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Is Drew Stanton the answer at QB for the Arizona Cardinals?


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The Arizona Cardinals have been searching for their quarterback of the future ever since Kurt Warner retired following the 2009 season.

The list is long and unimpressive – John Skelton, Max Hall, Derek Anderson, Ryan Lindley, Kevin Kolb and Brian Hoyer. It’s been a tough three years. Enter Drew Stanton. The Cardinals signed him last week to a three-year, $8.2 million contact and he instantly became the favorite to win the starting QB position.

For now.

Stanton was Andrew Luck’s backup with the Colts last season. Arizona head coach Bruce Arians knows Stanton well and Stanton knows Arians’ system from being together in Indianapolis last season. Is it a perfect fit?

“They need to find an answer at this position,” Stanton told azcentral.com. “I want to be that answer. I’m going to do everything in my power to be that answer, and given that opportunity, I feel like I can.” (more…)

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Christian Ponder strikes back at Percy Harvin


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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had some choice words for former teammate Percy Harvin after the wide receiver was traded this offseason. Photo by: Brit / Flickr

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had some choice words for former teammate Percy Harvin after the wide receiver was traded this offseason. Photo by: Brit / Flickr

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin got his way and was traded away from the Minnesota Vikings partly because of his reported feelings about his former quarterback Christian Ponder.

Ponder has wasted very little time stepping to the proverbial podium and letting it be known that he could care less what Harvin says, does or thinks. The Pioneer Press ran a variety of statements from Ponder that started off assertive but eventually became pretty direct. Ponder started off by stating that he and Harvin had a nice relationship and that since he did not hear the words come out of Harvin’s mouth, it didn’t matter much.

“The thing is, there’s no quote strictly from Percy that he was the one saying it,” Ponder said. “I haven’t put too much thought into it. If that was his opinion, that’s unfortunate. But he’s a Seahawk now, so it doesn’t really matter.”

That turned into  this.

“People have their opinions. There were things I could have done better (last season). But now that he’s on a different team, his opinion doesn’t really mean much.”

Ponder is right it doesn’t mean much now. This is especially in light of the fact that Harvin made it a point to thank Ponder’s predecessor Brett Favre at his intro presser with the Seahawks on Tuesday. There is obviously not a lot of love lost between these two. (more…)


2013 Free Agent quarterback class lacks options


Matt Moore has usually been a backup quarterback in the NFL. He's a free agent now and with so many questions at the position from other teams, could this be Moore's year to shine? Photo by: Kevin Tsui / Flickr

Matt Moore has usually been a backup quarterback in the NFL. He’s a free agent now and with so many questions at the position from other teams, could this be Moore’s year to shine? Photo by: Kevin Tsui / Flickr

The Couch Side podcast is on hiatus this week, so we bring you an original blog about the NFL’s favorite position …

BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

With Joe Flacco off the Free Agent board, the picking seems pretty slim for teams targeting quarterbacks in the 2013 Free Agent Class.

It was pretty much a given that Flacco would resign with the Baltimore Ravens. However, I didn’t think he would become the highest paid player in NFL history. Will this revamp the quarterback market? Maybe in the future, but it certainly won’t have any weight with this offseason’s handful of quarterbacks in need of jobs. Last year, players such as Matt Flynn, Alex Smith and Matt Hasselbeck headlined the class of 2012. While that group looked like a bunch of snoozers, this year’s is even worse with Matt Moore leading the way by a long shot.

Perhaps the 2013 Free Agent quarterback class isn’t even worth the words and the time of this blog, but the quarterback position is one that always catches some ink. There are some younger options for teams and some veterans looking for a second or in some instances a third look. Regardless, any signed free agent quarterback will garnish some attention. So here at Couch Side, we will give credit to these gunslingers, with this list of the NFL’s top 10 Free Agent quarterbacks:

1. Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins

I actually believe in Matt Moore. It may sound stupid, but he legitimately deserves a shot to be an NFL starter somewhere. In deeper Fantasy Football leagues two years ago, he was a really good pickup, especially in leagues with two quarterbacks. He’s had a handful of good games and even a few great ones. My friends and I call it Matt Moore Magic and he’s done nothing but play above his “image” in every single start with the Dolphins. When he actually got the majority of playing time in 2011, Moore proved he can excel under center, throwing for almost 2,500 yards, 16 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. If I’m the Browns, Moore is high on my radar.

• Where he fits: Any team that needs a starting quarterback NOW (Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars) (more…)


Giants backup QB David Carr wants starting job


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I won’t hold it against anyone who forgot David Carr still played football, he’s hasn’t had an opportunity to start a game in his two stints with the New York Giants (2008-09, 2011-12) due to Eli Manning’s incredible durability.

Carr plans to strike while the iron is hot according to Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News, and turn to free agency in an attempt to salvage his once promising career.

The 33-year-old Carr is planning to test the free-agent market to see if he can find a better opportunity to play elsewhere, according to someone familiar with his plans. Carr, who was the No. 1 overall pick of the NFL draft way back in 2002 but hasn’t started a regular season game since 2007, will be an unrestricted free agent on March 12 and expects to draw some interest from around the league.

Vacchiano also suggests that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have some interest in the former Houston Texans quarterback.

The most likely spot would seem to be with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who according to one league source had some interest in him before he re-signed with the Giants before last season. The Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator is former Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan. And Carr would “at least be in the conversation” for a job down there, a source said, with Bucs starter Josh Freeman coming off two shaky seasons in a row.

There are a lot of starting opportunities available in the NFL, I just hope David was using his time wisely while backing up Eli because this is most likely his last chance.

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Couch Side Podcast Episode 48: The Great Steroid Discussion


Couch Side hosts Craig Paul (left) and Wade McMillin jive about juice in this week's podcast.

Couch Side hosts Craig Paul (left) and Wade McMillin jive about juice in this week’s podcast.

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BY Couchsideshow.com staff

Couch Side gets back to its roots as Craig Paul and Wade McMillin pump up the crowd with their usual sports banter. This week’s topics include the rather boring NBA trade deadline, the biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA, steroids and where NFL quarterback Alex Smith might wind up. Also, Craig and Wade share a special message about a worthwhile benefit in Powell, Wyoming. If you live in the area, please attend the “Bring Brad Home Benefit” in Powell, Wyoming at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Park County Fair Grounds. For more information please click hereClick below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side podcast!

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Couch Side Podcast Episode 46: College Basketball Craziness


Tim Tebow may now have been recognized in this week's episode, but no one can pass up "Tebowing" during wedding festivities.

Tim Tebow may now have been recognized in this week’s episode, but no one can pass up “Tebowing” during wedding festivities.

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Couch Side co-hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul have a lot on their plate this week. The gang looks at the the quarterback situation of the NFL offseason and the movers and shakers in men’s college basketball. Special guest Sean Schoonover also stopped in to promote next week’s show, which brings in a total of five guests for an All-Time NBA draft.  Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side Podcast:

•  Click here to stream the Couch Side Podcast Episode 46: College Basketball Craziness, via our host site, TalkShoe

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