In light of today’s happenings, some meaning on a Cardinals’ level:
– As mentioned yesterday, the Cardinals got a third player in the Pro Bowl today as Larry Fitzgerald goes yet again (for the fifth time and fourth season in a row) as a replacement for the Packers’ Greg Jennings – who obviously has better things to do prepping for the Super Bowl. Fitz joins S Adrian Wilson and DT Darnell Dockett.
– With the Steelers winning it once again impacts the Cardinals’ search for a new defensive coordinator. There seems to be little question there are candidates from Pittsburgh. Linebackers coach Keith Butler and even defensive backs coach Ray Horton have been mentioned repeatedly in reports, and now, after ESPN talked today about famed defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau having his contract expire after this season, the Hall of Famer’s name is now floating around.
Of course, all are off-limits for another two weeks (coach Ken Whisenhunt said he was planning on interviewing a “couple of guys” at the Senior Bowl this week, and I am assuming that means guys other than possible Pittsburgh men). Does that mean those guys are out of contention? Or does Whisenhunt feel confident enough he can get someone that he’s willing to wait?
– Speaking of ESPN reports, there is the story today about Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer expected to demand a trade (and threaten to retire to get it done). If Palmer were to go on the market – and again, the Bengals don’t have to send him anywhere – I am sure the Cardinals would have serious discussions about trying to get him.
Then again, a player can’t be traded until there is a new collective bargaining agreement, and given the current landscape, that could be a while.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Carson Palmer, coaching staff, Darnell Dockett, Dick LeBeau, Ken Whisenhunt, Larry Fitzgerald
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