As the NFL sorted out its Super Bowl participants (I’ve found this weekend always much more interesting when the team you are covering is playing, but hey, that’s just me), the Cardinals once again peeked out and created a small stir thanks to a couple of reports on pre-game shows. The biggest, of course, was Adam Schefter’s note that the Cards would likely be interested in Peyton Manning if he became available, which, of course, is the same thing Charley Casserly was saying a couple weeks ago. Nothing has changed of course. I think, given the situation at quarterback, the idea the Cards would want to kick the tires on Manning seems fairly straightforward and perhaps obvious.
My thoughts haven’t changed. It doesn’t surprise me, nor is it something I didn’t already think. But there is a lot that must occur before anything could happen (stop me if you’ve heard this before). A released and healthy Manning? I just don’t see it, and no, I haven’t been talking to Rob Lowe. The hardest part is the health decision with the guy; there is a tiny window between the time Manning’s $28M roster bonus is due (March 8) and the $7M bonus due Kevin Kolb (March 17).
Meanwhile, I’m breaking every rule I set for myself by helping with this speculation. Again, let’s see Manning on the market first.
— On a secondary note, Casserly reported the Cards will be interviewing former Raiders head coach Hue Jackson for their vacant QB coach position. I know a couple interviews happened last week, and as I have said, some will take place this week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.
— Top Tweet of the night, by far: Cards defensive end Calais Campbell, in the moments before the Giants booted their game-winning field goal: “I would block this kick.” Love the well-timed, simple Tweets. Simply awesome. And probably true.
— So, as raised by @RayBeingRay on Twitter tonight, the deja vu possibility: The Cards were 5-11 in 2006 and 2010. They were 8-8, along with a Giants-Patriots Super Bowl in 2007, and 8-8 with a Giants-Patriots Super Bowl this year. In 2008, the Cards went to the Super Bowl, and ….
Ahh. We’ll see.
Tags: Calais Campbell, Hue Jackson, Peyton Manning
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