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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Two young QBs in NFC West? Make it three

By Mike Sando


A reporter asked new Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians about the NFC West during an NFL scouting combine news conference Thursday.

"It’s a dynamic division with two really good young quarterbacks," Arians said, "but moreso they have great defenses."

Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Sam Bradford give the NFC West three young starting quarterbacks. Wilson is 24. Kaepernick is older than Bradford by five days. Both are 25.

We can assume Arians was referencing Wilson and Kaepernick as the "two really good young quarterbacks" in the division. Both made playoff appearances last season. Both ranked among the leaders in Total QBR and passer rating.

It's easy to forget, however, just how young Bradford remains after three seasons with the St. Louis Rams. I didn't realize or had forgotten that Bradford was slightly younger than Kaepernick.

Also Thursday, Arians said he thought the Cardinals' problems along the offensive line have been overstated. He said he thinks the line will benefit quite a bit from Levi Brown's return from injury. He said the line situation was "not near as dire" as advertised.