Marshall coming, and getting started

Posted by Darren Urban on July 30, 2011 – 7:26 am

The Cardinals will have a conditioning test this morning, but given that a chunk of their guys can’t even do it (the same rule keeping the vets out of practice until Aug. 4 keeps them out of the run test as well), it’s all relative.

“It’s just to assess where our guys are,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “Honestly, it’s all about player safety. When you are talking about practice, you want to know which guys are in the shape you want, which ones may need a little extra work.”

— Looks like the Cards got a veteran cornerback. Former Panther Richard Marshall tweeted this morning he is on his way to Arizona.

— On acquiring WR Chansi Stuckey, Whisenhunt said the Cards got a physical, intense player. “When you lose  a player like Steve Breaston, this is an effort to bring that kind of effort to the position.” Whisenhunt was asked about getting yet another receiver. He didn’t say they would, but he didn’t say they wouldn’t. He wants to see the current WR corps work first.

— LB Stewart Bradley can play any of the four LB positions, even an outside rusher as possible. His key will be staying healthy.

— On the free agent chase and signings: “It’s by no means behind us,” Whisenhunt said. The roster churn will probably be ongoing for at least another couple of weeks. The Cards are talking to tight end Todd Heap, for example.

— With Deuce Lutui going to the Bengals, Jeremy Bridges and Rex Hadnot will have a shot at RG but Whisenhunt did note the Cards are still looking at the market for linemen.

— For the vets who can’t practice until Aug. 4, they can watch practice and go to meetings. They can’t do anything else.

— Whisenhunt said the Cards should have their top three draft picks under contract “in the next day or two.” Third-rounder Rob Housler actually showed up, and that’s a no-no when you aren’t under contract. “I had to say, ‘You can’t be here,'” Whisenhunt said.

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99 Responses to “Marshall coming, and getting started”

  1. By Chris Minton on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like Marshall had twice the tackles as DRC last season, and the same amount of INTs, but half the passes defended. 40 speed of 4.42 at the combine in 2006. If he can cover worth a crap, I’m happy with the pickup, even if it’s not the big name I was hoping for.

  2. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    “The Cards are talking to Todd Heap”.

    Talk is cheap. Sign him that will make a big statement on the commitment to winning.

    Lets Roll

    Richard Marshall – I do not know this guy but the stats look good. More info please!!!!

  3. By Robbie on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, will Marshall start or will Greg Toler?

  4. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Robbie —

    RE: Starting CB

    That’s what camp is for. We have to see how Patrick Peterson is on the field too.

  5. By Zero on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Who is the fastest person on the team now? Just wondering since DRC and Breaston both left. Oh and what does everyone else think about Marshall, never really saw his games so is he any good?

  6. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Richard Marshall – Twice as many tackles and interceptions as DRC.

    🙂 Lets roll

  7. By 98CardsFan on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    oh yeah baby! keep adding solid pieces to fill the holes for a more rounded team! i hoped Marshall would come here, to me he plays like a younger Ike Taylor that can catch. Todd Heap as a mentor/receiver and more competition at WR is needed. I work graveyard and i’ve been checking every hour for some kind of updates lol. Im glad they are no way finished because i really like what they’ve done so far!

  8. By JohnInLasVegas on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Can the vets who can’t practice until Aug 4th, at least work out with John Lott?

  9. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    JohnIn —

    RE: Lott and vets

    Technically, no.

  10. By toddcard on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    need another o-lineman!! …and c’mon todd heap!

  11. By Rich on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply


    They already have 4 tight ends under ctrct. If they sign Heap that’ll be 5. King and Housler aren’t going anywhere. I can see Spach getting cut, but Dray? He showed alot of all purpose promise. Can they carry 4 tight ends into the season?

  12. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Rich —

    RE: Tight ends

    They will also sign draft pick Rob Housler.

  13. By John the draft guy on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Love, Love , Love the Richard Marshall signing. He is not a shut down guy, but is physical and a great tackler. When you draft a guy with the 5th pick, ala Patrick Peterson, you expect great things out of him. Adding Marshall gives us a good trio of corners.

