It’s the end of an era in Arizona, as the Cardinals have announced strong safety Adrian Wilson will be released today.
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Gus Bradley is having himself a time in the wasteland that is the NFL head coaching job market. Bradley had a seven hour interview with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on Tuesday, but that wasn’t enough to sign a deal. The Eagles quickly moved on, hiring Chip Kelly earlier this afternoon.
Bradley is now in Jacksonville, interviewing with Shad Khan and the crew tasked with making the Jaguars relevant again. New GM Dave Caldwell is rumored to be interested in San Francisco DC Greg Roman, who’s a friend from his college days.
Jacksonville and Arizona are the final two teams looking for a head coach. Arizona, attempting to beat the Raiders for most incompetent management in the league, are interested in Bruce Arians.
Mike Florio has the details:
Arians, we’re told, wanted the Chicago job, where he was a finalist. Though it’s believed he won’t be leaving the Colts for any head-coaching job, the Cardinals’ vacancy is regarded as one of the worst available, given the absence of a great quarterback and the presence of increasingly stiff competition in the division.
Cardinals Football! Several candidates have turned Arizona down — including Mike McCoy, who will attempt to salvage Philip Rivers’ sputtering career. To make matters worse, their hesitation has angered defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who has interviewed twice for the job. The words Michael Bidwill and due diligence don’t mesh.
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Besides updating his resume — the 2012 section may be a little sparse — Ken Whisenhunt doesn’t have much to do these days. One of his few remaining tasks in a season that started off so well only to plummet into a death spiral of misfortune is picking his starting QB. To be fair, his options are horrible.
John Skelton threw four interceptions against Seattle. Ryan Lindley didn’t fair much better, throwing for 59 yards on eight of 17 passing. Whiz is going with Lindley when the Cardinals take on Detroit in Arizona.
Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh are going to have a field day.
Chris Long eats pieces of quarterback for breakfast.
There are only appalling words that can be used to describe the Arizona Cardinals’ 2012 offensive line. Atrocious, abominable, rough, criminal, stinky, faulty, inadequate, and inferior are just a few of them. A total of 44 sacks have been allowed by the Arizona blockers and an additional 64 hits on not one, not two, but three quarterbacks. Ouch! And WOW!
One of the lowest moments of the 2012 regular season came in Week 5 against the hated St. Louis Rams. The Rams sacked quarterback Kevin Kolb — who managed to actually attempt 50 passes — nine (!) times and won the game handily 17-3. Twelve weeks later, they meet again tomorrow.
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The multitude of terrible head coaches patrolling NFL sidelines is now an epidemic. NFL fans already have a tough time separating important things from the trivial, these guys are making it worse.
Ron Rivera and Greg Schiano put on a clinic on how not to be good at your job in Carolina. Jeff Fisher’s zany decision making finally met the crushing weight of reality and worst of all, Ken Whisenhunt’s attempt at thinking outside the box produced the most unwatchable offensive display of the season. And I’m a Bills supporter.
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After a terrible preseason with the Buffalo Bills, Vince Young will reportedly have a chance to make a return to the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals.
Young, the former first round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2006, was hoping to land a backup role with the Bills this season, but was a major disappointment in the preseason, completing only 48.1 percent of his passes, while throwing two interceptions and zero touchdowns in three games. The Bills decided to cut ties with Young, and brought in Tarvaris Jackson from the Seahawks, who has yet to see the field in 2012. In his career, Young has passed for 8964 yards with 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions.
The Arizona Cardinals have been searching for help at the quarterback position ever since receiving news that Kevin Kolb would be out an estimated 6-8 weeks with rib cartilage damage. With opening day starter John Skelton back from an ankle injury, the team currently has only rookie Ryan Lindley listed on their depth chart going into Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
The combination of Skelton/Kolb rank 28th in the NFL with 199.8 yards per game, and 27th in the NFL with a 56.6 percent completion percentage.
NFL schemes can sometimes be very fascinating, while other times they’re incredibly dull. Coaches are risk-averse and play it close to the vest. It’s almost as if they’re afraid to deviate from established trends and from what the rest of the league is doing, because any one play can cost them their job. One bad pass play can cost a team late in the game and put the play caller on the hot seat. The wrong coverage called on a chain-extending fourth down can lead to many questions about the defensive coordinator. All this begs the question: why are schemes so fascinating then?
The truth is it’s because of how they are presented. Presentation is everything in the NFL for two reasons: 1) the resulting concept is the same thing everyone else runs and 2) it’s sometimes full of false looks that screw with the quarterback’s keys while other times, it’s a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of thing. This Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals play the Minnesota Vikings, and each team uses similar coverages, but present them completely different.
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