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Cardinals Don’t Seem Comfortable With Quarterback Situation

As we inch closer and closer to training camp and NFL rosters start shaping up, we get a better sense of teams’ needs — or at least their perceptions of their needs.  At this point in the off-season, it would appear the Arizona Cardinals aren’t exactly feeling confident with the quarterbacks they currently have on their depth chart.  Matt Leinart’s motivation is questionable, and he was terrible in place of Kurt Warner last season with no touchdown passes and three interceptions to go along with an embarrassing passer rating of 64.6.  Leinart has never thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in a season with the Cardinals, and his passer rating has never exceeded 80.2, which he finished with in 2008 after only playing in four games.  Whether or not he’s ready to take the next step remains to be seen, but thus far the former Heisman winner has an unimpressive resume.  I highly doubt his attempt at MMA training is going to get him there.

Derek Anderson — who the Cardinals signed to a two-year free agent deal in March — has been a model of inconsistency throughout his young career.  He followed an impressive 2007 — in which he threw 29 touchdown passes — with passer ratings of 66.5 and 42.1 in 2008 and 2009.  If 2007 Derek Anderson were to show up, he’d almost certainly be the starter in Arizona.  The chances of that happening seem slim at this point, and if the season started today the Cardinals would seemingly be best off flipping a coin to decide on a starter.

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Marcellus Wiley on NFL Hotel Sex Parties: ‘Of Course it Happens’

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe blew the cover for NFL players when he shared a story about his teammates setting up a hotel sex party during a road trip to San Diego. While it’s not surprising to hear that this stuff goes on, it’s a shocker to hear a player speak about it openly to the media (Bowe wrote it as a contribution to ESPN the Magazine). Former NFL player and current analyst Marcellus Wiley joined the Jorge Sedano Show on 790 the Ticket in Miami and discussed the Bowe story.

Wiley started off by saying that Bowe “broke the code” by publicly talking about a “dirty secret” like that. Wiley then shared a story that happened during his third year in 1999 when as a member of the Bills, they had a road trip to Seattle and had a similar setup to the one Bowe described. “There were a few ladies already setup, already there, already in the hotel,” Wiley said. His team wound up losing that game despite going 11-5 on the year.

Although Wiley noted that “of course it goes on, of course it happens,” he clarified by saying these organized groupie imports don’t happen every road trip, nor every other other road trip. That seems to make sense because you figure it takes a lot of time, money, and planning to orchestrate something like what Bowe described. Hitting up your girls in a given city the day before a game seems much easier to do. Wiley also estimated that 80% of NFL players cheat on their spouses/girlfriends. Any wonder why one of Bowe’s former teammates is trying to dispute the claims?

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Marcellus Wiley on The Jorge Sedano Show [790 the Ticket]

Favre Finding New Ways To Make a Big Deal of Himself

Does Brett Favre really have no idea if he’s retiring or not every off-season, or does he just like creating a buzz about himself?  As he ponders whether or not to have minor ankle surgery which would allow him to play for the Vikings next season, Favre seems to be getting creative in finding ways to keep the media talking about another potential return.  It already seems like ten years have passed since the once teary-eyed quarterback announced his playing days were over, only to promptly unretire and yell his way out of Green Bay.

The Mississippi boy has seemingly found a way to kill two birds with one stone this time — motivate the Southern Miss baseball team to succeed while placing yet another stipulation on his return to football.  Favre reportedly told the Golden Eagles on Thursday that if they reach the College World Series — which would be an impressive feat considering they are currently 30-20 and in danger of missing the postseason — he will return to play for the Vikings next season.

Big deal.  Sure, this might be fun for the college kids playing for Southern Miss, but to the common fan (or, at least, to me) this is a continuation of the charade that has led to people resenting Favre and growing tired of his back-and-forth routine every off-season.  In his defense, I suppose he didn’t ask for this story to be run as headline news, but something tells me he doesn’t mind.  Let’s all cross our fingers the Golden Eagles can somehow secure a spot in the CWS.  After all, we wouldn’t want to run out of things to talk about.

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Favre hangs NFL future on CWS [AP/ESPN]

NFL Players Having Hotel Sex Parties?

We all know that there are plenty of things that go on with NFL players and NFL teams behind the scenes that remain “in-house.”  That’s the nature of any business, and I’m sure the league, players, and coaches prefer it to stay that way.  When it doesn’t you wind up with scandals like the Vikings sex boat fiasco. Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, did not shy away from giving the public a glimpse into the lives of NFL stars and sharing some of the fun activities they like to participate in while on the road.  Here’s what Dwayne Bowe shared with ESPN The Magazine for their “Postcards From The Edge” feature — which consists of anecdotes from professional athletes — courtesy of Pro Football Talk.

