More from Michael Bidwill

Posted by Darren Urban on March 22, 2011 – 10:57 am

It’s not as if team president Michael Bidwill has been hiding or trying to stay in the background of late, but I wanted to touch on a couple of the comments Bidwill made today during an interview Monday night on Sirius NFL Radio.

Bidwill said the Cards, including the coaches, were supportive of the rules to change kickoffs (the rule, passed this morning, moves the kickoffs back to the 35-yard line from the 30 but keeps touchbacks at the 20-yard line). He said the feel of these meetings during a lockout were “dialed down from the norm” compared to the usual owners’ meetings in March.

As for a couple of other specific comments, not that they are breaking news, but perhaps underscore some of the things that have been talked about on the blog:

— Asked about the Cards need on the defensive side of the ball, Bidwill said “the pass rush is critical. We’re a 3-4 defense. Our outside linebackers are a little bit older, Joey Porter and Clark Haggans. We probably need to get a little bit of youth in there.”

— As for the contract of Larry Fitzgerald, “He’s been very clear that he wants to be a Cardinal for life. We’ve been very clear that we want to take the necessary steps to make sure that happens. We’ll get it done. I’m confident of that.”

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  1. By Todd on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    Why are the Cardinals supporting the kick off rule change? Kick off returns are very exciting and touchbacks are particularly lame. If you want touchbacks, lets just skip the whole kickoff and just have the receiving team start with the ball on the 20. It would speed up the game and avoid plays in which nothing at all happens (touchbacks). No one attends games to see how far the kicker can kick the ball into the end zone.

  2. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    Todd —

    RE: Cards and kickoffs

    Bidwill said they agree it will help with safety, which was the reason it was suggested in the first place. And Whisenhunt was quoted as saying good special-teams coaches will still find ways to make it work. Whether that’s true or not will be seen — if kickers are just crushing the ball to the back of the end zone, it’s going to be tough.

  3. By Travis McCollum on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    How can this team support this new rule. One of are best players Stephens-Howling is a Kick return beast and this new rule will most likely make him a non factor in the game.

  4. By Phoenixraven1 on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    Great comment to heat on Fitz!

  5. By B on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    Lol…we want safety for our players!!BUT let’s go ahead and add 2 more games to the season(even tho the fans don’t want it).

    Hog wash.More touchbacks=More comercials maybe?lol idk

    Just hope there is football this year:)

  6. By Frustrated on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    The key to the kickoff change may very well be in the other change they made to the kickoff. The kickoff team now cannot take more than a five yard running start before the ball is kicked.

  7. By Rich on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    I like what Bidwell has to say. He’s a good owner…..knows when and how to talk…and when not to. Sign of a good organization.

  8. By D on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    Joey better start slowing down on his Vegas trips..I think Clark’s contract is probably better suited for backup role than Mr. Porter

  9. By KingJM on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    This is absurd! All of these ridiculous rule changes lately are really annoying. Leave the game how it was; we don’t want it to change.

  10. By Cardsfan50 on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    I wish they didn’t need to change the rules, but as long as the players keep getting bigger and faster and theerefore having more violent and possibly destructive collisions, the health needs changes too. 50 years ago most defensive linemen were under 220 pounds, safeties weighed 175 or less, running backs were 150 or so. Those days are long gone, and changes have to be made every now and then.

  11. By brad oneill on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    instead of kickoffs they should place the ball at the 50 and 6 players from each team in each endzone. the ball cannot be advanced and possession will not be determined until 45 seconds after the ball has been touched. whoever wins possession gets the ball on their own 20. if the ball leaves the field of play before the 45 seconds are up one player from each team is thrown to the crowd to be disemboweled.

  12. By Nick on Mar 22, 2011 | Reply

    If Peterson and Miller are both available at the 5th overall pick what do you see the cardinals doing?

  13. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Nick —

    RE: Peterson v Miller

    As I have said before, I believe they’d lean toward the pass rusher over the cover guy.

  14. By bluepitt on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, Is this true?

    Cardinals aren’t inclined to spend good money on a vet QB

    “One of the many teams in the hunt for a starting quarterback is the Arizona Cardinals who, a year later, are still working on the not so small task of replacing Kurt Warner(notes).

    Marc Bulger(notes), who followed Warner in St. Louis, has been mentioned as a possibility. The Cardinals have been mentioned as one of the three NFC West teams that could be interested in Kevin Kolb(notes), who the Philadelphia Eagles are shopping.

    Of course, the Cardinals are also out kicking the tires on some of the draft prospects, and it’s believed they’ll take a close look at Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert although they may not be interested in Auburn’s Cam Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner.

    If the Cardinals don’t go after a high draft pick – and sitting at No. 5 there is no guarantee Gabbert will be available when they select – then they’re going to have to fish in an awful small pond of veterans.

    Compounding the problem is owner Bill Bidwill doesn’t want to spend big for a veteran quarterback at this point. One league source said ownership isn’t inclined to do anything more than the $4 million, one-year contract that Warner was given in 2005 after his not so successful stint with the New York Giants. Now, Warner walked away from the second year of a $23 million, two-year contract in 2010, but the Cardinals didn’t pay him until he performed like he did during the heyday of the Greatest Show on Turf.