    Duece going to Cinncy tells me he is all about the money. Cinncy is a mess and with the Ravens and Steelers in their division, they aren’t winning anytime soon. Big mistake Duece.

    Can’t see spending money on Heap when we still need to add an O-lineman and we just spent a 3rd on a TE and signed King. Not sure how that all fits.

    Two things Darren;
    If Bradley can play the OLB spot Haggins occupies, do you see us bringing in another ILB? Bradley is a taller, “long armed” kind of guy. Would you say he is similar to Dansby?

    Finally, I know the world sees Bilichek as someone who does no wrong, and I know you don’t cover the Pats, but do you smell desperation? The old model was find roll players to fit into the puzzle, now its like a fan took over and grabbing at every big name out there.

  14. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    John the draft guy —

    RE: LBs

    I could see them getting someone else, but for what spot, I don’t know.

    As for the Pats, he’s giving up late-round draft picks to swing for home runs. If they pan out, he’s a genius. If they don’t, he’s given up, what, 4th, 5th, 6th round picks? Meh. Who cares. Especially since he always ends up with so many in the first, second and third rounds.

  15. By Christian on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you Cardinals. Great pick up I think. Needed to fill that spot and did it without hopefully paying to much. Great tackler in 3-4 scheme.

  16. By Serg on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Welcome to Arizona Richard! Woo you replacing DRC!

  17. By Steve in NC on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Good luck with yet another Cleveland cast off. Not sure what Whiz was talking about when he said Stuckey is a physical and intense player. I guess he missed all the times Stuckey dropped a perfectly thrown ball or when he was knocked off his route when the defender breathed on him.

  18. By Zero on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Is there any chance that they will go for Edwards at WR? I mean they’ve said they weren’t going for big names but none of us expected them to jump in for Nnamdi the other day either hmm. Edwards apparently ain’t going with the Jets so.. And do you think we’re done looking for CB?

  19. By John the draft guy on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Back to the LBs
    Two years ago the cards were interested in bringing in Antwan Odom, who at that time was one of the top sack guys. Since then, he blew out his achilies in 09 and was released this year. Any talk of bringing him in for a physical and taking a shot at this guy recovering.

  20. By Steve Lee on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    All I can say is, Kolb better perform for 65M semolians. And Bulger was too expensive last year? I hope we’re not going back to the old incompetent Cards.

  21. By LUKE on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    panthers were 11th in the league in pass defense last year and 18th in points….alot better than we were..and horton wants a tackling corner.good pickup imo

  22. By R Robles on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Any word on Zach Miller ?

  23. By CJ on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    i love this richard marshall signing. hes a strong physical cornerback and he has sacks on his resume a long with interceotions he seems like the kind of player thats going to go for a secure tackle rather than attempt an interception and risk the wr just blowing by him like Dominique did i think that this is a solid pickup and it shows were looking for players to fit in Hortons new defensive system than just pure talent

  24. By steve on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I wouldn’t mind signing Leonard Davis — he can play both guard and tackle –he was an all-pro every year in Dallas, have not heard anything about him —have you Darren???? I dont think he left Arizona with a bad tast in his mouth— also what the chance of bringing back Hayes at less money — I mean we have 2 young prospects that might be great at linebacker dont think we need a star there as much as a solid ‘body’

  25. By Arizona Brian on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys this richard marshall guys is for real!…check him out on you tube..his corner blitz is ruthless, his speed puts it all a DRC just willing to power tackle…if the ball is in his hands he is super fast..i know horton will take care of our a lil dissapointed with the stuckey pick up..we needed someone a little more better opposite of fitz….here come the double team every play against fitz…..keep up the hard work darren

  26. By Steve on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren: Great job reporting. My question is how would you characterize the Cards passing scheme in general? Does Whisenhunt want more of a down the field attack or does he prefer more of a balanced short passing game such as how Warner was used? Kolb is coming from a west coast system but some analysts have questioned his ability to throw the 20+ yard throws even though Whisenhunt has said Kolb fits their system and what they’re trying to do

  27. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Passing attack

    I need to see what happens first. But I think the Cards may try to get more conservative/running this year. We will see, but that seems to show given the personnel moves.

