Final four factor for Cards

Posted by Darren Urban on January 14, 2013 – 11:07 am

The Cardinals, for a second straight season, played three of the teams in the NFL’s final four. It helps that division brother San Francisco has made it in, and the Cardinals had their trouble with the 49ers this season, whether Alex Smith was the quarterback or Colin Kaepernick was calling signals. The games against the other two opponents that have made it to the championship games went a little bit better. The trip to Atlanta was a loss, yes, but it should have been a win with the way the defense played that day, amid the controversy of the benching-Skelton-for-Lindley situation. Obviously, the trip to New England was the Cardinals’ signature victory of the season, complete with late-game dramatics and a heart-stopping ending.

(And a game that seems like it was four years ago, not four months ago.)

It’s the same 1-3 record the Cards had against final four opponents last season. It’s hard to make a lot of comparisons with the way those teams are playing now to when the Cards met them. Even though the 49ers last game before beating up the Packers Saturday night was against Arizona, the game plan devised by the Niners with Kaepernick looked so deadly the other day. The Cards didn’t play great in that finale, but Kaepernick at least didn’t look like a Hall of Famer like he did against Green Bay. The Patriots, who lost tight end Aaron Hernandez early that day against the Cards, have clearly smoothed out the offense. The Falcons just don’t scare anyone, even in their dome, and everyone seems to agree — the Niners are road favorites against the No. 1 seed, for goodness sake.

— In the head coach search, Jay Glazer reported the Cards want to talk to Broncos OC Mike McCoy for a second interview. He was interviewed in Denver the first time so you’d figure everyone would want to get him in the building so he could actually see the physical situation.


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  1. By D on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    McCoy sure has options and QB’s in SD and Chicago, wonder if AZ loses out on him Mr. B Jr will then hire Horton as HC. Should know this week. Will be nice to geter done so we can see what direction as far as players on the team and some idea on the draft. Sitting at 7 in draft, Cards are sure to land either Matthews or Fisher at Left tackle, or one of the better pass rushers available, doubtful if first round will be QB

  2. By Shawn Fox on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I really like McCoy and I do think if we can get him here tomorrow that he won’t leave without a deal. I think he can bring us a good design for the run game and actually get us to a point where our QB doesn’t have to do all the work; as obviously that didn’t work out the last couple of years. As for the draft I honestly think Chance Warmack should be our pick, obviously a guard is never a sexy pick but we need to improve the run game. If you look at our tackles Massie improved greatly and with an extra 15 pounds or so I bet he can get better for runs as well and the winner of the Levi Brown v. Potter Match is still going to be somewhere close to where a tackle in the draft could get us. San Fran did much better without Snyder and I believe he is a free agent after the season anyway, our guards are okay at best. Warmack is a once in a generation guard who can move people at will, just watch the highlights from the National Title game, Norte Dame’s front 7 was their strong suit and they couldn’t do anything against him. As far as QB we should wait til at least the second round and possibly even the third if they think someone like Landry Jones could work, obviously Alex Smith is expendable now too but only as a free agent would I even suggest signing him. Let’s go McCoy get the love from the AZ fans and let’s build something we can be proud of.

  3. By AzKidinJax on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    In my opinion it would be better to hire Jay Gruden. Both Harbaugh brothers are in the title game again, why can’t Jay do what Jon has done. Come from same stock of DNA, just saying!!!

  4. By Chris Lewis on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, I just saw where the Eagles are interested in Brian Billick. I didn’t even know he was open for a HC position. I love this guy. He’s got head coaching experience and success (Super Bowl ring with Baltimore), he’s smart, he’s respected around the league, I think he would be a good fit for Arizona. Darren, why hasn’t he been mentioned for an interview with Arizona? He’d be just as good of a candidate or better as the ones we’ve interviewed so far.

  5. By Darren Urban on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Chris Lewis —

    RE: Billick

    Not going to happen.

  6. By clssylssy on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Not so sure about McCoy for all the reasons that have been pointed out and for the fact that his credentials aren’t really as good as Grudens. With all of the talent around McCoy in Denver (Elway, Manning) it seems he was little more than a figurehead OC. I fear this is a very sticky situation with Horton and that if he doesn’t get the job he will be gone. Just because he is under contract doesn’t really mean a lot as he has been given the go ahead to interview for HC positions before. However, this plays out, it’s going to be a long road back to the SB, especially when you look at the NFC West which is shaping up to be one of the toughest in the NFL. It’s always beyond comprehension to me as to why this organization would not consider someone like Brian Billick…well, maybe not…lol!

  7. By Chris Lewis on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    okay, but that didn’t clear anything up. Why won’t it happen? Is he not interested or is Arizona not interested? Can you elaborate please?

  8. By Darren Urban on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Chris Lewis —

    RE: More Billick

    Clear Cards aren’t interested. Clear most of league not interested.

  9. By Andy Kw on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    I know this is early but do you think that Cam Cameron is in the hunt for the Cardinals Offensive Coordinating position? I know we don’t have a head coach yet but do you think it is a possibility?

  10. By Darren Urban on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Cam Cameron

    No idea.

  11. By erik on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I’m no expert, but Gruden did not call a very good game for the bengals two weekends ago. He only ran it 4 times in the first half even though they got 40 yards off those carries! I have not seen a consistent run game in five years and McCoy certainly is capable of making that change. Along that same line of thinking, I agree with Shawn Fox above. I hope Warmack is our number 1 pick. We need the help on the interior to get that run game going. Warmack is the guy.

