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Friday before the Rams

Posted by Darren Urban on December 3, 2010 – 5:02 pm

Today was a good Friday. Our annual third-floor potluck luck was highlighted by freshly made carne asada tostadas by Rolando Cantu. First Mexican-born NFL player, and a killer chef to boot.

Of course, I’m not sure that has any affect on Sunday’s game. I’m guessing no. But I’m trying to go glass half-full here. I am sure optimism isn’t warranted until it’s earned, and the way Sam Bradford has been playing the Rams have to be feeling confident. I mean, they might have been a crucial Steve Breaston strip away from beating the Cards the first time, and that was Bradford’s first NFL start, not his 13th.

But this team isn’t going winless the rest of the way. They just aren’t, no matter what funk they are in. Is this the weekend to snap it? Is the way they seem to have rallied around Derek Anderson after his version of the Monday Night Meltdown translate? (Oh, I am imagining the comments below already). The Rams haven’t won back-to-back road games since 2007. The Cards have beaten the Rams eight straight times.

I’m not predicting anything. The Cardinals have to play better. It is disconcerting to hear Adrian Wilson talk about guys communicating poorly on defense (and getting in the wrong spots) still, even though we are this deep in the season. The offense has never found any kind of steady rhythm all season. These are the major things working against the Cards, and again, they have to earn any kind of trust/respect/prediction right now.

– There will be a toy drive at University of Phoenix Stadium before the game. Cheerleaders and personnel from Chicanos Por La Causa will collect new unwrapped toys and monetary donations outside each stadium entrance. Donations benefit the “Angeles Del Barrio” program that distribute toys to more than 13,000 needy kids in Phoenix and San Luis.

– Linebacker O’Brien Schofield is feeling pretty good, although he wishes he could ditch the brace he must wear on his knee. “I told them they are going to see me run down the field one day and it’s going to come off like I’m Forrest Gump,” Schofield said with a laugh. He will wear it through the season, but insisted he’s going to find a way to rid himself of it in the offseason.

– That’s when Schofield plays to build up his legs, period. He weighed about 246 in college. He got down to 221 after his knee injury, and is back to 244. He wants to play between 248 and 250, weight he plans to build in his legs.

– Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, on special teams demon/kick-return star LaRod Stephens-Howling: “LaRod has been lights out. You want to pick an MVP, he’s hands down the guy.”

– It’s very clear they are waiting for John Skelton until next year and that it’s always been the plan. Hopefully, that answers everyone’s questions.

– Tackle Jeremy Bridges was fined $20,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalty Monday against the 49ers for hitting a player in the head. The league pointed out it was Bridges’ fifth such infraction since the beginning of the 2009 season (the five don’t necessarily have had to have been flagged in the game, just deemed penalties when the league looks at them later). Linebacker Clark Haggans was fined $10,000 for a blow to the head/neck area in the same game.

– In that first game against the Rams, perhaps you remember Fitzgerald being targeted 15 times but only getting four catches. Much frustration that day, although Fitz said this week his health was “about 25 percent” for that game after he hurt his knee in preseason. “I wasn’t full-go at that point.”

– Tim Hightower usually does pretty well against the Rams, so that’s something to look for.

– So does Wilson. If there was ever someone who needed a standout game, it’s A-Dub. Of course, you could say that about a lot of Cards.

 



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43 Responses to “Friday before the Rams”

  1. By ross on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    I would enjoy seeing a big dose of hightower and beanie regardless of the outcome. Those two are our best chance to win, aside from hyphen just returning everything for TDs.

  2. By FresnoBoy on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

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  3. By Eric on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    If you could: please list the home and away opponents for next year. I know you posted this awhile ago, but I can’t remember or can’t find it anywhere. I don’t think some of the other websites are updated. Thanks.

  4. By steve on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    WITH THE 9TH PICK IN THE 2011 NFL DRAFT……..THE ARIZONA CARDINALS SELECT…………QUARTERBACK RYAN MALLET UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS.

  5. By John on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Back to the same old arguments im tired of reading and commenting myself. This coach is not going prepare for next year, he’s worried about winning a meaningless game at least once the end of this season. There in lies the problem with this coach all along. Its like he wears blinders.

  6. By Mary bone-White on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    I am not worried about a “standout” game, how about just being respectful!!! I think each and every player should donate their slary from 1 game to the charity of their choice. We “the fans” have donated the cost of our season tickets to see a team play that couldn’t get it together, the high school games have been a better value this year!! I will continue to support my home-town team, I hope they get their act together soon.

