Archive for February, 2004

Cards Face Tough Challenge

Friday, 27 February, 2004

By Zack Cimini

The Arizona Cardinals have been notorious for their high draft pick bust selections. Anquan Boldin was thought to be the steal of the draft last year, but many people forget that the Cardinals took him in the second round. It was Calvin Pace and Bryant Johnson that the Cardinals took in the first round. While both showed promise last year, they really didn?t make a great impact on a team that was in dire need for anyone to step up.

This year the Cardinals have the third pick and will now likely get one of the two top receivers. That will be either Mike Williams or Larry Fitzgerald. Both are underclassmen but have showed tremendous talent and college, and seem ready for the jump. One of them on the Cardinals team would automatically give the Cardinals a receiving group for the future. With Anquan Boldin, the rookie, and Bryant Johnson as the third receiver, you?d have to figure the Cardinals have one of the top ten groups in the league.

Now the question will be if Josh McCown can handle the pressure. He has shown composure in his interviews and seems to be prepared mentally, but on the field it could be a different story.

Cards Working

Thursday, 19 February, 2004

By Zack Cimini

Is the Cardinals organization finally trying to turn the team around? Obviously they are trying to change something within the unity of the team. They?ve went from having Jake Plummer, David Boston, Michael Pittman, and Thomas Jones to; Josh McCown, Anquan Boldin, Emmitt Smith, and Marcell Shipp. They just brought in Dennis Green, and now are trying to trade for Champ Bailey. So what is going on with the Cardinals?

They?ve seen how a team can go from nothing to something in one season, and now they want to do that. Just look at Carolina and Cincinnati. A player like Champ Bailey would automatically shut down one side of the field, and lets not forget they still have Duane Starks. Starks should be 100 percent by the start of next season, and was a Pro Bowl player a few years ago.

For now though the talk of getting Bailey is just talk. There will be a lot of steps to acquire him, and might involve the Cardinals third pick.

Blake Moving On Again

Friday, 6 February, 2004

By Zack Cimini

It has been a tough last four seasons for Jeff Blake. He has gone from Cincinnati, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Arizona in the last four years. It?s tough trying to make it in the NFL, especially as a journeyman quarterback. His season with the Cardinals was filled with ups and downs, but most of the blame shouldn?t have been put on Blake.

The Cardinals had no running game or balance on offense, and it forced Blake to make indecisive decisions. He also had receivers with no experience, even though Boldin emerged as a star. The move to cut Blake was more of a move to rebuild. Dennis Green obviously wants to draft a young quarterback and Blake wasn?t part of their plans.

The NFL is all about for the moment as the Cardinals are great representatives of that. Just look at all the former players from a year or two ago.

Classic Super Bowl

Tuesday, 3 February, 2004

By Zack Cimini

Maybe it?s something about the New England Patriots that bring out great games. Even though they ended their season winning 15 straight games, all of them were relatively close. Their Super Bowl 32-29 victory though has to go down as one of the top three Super Bowls ever.

Before the game everyone thought it would come down to either Jon Kasay or Adam Vinatieri. It was a tale of two halves for both players. In the first half Vinatieri struggled with two missed field goals, while Kasay nailed a 51 yard field goal right before half time. Than in the second half right after the Panthers had tied it up, Kasay kicked the ball out of bounds. All it took was a few completions by Brady to setup Vinatieri for another classic finish.

You have to give it to the Carolina Panthers for their tremendous effort. They could have gave in so many times in this game but they fought back. Jake Delhomme has made a name for himself, and so have the rest of the Panthers. Unlike the AFC, the NFC is way behind in talent. Every year teams like St. Louis, Green Bay, and Philadelphia are always on top, but Carolina is the best team in the NFC. They have tremendous talent for every position, and should go deep in the playoffs next year.