No matter what the Cardinals shouldn't be in the Luck Sweepstakes
Published: November 03, 2011 @ 10:40am
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, center, looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. Stanford won 56-48 in triple overtime. Luck passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a key score. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The Arizona Cardinals, with a current record of 1-6, unfortunately have to be mentioned as a team that could possibly end up with the No. 1 overall pick come draft time in April.
With the first pick comes expectations and millions of people having their idea on who that pick should be.
This year it seems everyone is saying regardless of who has the pick, that team should take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
IF the Arizona Cardinals end up with the No. 1 pick next April they should not take Luck with the pick if they are going to keep Kevin Kolb on the roster.
The team invested way too much money in Kolb this past summer to give up on him after one year.
Yes, if you draft Luck you have given up on Kolb.
A team can't (or shouldn't) trade for a "franchise" QB and give him $21 million guaranteed -- $63.5 overall -- trade a good cornerback (DRC) and a second-round pick and put him on the bench after one year. It's bad business and bad investing.
You gave up -- and gave him -- a whole lot and it's the guy you are stuck with for the foreseeable future.
Another reason not to draft Luck is because your roster is full of holes wider than the Grand Canyon.
I don't think the QB position is one of their biggest needs. I would much rather see a left tackle that could protect and help Kolb's mental state when he drops back or a guy coming off the edge with the speed of a safety and the reach of a power forward.
Left tackles are important and have huge value in this league as teams continue to pass more and more. The Cardinals don't have a left tackle on their roster. They have guys who line up and get beat down after down.
After watching seven games I think this team can succeed with Kolb at QB (I don't see another nine completely changing my mind, not with all the other holes).
I only think Kolb will continue to get better (injury may prevent that for a few weeks). Give him this entire season, plus a full off-season and a full season with that off-season to build off of.
With what the Cardinals did to make it happen this past August plus their other holes, it makes the most sense.
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I learned Bill Plaschke doesn't get Halloween. His writing of the Coyotes' Raffi Torres and his wife dressing up as Jay-Z and Beyonce was disappointing from a society view of things.
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If only there were a video time lapse of this. Unreal.
Suggestion of the week…
NBA players are bored. Kevin Durant playing flag football at Oklahoma State earlier this week. ... Four touchdowns and three interceptions. Not bad.