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Haley wary of Fitz’s tackling skills

Posted by Darren Urban on February 27, 2011 – 8:49 am

Had a chance to talk to Chiefs coach (and former Cardinals offensive coordinator) Todd Haley yesterday when he opened the conversation about the long-past pickup basketball games we both used to take part in. Haley (who was wearing his NFC championship ring) isn’t playing hoops right now after tearing his quad muscle in his right leg — he’s rehabbing now — and that led to discussion about when he hurt it.

He actually hurt it right before the Cardinals played in Kansas City this season. Haley was trying to keep the injury out of the spotlight, but he couldn’t stop thinking about a Larry Fitzgerald tackle.

A little background: Fitz likes to tackle. It comes out of nowhere, completely random. I’ve seen him take down teammates, strength coach John Lott and media members (Yes, I have been a victim). And Haley, who was targeted more than a few times when he coached in Arizona, was thinking about dealing with a good-natured Fitz wrap-up in Kansas City. He went so far to send a message to Fitz through an intermediary imploring Fitzgerald not to take him down.

At one point right before the game, with Haley limping toward the locker room, Fitz was coming the other way for some reason, and began running toward Haley. The worst-case scenario went through Haley’s head and he yelled to Fitz to be careful. But Fitzgerald was ready, assuring Haley — with whom Fitzgerald grew close in their time in Arizona — he knew better, before giving him a much more gentle embrace.

And no, I do not expect Fitzgerald to play defensive back any time soon.


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42 Responses to “Haley wary of Fitz’s tackling skills”

  1. By matt driscoll on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    if only larry could have chased down james harrison at the end of the 1st half in superbowl 43, todd might be wearing an NFL championship ring.

  2. By joe holst on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Wonder if Fitzgerald will update his QB wish list with Mcnabb now that he is going to be available..

  3. By CJ on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    fitz tried to he got hit in the back though, the real blame goes to anquan bolding who didnt even run after harrison

  4. By D on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Boldin quit, Rolle got in the way of Fitz and Fransico got beat like a drum on the last drive

  5. By Joe-B on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Blame Rolle for standing on the sidelines and not getting out of Fitz’s way.

  6. By cody on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    joe, theres a reason Mcnabb was not on the list to begin with. its called not being our style of QB, and diminishing skills.

  7. By casey on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    hey darren it kinda off key but have you heard any roomers about shockey if the cards would be interested in him

  8. By joe holst on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    The blame goes to Antrel Rolle who stepped out onto field to watch the play and blocked Fitzgerald for that split second.

  9. By Oz on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    If Fitz can tackle, we should put him at CB, he would instantly be our best tackling defensive back

  10. By chirpchirp44 on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    sweet picture! right after fitzgerald scored the TD in SB43

  11. By Darren Urban on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Casey —

    RE: Shockey

    I do not think the Cards will have any interest in Shockey.

  12. By Michael on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    The real blame goes to Antrel Rolle who was standind on the sideline which Fitz ran into! Thank God he’s not with the Cards no more!

  13. By ross on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Timmy got blocked in the back too if I recall correctly.

  14. By joe holst on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Please don’t sign Bulger he is a statue won’t last thru September than we will be right back to an offense with 3 and outs all day..I want Carson Palmer, Matt Flynn or Kolb..

  15. By dan on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Francisco got beat cuz DRC got out of position and left Holmes wide open. And then the TD pass to Holmes who only had 1 foot down….hehe! Besides that, Ralph Brown should have easily knocked that ball down but he mistimed his jump and jumped off the wrong foot. He blew it.

