Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Around the NFC West: Fitzgerald's QB role
By Mike Sando
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals will not be letting Larry Fitzgerald pick their next quarterback. Coach Ken Whisenhunt: "You're very aware that we have an open-door policy. We solicit input from players on a lot of things, game plans, plays, travel to the East Coast. Things in training camp. When I was interviewed (in 2007), they had players who were a portion of the interviews. Larry and I talked about a number of things. I've talked to other players as well." In other words, the Cardinals discussed with Fitzgerald the receiver's thoughts on acquiring a quarterback, but the team isn't making Fitzgerald its general manager.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says it's way too early to say the Cardinals are likely to select a quarterback with the fifth overall choice in the 2011 draft. Urban: "Not with so much uncertainty around the QBs that will be available. Could they wow scouts by the time the draft rolls around? Sure. Maybe there will be a guy who is worth it. There’s no way you draft a QB just to draft a QB unless you feel good about him, however; as the Cards are finding out after the Matt Leinart pick in 2006, taking a QB high means you are committing to that guy as your future -- and if you miss, it puts you in a bad position."
Also from Urban: a look at how the Cardinals put together an offensive game plan, and how they call plays, with special attention to passing-game coordinator Mike Miller. Urban: "Miller was worked into the play calling during games early this season. But his role in developing the call sheet -- part of the process building up to game day -- was long established."
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says ex-Seahawk Howard Green's unlikely play helped turn the Super Bowl in Green Bay's favor. Green was once out of football for three seasons.
Also from Farnsworth: Cortez Kennedy says he's honored to make the final 10 in Hall of Fame voting over the past two seasons. Kennedy: "It’s such an elite group. Dermontti Dawson, he’s a Hall of Fame player. Andre Reed, Tim Brown and all those guys, they are too. You just have to wait your turn. So I’m not upset at all."
Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News says Seahawks assistant Rocky Seto lost a job he accepted at UCLA after posting news about his hiring on his Facebook page. Wolf: "Seto was offered and accepted the job last week. But before it became official, Seto allegedly posted a comment on Facebook that he accepted the job. Sources said that infuriated UCLA and also ignited a fan backlash." Strange happenings. UCLA's reaction seems a little petty if that's all that was involved.
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks would not be wise to trade the 25th overall choice in the draft for Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb. Williams: "No, I wouldn't. You already made a trade for Charlie Whitehurst. I think you try and get a guy through the draft. This team is not one player away. They need talent across the board. If they were San Francisco of Minnesota maybe you make that deal, but this team still needs an infusion of talent."
John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says there was no Hall of Fame snub for Kennedy. McGrath: "The reason Kennedy isn’t scheduled for induction into the Hall of Fame this summer is because there was room for only five new bronze statues, and another two designed from the veterans group. Running back Marshall Faulk and cornerback/return man Deion Sanders were obvious choices as first-time candidates, and can anybody make a case against tight end Shannon Sharpe and defensive end Richard Dent? The other selection from the mainstream pool -- Ed Sabol, the mastermind behind NFL Films -- was logical to the point that it posed a question: How was it possible Sabol had not gained a Hall pass years ago?"
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com passes along this thought from Rams owner Stan Kroenke regarding Marshall Faulk's recent enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: "I cannot think of a more deserving person for this honor. Marshall Faulk epitomizes what all football players should aspire to in sport and in life. He was a champion on the field and a leader in the community. He represented the St. Louis Rams and our fans in a first-class manner from Day 1. He accomplished things on the field that no one before or since has achieved in the storied history of the National Football League. It was a privilege to watch him play and an even greater honor to know him."
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com checks in with Jim Harbaugh one month into Harbaugh's tenure as the 49ers' head coach. Harbaugh made an observation after breaking down NFL video. Harbaugh: "There was a pass play that was making its way around the league from Week 4 through 8. Several teams hit it for a big play. It was a bootleg throwback. It was interesting to see. I saw six or seven teams that used it. They saw it from another team and then used it. ... After about Week 10, it made its way through and people were defensing it."
Taylor Price of 49ers.com says Patrick Willis was named top linebacker by the NFL Alumni Association.
Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat checks in with draft analyst Rob Rang regarding the 49ers' needs. Rang: "In terms of the depth at the positions, quarterback and cornerback are both better than pass-rushing linebackers."