    Per our source, Bidwill doesn’t want to open the checkbook to pay and there is some concern this is going to handcuff coach Ken Whisenhunt. The Cardinals, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, will impose a 35 percent pay cut on coaches beginning April 11 if the lockout is still ongoing. Slashing coaches’ salaries is a good way to motivate them to seek work elsewhere. Going cheap at the single most important position in football is a good way to ensure the franchise returns to its old ways.”


  15. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    bluepitt —

    RE: QB

    I’m sure you’ll attack this answer, but I guess it depends on the circumstance. They aren’t going to chase McNabb, as I have said many times, and that’s not a money issue. So then we look at the other veteran QBs available. Let’s say, for argument’s sake, we are looking at that $4 million a year. Of the veteran QBs (that are free agents) out there, is there a guy worth more than that? Bulger? Hasselbeck? Kerry Collins?

    Things would change if you traded for a guy like a Kolb or Orton. They are younger and have existing deals. The Palmer thing would be interesting because I think that deal — assuming there is one, given that Mike Brown said yesterday again he wouldn’t trade Palmer — would be predicated on Palmer re-doing his contract, because I don’t think any team would be willing to pay him $11M-plus the next two or three years, Cards or not.

    In the end, this is what I believe: Will the Cards blow off every QB because of price? No. I believe, if the market eventually dictates it, they will do what they have to do to get a veteran in here. They don’t have a choice.

  16. By Brad Wheeler on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Every fan loves kick returns, the NFL are making these rule changes without consulting the fans, ridiculous! These players get paid large sums of money, they know there are safety risks, these players get paid a lot more then soldiers, yet you don’t hear soldiers complain of the risk of getting injured or even dying! Grow some balls NFL, and i’m disappointed in Michael Bidwill too, how lame is that he supported this travesty! This is a huge deal, they are changing NFL for the worst!

  17. By Eazy E on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    The cards gotta pay for what qb they want. McNabb is the best option. I don’t know why the cards may not be interested in him. Qbs like Bulger, Hasselbeck, Collins, are about done. Vince Young is another good option also. They aint trading Palmer and he hasn’t looked great the last two years, but he’s better than bulger, hasselbeck, and collins by a mile. The cards need to pay up for the qb that is good such as mcnabb and vince.

  18. By Mike Ellingboe on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply


    I’m kind of wondering how moving the kickoff up will enhance safety? A lot of kickers don’t get the ball to five yard line as it is so in those cases the play will still be live, and now their gunners have been given a five-yard head start.

    The really strong legged kickers will likely just put more air under the ball to keep it in play and that too, will give coverage an advantage. If anything it would seem moving the kicker back would create more safety as the up-men would have more fielding chances, and the speed they move (in comparison to the designated return men) should create less impact.

  19. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply

    Mike —

    RE: Kickoff changes

    It’s still a work in progress to see the actual effect of the new rule. One part of the change is that cover guys are five yards closer, but they no longer can make a running start from way back — all cover guys can only be five yards back from the tee, slowing their head start.

  20. By Mike Ellingboe on Mar 23, 2011 | Reply


    The five-yard running start rule clears up my confusion, much appreciated.

  21. By bluepitt on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    “I’m sure you’ll attack this answer” HAHA Fair Enough!!
    Actually I didn’t think about the pickn’s being slim.. ( I am going to send a strongly worded E-Mail to the blogger stating just that.) I do understand the Mcnabb stuff, but he would give us the 9 win’s we need to go back to the playoffs, and he can move to compensate for our O-Line. I don’t see Bulger doing squat! A rook came in and did better than he did, Our O-Line would get him killed. Palmer 9 wins with our WR’s. The rest have yet to prove any thing or way over! Id take Kitna in a heart beat!
    Out of all, who would you want and why Darren. Be Honest! And you can only pick one! I wont Attack your answer/opinion. lol

  22. By Darren Urban on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    Bluepitt —

    RE: QB “want”

    Well, the thing is, this doesn’t happen in a vacuum. If we are talking about ANY of the names floating out there, I like the idea of a Kolb or Orton, because they are younger and not at the back end of their careers. But when you add in the price it could take to get either, their value, to me, goes down. Among the free agents, I think I could live with Bulger short term, but I’d like to know the long-term plan. (And I like Kitna too, to be honest, altho he’s under a long-term contract).

  23. By Fresh Talks on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    Two words, VINCE YOUNG.

  24. By Darren Urban on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    Fresh Talks —

    RE: Vince Young

    There is a reason no one talks about Vince Young. It’s the same reason no one talks about Vince Young for any of the other teams out there desperate for a QB.

  25. By Ernesto on Mar 24, 2011 | Reply

    All the rule changes for the game that is supposed to be a contact sport with being able to take out the oppsing team is dumb. This game was the best when we didnt have to worry about getting some dumb rule thrown at you when your just having fun playing what you love. I hope there is a good turn out for our QB this years season.

  26. By bluepitt on Mar 25, 2011 | Reply

    Two Words….FU– That!!!!!! hahahahaha

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