  16. By Rodgerscromartie17 on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Or how about the massive hold on kurt warner? but it doesnt matter because that game was 2 years ago

  17. By clsssylssy on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Casey & Darren:
    Jeremy Shockey would be a gift from God for the Cards and might keep players like Fitz from going elsewhere. Shockey played a key role in the Saints SB Win and was/always will be a fan favorite. I could see him as just what Coach Whisenhunt dreams for…a seasoned player, a leader and a beast, for our Offense.
    Of couse, we know all that comes with a price, and when Darren says the Cards wouldn’t have an interest, we all can read between the lines…you have to spend some bucks if you want a quality player like Jeremy Shockey and the Cards have one of the smallest budgets in the NFL. Whiz doesn’t like playing green rookies but that’s all we seem to be able to afford even though we didn’t spend any money getting a quality OC but instead just shuffled the deck inhouse. It will be interesting to see how the QB replacement plays out. My bet is that they will go with who they can get for the least amount of money and we will be no better off than we were last season. Larry Fitzgerald is the heart and soul of this team, fan favorite, and great guy. If they lose him they might as well go back to playing at Sun Devil Stadium and the old days.

  18. By Chris Freeman on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    I feel the cardinals have other need to fill more importantly than QB,we have skelton ( for which i feel did a good job in the position he was in )can you see whiz bring in a veteran this year since, there is no clue about the CBA agreement, and atleast use the first 3 or 4 picks on filing other positions ( LB, OL, CB ; Tolers a good CB and DRC needs to feel his starting job is threatened) and possibly be able to pick up another developmental guy like stanzi or kaepernick, in a 4th or 5th round?

  19. By Chris Freeman on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Also,
    Watching this guy for the past 3 years (living in tucson and all), 1 player i can see Cards picking up in the 4th round if available is the AZ wildcats, Brooks Reed. Very High motor, and is always around the ball with very good technique, during the combine tomorrow he will be a standout.

  20. By Joe on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Dont forget the OC who called the play, i know we are not a run first team but that was terrible call. The qb who tried to force it in, the d coordinator who blew the entire last series, and the refs who stopped calling some pretty blatant holding the entire last drive.

  21. By Matt H on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    By matt driscoll on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    if only larry could have chased down james harrison
    .
    He did have him until someone on the sidelines was a little too close to the field and Fitz ran into him. If that hadn’t happened then we’d have a Lombardi aroud here!

  22. By Scott H on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, don’t blame Fitz for not catching Harrison! He had to plow his way through, around, and over the entire Cardinals sideline and STILL managed to catch Harrison at the goal line. No one tried harder on that play, covered more ground, and tried to overcome more obstacles than Fitz did.

    Darren – that play was replayed so many times leading up to the SB just a few weeks ago and I noticed something that I guess I never did before. Steve Breaston was also closing in on Harrison as he was reaching the goal line but was actually coming at him from the other side. In other words, as Fitz was basically coming at Harrison from the sidelines and behind him, Breaston was coming from the field TOWARD the sideline. Looking at the replay, it almost looks to me that Breaston had a better chance to knock Harrison out of bounds that Fitz had to drag him down from behind. And it almost looks like Fitz and Breaston may have worked against each other because they came from different angles. Have you ever thought the same?

  23. By Peter in Canada on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Since Bednarik and Sanders played offence and defence why not Fitz. He could at least be the nickel back. LOL

  24. By Javi on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Darren the situation of shockey and sanders would we sign any of them?

  25. By R Robles on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Thats Haley’s fault that was a bad call everyone knew we were gonna throw a slant it shoulda never happened wasnt it 1st down we coulda ran it & we had a time out too

  26. By Darren Urban on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Clsssylssy —

    RE: Shockey

    Let’s take bets right now what kind of money Shockey actually gets for 2011. He’s still on the market. The Dolphins reportedly gave him a physical, the Panthers will too. We’ll see if he signs. If he was still great, he wouldn’t still be a free agent. Hell, if he were still what you make him out to be, the Saints wouldn’t have cut him. Or are they cheap too?

  27. By Darren Urban on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Chris Freeman —

    RE: Later QBs

    Of course that is an option.

  28. By Darren Urban on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Javi —

    RE: More Shockey

    They don’t want Shockey, I don’t believe. Not sure who Sanders is.

  29. By drummer-1 on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    good call on Clsssylssy.. i was thinking the same thing..