  28. By AndyStandsUp on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Last season the two largest areas of disappointment was a.) quarterback play and b.) defensive pass rush.
    Kolb should solve the first problem, but I still haven’t seen the moves necessitated
    for pressure improvement.
    IMO, Bradley is more needed to takes Hayes’ spot than OLB.
    Darren, IYO, is the Cards going to stick with last years guys to have better play in getting to the QB?

  29. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Pass rush

    I do think there is a lot on Schofield for instance. But mostly, there were not a lot of 3-4 pass rushers available in FA.

  30. By John the draft guy on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t mean to stay on the Pats topic, but remember, this team doesn’t win any superbowls if it weren’t for that 6th round pick back in 2000. Right?
    Funny, Hayesworth doesn’t want to play in a 3-4 and then goes to NE who says they will use a guy who averages 3 sacks a year to passrush. Lots of smoke and mirrors. Seems desperate.

    Back to the cards, now CB is taken care of, Is there any names besides Heap, that you have heard the cards are chasing? Tackles Jared Gaither or Jamaal Brown perhaps? Signing one of them would cap off a great offseason.

  31. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    john the draft guy —

    RE: Names

    Have not heard anyone new.

  32. By In Whiz We Trust on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Agree with John the Draft Guy, this is a great pickup for us! Marshall isn’t the biggest name in the market, but will be a solid contributor to the team. He matches was Horton is looking for in the secondary, physical, good tackler, can make plays and is not afraid to mix it up. He should be no less than our nickel cb if Toler beats him out for the starting gig.

    Darren – I have no clue what is asking price is for salary, but have you heard anything being spoken inside about Barrett Ruud? Thanks!

  33. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    In Whiz —

    RE: Ruud

    I would doubt Ruud after Bardley signing.

  34. By LUKE on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    in regards to stuckey not sure why coach whiz is always looking to the Browns of all teams to pick up players.pickup former brown braylon edwards.dont get the browns connection.bad team,bad players….

  35. By AJ on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply


    Overall, and I know its difficult to judge with no camp yet, but how do you feel the Cardinals have done so far putting their puzzle together?

    Any essential needs you feel we still need to address?

  36. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    AJ —

    RE: Puzzle

    Ask me in two weeks. No way to know.

  37. By tom on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply


    is there any reason the marshall deal is only for one year? that kinda sucks…

  38. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Tom —

    RE: one-year

    I am not shocked; everything is so rushed and the market so flooded, I expected some guys to want to take another UFA run next year.

  39. By robert on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I would compare richard marshall to a player like ike taylor very physical trash talker nice size and speed. And darren has there been any interest on T. bunta cain (olb for the pats) just got released I feel he could provide some nice depth kinda like travis laboy did 3 years ago.

  40. By D on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Not sure what the cap is at right now: still could add another Off Tackle in FA, and a back up DT but I hope they take a flyer at OLB. Not sure what they will be able to get out of Porter or Acho this year. Obrien should have the other spot. I think if some team would give the Cards a decent draft pick for Hightower, they should take it. Any news on Petterson signing?

  41. By Hernandez55 on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply


    Do you know when we’re going to sign peterson? Why are they taking their time when most of the other teams have locked in their first rounders?


  42. By John the draft guy on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Osi is holding out. Giants may not have enough money. Osi is athletic enough to be moved to OLB. Cards have money to spend. Although everyone likes Schofield, and Acho was a good pick, we still don’t have a proven passrusher under 30

    Darren, could the cards make a play?

    P.S. About my earlier post about Odom. He is now 280 pounds. Unless he drops a bunch, he is too big for OLB.