  7. By Scott H on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Yet another measuring stick for just how far we’ve fallen…in the past, we could lick our chops when the Rams were coming to town, knowing that Warner would shred the Rams defense while our defense would totally feast on a hapless Rams offense. Ah, life was good. This year? The Rams are coming to town and I’m already fairly confident that this will be consecutive loss # 7 for the Cardinals. Why shouldn’t it be? The Rams are a better team ( now, when was the last time anyone could say THAT??? ) and the Cardinals looked like the worst team in the NFL right now against the 49ers last week. Darren, don’t be so sure that this team isn’t going to lose out from this point. When you’re bad enough to lose 6 in a row, what’s to stop you from losing a few more? And even if they do win, so what??? What good does that do us now? So…we’ll be 4-8 instead of 3-9? Know what? When you’re that far out of the realm of relevance, it really doesn’t matter.

  8. By Phoenixraven1 on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Come on ADub!!!!

  9. By Lone-Eagle on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Talk is cheap, We want to see action on the field. Time to stop losing!! For the record, I don’t buy the mumbo jumbo with Skelton. My question is the future, does that mean that they won’t be looking to get Luck or Newton or any other QB in the draft . I hope we much more effort out there on Sunday than we saw on Monday night. It’s obvious we are not going to three-peat as Division Champs, but at least we can play for pride. However when do you decide it is time to look at the future in Skelton.

  10. By Darren Urban on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Eric –

    RE: 2011 opponents

    I believe this is because of the potential lockout, but I have not seen any list anywhere of 2011 opponents.

  11. By McNab's future on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Cards, anyways you suck. No expectation from you anytime soon. Good luck with the draft.

  12. By Darren Urban on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Scott H –

    RE: Losing out

    Here’s why I m sure: I covered that 2006 team that lost eight straight. Denny Green was a lame duck who wasn’t coming back and everyone knew it, including players. His coaching staff was a disaster. Guys were packing it in … and then they won 4 of their last 7. That team was a much bigger mess than this one.

    Now you can argue if it matters to be say, 6-10 or 5-11 compared to 3-13, and maybe in the “not in the building” way it doesn’t. But it does internally, and it does to fans too. Trust me, if they keep losing, the fans will get even more fierce. If they win a few games, fans still won’t be happy, but the bile will retreat a bit.

  13. By Pheenic Cromartie on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, a couple questions I have:

    1)From all the articles and things you have said about the Cardinals and John Skelton, is it starting to seem like we won’t be looking into acquiring a QB this Off-season through FA/Draft/Trade? Is the FO thinking that we can save and keep John Skelton as our future QB? Because that would be disastrous. I personally agree with you, and think he’s too green to start (Although I think we should give him a little playing time to see where he’s at).

    2)What are your thoughts on the lockout? Do you think there’ll be one, or do you think the NFL and the Players Union will come to an agreement? Also, if there is a lockout, will all the teams just pick up undrafted rookies and UFL players and people like that to fill in for the season? I hope it doesn’t come to that, because the NFL will lose millions-money and fan wise.

  14. By AndyStandsUp on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, you trying to be a half-full kinda guy is akin to this year’s Cards winning the division.
    You can posture all you want, but it ain’t going to happen.

  15. By sean p on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Yes, but Darren, that team that won 4 of its last 7 had better quarterback play during that period of games then we have had all year.

  16. By TucsonTim on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Saving Skelton for 2011, brought to you by the same folks who “briefly” considered McNabb, waited until the last day of training camp to cut ML, who could have had Smith for free, who balked on Bulger and who now want us to believe that Fordham U is a place where great QBs go to develop their talent. Sure some great QB’s come from insignificant colleges such as tiny Augustana College (Ken Anderson…but he did have Bill Walsh a his QB coach). This is exactly in keeping with a cheap owner who doesn’t want to pay any big bonus, can under pay a starting QB and can off load the blame on some coach trying to reinvent his carrer when the plan fails.

  17. By Justin Wheeler on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    Over the years you’ve proven to be a better talent evaluator than people give you credit for.
    I’m curious, should neither Hall nor Skelton blow the coaches away the rest of the way who would you think would operate Whiz’s offense best in the 2011 draft:
    Ryan Mallett, Andrew Luck, Jake Locker, or another rookie QB?

