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Every Man Has To Stand Up And Take A Stance …… Derek Anderson Doesn’t Stand On Ceremony …. He Just Rants Like A Dick !


Every Man Has To Stand Up And Take A Stance …… Derek Anderson Doesn’t Stand On Ceremony …. He Just Rants Like A Dick !

Well Monday Night Football brought about a game that might have been about as enthralling as witnessing Roseanne Barr give a rousing rendition of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’. I’m not saying that the game was bad but hell couldn’t the NFL hierarchy get something from out of their much vaunted archives and show instead ? The NFC West and the teams therein are so friggin’ bad that its an affront to call anything emanating from within the division football !. The Arizona Cardinals , San Francisco 49ers , St Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks are a combined 17-27 and not one of the quartet of teams actually has a ‘winning record’ at present . It’s pretty safe to say that the NFC West much like its AFC West counterpart are the two worse divisions in all of football.

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It was painstakingly obvious right from the start that the fans were about to witness one of those monstrosities of a game where they’d have been better off taking in perhaps three hours of Jerry Springer and one of his eponymous episodes of mayhem . The Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers have had their problems this season and those stories have been well chronicled. And for the respective coaches Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Singletary this hardly could have been the season that they had envisaged for their teams. Singletary and the Niners just seem to be entrenched in a season of playing some rather mediocre football. And this was a team whom many believed were about to take the next step and be considered not just a legitimate contender for the divisional title but also as one of the surprise teams within the NFC and a shot of making the postseason. Instead what we’ve seen from the team has been inconsistency , even less accountability from the players and coaching staff led by Mike Singletary. The coach’s postgame interviews have become ripe with anecdotes and a litany of rather idiotic sayings that meander from one moment of insanity to the next. As of now, it’s hard to see how the front office of the San Francisco 49ers can retain the services of the coach and bring him back for next season. Team President & CEO Jed York and the executives have to be contemplating whether or not it’d be the club’s best interests to continue with Singletary as their head coach.

For Whisenhunt and the Cardinals this has been a season of profound disappointment for the organization and the team . Much of the team’s fall from grace has centered around the disappointing quarterback play. It was thought that the continued grooming of Matt Leinart would reap dividends as the player was viewed the heir apparent to the now retired Kurt Warner . Whisenhunt would have a loss of faith in Leinart and at the same time the player’s overall progression, productivity didn’t exactly instill a great deal of faith from his teammates. Maturity wise it were as if Leinart that he was still entitled and on the campus of USC where he’d been feted like a king. If only his college career had carried over into the NFL then perhaps we wouldn’t have the seen the resultant trade of Leinart to the Houston Texans where he’s now the backup to incumbent starter Matt Schaub .

Draft picks from this year’s draft and the continued belief that the team was now heading in the right direction it was felt that the time would be “now” for the Arizona Cardinals. These new recruits could contribute to the team’s gradual progression since Whisenhunt was hired by GM Rod Graves at the behest of the Bidwill’s. But with there being no apparent leadership forthcoming by way of quarterback who could play the position with any degree of efficiency what we’ve witnessed from the Cardinals this season has been the play of a team uncertain in its own identity and competitiveness. Having acquired former Browns’ quarterback and Pro Bowl player Derek Anderson as the then desired backup to Leinart at the time . Suffice to say that with Matt Leinart’s departure Anderson was pressed into service and with his less than stellar displays this season and a defense that could be best described as porous it’s easy to understand why the team has failed so miserably. And with there being mounting unrest with the team’s best player , in wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald it is also easy to understand the discontent not just with the player but also amongst the Arizona Cardinals’ fans as well . Who’d have thought that the team would now become something of an afterthought after their recent successes and advancement as such up the NFL ‘food-chain’ ? Now they’ve once again become a parody and the butt og jokes league wide amongst the fans NFL analysts alike.

Courtesy of NFL.com news

Anderson apologizes, hopes to avoid more YouTube face time

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson has apologized for his Monday night postgame tirade.

“My mom and dad didn’t raise me to act like that in times of adversity,” he said Wednesday.

The quarterback’s rant, now a nationwide spectacle, came after a series of questions from Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic’s beat reporter, about why Anderson was smiling with teammate Deuce Lutui on the sideline while the Cardinals trailed the San Francisco 49ers by 18 points late in the game. The brief clip of the two grinning had been shown during the Monday night telecast.

Anderson said after the game that it was no one’s business what he and Lutui were discussing. As Somers persisted, Anderson lost his temper and shouted about how he had put his “freaking heart and soul” into the team and that there was nothing funny about it.

