TAMPA -- Don't you just love it when an NFL player comes to the Super Bowl, where every probing media member that covers football is in attendance, and he decides that he isn't talking about a certain controversy?
Are you serious?
Arizona Cardinals receive Anquan Boldin is the latest to play the issue-is-behind game. When the Cardinals touchdown down in Tampa Monday in preparations for Super Bowl XLIII, Boldin was one of the select few Cardinals who met the media.
Naturally, the topic of his sideline outburst with offensive coordinator Todd Haley in the NFC Championship Game would come up.
Boldin wanted no part of it.
"I answered all the questions that I was going to answer last week," Boldin said. "At this point, it’s a non-issue. We put it behind us as a team, and we are just preparing for the Super Bowl."
Sorry, Anquan. We're not putting it behind. It will stay that way until the game comes on Sunday. Even then, if the Cardinals lose, it will be an issue.
Players don't decide when an issue is over. We do.
Don’t forget it.
---It's nice to see a player that finally gets it when it comes to motivation. We hear all the time about bulletin-board material. Coaches hate it. I say it doesn't matter once the hits start happening. So when Cardinals defensive end Bert Berry was asked about being the underdog this week and whether it would help the team's motivation, he shrugged it off. “People can play that role if they want to, but we’re in the Super Bowl," Berry said. "If you need that kind of motivation at this point, you’re in the wrong sport. We’re playing for an opportunity that not very many people get, so we’re going to embrace this.”
---The Cardinals beat the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional playoffs, which led to a shake up on the defensive side of the ball for the Panthers staff. Coordinator Mike Trgovac left and he was replaced by Ron Meeks, who was dismissed as defensive coordinator in Indianapolis. Trogovac left because his duties as the defenisve play-caller were to be taken away, according to a source. The word is that coach John Fox will handle more of the defensive duties this season. Meeks might be more of a coordinator in name only.
---The Cardinals brought six players to meet the media Monday. One was special teams player Sean Morey. Why? Why not Darnell Dockett, the talkative defensive tackle? Maybe that's why he wasn't around.