  18. By Darren Urban on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Pheenic –

    RE: QB/Lockout

    1) Skelton’s spot is immaterial to them looking for another young QB. Until you are sure you have one, you keep looking. Nothing wrong with drafting another one next year and having two (or three, if they still see Hall as an option) to choose from.

    2) I do think there will be a lockout. I am not as sure there will be missed regular season games. (The lockout would start in early March). As for “scab” players in games, that is impossible. A lockout means the owners are locking out the players, who want to play. You can’t put on replacement games in that instance. Only if the players went on strike could you do that.

  19. By Darren Urban on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Justin –

    RE: QB choice

    No idea. Haven’t studied any of their games enough. Luck is by far considered the best of the three you just mentioned. I’d assume Luck. But I wouldn’t bet my house on it.

  20. By Casey on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    RE: Skelton

    Darren,

    I’m with Lone-Eagle. I don’t want to think for a second that a 5th round pick from Fordham is this team’s long-term plan at QB. Obviously wouldn’t surprise anyone if the Bidwills would love for that to be the case from a cost perspective or if Whiz would like that to be the case from an ego perspective (he can’t seem to deal with the swagger/confidence that big time 1st Round Round stud brings with him after dominating the highest levels of college football at the age of 20 or so).

    Honestly, fans want to see what Skelton can do this year in a wasted season; they are frightened at the thought that this coaching staff/organization would go into next season thinking Skelton is the guy. Please don’t tell us that’s the case.

    I share the opinion most do on this board. Andrew Luck is a once a decade QB prospect (not just physically, but mentally and emotionally- go look into this guy’s background Darren) like Peyton Manning, John Elway, Dan Marino, and I hate to say it, but probably Sam Bradford.

    If you have a top 10 pick in this year’s draft, you do whatever it takes to trade up to #1 to get this kid. Yes, that means trading your entire draft or perhaps even trading Fitz if it looks like you won’t be able to extend him before going into the final year of his contract. Andrew Luck is that transcending, that powerful.

    If Michael Bidwill wants to sell PSLs at UOP and sell out every game for the next 15 years, he will find a way to get Andrew Luck. But I’m highly skeptical that will happen. First and foremost, no way the Bidwills ever want to pay a #1 overall pick, let alone a QB who is the #1 overall pick. Secondly, Whiz will struggle with the inherent pressure that comes with having an all-world college QB; he will also struggle to set aside his ego for someone like Luck who literally came out of the womb as the “second coming.” As a result, Whiz will spend the off-season trying to convince Graves and the Bidwills that he can win with Skelton and Hall.

    And his ego will drive everything- because if he can win with a 5th round pick or an undrafted rookie, what does that say about his offensive coaching prowess? But winning with Andrew Luck? Come on, anyone can do that, right? Following a year in which everyone is giving Warner all the credit for the Cards’ recent success, Whiz will go out of his way to try to build the team with underdogs (=inferior talent) that ultimately serve to glorify his ego.

    I’m all about the big picture here. Winning a couple more meaningless games down the stretch only increases the price of moving up to #1 to get Luck. We’ve already established that Whiz isn’t going anywhere this offseason nor should he even if they finish 3-13 (yes, I agree that he deserves a 5th year considering what he accomplished in years 1 through 3). So he doesn’t need to win another game to secure his job (Billly Davis needs his defense to post a shutout the rest of the way to save his job, but that’s another story).

    The last 5 games should be about figuring out what you have in a number of younger guys and key free agents (Darryl Washington, O’Brien Schofield, Dan Williams, Will Davis, Alan Branch, Gabe Watson, Rashad Johnson, Greg Toler, Jim Dray, etc.). I do think that ultimately a decision will need to be made between Max Hall and Skelton, so I would hope that Hall at least sees more time as the sun sets on this season. Look, you’re always trying to win games in the NFL. No one is saying you just tank it (although thats exactly what the Cards just did on Monday night whether Whiz would ever admit it or not even off the record), but it becomes about accomplishing bigger picture objectives, similar to the way most teams use the pre-season. You’re never not trying to win, but you’re also trying to tinker with schemes and test different personnel packages. It just does no good if AZ wins 2-3 more games with guys who aren’t part of the longer term picture anyway (Porter, Haggans, Hayes, Faneca, Anderson, Robinson, etc.). I doubt seriously that there’s much of a dropoff when you remove these guys, but regardless, they no longer fit into this team’s longer term objectives and they all need to be sat down for the betterment of the big picture.