Anderson was low-key and contrite as he opened his weekly news conference Wednesday.

“Let’s try to do this in a manner that doesn’t end up all over the YouTube, if we can,” he said. ” … Obviously I was very frustrated by what had happened during the game, and I let my emotions get away from me.”

The blowup came after the Cardinals lost their seventh consecutive game, 27-6 in a flat, listless performance against the 49ers.

“I’ve been through some rough times in football,” Anderson said, “but I think it obviously was one of the most frustrating times for me, a game that I felt like going in that we were very prepared for. I had a very good week of practice, like I said, and to lay an egg on national television was not only frustrating for me but frustrating to every one of the guys that’s out here every single day and sees what we’re capable of doing.”

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Monday night’s game and the 27-6 shellacking of the Arizona Cardinals by the San Francisco 49ers served a purpose of sorts as it illustrated how bad a number of teams are around the NFL but more so how bad they (teams) really are within the NFC West in particular ! A rather inept performance by the Cardinals and if something if might provide a respite for Singletary even momentarily. Anderson’s own performance in the game was nothing short of mediocre at best . If anything , it further shows us why a number of people find the player ill suited to lead this team as he seemingly possesses no leadership qualities much less a quarterback’s acumen for playing the game with any amount of dexterity.

In the waning moments in the fourth quarter of the game Anderson on the sidelines was seen joking and laughing with teammate Deuce Lutui as the team was in the midst of another crushing and embarrassing loss. Considering the player’s performances this season have been understated and something of an embarrassment to his team. It’s understandable as such if the player might find something funny to laugh about given the woefully inept display by the Cardinals this past Monday night. As to the fans’ own interpretation of the display and that of Anderson’s in particular I guess that they also might find it comical as well ! In his postgame interview when questioned by a member of the convened press as to why he could be seen laughing on the sidelines while the team was in the midst of defeat Anderson took umbrage at the question and went off in a profanity lace ridden tirade at the journalist stating that ……”he (Anderson) was a man and that he didn’t take any shit from anyone and that he knows what it takes to be a professional football player in the NFL”. Given Derek Anderson’s displays on the field of play this season and his seemingly psychotic meltdown on the podium on Monday night I’m not so sure that the quarterback knows what it takes to be a man much less a professional player in the NFL ! Baited or not by the journalist , Anderson has shown that he hasn’t the mentality or psyche to lead the Arizona Cardinals anywhere but into an abyss of mediocrity. And unfortunately for the Arizona Cardinals’ fans they may well have to put up wit a great deal more of the player’s inane stupidity both on and off the field.

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At this juncture it looks as if the plight of the Cardinals isn’t a happy one with discontent amongst some players and the fans extremely unhappy with the team and perhaps more so with the front office and staff of the organization. Even with something of a contrite apology by Anderson after his postgame interview antics it’s hard to imagine him being a part of this team next season. It’s certainly not as if he’s shown the proclivity to make sound judgments as a player both on and off the field to begin with. And in terms of him showing maturity much less being a leader on this team let’s just say he’s a long way off from where he thinks he is and what’s expected of him as a player.

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Go West Young Man , Make Your Fortune And Claim The Fame That Awaits You ……


Go West Young Man , Make Your Fortune And Claim The Fame That Awaits You ……

Now the most avid and voracious of us await the countdown and start of the NFL season . And we’re all looking and praying that our teams will strive to do their very best . From afar I liken this season to unlike anything we'll see. First , this season will be one where there's no salary cap and it'll be left to the likes of the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins to spend lavishly like drunken sailors on furlough come time to bolster their rosters. With that being said I’m essentially looking at the NFC West to see what will transpire for much of the upcoming season within the division.

The class of the division for the past two seasons has been the Arizona Cardinals but with the retirement of Kurt Warner the Ken Whisenhunt coached team will entrust the starting quarterback position job between seasoned veteran Derek Andersron and former USC Trojan ——– Matt Leinart . And for Leinart merely five years removed from his introduction to the NFL where he was taken tenth overall in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft . We’ve seen the player struggle find his game and gain not only the respect of his teammates but the entire coaching staff , fans and the front office of the Cardinals. At this juncture one can only surmise that team GM Rod Graves and team owner Bill Bidwill must’ve reached the end of their tether concerning Leinart . With a great deal of money vested in the player but with him having not yet shown any degree of maturity in any aspect of his game. One now wonders whether not Leinart still has a future within the NFL ? Certainly his career stats don’t seem to bear this out and his continual complaining that he’s done everything asked of him by Whisenhunt and his staff gives credence that he’s yet to show any maturity as an individual.