My rookie year, we were playing in San Diego. You hear stories about groupies hanging out in hotel lobbies, but some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room. The older guys get on MySpace and Facebook a week before we go to a city; when a pretty one writes back, they arrange to fly her in three or four days in advance. They call it importing. Younger guys don’t have the money to do it.

Anyway, these girls had the whole top floor. They know everything about us — first and last names, sisters and brothers, salary. This one girl was talking to me like she’d known me for years. ‘Hey, D-Bowe, how’s Grandma?’ I’m like, ‘How do you know my grandma?’ She knew that I talk about her every time I’m interviewed for a story. I told her I had a girlfriend, but she didn’t care. She was wearing my jersey, sitting in my lap, making it look like we knew each other.  Then she took a picture and put it on Facebook. That almost got me in trouble.”

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Daunte Culpepper Signing with the Lions … Not Those Lions

Daunte Culpepper was a one-time star in the NFL but a major knee injury disrupted his career. After getting his knee shredded, Culpepper was never the same and he bounced around from Oakland to Detroit where he played the last two seasons. Over the last five years, Culpepper has struggled throwing just 20 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. Apparently Daunte’s decided he’s done chasing backup jobs in the NFL and he wants to take his chances in another league. Adam Schefter says Culpepper is on the verge of signing with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL, a team coached by Denny Green.

The Mountain Lions are one of two UFL teams that moved after the 2009 inaugural season. They were the California Redwoods prior to their move while the New York Sentinels moved to Hartford to become the Colonials. Additionally, the UFL expanded to a fifth team, adding in the Omaha Nighthawks for the upcoming season. Although attendance was lower than expected last year, the league anticipated losing money its first few years in operation so it’s tough to tell if they’ll make it. Still, with guys like Culpepper moving over, the UFL is gaining more relevancy because of the NFL names on their rosters. I don’t think much of Culpepper but if Brooks Bollinger is a stud in the league then there’s definitely hope for Daunte.

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Sources: Culpepper, Sacramento close [Adam Schefter/ESPN]

Roy Williams Says He and Romo ‘Connecting Like Montana and Rice’

Roy Williams — the same receiver who has been a complete disappointment since the Cowboys traded for him expecting to get a pure No. 1 receiving threat — has made a prediction for the upcoming season that even Tony Romo can’t be too pleased with.  Sir Drops-A lot has set Cowboys fans up for a complete letdown if they believe his latest claims made during a radio interview on ESPN 1300 in Houston.  Here’s what Roy Williams had to say about the chemistry he and Romo have developed:

You know, last year around this time we were throwing and catching and it wasn’t very good. Just to be quite honest with you, we were missing balls, and bad throws and drops and all that in the offseason that carried over to the season. But this year, we’re connecting like Montana and Rice. It’s night and day from last year so I know we’re expecting big things for both of us.”

Come again, Roy?  I suppose if Williams plans to catch at least 70 more passes than the 38 he caught last year and haul in about seven or eight more touchdowns to improve upon his total of seven from 2009, he may be on to something.  Tony Romo is an underdog who has exceeded expectations for the better part of his career.  His social life with Jessica Simpson will no longer be an issue — as some teammates believed it was in the past — because the two no longer date.  But if you’re Roy Williams, why put yourself in a situation where your predictions are impossible to live up to?

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Bryan Bulaga Kills it in Brewers BP

Last week it was Tim Tebow stealing headlines by putting on a show during batting practice for a local Memphis high school. Tebow impressed us by hitting 12 of 15 pitches out of the park — not too shabby for a football player. Well if we thought that was impressive, Packers first-round pick, Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga showed us true power on Saturday.

Bulaga was an invited guest at the Brewers game and took batting practice with the team prior to the game. The Wisconsin State Journal says Bulaga took about 50 cuts and blasted 14 out of the park. Not to knock Tebow’s incredible accomplishment, but to note a difference, we know that Bulaga used a wood bat and hit it out of a major league ballpark.

Miller Park goes 344 to left field and 371 to left center, so Bulaga obviously has some pop. Of course, he does have over 300 pounds behind him so some power should be expected. Still, that’s darn impressive. Now if only he can make as good of an impact with the Packers he’ll be set.

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Packers’ Bulaga shows he can hit the long ball [Wisconsin State Journal]
Bryan Bulaga launches bombs at Brewers’ B.P. [Pro Football Talk]