  30. By former AZ.resident on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    Also don’t forget that Harrison should have gotten ejected to for his penalty. After that I thought that the officals wanted the cards to lose as I watching the game there some other that wern’t called also.

  31. By Peter in Canada on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    Shockey was a really good player past tense. He’s had so many injuries over the years that I can’t see there is much left in the tank. Classic case of buyer beware just like the Porter signining. Good call Darren.

  32. By dennis on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    Have you heard anything about Steve Breason getting a new contract? Word is that his agent Eric Metz says that Breaston will not be re-signing with the Cardinals. That would be a big blow to our Passing Game.

  33. By Eazy E on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    Shockey would be a great addition as long as his medical is ok, which he said it is. The saints are cheap, they didn’t wanna pay him like 4.75 mil for next year and they think jimmy graham is good, but that is dangerous because what if he doesn’t have a good year next year, you’ll be missing shockey. Whatever we do, we desperately need to address the TE position, it is a NON factor game in and game out for us. I like shockey, but if we don’t get him(sigh), I like Kyle Rudolph out of Notre Dame in the draft.

  34. By Darren Urban on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    Dennis —

    RE: Breaston

    Breaston will not be getting a new deal before free agency. That’s all I know right now.

  35. By Barry on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    Not sure everyone’s reasoning behind grabbing all the OLD FA’s that will be available if the CBA goes thorugh. Shockey,Bulger,McNabb…all these guys are past there prime and the skill level has diminished drastically…that’s why Bulger is 2nd string..McNabb is throw to the other team more often than his own and shockey..he’s been in the system over 8-10 years…he’s going to break down and want a ton of cash…doesn’t make sense…look elsewhere guys!

  36. By Eazy E on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Barry-
    WHAT?????

  37. By jwimmer2 on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    SB40= Seahawks outplayed the Steelers and lost.
    SB43= Cardinals outplayed the Steelers and lost.
    SB45= Thank goodness “Sixburgh” is catchy for them, because nothing made me happier than to see the shoe on the other foot for once.

  38. By Barry on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    By Eazy E on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Barry-
    WHAT?????

    ————————————–

    yes….I’m serious….not sure what your what?? means..

  39. By Eazy E on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    Barry-

    McNabb and Bulger are not in the same league or class. McNabb is wayyyyyyy better.

  40. By TMS on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    Most intelligent football fans and NFL football analysts agree that 2011 will be a rebuilding year for the Cards. Let’s just accept it.

    We have no decent quarterback since we traded Matt Leinart and we need to hang onto the best players we have. There is no quick fix, just hard work for the next 3 years and some smart decisions by the management and the coach.

    Meanwhile, Pete Carroll is building up the Seahawks which could become a major power in the NFC West with Paul Allen’s money behind him. (Yes, Bill Gates’ partner in case you don’t follow MicroSoft stocks).

    Forget the stirke, the lockout or the 2011 draft. We need to work on keeping our key players. Wisenhut is not a genius, just a good coach. He can only work with players he chooses or is given. If the Cardinals want fans to buy season tickets this year, they need to deliver a good product. Let’s hope they do so.

    PS: I really doubt this will be posted on the Cardinal’s blog, but if it is I will give credit to the Cardinal’s ownership, the Bidwell family.

  41. By TMS on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    My comment is “awaiting moderation.” What does that mean exactly? Was it too candid, too honest, too realistic or was it subject to some form of censorship? I actually would like to know. We still live in America and we do have freedom of speech or am I wrong? As a season ticket holder, I would like to know.

  42. By Darren Urban on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    TMS —

    RE: “Awaiting moderation”

    It means Darren Urban, who moderates this page, actually has a life and when he leaves work, would actually like to spend time with his family and not work monitoring his blog once in a while.

    So take a step back for a moment and settle down. It may take a little time once in a while, but I got to it. Those who post here frequently can also tell you almost all comments, as long as the language is clean, get posted.

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