Leinart’s days at USC where was seemingly coddled by his then coach Pete Carroll and Carroll’s coaching staf must have created the perception that he would be in for an easy ride once he made it to the NFL . If anything we’ve now seen that the player hasn’t applied himself to the task at hand. And what does it say about him that not having been able to beat out Warner for the starting position that he’s now once again in a battle with Derek Anderson for the signal caller’s position ? Clearly for Leinart this will be a make or break season . This isn’t so much an indictment of the Cardinals but more so with Leinart and his immediate future within the NFL . At this juncture this has to be the last draw for Whisenhunt and his staff. With the loss of Anquan Boldin to the Baltimore Ravens via a trade the Cardinals still remain a potent force on offense. Albeit , we’ll have to see who’ll be part of the tandem receiving corp alongisde Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald . And defensively team defensive coordinator Billy Davis will have to show the rest of the league that the team doesn’t remain a liability on that side of the ball. If anything it has been the team’s inconsistency there that has stymied much of their play. Though in their Superbowl (SB XLIII) run we saw that they could apply themselves to the task at hand . This season we ough to be able to see whether or not those improvements have as such continued.

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Within the division I can’t say that I’m entirely enamored with the San Francisco 49ers —— Seattle Seahawks or the St Louis Rams . A great deal is now being asked of Pete Carroll this time around upon his return to the NFL. And having choice choosing to flee the cauldron of USC and the possible aftermath of his actions there and that of Reggie Bush . Can we say that Seahawks’ owner Paul Allen either had to have been desperate or Carroll was indeed that persuasive in the interview process in landing the job that now makes him one of the highest paid coaches in the league. Carroll will no doubt look to instinctively stick with what made his teams at the college leve such a success. But what one applies at the college level doesn’t necessarily work in the NFL . Simply ask Steve Spurrier that ?

And even with heightened expectations from the fans there in Seattle it remains to be seen whether not Carroll can work his magic with a team led by an aging Matt Hasselbeck whose best days are indeed behind him and not ahead of him ! My own thoughts are that the Seahawks could well end having a respectable season or they could well end posting a rather moribund record of 5-11 . You simply throw the dice and look to see how they might land .

The San Francisco 49 ers will look to excel under their coach Mike Singletary but to my mind I think that this team can only go as far as Alex Smith can lead them. And like Matt Leinart , Smith has had his problems convincing the fans and teammates that he step his game and play at the next level. Insomuch as the Niners are a storied franchise , of late their legacy has been that of an organization that his been mismanaged and whose ownership merely see the team as a bauble that they can show off to their socialite friends. Pardon me for saying this but the interest shown by Dr John York and his wife Denise Bartolo-York is like of that of a parent who has a misbehaving stepchild . Their concern seems to be merely with the overall worth of the franchise rather than the product that is on the field on any given week. And this season for the Niners could be telling in more ways than one as many feel that they are capable of a postseason berth in the playoffs. Much of that however will be predicated upon the play of Smith and his teammates. They could well be the presumptive favorites in many people’s eyes within the division. Not one to normally hazard a guess but if they were to end up with a 10-6 record and garner a postseason berth then I wouldn’t at all be surprised ! But then again should they fall short of that then I wouldn’t again be surprised by that at all ! Such are the machinations within this division that it’s easy to understand why the football played within the division has been so bad in recent years.

Crazy as this might seem but if Sam Bradford is meant to be the savior of the St Louis Rams then his offensive line had better do a great deal more to protect his ass . If not then his and their season could be over before it has even started. Steve Spagnuolu and his coaching staff coming off a rather horrendous season in 2009 (1-15) will look to rebound from it all. And for those fans hoping too see something different this upcoming season at the Edward Jones Dome Arena in St Louis. Well they can look no further at a revamped team looking to find its way back to their halcyon days where they once were described as the “greatest show on turf “. Now of late it’s been more like a team steeped in cow dung right the way up to their shoulders in terms of their performances within the league in recent years.

And one could ask whether or not the Rams are good in enough to shake things up within the NFC West ? But then again we could ask, is Bradford ready to lead the team and are his teammates prepared to follow ? No doubt also much of the team’s success will be derived from the coaching tactics of Spagnuolo and his staff. And at the same time if that offensive line can protect their quarterback and the defense plays with a great deal of resolve. Then we could well see the Rams spring or one or two surprises along the way this season. Suffice to say there’s a great deal hanging on the shoulders of the first year quarterback and it’s now up to him to prove that he can deliver. Chances are both Bradford and the Rams will have a season which they and management will deem a success if they can show signs of overall improvement .

