Saturday, August 1, 2015

Whisenhunt downplays Fitzgerald-Kolb report

Over the weekend, I mentioned an ESPN report that said the Cardinals were seeking opinion from Larry Fitzgerald about who their next quarterback should be.

Whisenhunt downplays Fitzgerald-Kolb report

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Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald reportedly recommended that his team acquire Kevin Kolb. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald reportedly recommended that his team acquire Kevin Kolb. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Over the weekend, I mentioned an ESPN report that said the Cardinals were seeking opinion from Larry Fitzgerald about who their next quarterback should be.

And according to Adam Schefter, Fitzgerald, entering the final year of his contract, pointed to Kevin Kolb as his first recommendation. Marc Bulger's name also came up.

When Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked about the report, he downplayed it and said the communication with Fitzgerald was nothing out of the ordinary.

"You're very aware that we have an open-door policy," Whisenhunt told Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic. "We solicit input from players on a lot of things, game plans, plays, travel to the East Coast. Things in training camp. When I was interviewed (in 2007), they had players who were a portion of the interviews.

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"Larry and I talked about a number of things. I've talked to other players as well."

In 2010, Arizona had a combined QB rating of 60.5, 31st in the NFL, ahead of only the two-win Panthers. The Cardinals had just 10 passing touchdowns all season.

After putting together three straight years of double-digit TDs from 2007-09, Fitzgerald got in the end zone just six times last year. He still caught 90 balls for 1,137 yards, primarily from Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall.

While Whisenhunt conceded that he's talked to Fitzgerald, he said the Cardinals wide receiver is not dictating any decisions.

"Larry is obviously not making the decisions," Whisenhunt said. "There's a lot of things that guys want that they don't necessarily get. That's why I have individual meetings with them to get their ideas.

"It would make sense to at least talk to some of your players."

FINALIZING THE DEFENSIVE STAFF

Yesterday, the Eagles announced Mike Caldwell as the new linebackers coach and Michael Zordich as the safeties/secondary coach.

Both the Inquirer and Daily News report that the Birds are still expected to name a cornerbacks/secondary coach.

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post said he's hearing that Johnny Lynn could be the guy who gets that job.

Lynn would bring some experience to the Eagles' defensive coaching staff. He served as the 49ers' special assistant to the head coach/secondary last year before resigning in December for what was reportedly deemed "personal reasons."

Lynn, 53, served as the Giants' defensive coordinator in 2002 and 2003.

EAGLES ADD CB

The Eagles have officially added cornerback Isiah Trufant off waivers, according to Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com.

Trufant was the Defensive Player of the Year in the UFL last season, playing for Jim Fassel, and was active for two games with the Jets.

I wrote more about Trufant in a post last week.


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