  43. By Bill L on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I think this team is nicely coming together. Marshall is a great add and I think Kolb will surprise a lot of the naysayers. He may not be worth $65M but I think he will work his tail off to prove he is. Our WRs behind Fitz have promise but now we need to see results. Not sure about Stuckey but we will see. TE looks good with the rookie Houser and King. I’m not sure we need Heap and his constant injuries. If we want a Sun Devil TE go get Zach Miller (of course he’ll cost a lot more $$). I for one won’t miss Duce. Good luck with one of the worst organizations is all of sports. Let’s add an OL or two and a LB or two and the division or maybe more success can be ours for the taking. Let’s get busy and behind this teams as Week 1 nears!!

  44. By aitchem on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    This is a GOOD signing! Very good move.

  45. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply


    Marshall only gets a 1 year deal, what’s up with that?

  46. By John rennecamp on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    DEUCE goes for the money in Cincy – why else go there? Good riddance and good luck with that mess. I never thought he was committed anyway. Same with DRC – he was likely gone for the biggest bucks when he became a FA – just a feeling.

  47. By This Guy on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Chansi Stuckey has played 4 season and has never broken 400 yards….. This by far is the worst signing of all

  48. By darrel on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren the cheifs realesd rg brian waters he’s an older vet like faneca and a 5x pro bowl guard any intrest by the cards ?

  49. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darrel —

    RE: OLine sign

    Womack was the pickup. A tackle.

  50. By Matt in Philly on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Not pleased with the Stuckey pickup. He’s not the #2 we need. Right now we have a slew of #3 and #4 receivers under contract (Roberts, Stuckey, Williams, Komar) but no #2. We gotta get Malcom Floyd, or even Braylon Edwards. Also, it would be awesome if we took a run at a guy like Ernie Sims. With Lenon, Sims, Stewart, and Washington rotating at the ILB position, we would really be able to lock up that middle part of the field. Floyd and Sims would be freaking awesome.

  51. By Chris on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply


  52. By kgjr22 on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I love this pick up. Even though I will miss DRC wish him all the best of luck. I think Horton wanted a guy that is phisical and a guy that isnt afraid to tackle and so he has his man. This kid looks really good can’t wait till we actually see it pay off. Now all I want is to build are line to protect our future investment GO KOLB!!!!!!!!!

  53. By Bryan on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    If the cardinals are in the market for a LB do you think they will go for someone like barrett ruud or nick barnett or will they go for a lesser known LB?

  54. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Bryan —

    RE: New LB

    I am not sure what LB they are looking at or even if they will.

  55. By modavaysean on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Is the coaching staff looking at another RG now Duece is gone . Carl Nicks and Justin Blalock are still available .

  56. By Peter in Canada on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Toddcard- We have lost Deuce and Faneca and replaced them with Colledge. We sure as hell need at least one O-lineman preferably two and he’d (they’d)better be an upgrade over Bridges Hadnot Brown and Keith. What do you see in the crystal ball Darren?

  57. By GACardFan on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Great points on Belichick Darren, he knows what hes up to.

    As an aside for all the fans of local area studs, found a signed Tedi Bruschi Super Bowl image today. As a Wildcats fan I’m probably gonna snatch it up.

  58. By mike k on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    In a perfect world our starting backers would be….

    Porter. Washington. Bradley. Schofield/Acho

    If Haggans makes the team he may have to move inside or back up Bradley in certain sets. Lenon, Sturdivant, and Davis would also be in the mix.

    Unless a guy falls in our lap I think we are done at backer, DB and OL. DL depth and rookies should be the focus.

  59. By Mark on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I actaully love what the Cards have done in free agency and trades. I give them an A. The only way they could have gotten an A+ is if they could have acquired Palmer and Asomugha which is not realistic. Yeah losing Breaston kinda stinks but do we think we can keep everyone. Kolb was the best QB available, and DRC having a down year might be the future since his ACL injury. Bradley fills the linebacker hole and is a stud if he can stay heathly, Colledge is a solid guard and a upgrade over Faneca. King will fore sure help with the run game. And my favorite pick is Richard Marshall. Good tackler playmaker and solid cover guy.

