Well its time for another edition of Good For, Bad For where we will outline some topics and discuss if it is good for or bad for the Cards Organization. First up to bat is...
Rolle needing a new contract. It is no secret that Rolle's contract status will have to be addressed after meeting so many escalators that his 2010 salary would be enormous. After having another full year to grow into the FS position, Rolle has maintained his big play abililty, while taking another step as a real FS. I have no idea where the ground work should start and what the baseline will be for his new contract, but I do believe some of the parameters have changed. If you missed it, Rolle made the Pro Bowl this year. That's got to work in his favor for renogotiating his contract. And let's not forget who his agent is. Non other than the Shark himself, Drew Rosenhaus. On the other hand we did see how important Matt Ware was to the defense after he went down. And Rashad Johnson was a rookie this year and should only get better, hopefully. With March 1st and a $4 mil roster bonus just around the corner will we see a renogotiated contract or will Rolle become a free agent? With his rookie contract needing to be renogiated regardless, is it good for or bad for the Cards that he made it to the Pro Bowl?
DRC to have surgery. That has a terrible ring to it. But it is our reality. He injured a ligament during the Saints playoff game and his time frame for return could go well into training camp. Now this wouldn't be such a big deal if there was better quality depth behind him or at the very least, a better counterpart on the other side. Yes, in my own opinion, Brian McFadden was a waste at RCB. I have to admit. I was one of the biggest supporters of his signing. Now I see him as nothing more than a nickleback. Greg Toler, on the other hand, seemed to come on quite well late in the season and in the playoffs. There is no doubt in my mind that he will get extended playing time in the offseason and next season. But I am curious as to which position. Having played LCB in high school, I know the difficulty having to switch to the opposite side. If DRC is not ready for training camp, Toler could quite possibly see a lot of PT at LCB opposite McFly. But once DRC is healthy enough to go, he would see more time at RCB. Although more PT is a definite plus, would it be good for or bad for Toler to get time at both postions instead of focusing on one?
A third RB coach in three years. How will the guys handle it? Its bad enough that our running game has been the weakest link in our offensive chain for years now, but to change yet again at this venture could prove to be disastrous. Many cons can be seen with this move. The biggest could be the retirement of Kurt Warner. Up until this point we have relied heavily on our passing game. Now with Kurt gone and Matt taking over, many believe we will have to become more of a balanced team to win. Lack of continuity doesn't help on that front. Also the lack of experience by our backs could be aided by having a familiar voice guiding them in the right direction (obviously we have no choice since he left for a better opportunity). On the other hand, the quality of our backs could negate any shortcomings of switching coaches. We did improve greatly last year on the previous with a new coach. No as most of you know, and if you don't you can look at my profile, that I am a HUGE 'caine's fan. But they were not that good on the ground this year. Greg Cooper was the catalyst for most of the amazing runs. Other than him, we were a little pedestrian at the position. And that includes Javarris James (yes the name should ring a bell since he is Edge's little cousin). My main concern is what can the new coach bring to the team? Would this third RB Coach be good for or bad for our young backs?
Last but not least we have our very own Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner. This will be brief because it could all be a moot point. To be eligible for the hall of fame a player has to be retired for five years. Kurt has started that process by retiring this year. But if he had to compete with the likes of a Brett Favre, would he get in? Brett has not announced his plans as of yet, but if he did retire this year, for real, I think Kurt would have some real competition. Kurt has his own career and accolades to stand on, but Brett is ranked as top three to top five QB of all time by many experts. The most that can get in in a single year is seven. That includes votees from years past who's time may have come. Now I personally see Brett as a first ballot Hall of Famer and could see him getting in over Kurt, but I think Kurt is the better QB. Would Brett's impending retirement be good for or bad for Kurt's chances to make it as a first ballot Hall of Famer.
As always your thoughts are of great value.