Friday, May 6, 2011
Around the NFC West: Why not Dalton?
By Mike Sando
Brady Henderson of 710ESPN Seattle offers highlights from Seahawks general manager John Schneider's recent appearance on the station. Schneider explains why the team didn't select Andy Dalton or another quarterback in the first round, opting instead for tackle James Carpenter. Schneider: "We debated with Andy Dalton, there's no question about it. But I think we all felt like we were at a point in our development where we couldn't pass on a starting tackle right now. Quite honestly, we'd like to have a guy, especially a rookie, be more of a developmental type and a guy more like Aaron Rodgers and sit for a year or two. So that was really the only point in the draft where there was a guy where we were like, 'There he is, that's a very viable option.' Quite honestly, we just had guys throughout the board that just didn't make sense as we went down comparing them to other positions." This is getting humorous. Schneider keeps having to address whether Seattle erred in selecting a tackle (Carpenter) instead of a quarterback (Dalton) with the 25th pick, the implication being that Carpenter might have been available five or 10 spots later in the draft. While Carpenter may or may not have been available later, Dalton definitely would have been available later. He was the 35th player chosen.
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com looks back at the team's 1983 season, specifically its upset playoff victory over the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl. Farnsworth: "Trailing 20-17 in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks rallied for 10 points in the final two minutes to pull out a 27-20 upset. Dave Krieg passed for 16 yards to Steve Largent on a third-and-2 play and then for 40 yards to the Dolphins’ 2 -- Largent’s only catches in the game -- to set up a scoring run by Curt Warner. Sam Merriman recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and it led to a 37-yard field goal by Norm Johnson."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic dismisses thoughts that the Cardinals might already have an informal deal to acquire quarterback Kevin Kolb from the Eagles. Somers: "I'd be surprised. Owner Bill Bidwill has always been a stickler for following NFL rules, and such a deal likely would be in violation in some way. Plus, any team trading for Kolb should be smart enough to have assurance they can re-sign him to a long-term deal. That's an awful lot of ground to cover in these uncertain times."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com revisits Bidwill's relationship with former Packers coach Vince Lombardi amid news that the play bearing the coach's name will run through May 22. Bidwill: "I was anxious to see the show because I knew Coach Lombardi well and obviously had great respect for him. When you're so familiar with the subject and characters, you wonder how the play would hold up to your personal experience. It did not disappoint. The actors were outstanding, particularly [Judith Light] who played Vince's wife, Marie. She nailed it."
Roger Hensley of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with colleagues for thoughts on the Rams' situation at receiver. Bernie Miklasz on which incumbent receivers could have trouble sticking around: "The list begins with Laurent Robinson. He's injury prone, unproductive and a likely free agent. Bad combo, there. Mardy Gilyard is in trouble. He struggled to learn last year's offense and wasn't exactly a stickler for details when he did play. New offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is installing a new and more complex offense, and because of the NFL lockout, Gilyard will have little time to absorb it all. This will be a big problem for him. Brandon Gibson also figures to be on shaky turf."
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says the 49ers could be in the market for a veteran cornerback once free agency begins. The short list of potentially available players at the position includes Nnamdi Asomugha, Ike Taylor, Chris Carr, Drayton Florence, Carlos Rogers, Phillip Buchanon, Fabian Washington and Ellis Hobbs.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says new 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will learn the team's offense from Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, among others, during the lockout. Barrows: "The Nevada quarterback is in the process of moving from Reno to Santa Clara, near the 49ers' headquarters. There he'll be only a 15-minute drive from Luck, a quarterback who knows 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and his offense as well as anyone. Harbaugh coached Luck at Stanford the past three seasons. Kaepernick and Luck met over the summer at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La. They remarked on how similar they were -- tall, mobile, with big right arms -- and became friends who traded text messages throughout the 2010 season. When Harbaugh and the 49ers moved up nine spots last Friday to draft Kaepernick in the second round, he received a call from Luck. More conversations are sure to follow."
Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat draws parallels between Kaepernick and Harbaugh's first quarterback at the University of San Diego.