  60. By Andy on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Trade for Austin Collie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. By Tbru on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Housler got kicked out, he can still watch practice as a civilian, can’t he? Someone is that eager, pull a contract of a briefcase and get him him on the books.

  62. By D on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I know the Colts wouldn’t do this because he was a high draft pick, but he recently has been in trouble for public intoxication, the gm already said drafting him was an error but what really is important is that he is better suited for a OLB rush position rather than a DE in the Colts defense. Colts also need a RB. I say we offer Hightower and a 6th round pick to Indy for
    Jerry Hughes…
    (next year Haganns and Porter won’t be on the team, our defense requires multiple pass rush/LBs)

  63. By Scott H on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Rich –

    Good point about all of these TE’s…especially for a team that barely uses the TE!!! Until or unless they land a truly dynamic PASS CATCHING TE, I’m not even paying this any attention. Because if they are going to continue to run the offense as they have for the past several years – with the TE barely a factor – what’s the point??? Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been begging and pleading for the past few seasons for them to get the TE involved because I would love to see it. But nothing has changed. And I won’t believe it until I see it.

  64. By elrey3737 on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    I like this pick-up of Marshall to help sure up our secondary. My question is if this guy is pretty good and he’s only 26, why only a one year deal?

  65. By Scott H on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Because I HATE the Eagles, it hurts me to say this, but…they are showing the kind of aggressiveness and creativity that separates teams that TRULY want to win from teams who…well, teams who do things like the Cardinals are doing things these days. The Eagles land a top tier CB in the trade for Kolb…and because they already have Assante Samuel, they LOOK like a team that can not even bother going after Namdi because they are already loaded at that position. And what do they do? Thet go right after Namdi and they get him, too. Amazing. THAT is aggressive. And I don’t even remember the last time I saw the Cardinals showing ANY agressiveness in regard to personnel moves. Whiz, Bidwell, and Graves need to look to the East and get a clue about what being aggressive truly means. Because their definition seems to be something COMPLETELY different.

    BTW, now that the Eagles appear to have a surplus at CB….I can’t help wondering if they are thinking about trying to put the Cardinals over a barrel in a trade. Hey, why not? They certainly have done a MASTERFUL job of putting themselves into a position to do it. And the Cardinals, unfortunately, have put themselves in a position where they are ripe for the picking. How pathetic…

    BTW, also can’t help wondering if the Eagles landing Namdi has now put a huge target on DRC’s back. Because you KNOW teams are going to throw away from Namdi, no matter who is on the other side. His job may have just gotten a whole lot more challenging…

  66. By John on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    two quick question. 1. Whats up with Bryan Robinson? Is he retired or are the cardinals planning to resign him? 2. Who would you choose if you had to pick miller or heap?

  67. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    John —

    RE: BRob/TE

    I don’t expect Robinson back. As for tight end, Miller is younger, but I think both fit. Miller will be more expensive though.

  68. By Cactus jeff on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    On whyy the cardinals traded for Kolb coach Whiz said “Andy Reid told me he was really good.”. Rex Hadnot starting at G, #1 pick Dan Williams, and Kolb trade, this is just fun! How about signing some more TEs and bring back Haggans and Porter for another year.

  69. By pleasestayfitz on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    RICHARD MARSHALL!! NICE!!!! I’ve always thought he was really underrated. He’s physical, can tackle, can sack and is always a threat to take an int for a td. Great sign cards! I love the draft and free agency work this year! One more lineman and I’ll be happy.

  70. By pipapiko on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Deuce is in a win/win situation! I won’t be surprised if the ravens or steelers swoop up on Deuce next year! Bengals had a better record then the cards last year anyways. Did he leave b/c of the money? Of course! Understand when you have a cheap organization & players come and go year out. How can you be a real threat in the division let alone conference and make post-season every year? Larry Fitzgerald is gone after this year! B/c he is gonna want to go to a winning organization. At the end of a career in the NFL, you want to hang it up knowing that you got a SUPERBOWL RING! That’s all that matters!

