A holiday weekend means Friday off, but before we reach the end of Thursday, I figured to touch on a few quick subjects:
— The signing of safety James Sanders doesn’t mean Adrian Wilson is going anywhere or that Sanders will even play a big role. I mean, he could, but there is nothing guaranteed (I remember the Cards signing veteran safety Keith Lewis in 2009 to a two-year contract almost as soon as free agency started and he didn’t make it out of training camp.) But again, this is a veteran who should serve well in the locker room. A scouting report from someone who covered Sanders acknowledged his age — he doesn’t run as well as he used to — but that the veteran is a good person, good with teammates and is intelligent, the kind of player who makes sure everyone is on the same page defensively.
In some ways, it sure sounds a lot like Richard Marshall (and like Marshall, Sanders is from Fresno State. He’s actually a one-time college teammate of Marshall’s.)
— I’ve talked to a lot of players over the years and most have always said what you’d think they’d say in context of the game — “You never want to see anyone get injured” and “You’re never trying to hurt someone.” They are just making football plays. So why is it that so many seem to, if not defend, not be upset with what went on with the Saints? I get that they think it’s part of the culture, but that’s not what everyone has been saying all these years. The idea a coach would specifically talk about going after a opponent’s concussed head or ACL — knowing what a guy has to go through to come back from a torn ACL — makes me cringe.
— If you didn’t see it, we have an offseason Underground podcast available.
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