Chatting from a room with a view

Posted by Darren Urban on February 23, 2011 – 4:41 pm

Indianapolis is the anti-Dallas — meaning it’s cold, but no snow. You can see Lucas Oil Stadium from my hotel room (proof below). And speaking of my room, that’s where the computer will be hooked up for tomorrow’s live chat with general manager Rod Graves and director of player personnel Steve Keim (the link is here), which will begin a little after 1 p.m. Arizona time. As you can imagine, time is precious here in Indy, but we will have some combination of 15- or 20-minute chats each or one bigger one for about 30-40 minutes. Obviously we will get to as many questions as we can (and try to be realistic; Don’t bother asking flat out if the Cards will take a QB with the first pick, for instance. They don’t know yet and even if they did, I don’t see it being revealed on a live chat in February).

Before then, I’ll be over at the stadium as the first wave of players, coaches and GMs come through the media area. Because so many athletes train at the Valley’s Athletes Performance, our flight today had a heavy NFL-bent — among those I saw on the plane were Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, Washington QB Jake Locker and Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, along with Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt, offensive coordinator Mike Miller and special teams coach Kevin Spencer.

Welcome to Indy 2011.

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24 Responses to “Chatting from a room with a view”

  1. By Zapp on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply


    Are the Cards interested in Jeremy Shockey now that he is a free agent?

  2. By Darren Urban on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    Zapp —

    RE: Shockey

    No, I don’t think he’s in play.

  3. By Kurt on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply


    I expect the Cards will meet with Shockey at the combine.

  4. By Phoenixraven1 on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    Why would Shockey go to the combine?

  5. By AndyStandsUp on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    You may have spoke too soon, Darren. Rain/snow forecasted in Indy for the next four days. (Watch out for the melting roof snow!)
    Didn’t know that 3 possible QB draft picks were working out in AZ. Was it against NFL policy to scout those guys?

  6. By Darren Urban on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Local workouts

    You can’t just watch a guy every day. And the guys don’t want you to see them unless they are at their best.

  7. By ross on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, enjoy! Keep up the great work. Best blog on the web for cards fans.

  8. By JoeVero on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    tomorrow can we ask Rod and Steve who they are scheduled to interview during the combine?

  9. By Darren Urban on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    JoeVero —

    RE: Questions for chat

    You can ask whatever you want, but no promises they’d get answered. That question, I’d think, they’d want to pass on so everyone doesn’t know exactly who they are looking at. They get up to 60 interviews. I’d think you could guess a chunk of them.

  10. By bluepitt on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    Shockey!!!!! hahahaha to much $$$$ for our front office! he would come in and boost our Line on the first snap!!! So will we even waste the time.. Well we all know the answer to that!!!!!!! a big fat NO!

  11. By Mark on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Any chance of meeting the coaching staff while there in Indy Darren? Nice view.

  12. By D on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Are we able to email questions to Mr. Graves today?

  13. By Darren Urban on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Chat

    If you can’t get to the computer during the chat, you could e-mail questions to But I can’t make any promises.

  14. By cody on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply


    why is Shockey not an option? he seems like just the kind of guy Whisenhunt would want. hes not a superstar, but hes good at what he does, and wouldnt cost a fortuen.

  15. By Darren Urban on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Cody —

    RE: Shockey

    He’s not a superstar, but are you sure he doesn’t still see himself as one?

  16. By D on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks. Let us know if Elmo’s steaks are better than Shula’s. I ate there in Indy a few years back and it’s a nice place with good food.

  17. By Darren Urban on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Indy food

    Interestingly, the group I travel with usually passes on St. Elmo’s. Sacrilege, I know.

  18. By D on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Well, if a new CBA gets done, we maybe limited to only going after Bulger. Kolb is not worth a first this year and a 3rd, Palmer won’t get out of the Cincy Jail franchise and Denver is naming Orten the starter, even though it’s early. Hopefully we don’t get in a bidding war with SF or MN or any other team wanting him.

  19. By RelayTV on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    My take on Shockey:

    He’s been bounced from 2 teams because they had younger TE’s who played really well on the roster, so he’s got a chip on his shoulder, and he’s loves the media attention. He’s the TO of TE’s.

    BUT, he is MUCH BETTER than any Tight End we have on the roster. He would absolutely upgrade our offense and would fill the hole that Boldin created when he left. (a big, tough receiver to catch passes across the middle, and take the hard hits.) And now that the Saints released him, we could get him relatively cheaply.

    In short, it would be a great addition.

    Here’s why it won’t happen: He runs his mouth.

    Right or wrong, Whiz does not like who draw attention in that way.

    Shockey will be catching passes for some other team next season. Hopefully in the AFC.

  20. By Scott H on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Darren –

    RE: Your view

    A view of a nice beach in Jamaica with hot chicks in skimpy bikinis would be better, perhaps…but we all envy you just the same.

  21. By Javi on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    So is there a way that the cardinals can sign schockey or even barry sanders I would like to know about both

  22. By cardsalltheway on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    We have Ben Patrick, he caught a Super Bowl TD pass but displaced his left kneecap last August on a Greg Toler tackle during preseason. After that he only caught 15 passes in 9 games while coming up with goose eggs in two of them. I hope Ben Patrick will have a better year and is utilized as with our other TE’s.

  23. By brad oneill on Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    shockey is a star- he has amazing skills both blocking and catching.

    He is also apparently difficult to get along with.

    He does not rise or sink to the level of TO, You don’t see him berating the team in public. He happened to be in a situation where the team went with youth over “enthusiasm.”

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