    True fans see the opportunity to land a once in a decade/lifetime QB in Luck and are more than willing to set aside short-term pride for long-term glory. Even if Luck proves to be unattainable because Carolina loses out and refuses to trade that pick for anything, the Cards have a unique opportunity to move forward with 3 other franchise QB prospects (albeit with more risk) in Mallet, Locker and Newton. This is the draft this team just can’t afford to screw up after some bad misses in recent years (Levi Brown, Cody Brown, Alan Branch, Rashad Johnson, Buster Davis, and more and more everyday, Beanie, DRC, and Dan Williams). They’ve got to nail the QB position this year (and if it’s not trading up for Luck and giving away most of the rest of their draft, they also need to nail OT, OLB, Safety and CB).

    Let’s all admire the special talents of Sam Bradford this Sunday as we remind ourselves of the bigger picture opportunity for the Cardinals in this draft with Andrew Luck (and to a lesser extent, Mallet/Locker/Newton). It’s not about going 5-11 or 6-10 with the easiest schedule in the NFL and somehow feeling better about ourselves; it’s about getting a player who literally sets this franchise up for success for 10-15 years.

    And before you ask Darren, no, Leinart was never the prospect Andrew Luck is. Night and day. Apples to Oranges. Let’s not go down the path of, “we already had an opportunity with a ‘gift from heaven’ and we see how that worked out.” Luck is in his own solar system- just spend a few seconds with Steve Keim if you think people on this board are blowing smoke.

    Thanks,
    Casey

  21. By Brandon LA on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Did I read the Washington article correctly? Will Warner be in the booth on Sunday? That’ll give superstitious Whiz some hope. Last game with a” W” Kurt was up there.

    4-8 You can do it. Really… It’s okay.

  22. By Phoenixraven1 on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply

    Big bump there boss! Mallet is incredible, plays in a NFL style offense not some spread offense!

  23. By Lone-Eagle on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    Casey,

    As much as I agree with you, there is no way the Bidwells will give up their bank for an Andrew Luck, or any QB of his caliber. All of your points are excellent! Under different ownership,maybe, not the Bidwells! I am interested in seeing how this game turns out! And by the way, as far as I am concerned, the only reason the Cards were in the play-offs was because of Warner!!! Everyone knows that!!!!

  24. By Jeff Gollin on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    On “It’s very clear they are waiting for John Skelton until next year and that it’s always been the plan” – That’s about 80% of the story. The other 20% of interest to us fans is: “Is he on track in his development, and – if he’s where the coaches want him to be – what’s he need to do to have a shot as a starter or #2 next year?

    On various roughness fines – I know it’s politically incorrect to whine about the officials, but there were at least three times Sunday where a Ram pass defender was draped over a Cardinal receiver before the ball arrived, and no flag was dropped. Maybe it’s just the way refs treat losing football teams, but I think we’ve been the victims of lopsided officiating all year long.

  25. By badyear on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    Warner is gone, Johnny Unites is gone, Joe Montana is gone, Bart Starr is gone etc, etc get over it.

  26. By emm7777 on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    Great, so now we go into next season with more unknowns at QB? Whiz is not this stupid! Yet, here we are! I’m sure Larry will be stoked on not knowing who his QB is again. (Or if he’s even capable of playing at the NFL level)

  27. By shannonrobinson on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    The NFL Players Association has posted the total team payrolls for NFL Teams in 2010. Not surprising to Cards’ fans that Arizona ranks near the bottom (30th) in total team payroll at 85.3 million dollars. Perhaps most galling is the realization that the Cardinals spent $25 million less than the league minimum of $111 million they were required to pay in player salaries in 2009. This tells us that the Cardinals owners are banking heavily that next year will be a guaranteed lockout. Obviously ‘Dollar Bill’ Bidwell is back to his age old reputation – I thought we were beyond that with the new generation of owners. The fact that the Bidwell family has hedged their bets on a labor shutdown is only surprising because they are also wagering their recent successes of a premier tax subsidized stadium, an NFL Championship, two Division Championships, sell-out home games, and the fan base. Certainly money does not guarantee success on the field as the Redskins are at the top of the payroll list with salary expendatures of $145 million. However the Pats, Packers, and the LIONS are all over $140 million in payroll. The Saints and Ravens spent more than $130 million. In our Division the Seahawks and Rams both outspent the Cardinals by more than $20 million. The 49ers spent $45 million dollars more than the Cardinals in salaries at $128 million. Maybe money isn’t the only rule for team success but maybe the reverse of that corollary might be true. If you’re 30th in team salaries in the NFL you are likely to be 3-8. Therefor lack of investment could guarantee team failure. The Panthers might have a total committment to achieving the number one draft choice next year by dead last spending of $77 million on payroll, but that might also be a reason they would trade the top choice. Wall Street would probably report that the Cardinals are performing according to their financials. Maybe we should congratulate Whiz and his staff for coaching up a team that has the rock bottom salary scale that Arizona has been dealt.

