Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Well Gregg, we were all pretty sad after the Super Bowl,and we understand that without good QB play the Cards willhave a hard time making it back. Still, putting them on the same level as the Jaguars andBrowns? Really? The Jaguars and Browns?!But that’s neither here nor there. The point is theCardinals, for all that there is to be excited about, arestill an underdog in many peoples’ eyes. Just as they were in 2008 before, you know, that wholeSuper Bowl thing happened. – / 24 Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Arizona Cardinals have reason for optimism.They won seven of their last nine games in 2011. They haveLarry Fitzgerald. They have an emerging defense. They playin a weak division.Did we mention they have Larry Fitzgerald?Anyway, even with all the positives, there are stillreasons to be skeptical, which must be why NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal, in an articletitled Who’s next in line to win first Super Bowltitle?, has the Cardinals in a group with the Vikings,Titans, Browns and Jaguars under the header “Nothing onthe Horizon.” Comments Share Bummer.I’ve never been more sad in a Super Bowl locker room thanwhen I talked to the Cardinals. They were all so hopeful,but I couldn’t help but think that they would never getback to that point. Without a quality quarterback, theyare as far away as ever. Things change fast in the NFL,but its hard to imagine these teams as serious Super Bowlcontenders in the next two years.
The piece, released Wednesday, shows Kolb, on 217 drop backs, has been given 2.84 seconds before he’s gotten rid of the ball. Skelton, on 187 drop backs, has had 2.64 seconds. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories However, that only takes into account the passes the quarterbacks got off. The site’s research shows Kolb, who has been sacked 27 times this season, has had a league-worst 2.49 seconds from the time the ball was snapped to when he was dropped by a defender. Skelton, who has been taken down 14 times this season, has been given 2.64 seconds before a defender got to him.So, what does this show? Besides the line apparently blocking marginally better for Skelton than Kolb, it makes one wonder how the injured Cardinals signal caller was even able to be as effective as he was, given the fact that he was under immediate pressure seemingly every time he dropped back to pass.As ProFootballFocus put it, “Nobody warrants your sympathy more than Kevin Kolb who was not helped by a pass protection unit that saw his average sack coming within 2.3 seconds of the ball being snapped.” Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Thanks to the sack tracker (and our eyes), we know both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton have been sacked often this season.And now, due to the hard work by the folks at ProFootballFocus.com, we’re aware of just how little time Arizona’s passers have had to throw the football.Now to explain what ‘time to throw’ is, we record the time from when the ball is snapped to the point where the quarterback has either thrown a pass or can no longer throw a pass (has been sacked or scrambled past the line of scrimmage). The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact