Updated Apr 20, 2011 - 1:19 pm
Cardinals-Panthers Week 1 match-up marred by uncertainty
When the Arizona Cardinals schedule was released on Tuesday and I saw they were hosting the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 my immediate reaction was, "they should start 1-0."
Then I came back to reality.
Who am I kidding?
We sit here on April 20th and have zero idea who the Cardinals or Panthers will be starting at quarterback. We have even less of an idea if Week 1 will really be played on September 11, as the schedule suggests.
There have been no free agents signed and the NFL Draft is eight days away.
Go look at the depth chart on an NFL team's web site. Actually don't. Let me spare you the time. There are no depth charts. No organized team activities. No mini-camps.
I am blindly predicting. More blind than normal even, believe it or not.
Do I think the Cardinals should win Week 1 and are set up better than any other team in the league to start 1-0?
But remind me what I just wrote. To put it simple, I know nothing.
Hell, we're creating a contest on who you think will be the starting quarterbacks for the Week 1 Cardinals-Panthers game. [Go make your selection -- prizes included -- and then hurry back. Please.]
The space on the depth chart with the most important position in all of sports is empty -- literally and figuratively. I mean completely blank. Not even a lightly colored pencil is being used.
I think your guess is as good as mine (probably better). I'm willing to guess a few of you have just as good of an idea as Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Panthers coach Ron Rivera.
Who are the options for the Cardinals and Panthers to start in Week 1?
Any quarterback who is not currently signed under contract with another team. And if they are, they still may be a viable option if the lockout would ever end and a trade was made.
It's that wide open. That unclear. This lockout is bringing more uncertainty into a season than the blind date I went on last week.
For us here in Arizona, the thought of the quarterback position usually gives us a headache. The exact same can be said for those in Carolina. Until (and if) Roger Goodell says, "With the first pick of the 2011 NFL Draft the Carolina Panthers select Cam Newton/Blaine Gabbert," Panthers fans have to be unsure.
Even if they do pick a quarterback number one, remember they do still have Jimmy Clausen. He does have a year more of experience than any rookie that will be coming in.
Since I asked you to make your pick I'll give you mine. Unless I somehow end up correct, let's not hold this against me. I won't hold your shot in the dark against you. Fair? Deal.
I'll go with Marc Bulger against Cam Newton. I wanted to write Jimmy Clausen but I just don't see it. The staff that drafted him is gone and so are his days as starter of the Panthers.
Not so much because I believe Bulger will come return the Cardinals to the top of the NFC West, but rather because with the options (or lack of options) out there, he is the most likely to become a Cardinal and have a young John Skelton and [insert name here] learn under his watch.
I've already told you I think the Cardinals should have Kevin Kolb as the starter.
With each day that passes I feel like the chances of that actually happening get less and less.
And with each passing day, just like the 2011 NFL season, the uncertainty of Week 1 only grows and grows.
What I learned this week…
I learned what the 20 deadliest jobs are, according to The Daily Beast.
I must say a few of these on the list surprised me.
Tweet of the week…
David Wright won over several young Braves fans. Before BP, he played catch from field with kids in stands. Watch: http://twitvid.com/WGUVA
If I were a kid, this is definitely something I would remember for the rest of my life. Pretty cool David.
Suggestion of the week…
This just hit a new level of awesomeness. You can't tell me any different.