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THE BOOK
Peter King
August 28, 2000
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cardinals
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August 28, 2000

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cardinals

"The Cardinals have been trying to solve their running back problem forever, and they might have finally done it. Thomas Jones is a hard runner, mature for a 22-year-old and someone who should be able to run effectively in the NFL, inside and outside. Michael Pittman is too injury-prone to keep the running back job for long. The load will be on those two unless Jake Plummer improves drastically from last year; he made some terrible throws and terrible decisions. If [offensive coordinator] Marc Trestman doesn't rein him in or if Plummer doesn't get smart, the Cardinals could have another long year....

On defense they just don't make enough plays up front. All Simeon Rice wants to do is sack the quarterback, not be a complete player. Andre Wadsworth, even if he's healthy, isn't fast enough to be a good edge rusher, and he's too light to be a complete defensive end. They won't miss Eric Swann one bit. He hasn't been a player for three years. Tony McCoy's an upgrade there. The Cardinals allowed 24 points a game last year, and I don't see how they're any better. I don't know if they can stop anybody."

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