Updated Jun 23, 2011 - 4:29 pm
DRC for Kolb: Better the devil you know
That the Arizona Cardinals need a quarterback is not news.
That the Arizona Cardinals are interested in Philadelphia's Kevin Kolb is not news.
That the Arizona Cardinals may trade Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in exchange for Kevin Kolb? Now that's news.
It's also a bad idea.
Quarterback is easily the most important position on the football field. The Cardinals, of course, should do everything they can to not only improve from the train wreck that was the position last year, but position themselves for long-term success in the process. Is Kolb the guy, for now and the future? Who knows.
What we do know, however, is that the Cardinals have what could be one of the best defensive secondaries in the NFL, featuring DRC, rookie Patrick Peterson, Greg Toler, Kerry Rhodes and Adrian Wilson.
Think that won't be nice to have in a division that features Sam Bradford? How about the rest of the league? Then again, we don't yet know how good Patrick Peterson will be. There's a chance he's not as good a corner as anyone thinks or hopes. If that's the case the Cardinals will wish they had a guy like Rodgers-Cromartie around.
Don't let last season fool you, the NFL is still as pass-happy as it ever was. That the Cardinals couldn't stop the pass was just as much of a problem as their inability to complete one, and in no world does trading their most proven corner benefit the team's defense.
Granted, it is not as if DRC had a banner year. By pretty much everyone's standards he had a rough 2010, and all it took was one look at him to see things were not right. A Pro Bowler in 2009, up until last season - when everything went wrong for the Cards - the 25-year-old was considered to be one of the team's best up-and-coming players, someone who could lock down one side of the field for years to come.
Does one down season negate the good ones that preceded it? Does a rough season mean the guy is not as talented as previously thought? Or, perhaps, his immaturity (shocker for someone so young, I know) led to him struggling with the mental aspect of the game while his team was barely competitive most games. Was his play an issue last season? Absolutely, but he wasn't the reason the defense struggled, at least, not the only one.
The fact is DRC is a playmaker, something every defense needs. Is he Champ Bailey or Charles Woodson? No, he's not that physical. But from all accounts he has been working hard to bulk up, hoping to become a better tackler. Just getting bigger won't make Rodgers-Cromartie a better tackler, sure, but he seems to be putting in the work to improve, and that can only be taken as a good sign.
But people seem ready to throw what could be a bright future away for an unproven QB.
The Cardinals most certainly need an upgrade at the position, but must avoid getting desperate to the point where any QB not named Anderson looks like the of second coming of Tom Brady. Let's not forget that defense wins championships...
Is Kolb an upgrade over Derek Anderson? Sure, but most of the league's QBs are. Is he a guy that can lead the team back to the playoffs and, hopefully, the Super Bowl? That is the million dollar question, but one that is not worth betting a young, Pro Bowl cornerback on.
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