  28. By Dylan on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    shannon- just letting you know if you add up the dollars that they tried to give to rolle warner and dansby we would be well past the 85m mark so you are very wrong indeed

  29. By Don't Take Losses on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    O’Brien Schofield looked like one of the fastest bursts on the field last Sunday, fwiw.

  30. By cards62 on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    Shannon – Matt Leinart would have cost how much this year??? Marc Bulger cost ???????? That is the big reason along with poor draft choices the last 3 years, horrible defensive coaching, and o line coaching.
    It is best to judge a team payroll looking at 3 years so lets see how we look next year. This will tell us plenty about the Bidwills.

    Casey excellent excellent post on what the Cards need to do. All real fans know this, but it takes a strong front office to say to its coach. Coach we just signed you to an extension and you are not going anywhere, but we need to make the following moves now to set our team up to win next year. This same front office could have did this when Warner retired and in the preseason with Matt L. but they did not so I wish they would but know they will do nothing. Casey if you were the owner or if I were the owner how would we have reacted after the 49er 100% total embarassment? I guarantee you my rant to the players and coaches would have made Derek Anderson rant sound like the Were going to Disneyland speach by a Superbowl MVP.

    Do not worry Cardinal fans wanting a high draft choice our beloved Cardinals will not win another game this year with Derek Anderson or Max Hall at QB this season unless we play a team that tanks the game on purpose for their own draft status.

    Casey there is no guarantee at QB as there have been many can’t miss busts at the position. Matt Leinart was that loved after his junior season at USC but old Pete C. convinced him to come back to USC for his senior year. How’s that extra year of learning working out for you and your pocket book Matt L?
    I have said before we should draft Andrew Luck, no guarantee but I like his risk/reward. Yes he will cost us plenty but not as much as a Manning/Brady/Brees and look what Sam B. has done for the Rams. I did not think the Rams with their roster would win 2 games this year so my hats off to the Rams. If we can not get Luck who I think the Bengals will also go after then we definitely get a vet in the offseason but also draft Mallet or Cam Newton. I am not a Jake Locker fan.
    Hoping for a better 2011 Steve

  31. By Janice on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    Football is a business. They didn’t want to pay for Rolle, Dansby, or Bouldin. They didn’t want to pay the retention bonus for Leinart so he wasn’t good enough. (By the way, he had to be better that what we ended up with) Memo to the CHEAPwills, you get what you pay for.You paid for a last place team and that’s what you have now.

  32. By Brad ONeill on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    I think its pretty unfair that the cardinals are going to play derek into oblivion and give Hall and skelton no chance at a future.

    you see if we lose the rest of the way we pick up Andrew Luck which is all fine and dandy for everyone except out quarterbacks. but not only will we get luck we will get early picks in all 7 rounds. That means presumably we will get better talent all around and with the exception of Larry Fitzgerald, Darnell thanks for the big check dockett, The Hyphen, and Kerry Hollywood Rhodes. i can’t think of a single player whose job shouldn’t be in Jeopardy to a first or second round pick.

    There is one problem with hoping for Andrew Luck. if there is a lockout he may just elect not to come out at all until the dust settles. he has seen how timid the teams are acting and he also is smart enough to know even a slight uptick in the economy could mean a huge upswing in his earnings potential.

  33. By Brad ONeill on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    for those of you who think trading fitz for a first round pick is a good idea, i would remind you that fitz has clauses in his contract that make him hard to trade without his consent. and do you really think he would consent to going to the team that earned the number one spot in the draft?
    Buffalo, Cincinnati, Carolina all could use Andrew Luck more than they could use larry Fitzgerald at this juncture.

    I absolutely hated it when the suns traded Hornacek and marjele. trading fan favorites is a bad business decision and since the Cardinals seem to be about profitability over anything else i dont think they would part with Larry. if they traded him and then suffered through another losing season with a rookie quarterback the gate receipts would certainly suffer.

