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Baby Boldin

Posted on: January 19, 2009 7:06 pm

Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin is a baby.
A big one.
I can understand the sideline confrontation with offensive coordinator Todd Haley as the Cardinals were driving to the winning points. Boldin is a competitor and he played through a painful hamstring injury, yet wasn't on the field for some of the plays on that drive.
That led to the confrontation between he and Haley.
"I am emotional on the sidelines and sometimes that stuff happens," Haley said. "It's just who I am."
The worst sin Boldin committed was leaving the field as soon as the game ended and not returning to the field to celebrate going to the Super Bowl with his teammates.
That is the ultimate in selfish.
If I were one of his teammates, I wouldn't respect him for that at all. The only thing is, the Cardinals players love him.
Boldin has some explaining to do.
If he were named Terrell Owens, a certain four-letter network would be setting up shop outside his house.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said it's all a dead issue.
"From my understanding it’s over with," Whisenhunt said. "Like I said, those things happen on the field, those things happen in games all the time. This is a highly competitive business. There are a lot of emotional swings that go into this game. We’re never going to always agree on things. But we’ve always been able to move past that and continue to be focused on our goal."

Quick hits

---The NFL needs to do something about the launching of players to make tackles. That hit by the Steelers Ryan Clark on Baltimore's Willis McGahee in the AFC Championship Game was downright scary. Luckily, McGahee is fine. But the NFL will have to examine the tackling techniques the next couple of months before the league meetings in March. Somebody is going to get killed the way things are going.

---I really like the hiring of Rex Ryan as coach of the New York Jets. They're going from a pretend "tough" guy in Eric Mangini to a real one. I like Ryan's demeanor. The key for him will be the hire he makes as his offensive coordinator.

---If new St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo is smart, he look at Giants quarterback coach Chris Palmer as his offensive coordinator. Palmer would put in a tough, physical offense that would help change the culture in St. Louis and help make Steven Jackson a Pro Bowl player again.


Category: NFL

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2009 4:17 pm

Baby Boldin

Boldin a me first primadonna, because he wanted to be in the game during the final drive to help his team win.  You are crazy!  He does not ask for the ball to pad his stats, he asks for it to help win.  This is the same guy that took a horrific hit breaking his face in several locations from what the media called a dirty hit which also drew a $50,000 fine.  Still, Boldin's response was that the hit was clean, the fine was ludicrous, and fought to get on the field only two weeks later despite pins/screws/plates in his face.  This guy is the epitome of a competitor and gives more on the field than any other Cardinal.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2009 5:09 pm

Baby Boldin

Under your new rules Prisco how is the game supposed to be played?  According to your thoughts, is it okay for a RB, QB, WR, TE, KR, PR, to launch themselves at a tackler since a tackler is just supposed to catch the runner, be run over and hope he can drag the ball carrier down? 

I agree that the Clark hit was especially vicious and brutal.  It was a borderline play by the rules as they stand.  It's funny Prisco, you celebrate and thump your chest when Ray Lewis does the same thing and breaks Rashard Mendenhall's shoulder, but when its someone else doing it you start crying. 

If you want people to stop deliver huge blows on people, offensive or defense, then you should reduce the size of the shoulder pads.  The equipment of today is phenomenal, and the athletes are so well coached and prepared, they have turned themselves into human missiles. 

I agree with you somewhat.  The blows to the head have to stop.  How about a uniform rule and enforcement of roughing the passer?  Ben and other QBs take shots week in and week out, and if your name isn't Manning it seems like no flags are thrown.  The way Ben plays the game works against him, but people should be allowed to take three steps and launch themselves into any QB. 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2009 4:45 pm

Baby Boldin

Red - for the record - Prisco never said it was a dirty hit, just that it was downright scary.  Hines Ward's block earlier this year was fully legal with "dirty" being in the eye of the beholder, but he launched himself at the defensive player and injured him.  It would be wise to look at it.

Although I am with you - I think these incidents go under "these things happen"

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2009 4:39 pm

Baby Boldin

I don't know if you guys realized this or not but football is a COLLISION sport, NOT A CONTACT SPORT (basketball is a contact sport).  When ever you have the best athletes in country at their respective sport weighing in for the most part at over 200 lbs and even over 300 pounds moving as fast as they do, you are going to have those kind of  hits.  It doesn't matter what kind of rules are in place.  That hit was not even helmet to helmet.  They have in my opinion the rules in place to protect players as much as possible, if they add anything else or "change the way you are supposed to tackle" they may as well take the pads off and play touch or flag football. 

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2009 3:34 pm

Baby Boldin

First of all, Clark's hit was clean.  The problem I think Prisco points out is that Clark in no way extended his arms to try to wrap up.  His sole intention was a SportsCenter kill shot.  Every kid playing pop warner on up is taught to lead with their shoulder and wrap up.  Not launch youself at someone.  A rule change wouldn't eliminate hard hits (think Dick Butkus who did wrap up) but would protect players.  Clark probably can't hit McGahee that hard if his arms are extended.

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2009 2:30 pm

Baby Boldin

Change the rules are you kidding?  If you have the football in your hands and are running down field you are a marked man.  Thats the risks of playing football.  These guys are there willingly and get paid very good money to play.  If it is too rough for you cover ping pong!!!

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2009 12:57 pm

Baby Boldin

Of course the Cards said it was no big deal- they don't want the distraction before the Bowl. Boldin was wrong, but he also doesn't have a contract for next year while Fitz got 4 years, 40 mil. By being used as nothing more than a decoy that game he probably didn't feel like a part of the team- something he asked for, and will probably get. Some team like Philly should jump on this guy, he's fantastic after the catch.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2009 12:55 pm

Baby Boldin

Boldin let the emotion of the moment overwelm the obvious.  There was a cheap shot by Clark on McGahee.  Granted it was scary and no one likes to see players kneeling in pray.   If we want to talk about cheap shots, look no further than the one Demps put on Warner with a minute left in the first half after a completion to Boldin.  Yea, he was flaged for 15 yards, but he should have been kicked out of the game and fined.  No excuse for that kind of BS on the field.  

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2009 9:41 am

Baby Boldin

The bottom line is this: when you launch your body at someone and you are doing it without complete control of your body, it's dangerous.  However, how can officials determine whether the launch was made with control or just haphazardly?  I think that it is a good idea in theory, but cannot be implemented, without prohibiting launching in general, and that would not be good for the game.  It is completely appropriate to launch yourself when tring to make a tackle.  Maybe the rule could be that you have to have your arms out in front of you when you launch, and your head has to be facing the direction of the ball carrier.  I don't know.  Just an idea.  

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2009 9:36 am

Baby Boldin

Boldin is absolutely insane.  But, if we smart, he would have said the following:  "hey, i was thrilled that we won and I wanted to be there for my teammates, but I was in so much pain.  I had to run in and get treatment." 

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