  71. By D-Dub on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Given the fact that the Cards still need a solid OT…. Do you think they might go after someone like Tauscher, Jamaal Brown, Ryan Harris, Matt Light or maybe even Charlie Johnson or Ryan Diem?

    Also do you think the Cards might look into getting another Guard like Justin Blalock? IMO He’s a beast with room to grow!

  72. By azirish on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply


    Do you know if and who the CArds might be looking at in regards to OL and MLB?

  73. By D-Dub on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply


    Are the rumors that we could still get Lilo Shephard true?

  74. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    D-Dub —

    RE: Shepard

    Are we joking here?

  75. By Alberto Sordi on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I live in a northern Chicago suburb and someone posted on the Cardinal messageboard yesterday that Dan Williams was way overweight. Is that true?

  76. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Alberto —

    RE: Williams

    No he is not “Way overweight.”

  77. By SSG Tim Roberts (Army) on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    TODD HEAP!?!?!?! I couldn’t believe that the Ravens let him go. We get him and we have two good solid tight ends with an up and coming rookie on this line?!?! I like our chances. Even if Heap gets hurt we still have depth there that we haven’t seen in a long while. If ever. We’ve lost some folks (Letui, DRC, Breaston) but we’ve gotten some back that are just as good. We land Heap, we can get some more production on the field. Man, the lock out sucked, but this free agency is getting us right back in there. IF we get him, this will definately free up Fitzgerald and add an additional element to our offense. The O-line will shore itself up soon enough. With College from coming in from Green Bay and Seindlin already there, they could put someone like Bridges in that spot left by Letui and that would give us a pretty rock solid line. This shows me (and hopefully Fitz also) that we are finnaly getting serious about winning. (not the we weren’t before, but this a a huge step in the right direction) I like what we’re doing here. Depth, talent AND experiance! Man, this ought to be a good year!

  78. By SSG Tim Roberts (Army) on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply


    What do you think our chances of signing Heap are?

  79. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Tim Roberts —

    RE: Heap

    Depends on how badly each side want to make it happen. I just don’t know what I would put the odds.

  80. By Rowlan on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I started thinking after drc / lutui / branch / breaston leaving, following boldin / hayes / pace / dansby / rolle / leinart / remeber cody brown? how many of this years sure fire starters have we actually drafted? the answer: 5 adub / fitz / dockett / brown / campbell. that is assuming their is no sure fire starting rb. and i’m assuming dan williams, daryl washington, and schofield won’t start initially to begin the season. but even if you exclude last years draft class, from 2005 – 2009 the cardinals have 2 starters out of 34 players drafted. LESS THAN 6% OF THE PLAYERS THEY DRAFTED START. I don’t think this is the formula for success, but hey what do i know. I’m just throwing it out there, not trying to be negative. BY THE WAY, WHO IS JEALOUS OF HOW AGGRESSIVE PHILLY HAS BEEN? THAT IS A FRANCHISE COMMITTED TO WINNING

  81. By WNY card fan on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Well it does look/feel a better than last year at this time (right before training camp/preseason) and it does look like they have a bit more of the real deal. I sure hope most of these pan out for a better season. I’m feeling better about DEF players they just acquired, even with DRC gone. Off, I’m a bit worried about, but hopefully the scheme/plan of Whiz is a good one this year.

  82. By Brian R. on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I find it that Rob Housler wants to be a Cardinal!

  83. By Steve W on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    A quick questions from a fan who is not well informed on some of the more technical aspects of football.

    It seems to me that the draft picks are being signed unusually quickly and easily this year. Is it because of the compressed schedule that NFL teams are facing because of the lockout, or is it because of the new collective bargaining agreement that I seem to recall addressed rookie wages? Or is it a combination of both?

