on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    DRC’s best game was at Tenn. Be nice if we could get his parents to show up every game then I think he would more. Total lack of focus seems to be his prob.

  2. By Antonio Cromqrtie on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hope You Recover Soon My higga.

  3. By RedSea on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    This question is WAY off topic…

    I was at the Divisional Playoff game in New Orleans and their fans are CRAZY (in a good way). That was one of the loudest stadiums I’ve ever been in and in my opinion was noticeably louder than the NFC Championship game last year at UofP Stadium.

    Put in a word to M. Bidwill and tell him to play a song before every kickoff just like the Saints play Stand Up and Get Crunk. Something catchy but that would get a reaction from the crowd. The way the Saints crowd got into it when they played that song was amazing…

  4. By Mitch on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Theres a local band around here that is starting to blow up called Echoes The Fall… The cover a rock version of “Eye of the Tiger” that gets me pumped! Check it out! myspace.com/echoesthefall

  5. By thereisonly1 on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    DRC has quickly become one of my favorite cards players in his short career. one thing i have always disliked about him however is his risky play. sometimes it works out for him and he gets a pick, but the majority of the time he ends up getting burned. but he must be doing something right if he gets a pro bowl nod in only his second year. oh and another thing, that haircut has gotta go. he looks like a damn rooster.

  6. By shannon robinson on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Graves has a lot on his plate. The contract with Rolle is a little unsettling. It seems that Dansby and Rolle are both in the same financial dilemma with the club and both next year would be set to be paid what Warner received in 2009. So we see that Rashad Johnson was drafted to replace Rolle? Will Davis to replace Dansby….like Doucet was selected to replace Boldin. Had Cody Brown not been hurt it would be clearer that he was drafted to replace Bertrand. Then you get an injury to DRC and schedules of who’s up to the plate change fast and we find out Toler is a pretty good cover corner. With DRC’s injury less than we thought you can project our two young corners might move McFadden to nickel back. That’s why I disagree that an offensive tackle is needed in the draft – Coach Grimm fished for his talent in late rounds with Herman the Planet Johnson and Brandon Keith. Not many clubs keep all their draft choices like Mr. Graves has been able to do in the last couple years. I’m glad DRC will recover quick and be strong again soon.

  7. By Pay Dockett on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    If I was GM I would draft… (if warner doesnt retire)
    1st round: Pass rusher
    2nd round: Deep cover Free safety
    3rd round: Pass blocker, preferably for LT
    4th round: Situational pass rusher
    5th round: Accurate Kicker (rackers for kickoffs this guy for FGs)
    6th round: Run blocking fullback
    7th round: Situational STer

    (if warner does retire)
    Get Chad Pennington from FA, pay Rolle for a long term contract
    1st round: Pass rusher
    2nd round: Quarterback from a good defensive division in college
    3rd round: Outside linebacker, high priority pass rusher
    4th round: Pass blocker for left tackle, let him prove himself but if not put in Levi
    5th round: Kicker
    6th round: Pass blocking fullback
    7th round: Situational STer

  8. By cardinalconvert on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    No one can disagree with the fact the Cardinals’ defense is not Superbowl worthy. That applies to the running game. I think Beanie is showing great promise to fill in the running game void. I am worried about the defense. Too many long 3rd down conversions and 4th down conversions, letting team come back after being up by over 14 points very consistently is a bad omen. I am happy Cards had a good season but worried they are not going to addresss that.

  9. By mike hadzinski on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-

    I know this sounds crazy but has there ever been any talk of getting A.Williams in here to coach Db’s or is he fine selling car’s i think he would do a hell of a job on nfl flims they show the episode were he is teaching Corey Chavous and tom knight how to back pedal read zones Etc he is like a kurt warner type and i think the team would feed of that not to mention he made the pro bowl almost every year lol. mike-

  10. By darrenurban on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Mike –

    There has been no talk of Aeneas coaching. I think they are happy with the job Teryl Austin and Rick Courtright are doing with the DBs.

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