Worth the read….


Two recent Arizona Cardinals articles have been posted in the last two days at AZCentral.com about Edgerrin James and the NFC West. Follow the links below and give them a read. While the beat writers over at the Arizona Republic are often times more robotic in their writing than passionate about the team, these articles actually have a hint of personality in them. Plus, it’s good to hear Edge get excited about this ballclub and the upcoming season. I mean, after the beating he took in the first 11 weeks of the season he could have easily started naming names, but he didn’t.

1. Bickley: Edge ready for payback.

Why is this a good article?

I like this article because you really get the feeling that Edge is buying into the new system under Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm. He makes a few references to the less-than-inspired coaching of Denny Green, but he doesn’t whine about anything. Last year is over, and Edge seems fully focused on the 2007 season.

I think this one quote by Edge from the article says it all, “Look, I’ve been playing football forever. I know how to run. I’m in the top 20 all-time. But if (Whisenhunt) wants me to go out there and get five, six carries, I’m not going to say no. If they want me to do it just to save face, so there’s no complaining, I’ll do it.”

I think that speaks volumes to the team atmosphere that Whisenhunt has already created in the short time he’s been here in the desert. And Edge has ditched the gold teeth………so now you know he means business!

2. NFC West: Expanded Look

What about this one??

Well we are a Cards blog page and we love to read about how much the media loves our perennial “sleeper team” for the upcoming season, but this article highlights every other division team except the Arizona Cardinals. And I like that. It takes a good, brief look at each team’s offense, defense, impact players, coaching staff, big games in their schedules, and also offers a predicted order of finish for each team in the division. Hey it’s always good to take a look at how your rivals size up.


Mike Duggan