    Just kinda curious… Thanks Darren, and thanks for providing us fans with all the information you have over this very odd off-season. I’m looking forward to the first pre-season game!

  84. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Steve W —

    RE: Rookies

    Part of the new agreement between players and owners is a rookie wage scale which has taken a lot of the crap out of negotiating rookie deals.

  85. By Giorgio on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, whatever happened to the the rumor of Malcom Floyd of the Chargers possibly coming to the Cards? he would be a great #2 to Larry. NFL is a passing league and Kolb needs a s many big targets as he can get.

  86. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Giorgio —

    RE: Floyd

    Floyd is not coming.

  87. By Brandon on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Darren do you think the cardinals will get another cb? Like antonio cromartie?
    Thank you.

  88. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Brandon —

    RE: CB

    You mean besides Richard Marshall, who I just talked about in the above post?

  89. By lvtoaz on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    darren please answer me ive asked yesterday on twitter but no answer, why can ochocinco practice but kolb and others cant??? please please tell me why?

  90. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    lvtoaz —

    RE: Practicing

    As I said before, Ochocinco did not change his contract. Kolb re-did and signed a new deal. Anyone with a new contract can’t practice.

  91. By cardsalltheway on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    “Whisenhunt said the Cards got a physical, intense player(Chansi Stuckey).” Okay, I’ll buy that. I’m satisfied with the receiver core from what I know, so far. Compare ours to the Patriots and I think ours is better. Now, if only our WR’s step up and play(don’t get injured) and the coaches coach. Curry-Chapman, Daiveun, Doucet, Early, Fitzgerald, Larry, Jeffcoat, Sean, Komar, Max, Nichols, Aaron, Roberts, Andre, Sampson, DeMarco, Stuckey, Chansi, Williams, Stephen.

  92. By ross on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, is hightower testing the market going to hurt him on the depth chart? Realisticallu no one is giving a second for him, so he might be burning bridges with the cards. Thoughts?

  93. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Ross —

    RE: Hightower

    I think the Cards know why he’s doing what he is doing. Besides, he can’t practice until Thursday, so the wait doesn’t affect his practice time.

  94. By rio on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Now that philly has a new cornerback that they were not expecting,less trade back for DRC he is not needed there anymore. They are not going to let Assanta go.

  95. By Daniel Medina on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I really don’t understand how coach Wiz can compare Stuckey to Breaston. I mean the numbers do not lie! We REALLY need a deep threat guy like Flord or Edwards to make up for the loss of Breaston and who Kolb can connect on the deep ball.

  96. By jeffcardinalfan on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    p@%&on duece…nuff said…
    marshall can play..i figure he and toler start and peterson gradually takes tolers spot as toler becomes nickelback…all nfl teams need 3 corners who can play…
    womack is good…hope he doesnt get lazy…


    i hope ryan williams puts tim/beanie(if they r both on opening day roster) in position to seek medical attention from splinters!!

    very sad that cards have not had impactful te since novacek..why not take 3 or 4 of the te’s on roster and trade them all for one good one…king may block, but he’s not gomma catch a lot of passes…

    overall, im in the middle on what cards have done this year-if they r finished making free agent moves-remember that if brady had not came out of NOWHERE no one would be calling bekichek a genius!!

  97. By Eazy E on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s be honest, I think Marshall is a good cb and player but please he ain’t DRC or Nnamdi by miles. Also, we need to nab Zach Miller, why not pay up Cards #Cheap azzes

  98. By tom72 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Todd Heap,I have known him since his high school days and ASU playing days that he is a very determined and sensitive player. And I believe if given the chance to prove it here in Arizona. The Cardinals have a proven all-pro tight end in Todd Heap. I think if he is signed, he will free up Fitz and others,plus he is a better than average tight end as a run blocker. What you think Darren?

  99. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Tom72 —

    RE: Heap

    I think it’s a very good signing and a piece to the puzzle, especially with the way I think the Cards are headed offensively.

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