Monday, November 9, 2009
Around the NFC West: Boldin needs to go?
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic adds details to Anquan Boldin's unhappiness after the Cardinals named him inactive Sunday. Somers: "Two witnesses to Whisenhunt's conversation with Boldin said the receiver would not look at the coach during the conversation. One Cardinals veteran expressed surprise that Boldin would complain about the issue after a victory."
Also from Somers: "The subject will be explored again this week, but I don't see how this poisonous relationship can be fixed after this year. Boldin has a year left on his contract, and I would be surprised if he returned in 2010. The Cardinals have to again seriously consider trading him." How much will another team give up for a receiver who will be 30 years old and coming off an injury-affected season? Any team trading for Boldin would also have to pay him.
More from Somers: This was the first week all season Arizona was able to "click on all cylinders" offensively, according to center Lyle Sendlein.
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says Kurt Warner gave the Bears a lesson in quarterbacking Sunday. Bickley: "In a game book-ended by costly temper tantrums, where one Pro Bowl player was ejected [Tommie Harris] and another sealed his fate in Arizona [Anquan Boldin], Warner stood way above the fray, miles above the next-best player on the field."
Also from Bickley: Harris' ejection hurt Chicago.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Larry Fitzgerald dropped 76 cents in his pocket before the game and two touchdowns on the Bears' secondary during it. Urban: "Fitzgerald now has 482 career receptions, passing Jackie Smith (480) for fifth in franchise history right behind Frank Sanders (493). His 100-yard game was his 22nd, three behind Boldin for most all-time in franchise history. And his 6,607 receiving yards sixth all-time, passing Sanders Sunday and leaving him behind Mel Gray’s 6,644."
Also from Urban: Kurt Warner never expected to throw five touchdown passes, but he'll take 'em after throwing five picks a week earlier.
Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals have officially put behind them the 2006 meltdown defeat to the Bears on "Monday Night Football." Bordow: "It was nearly a perfect afternoon for Arizona. The only sour note was wide receiver Anquan Boldin moaning and groaning about the Cardinals’ decision to inactivate him and that no one was “man enough” to tell him to his face. (Note to Anquan: Your team just won by 20 points. You want to preserve what’s left of your reputation? Then stifle yourself)."
Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com isn't sure what to make of the Cardinals and Bears after this one.
Jarrett Bell of USA Today says Warner completed four passes of at least 17 yards against the Bears. Hitting Steve Breaston for 23 yards on the first drive was huge.