Kolb for Rodgers-Cromartie is a no-brainer
Published: June 23, 2011 @ 2:28pm
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams (17) pulls in a pass as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie defends during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz.
What's more important in a car, the engine or the rear-view mirror? When watching a movie do you care more about the camera man or the main actor? In the Jackson 5 who was a more integral part of their success, Michael or Tito? For ESPN is SportsCenter or Erin Andrews more important? In all of those situations each part is meaningful to the whole, but only one is a true difference maker.
It's the same with the Kevin Kolb for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie rumors that emerged -- or is that re-emerged -- Thursday. One is a nice piece, the other one can change the course of a franchise.
Have you ever heard someone call the NFL a cornerbacks league? No, it's a quarterbacks league and you don't have to look any further than the 2010 Arizona Cardinals for proof. With Rodgers-Cromartie and no quarterback they won a grand total of five games. That may be good in tennis on the Wii, but in football that makes you Dane Cook rather than Zach Galifianakis (translation: not good).
Quarterbacks win Super Bowls not cornerbacks (that is unless your name is Larry Brown Jr., but lets be honest, Neil O'Donnell was responsible for his success and the crazy contract the Raiders gave him as well).
I'm not saying that DRC isn't a good player. The problem is, he has just as many question marks as Kolb. Yes, he made the Pro Bowl in 2009 but the following season his skills -- like Jim Carey's comedic ability -- disappeared and became one of the worst tacklers in the game. Add that to the fact that he won't even be the best cornerback on the Cardinals' roster in 2011 -- he'll be behind this year's first round draft pick Patrick Peterson on the depth chart -- and it proves why he's expendable.
If that's not enough for you, think of it this way; from 1991 through 2000 the Cardinals had the top cornerback in the NFL not named Deion; Aeneas Williams. For those of you who didn't suffer through those years they made the playoffs one more time than you and me. Oh, that one time was the rare occasion they had a decent quarterback
If the Cardinals want to make a splash and try to solidify their quarterback position for the next ten years they make this deal in a heartbeat.
Kolb can be Michael Jackson -- minus the weird ranch and skin disorder -- for the Cardinals while Rodgers-Cromartie will never be more than Tito.