  34. By Dylan on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    janice- the only person they didn want on this team was boldin… they basically offered dansby and rolle the same exact contracts and they wouldn come back and then add warners 20m on to that we would have spent well over 140m if they all came back…. which is say we would be a good team.. with out a qb that can atleast get you a touchdown or 2 we aren going to win with anyone.. our defense is out on the field for way to long it all starts with the offense

  35. By Scott H on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-

    I appreciate the feedback. I know that you are right about all that you say. Sure, I would feel better if they won, too. I’m just having a hard time coming down from the past few seasons…if you’ve been reading my posts, you’ve heard the bitterness! Trust me, I’m not enjoying it.

  36. By cardsalltheway on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    Grooming a QB,
    The Cards/Ken W. deal with QB’s like John McCain deals with DADT.
    Each and every rookie QB drafted(Max Hall wasn’t drafted) is an ace in the hole, the Cards/Ken W. have chosen not to play its ace when an ace is truly needed. I say play the ace when you need it b/c you never know you’ll have another chance(Ken W. or John Skelton could be gone next year). For Ken W. to say John Skelton will get a chance next year reminds me of when he said…”Matt is our guy.” I don’t trust Ken W., for obvious reasons. It’s too bad the Card players have been forced to “rally” behind the wrong guy.

  37. By Adam on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    Adrian Wilson is talking about lack of communication on the Defense. Again, this is Billy Davis’ fault. This Defense looks like they’re doing a chineses fire drill at times. If guys aren’t doing their job then you put someone in who will. The talent may drop but I would rather have a consistent player who is a little less talented than an amazing athlete who makes a ton of mental errors like this team does. Billy Davis is afraid to sit a guy that makes a lot of money just like Whisenhunt is afraid of the money guys as well.

    What coach is afraid of their players???? That’s just horrible. The coaches are all of the reason for all of the mental errors and lack of fight in this team. I bet the Rams can’t wait to play the Cards now. I can’t wait to see this game. Are the Cards gonna show up or lay an egg. Hmmmmm???

  38. By clssylssy on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Janice and Shannon, it’s refreshing to not be the only one reminding the so-called Cards fans that the NFL is a business. We, the fans, buy the tickets and try to support our team but the revenue is going to support the maintenance of a cushy lifestyle for the Bidwell family. In order to have a quality product it is necessary to put money into development and that means hiring an Offensive Coordinator, paying players the going wage. Obviously,that has not been their priority.
    I do believe in Coach Whisenhunt and would remind you that as bad as things seem,the Cards have the same record as the Broncos and Cowboys 3-8, the Bills, Bengals, and Lions are all 2-9, and the Panthers are 1-10; not where we expected to be but the West is a tight Division and we could still come up in the rankings. St. Louis is playing very good but in my years as a Cards fan I have seen them pull some pretty surprising upsets. To me, more embarrassing than our season this year is all the whining and negativity the so-called “fans” continue to put forth each week–that’s something you never would hear from a Cowboys fan, who, when they were 1-5 still believed they were SB bound or a Denver fan, who continue to believe they will come back!
    For all the experts who are so critical of John Skelton because of the school he went to, alot of Steeler fans see something in him and are anxious for him to get a shot at playing…I would say they are in a better position to evaluate raw talent!. Everyone wonders why the Cards don’t get any respect and I think it all has to do with the fans who are so hot and cold. The team mirrors the belief we, as fans have in them, and ,I don’t think anyone will argue with the fact that they were a more inspired group whe we were of the thinking that “WE DO THIS TOGETHER”

  39. By eazy e on Dec 5, 2010 | Reply

    How about newton over luck, damn he is amazing!!

  40. By Nick Pepe on Dec 5, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t understand most of you. I will worry about next year at the end of the season. I want a WIN. The sooner the better.

    Nick Pepe

  41. By cardscat4L on Dec 5, 2010 | Reply

    Cardinals should have at least five QB’s on the field during training camp next year to prove to us that they are doing anything and everything to get this fixed.
    Go Cards.!

  42. By cards62 on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Nick Pepe

    The 2010 season ended iduring the preseason games. Sorry you missed the memo. Fans always have to think for the best so this is why a lot of us moved on to 2011 a long time ago. Not the fans fault the front office and coaching staff ruined a promising 2010 season for the Cardinals facing a very weak schedule in a very weak division. Go 2011 edition of the Cardinals.

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