Thursday, August 16, 2012
Chat wrap: Defending an unpopular trade
By Mike Sando
The most recent NFC West chat is a wrap, but there's always more.
Kevin from Maricopa, Ariz., takes issue with second-guessers who claim the Arizona Cardinals never should have traded for quarterback Kevin Kolb.
"Now, I'm a believer in Kolb," he writes, "but even if I were not, I would still like this deal. People are missing what the second most important part of this trade was for: keeping the greatest football player to ever wear a Cardinals jersey in a Cardinals jersey for the rest of his career. And if this trade were not done, Larry would most certainly not be in a Cardinals jersey this year. So, no matter how Kolb turns out, the trade is a 'win' in my book."
Mike Sando: The Cardinals did what they had to do at the time. They were coming off a 5-11 season marked by horrible quarterback play. They had to have a quarterback. Kolb was the most highly regarded prospect available by trade. They knew they were taking a chance, and the price would be high. Seattle and San Francisco also could have used quarterbacks, it appeared, but those teams were in different situations. Their head coaches were one or two years into establishing their programs. They had time on their side. Arizona was coming off that 5-11 season in Ken Whisenhunt's fourth season, so there was added pressure to address the situation right away.
The price was a second-round choice, nearly $20 million (so far) and a cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who wasn't an ideal fit for the team's new defensive scheme and had plateaued some after showing great promise.
For those reasons, and given the fact that Fitzgerald was headed toward free agency, the move for Kolb was at least defensible. That doesn't spare Whisenhunt or the organization from consequences if Kolb doesn't become a productive player for the team. It just means they made a well-intentioned mistake.
Next up for Kolb: a Friday night exhibition against the Oakland Raiders, who allowed three points to Dallas in their opener a week ago.