I will pat myself on the back and say that I called it, way back in week 4 of the preseason and again after week 1: The Cards, as usual, suck. The only reason that this is news is that some national sportscasters were drinking the kool-aid and had predicted that this will be a turnaround year for the Cards. One quarter of watching the Cards get manhandled by Denver's second team in pre-season convinced me that while the Cards had some interesting skill position players, they had no Offensive or Defensive line. And now, their top player on each line has gone down with an injury.
This is a team that has never given a crap about its lines, as illustrated by the brilliant trade a couple of years ago of the draft rights to Terrell Suggs (despite his being a hometown ASU hero), perhaps the best young DL in the game, for two mediocre receivers. Here is Coyote's draft rule number one: Teams like the Cards that draft receivers in the first round several years in a row are going to suck (hear that, Detroit?)
I said previously this is maybe a 5 win team. Did I overestimate? It looks like the Cards have a shot at the Matt Leinert sweepstakes, otherwise known as the first draft choice. Of course, the Cards being the Cards, they will probably pull out some last second win in the last second of the game to drop out of the first pick, like they did two years ago against the Vikings. If they do get the first pick, they should trade the pick for linemen or more picks to draft lineman. Here's why:
- There is no point in having a good QB and a bad O-line (see Houston Texans in their first year)
- You can get more value by trading the top 3 picks for lower picks
- Matt Leinert is going to be uniquely valuable. Some team will see him as a once in a generation type player and will give up many goodies for him (see Mike Ditka and Ricky Williams)
- Like Eli Manning and San Diego, Leinert will probably refuse to come play in Arizona anyway