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What thoughts if any do you have on the upcoming NFL season and in particular within the NFC West. I think that we can all attest to the fact that the division itself could never be viewed as a powerhouse within the NFL ? Albeit that in recent years it has been the Cardinals and Seahawks that have been viewed as the teams that have shown a modicum of consistency. But more often than not the brand of football being played there has been either way too sloppy and inconsistent or we have seen from time to some flashed of brilliance. Which is it to be this year within the division ? What thoughts if any do you have on the subject matter ? Chime on in with a comment and thanks as always for the continued support !

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Actress Maggie Q soon to be seen in the CW’s action drama series “Nikita” reprising the role first played by Bridget Fonda in US version of the hit French movie ” La Femme Nikita” and then reprised by Peta Wilson on a short lived tv serial .

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Too Late The Hero Or So They’d Have Us Believe …………..


 
 

 

 

Much  has  been made  this  season as  to  the  resurrection  of   Kurt  Warner and his   career   and  the  fortunes  of  the  Arizona  Cardinals.   Warner  was  brought  in  by  the  franchise  at  the  wishes  of coach  Ken  Whisenhunt’s  predecessor   Dennis  Green.    Green  felt  that  with  Warner brought  in  to  take  the  team’s  number  one draft  pick  Matt  Leinart  under  his  wing  and   tutor him.  

 

 

 

Cardinals'  quarterback  Kurt Warner  and  GM  Rod  Graves  at  the  team's  walk   through  at the  training  facility   in  Tampa , Fl .........picture  appears courtesy of  ap/photo/Ross D Franklin .......................
Cardinals' quarterback and GM Rod Graves at the team's walk through at their training facility in Tampa , Fl. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Ross D Franklin ................

 

 

Cardinals’ quarterback¬† Kurt Warner¬† and¬† GM Rod¬† Graves at the¬† team’s¬† walk¬† through¬† at¬† their¬† training¬†¬†facility in¬† Tampa ,Fl .¬† picture appears¬† courtesy of¬† ap/photo/Ross¬† D¬†¬† Franklin ………………..

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately  for  Leinart   his   leadership  and  play  has  come  into  question  and  under  a  great  deal  of scrutiny.  Leinart  the  poster  child  for  some  of  the  success  at  the  University of  California   became  short  lived  upon  his  introduction  into the  NFL.  He’s  yet  to  prove  himself   the  franchise   quarterback  that  many   felt   he  could  be.    Analysts  in  and   outside  the  game were   singing  the  praises  of  Leinart as   to   his   decision making  and  talent.    Thus   far  there’s  been  very   little  evidence  to  suggest  that  Leinart  has   even  matured   as an  NFL  player  much  less  a  franchise   quarterback  upon   which  an  organization  can  pin  its   hopes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  hopes  of  a  franchise  if  pinned  on   Leinart  most  certainly  wouldn’t  be  well served.  Matt is   far  too  Hollywood  for  his  own  good. He  felt  that   upon  his  entrance  into  the  NFL   things  would  be   just  as  they   were   when  reigned   over  all  he   surveyed.    He  was  given  the  entitlements  befitting  that  of  a  king   while   he  played   for  the  USC  Trojans  under  the  guidance  of  their  coach  Pete  Carroll.    And  during  that   time  the  program  had  unprecedented  success  with  Leinart  at the  helm  as  the college’s  quarterback.

 

 

 

Larry Fitzgerald  of  the Cardinals  holds  his  son Devin  as  the  players , family  and  friends  have  their  walk  through at the Tampa Bay  Buccaneers'  training  facility ..........  picture  appears  courtesy of  getty images /  Frank  Pollitto ...................
Cardinals' wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald holds his son Devin as the players, families and friends hold their walk through at the Buccaneers' training facility in Tampa , Fl

 

 

