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    Worth Noting

    ESPN ranked the top 10 NFL QBs in a dozen categories using a reasonably knowledgeable panel. Murray ranked second in the 2 running categories, behind Jackson. He only made the ranking in about half of the other categorizes, ranking ninth when present. I’m sure Murray would be in denial about...
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    The Result Doesn’t Count and Other Fairy Tales

    Second preseason game was worrisome but not fatal. It’s hard to tell what they didn’t have or didn’t want to show. My biggest concern remains Murray. I feel like I’m listening to Allen Iverson when Murray says these games don’t count. The score doesn’t count. Skill improvement surely does. Of...
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    Undervaluing Leadership

    The Cards were on the cusp of becoming a perennially competent team. Then they decided that the price of leadership was too high. So they dumped Larry Centers, Jamir Miller and Lomas Brown. They had just made the playoffs in 1998 and looked to all the world ready to challenge again in 1999...
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    What Did I See

    Well I’m going to give Kingsbury the benefit of the doubt as he’s once again likely to be trying to protect his offensive design, so the overall offense was boring. The one exception was the use of Rondale Moore. Moore’s performance alerted every upcoming opponent that if he’s allowed to get the...
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    My Comment on PP

    The Athletic published a nice article about Peterson. Since it’s protected by copyright I can’t reproduce it here. I will convey what I wrote in the comment section. “The honeymoon will crash & burn once it’s realized he is no longer the player he once was. I’m sure his ego has pushed him to...
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    ESPN Quoting an Unnamed Scout

    “He's very talented. Some of issues are outside of him -- I don't think [the Cardinals'] style of play is conducive to winning big games late in the season," an AFC scout said. "Even though the NFL is more open with more passing, really good teams still put an emphasis on defense and running the...
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    The Rich Get Richer

    Before anyone feels too sorry for the NFL because of COVID, they might want to take note of this from The Athletic, “The NFL’s national revenues, comprised primarily of TV and sponsorships, rose $422.4 million to nearly $10 billion in 2020, at a time the league and the rest of the world were...
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    Valid Kicker Question

    USA Today questioned this week who would handle kickoffs for the Cards. This first came up when the Cards signed Prater, who had been so weak at this aspect, the Lions did not use him in this role. Some teams use their punter, but this is not a skill Lee possesses. The Cards will have Tyler...
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    How Will Teams Handle the Shortened Preseason?

    The only significant rule change is there will be no overtime in preseason. Other than that it’s simply one less game. Historically the 4th game has featured few players expected to start. Usually that type of player is typically only playing if recovering from injury. Occasionally a new QB who...
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    Has COVID Robbed the NFL of its Marketing Touch?

    The NFL has for years mastered the ability to dominate headlines even in the off-season. This year has been different. No combine, limited mini-camps and limited player workouts have left NFL fans with little original material to discuss. Whether this will impact long term popularity is unclear...
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    5 Things Needed to Win 11 Games

    I received an interesting email yesterday that asked, “What would have to happen for the Cards to win 11 games?” After a little thought here’s my top of the mind response. AJ Green returns to being an impact receiver Cards get lucky and have few season ending injuries Murray improves his...
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    The Cards Seem Confused About the Passing Game

    I was just reading an article on the Cards’ site about how after Murray’s leg injury he averaged only 6.5 yds per pass attempt. I don’t have the time to go play by play but I’m quite sure that a more normal number would have been obtained if the Cards had stopped throwing so many passes behind...
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    PP Feels Appreciated in Minnesota

    He should enjoy it while he can. I expect he will give it all he has for the first half of the season. The problem is by mid year they will start to figure out he’s lost a step. He whines too much to the officials, usually because he grabs too often. He seems to lack awareness beyond the man...
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    Hicks vs.Collins

    One of the interesting aspects of this draft is what role will Collins play. The Cards have made it clear he’ll be positioned in Hicks’ spot. It appears Hicks will likely be retained for 2021 then cut. I had proposed cutting Hicks now but the Cards still see him as serviceable. My impression...
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    Draft Grade

    I’ve got a few questions about an overall response to the Cards’ picks. I guess a B is about right. If you include what they got for traded picks I’d up it to an A. Both early picks will contribute and they both have a ceiling potential that could make them exceptional values. Most of the rest...
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    Late Round Picks

    The buzz is mostly about Wiggins. Injuries have reduced his perceived value but the consensus is he could develop into a decent safety. He has the talent to play either spot and if he can stay healthy he could even start one day. In the meantime he figures to be a great addition to special...
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    Keim’s Homage to George Allen

    Many of you youngsters won’t even know the name George Allen. He was the GM in Washington and dominated the league for a few years by trading away his draft choices for veteran players. As I looked over the draft results I couldn’t help but think Keim had borrowed a page from George’s script. As...
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    A Dilemma of Moore or Less

    This was one of the most highly discussed players among scouts. The general belief was that one of 2 things was true. Either injuries had diminished his talent or he’d focused so much on building strength and power, he’d sacrificed speed and quickness. 3 years ago he was the top offensive...
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    How Did the Cards Get to Collins?

    Sorry I’ve been AWOL with this knee replacement. As I posted a few days ago, Tony Pauline was saying his inside info was the Cards were all over Collins. He was clearly their BPA as the draft went. Living in UCF world, I’ve seen tons of Collins’ play. I had earlier posted Collins might be a...
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    Farley Injury

    I’ve talked with the group I trust about what medical assessments are saying about Farley. The consensus is his back injury is not a concern. It should heal completely and be no more likely to recur than it would be for anyone else with no history to suffer this injury. It should leave no...
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    Sorry if this is Elsewhere

    Tony Pauline, the real deal among these supposed gurus, says his sources say the Cards want Surtain, Horn or Waddle. Obviously that says trade. However, if one can’t be worked out he says the Cards are big on Zaven Collins, Tulsa LB. My experience says Pauline is well connected and I suspect...
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    Putting My Best Knee Forward

    I haven’t been ignoring your emails. They just replaced my right knee. I did the left one about 12 years ago. It’s one bear of a rehab. Not much was missed while I was out of it. Two nice jobs on reworking contracts. Gives the Cards the flexibility to grab an RB or a pass catcher. The rest of...
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    Round 1

    I’m okay with trading down if none of the top 3 CBs are still on the board. I see round 1 like this, Horne/Farley Harris (pass on Etienne) Smith/Waddle/Toney
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    The Trading Down Strategy

    I asked 5 gurus/scouts their opinion of whether the Cards should trade down. Four felt they should move down if one of the 3 top CBs is not available. One said if they had Newsome rated in the top 20 they wouldn’t risk it. That said 4 of the 5 also said there was a potential problem. Unless...
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    What Remains to Be Done

    I think this roster is the reality of living with a cap. I think it’s fairly simple to pick any team and find a major hole. That was actually the intent of the cap: to prevent dynasties. Of course you can argue the Pats beat that strategy. I think Keim is right; don’t panic. First we need to...
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