Pieces before OTAs

Posted by Darren Urban on May 18, 2010 – 9:17 am

The Cardinals head out on to the field about 10:30 this morning, but until then …

— There was some concern about a rookie or two having to miss some time at OTAs because of their college graduation dates (like Beanie missing all of OTAs last summer) but the class looks intact. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said during minicamp the situation of quarterback John Skelton had to be “clarified” and apparently it has been, because Skelton was here yesterday.

— Seeing the new issue with Andre Johnson in Houston and his contract problems just serves as a reminder that the Cards aren’t the only team that deals with such things. Since I believe Darnell Dockett will be out there today (I would hope, after he’s shown up the last couple of weeks), it’s nice that for the most part, the Cards aren’t dealing with those problems (technically, since Deuce Lutui is unsigned, he’s not skipping anything).

—  Kurt Warner is getting his number retired. Nope, not by the Cards. By the Iowa Barnstormers, the Arena Football League team with which he jump-started his professional career. I was able to cover Warner’s last AFL game ever, an ArenaBowl loss to the Arizona Rattlers at then-America West Arena in 1994 1997 in which the game turned when Rattlers star Hunkie Cooper picked off a Warner pass over the middle and returned it for a touchdown. One of the things I always remembered was talking to Warner afterward and thinking how gracious he was in defeat. That opinion certainly never changed in covering him for five seasons as a Card.

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18 Responses to “Pieces before OTAs”

  1. By John on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    The Arena Bowl that you covered was in 1997, not 1994. In 1994, the Rattlers played the Orlando Predators in Orlando.

  2. By darrenurban on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    John —

    Oops. Better fix that.

  3. By CMacyn on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    Darren- How is Stevie Baggs transition to rush linebacker going? Also, have you seen a lot of Howlings and if so how is he progressing?

  4. By darrenurban on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    CMacyn —

    Haven’t seen much of either. In Baggs’ case, we won’t have a handle on that until training camp.

  5. By CMacyn on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    In you opinion what player has surprised you with their play so far? Thanks for the info D.

  6. By darrenurban on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    CMacyn —

    No one has really stood out. Remember, they haven’t been on the field save for those three days of minicamp. Ask me again at the end of OTAs.

  7. By CMacyn on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    Fair enough, thanks again D.

  8. By RMendoza on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    Darren. You are a so lucky. Im glad football is starting up even if it is OTAs. Im keeping my fingers crossed for no injuries and that a rookie or two picks it up fast and becomes a solid contributor. Keep us posted brother. GO CARDS!!!!

  9. By sergio on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    Darren do you think the cards will ever retire Kurts number? I know he didn’t play most of his career here and that the rams will definitly retire his number but my argument is that he is one of the main reasons that the cards are the cards they are today…maybe if he had won that superbowl it would help his case…

  10. By darrenurban on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    Sergio —

    I think Kurt could end up in the Ring of Honor. But the Cards rarely retire numbers.

  11. By ben on May 18, 2010 | Reply


    Do you have any pull in changing the home page? I think we have seen AW enough in the black unis. Sorry off topic, its just getting a little old.

  12. By darrenurban on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    Ben —

    Many people have pointed this out. I will pass it along.

  13. By DRC#1FAN on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    HELL YA!!! I think Warner should be retired for the Rams and the Cards too. Indeed. 13 isn’t a very commen number anyways. lol. maybe thats a little excesive. but Im happy to see the man get some credit.

  14. By Bryan on May 18, 2010 | Reply


    Do you think Warner’s number should be retired? After all, he did bring us to the superbowl

  15. By darrenurban on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    Bryan —

    I think he probably deserves consideration for a Ring of Honor spot. Given the circumstances with which this team retires (and doesn’t retire) numbers, I’m OK with not retiring his number.

  16. By AndyStandsUp on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    If they won’t retire Luis Sharpe’s number( #1AZCOKHED), Warner’s number 13 will have to settle along with Steve Nash as two of Arizona’s better athletes and men.
    Though Steve isn’t overtly religious, these two guys are what people need to see in a sports role model.

  17. By TucsonTim on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    What’s on the helmet?

  18. By Donnie D on May 19, 2010 | Reply

    Now that Shawn Springs is released by the New England Patriots, we should pursue him

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