  12. By tyman on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Get McCoy.
    Then we can trade for Tim
    Tebow time in Arizona

    That’s right not

    Tebow time!!!

  13. By jocards on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    RE: Interest in Billick

    I think that Darren is right that most of the league does not appear to have any interest in Brian Billick. What isn’t quite as clear to me is exactly why. The man has a pretty impressive resume as both a head coach and as an offensive coordinator in the NFL. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the Cardinals should necessarily be interested in him but it is a little puzzling that he hasn’t generated much interest at all since being let go in Baltimore after the 2007 season.

  14. By ored on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    if not the top lt or top olb,and unable to trade down,then warmack would be great,miniscule chance of a bust,good value even if it’s not a sexy pick,grab an olb in the 2nd,another o-line help in 3rd,then db,rb,like the qb from duke to develop,tune our o-line to run,help out the lt and we should be much improved,just a consistent ground attack would do wonders.

  15. By ored on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    often read that it’s a copycat league,if that’s the case,we need to improve o-line,would help both the pass and the run,can’t do too much about the mobile qb without the tools,but brady does pretty well not running,just a different method to achieve a win,but have really missed a good ground game for so long,does’nt have to be 3 downs and a cloud of dust,but would be nice to mix the plays up with some sort of confidence,extend drives,take time so the defense can freshen up.remember those awesome runs when beanie ripped off huge downhill runs,some ways just as exciting as long pass completions.

  16. By clssylssy on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Cam Cameron was a bust in Baltimore, PLEASE NOT Cameron…the Ravens made the playoffs AFTER they changed OCs….geez! Please no retreads! Our offense is bad enough on it’s own!

  17. By jocards on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I must admit that I don’t really understand the logic behind posts stating we don’t want any “retreads” when it comes to our coaching staff. Bill Belichick is a retread; Tom Coughlin is a retread and countless coordinators and coaches throughout the league are “retreads”. I understand not wanting a Cam Cameron specifically or a Norv Turner or even an Andy Reid but not on the basis that they are “retreads”.

  18. By smack28 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Unfortunately, I am predicting (based on prior experience) that the Cardinals will lose out on McCoy because the Chargers will make him an offer he cannot refuse. And just like the Peyton Manning and Andy Reid fiasco, they will be left scrambling to make their second or third option work (probably Horton by that time). So, two questions – Is McCoy really their guy? If so, one would think they would have prepared a plan to make that happen as soon as the Broncos lost. And if he is the guy, do you think they have made him an offer yet?

  19. By Troy on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Head coach….mike holmgren without question.

  20. By gbrim on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    We are playing in arguably the toughest division in football (can’t believe I am saying that about the NFC West) and our offense is broken. The defense is above average but not dominating. The team as a whole is older than average and lighter than average. It is going to take a great sales job to get McCoy to seriously consider taking this position. Whoever the coach is (Horton?) is going to need time and fan patience—this is a rebuild not a retool, and hopefully Keim and M Bidwill know that, despite their public comments otherwise.

  21. By Big Red Fan on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Tim Tebow is working out in Arizona. Get ready for the onslaught.

    I say bring in Tebow as QB and hire Donovan McNabb as QB coach.

    Just to keep Darren Urban busy all. day. long.


  22. By NJAzCardsFan on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Darren- Out of curiosity does Mr. Bidwill read these blogs…???

  23. By jocards on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I wonder if the trouble this organization has attracting top free agents and coaches has less to do with other organizations making “offers they can’t refuse” and more to do with folks being reluctant to come work for the Bidwill family. I mean it doesn’t take too much reflection to realize that this organization has a long history of mostly uninterrupted failure on the field and the Bidwill family doesn’t have the best reputation for being “football people”. In fact they have always been viewed as being far more concerned with their bottom line than putting a winning team on the field…..That’s a big reason they are playing in Arizona today rather than in St. Louis…the bottom line. It takes a long time to change the culture of an organization and even longer to change perceptions and that is particularly true when the team is under the same ownership it always has been….I’m always hopeful there will be meanigful change but I’m also skeptical. We’ll see how things line up in 2013 and beyond.

  24. By sezme on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    is J-o-n Gruden totally out of the question? I wanna see “Chucky” chew up and spit out Jawin’ Jim Harbaugh at midfield after a win.

  25. By Rio on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Billick is a moron, you ever listen to him on TV, he acts like a Moron, doesn’t seem to get the game and he coach it.
    On the replays in the game that are contested he is always on the wrong side of what really happen. Must be blind or just dumb.

    Don’t understand how he ever coach.

  26. By Red Page Band on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    The FALCONS are way better than the stinky 9ers for Christ sake!! Our beloved Cards just need some sense here, put Horton as HC and let him work with a good OC. Thats all…We are better than the 9ers and Seahawks!! GO CARDS!!

    The Super Bowl will be PATRIOTS vs FALCONS with New England winning it all! 🙂

  27. By Tim on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    This update was posted just a few hours ago. It’s the first time we have heard of any candidate discussing what it would take for them to become the next Cardinals head coach.

    Go Cardinals!

  28. By Chuck 1 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    By ored on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    ” the qb from duke to develop”
    We’ve seen how developing a QB has gone for the last three years (see Skelton and Lindley).
    If the Cards are going to draft a QB, it has to be in the first two rounds.

  29. By hminus on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    if we wait too long & eventually hire horton,will he have any decent oc prospects to choose from?,(im all for taking our time & doing our “due diligence”, but we dont want our new hc to be hamstrung with all the good oc’s gone because we drug our feet too long either.)

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