¬†Larry Fitzgerald¬† the Cardinals’ wide receiver¬† holds¬† his¬†¬†son¬† Devin as¬† the¬† players¬† ,¬† families¬† and¬† friends¬† have¬† their¬†¬† walkthrough¬† at¬† the¬† Buccaneers’ training¬† facilty¬† in¬† Tampa¬† , Florida………..¬† picture appears¬† courtesy of¬† getty images/¬† Frank¬† Pollitto …………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warner¬† for¬† his¬† part¬†¬† did¬† stumble¬† out¬† of¬† the¬† block¬†¬†¬† but¬†¬† his¬† missteps¬† aren‚Äôt¬† as¬† acute¬†¬† as¬† those¬†¬† made¬† by¬†¬† the¬† young¬† prot√©g√©.¬† Leinart¬† has¬† complained¬† as¬† to ¬†his playing¬†¬† time¬† and¬† though¬† not¬† directing¬† any¬† of¬† his¬† displeasure¬† directly¬†¬† towards¬† management or¬†¬† his¬† teammates.¬†¬† He¬† has¬† made his¬† feelings¬† known¬†¬† to¬† the¬† local and¬† national¬†¬† press alike.¬† Though in¬† terms¬† of¬† his¬† temperament¬† it ¬†wasn‚Äôt merely¬† overly¬†¬† vocal.¬† But then¬† again¬† in¬† a¬†¬† star¬† driven¬† league¬†¬† where¬† a¬† player‚Äôs¬† power¬† and¬† stance¬† can¬† all¬† too¬† often¬† bring¬† down¬†¬†¬† the¬† franchise¬† or¬† coach.¬† Though¬† not¬† necessarily¬† in¬† any¬† particular¬† order. We‚Äôve¬† seen¬† it ¬†and¬† we‚Äôre¬† liable to¬† see¬† it¬† happen¬† again.¬†¬†¬†¬† Thankfully¬† for Arizona¬†¬†¬† they didn’t¬†¬† take¬† the¬† bait¬†¬† with¬† regard¬† to¬† the¬† player‚Äôs¬† play. With¬†¬†¬† Warner¬† being installed¬†¬† as¬† the¬†¬† team‚Äôs¬†¬† starting¬†¬† quarterback¬† they‚Äôve not¬† really¬†¬† had¬† to¬†¬† look¬† back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing  this  ’08-09  season  with  a  9-7  record  they  went  into  the  postseason  as  the  winners  of  the  NFC  West division.  Often  criticized as being  a  team  not  worthy of being  considered a  contender .  This  postseason  they’ve   come  out  of  the  gates  like  hare  being   chased  by  wolf.   Much  to  the  surprise  of  their fans  and  the rest  of  the NFL  alike.   And  much  of  that   success  can  be  attributed  to  not  only  the  play  of  Warner   alone.   But  also   the  play  of  their   trio  of  receivers   Steve  Breaston  ,Larry  Fitzgerald  and  Anquan  Boldin.  With  spirited  contribution  coming   from  a  running  attack  that  few   thought  this  was  capable  of in  the  guise  of  Tim  Hightower  and  Edgerrin  James.  Never  mind  the   fact    their   defense   suddenly  also   seemed to have  found  a  life  of its  own.   Lamentable   through  much  of  the  regular  season  .  It  were   as  if   during  this   postseason  a  beast   had  been  awaken   from  its  long   slumber  as  life   was  breathed   into  it.

 

 

Warner  sets  of  the  make the  pass  attempt  during the  Superbowl  against  the  Pittsburgh  Steelers  in  Tampa , Fl....................
Cardinals' quarterback Kurt Warner attempts the pass during the Superbowl game played against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium , Tampa Fl ..................

 

 

Warner¬† sets¬† off¬† to¬† make¬† the pass¬† attempt¬† in¬† the¬† Superbowl¬† game¬† played¬† against¬† the¬† Pittsburgh¬† Steelers .¬† picture¬† appears¬† courtesy¬† of¬† ap/photo/ Ross¬† D¬† Franklin ……………………….

 

 

 

 

 

And  now  with  the  franchise   on  the  cusp  of   history  with  an  appearance  in  Superbowl XLIII at  their  call.  It  has  to  be  said  that  the  fairy  tale  approach  being  taken  with regard  to  the  Cardinals’  rise  anonymity  within  the  league  is  surprising.  However  the  rise   in profile   with   regard  to  Warner’s   ascension  back  atop  of   the  league’s  most  effective  quarterbacks   shouldn’t  really  have  as  a  surprise  to  anyone  at  all.   He’s   proven  himself  to  be  a  warrior  over  the years.  Even  if  it  appears  that  he’s   been  a  wandering   troubadour   around  the  league.     It  may  well  have  been  that   the  surrounding  talent  was  never   really   up  to  par   at  his   subsequent  destinations  after  he  was  cut    let   go  by   the  St Louis  Rams.

 

 

 

 

 

It’d  would  appear  that  the  Cardinals  were  on  to  something.  And  they  stuck  to  their  guns.   And  it  has  paid   dividends  for  the  franchise  and  its   fans.   And  for  the  Bidwill  family  one  would  hope  after  all  those  years  of  ridicule  some  legitimacy  as  to  their   team’s appearance  in the  Superbowl  will  actually  mean  something .   And  that   it’ll  empower  them   to  do  what’s  right  for  the  franchise  and its   fans.  Not  merely   what’s  right  for  their  own   pockets.