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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Whisenhunt, Cardinals to Boldin: IYQ, TTYL

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Thanks to those who submitted questions for the NFC coaches' breakfast Wednesday morning at the NFL owners' meeting.

 Boldin
 Whisenhunt

NFC West coaches addressed many of the issues raised. I'll pass along their answers as I have a chance to review my notes and transcribe audio recordings of their comments.

Pebjphx asked: How do you plan on handling the unstable status of Anquan Boldin? If he is traded, are you confident in the ability of Steve Breaston to step into the No. 2 slot in addition to Early Doucet/Jehreme Urban for the No. 3? Or if Anquan Boldin happens to leave, do you plan on possibly addressing WR in this year's draft due to it being an unusually deep WR class this year?

Whisenhunt discussed Boldin's situation at length. He said he initiated dialogue with Boldin through text messages this offseason, and they have had "a few discussions." With deals for Karlos Dansby and Adrian Wilson in focus, the message to Boldin: I like you, but we'll talk to you later.

Whisenhunt: "Anquan and I have had some discussions since the season has been over and we have talked about what we have to do to continue forward like we have in the past. I can't speak to where Anquan is on it. From what I have heard and what I have read, they are open to talking about a contract.
"We [the Cardinals] haven't talked about him not being back. He is under contract for two more years. If nothing happens, he plays for us. We recognize what type of player Anquan is and we're working to re-do his contract and recognize him for what he has meant to this organization. That is what we have said all along. We had the quarterback [to re-sign], we had a number of coaches changing and it's been a hectic offseason. We are in the process of taking care of some of our own players like Karlos Dansby and Adrian Wilson.
"We went through a whole season last year where [Boldin's unhappiness] was the talk in camp, and Anquan played hard and had a Pro Bowl season for us. I wouldn't anticipate that would change. I think Anquan wants to play. Again, I can't speak for Anquan."

The Cardinals appear focused on re-signing Dansby and Wilson to extensions before they get to Boldin.

I did not ask Whisenhunt about whether Breaston could serve as the No. 2 receiver because I was pretty sure how he would answer. He would point to how Breaston played when Boldin missed games and he would point to Breaston's 77 receptions last season. And I did not ask the draft-related question because coaches are adept at sidestepping them.

Cardsfan71181 wanted to know what kind of running back fits Whisenhunt's offense. I liked the question and Whisenhunt provided a detailed answer. Back with that in a bit.