Three former Arizona Cardinals reminisce about the DRC trade

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Three former Arizona Cardinals had a conversation on Instagram that showed they weren’t ready to move on.

Every Arizona Cardinals fan remembers how good the team truly was from 2008-2009. Hitting that 10-6 record in 2009 felt like 14-2 to us. Three members of that team shared their thoughts about why the band should have never been broken up.

Antrel Rolle, Darnell Dockett, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie reminisced about how the Kevin Kolb trade cost the Cardinals a handful of division titles. Unfortunately, DRC’s Instagram is set to private, and one would have to request to see the photo (I don’t have access, either).

That was a star-studded defense in the making, and if they could’ve added Patrick Peterson (which they did in 2011, one year after DRC was traded) to the secondary, it would have been the best defense the Cardinals ever rolled out.

DRC, Dockett, and Rolle’s conversation cuts like a knife for the Arizona Cardinals

One of my groomsmen in my wedding summed up the Arizona Cardinals better than I’ve ever heard anyone do so; “The Cardinals seem like a team that just can’t get out of their own way.”

This is one of the many repeated examples in the team’s history, and he’s exactly right. The organization has done good things, but the bad outweighs the good here. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 (no, not the year 2020), but a draft pick being shipped would’ve been more ideal.

The offseason is the time for reflection upon where teams have been and where they’re going, and this was definitely the wrong turn. Trading for Kolb, who had a 3-4 career record at the time, made no sense then, and it doesn’t now.

It’s just another “shoulda, woulda, coulda” that works against the Cardinals.

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