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It what must be regarded as a stunning achievement, the Cardinals actually managed to refrain from drafting a slow, fat black offensive lineman in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft to add to their large stable of busts on what is annually one of the worst lines in the league. However little else has changed as the Cardinals again start a white quarterback, a white center, and blacks at the other 20 positions.


The media and drunk white fans have been all over QB Matt Leinart. Although he has started but 16 NFL games, and for a bad team at that, every pre-season interception Leinart threw was lampooned nationally. The media and fans are known for losing patience with white players almost instantly, even amazingly successful first round picks who lead their teams to national championships and aren't named Young (as in Vince), but Leinart's biggest sin appears to have been attending a party during the offseason, pictures of which ended up on the Internet. Unlike so many NFL players, Leinart is not being arrested for crimes or for beating his girlfriend but somehow he's been turned into the second coming of Bluto from Animal House.


Veteran Kurt Warner, he of the venerable rocket arm and great accuracy, begins the '08 season as the starting quarterback. Even though he twice won the league's MVP Award and twice led the Rams to the Super Bowl, Warner was also written off by the media and drunk white fans several years ago when they decided he was unable to avoid pressure. All Warner did after taking over for an injured Leinart last year was be one of the most effective passers in the NFL at the age of 36.


Brian St. Pierre is the team's third quarterback. After that the pickings are slim. Al Johnson was slated to be the starting center but ended up on injured reserve. His place has been taken by second year man Lyle Sendlein out of Texas. Centers Patrick Ross and Scott Peters are the only other white o-linemen on the team.


Jerheme Urban, waived about 50 times by Mike Holmgren in a macabre ritual in Seattle, played in 10 games for the Cardinals in '07, catching 22 passes for 329 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is around again as the fourth or fifth receiver, though he has the talent and consistency to be the third receiver on Arizona and a starter for a number of other teams. He's 6-3, fast and has good hands.


Sean Morey remains one of the league's old school White Special Teams Demons. Listed as a WR, he has 11 career receptions.


WR Lance Long, an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State, showed enough "gritty, overachieving" ability to land on the practice squad.


Veteran Jerame Tuman is a back-up tight end.


On defense, Travis LaBoy was signed in the offseason and although not listed as a starter on the team's depth chart, should be used as one, both at outside linebacker and defensive end. LaBoy is one of the fastest pass rushers in the league but had trouble staying healthy during his stint with the Titans. He has the talent to be a breakout player in 2008.


Eighth year linebacker Monty Beisel out of Kansas State completes Arizona's complement of exactly two white defensive players.


Aaron Francisco, who is white and Hawaiian mixed, is a backup safety.


The Cardinals have a mere14 white players on their roster, but incredibly that's the most they've had since Caste Football began tracking the racial make-up of each NFL team in 2002.However Arizona remains one of the blackest teams in an artificially black dominated league.


NUMBER OF WHITE STARTERS: 2 (actually 3 as LaBoy is a de facto starter)


APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF WHITE PLAYERS ON 53 MAN ROSTER: 14


GRADE: F


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Kurt's story is one for the ages, from stocking grocery shelves to Superbowl MVP. Warner proved that with determination, faith and God given talent anyone can make it in this world. He is absolutely one of the most accurate passers ever, has quick read ability( no doubt perfected while playing for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena league)and stoic leadership skills. I hope his offensive line doesn't get him killed this season.
 

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LaBoy is a starter, and Urban is their number 3 receiver although splitting time with Breaston.
 

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I wish Urban could catch a break and become a starter somewhere, if not in Arizona. Maybe some injuries will allow him a chance to shine this year.
 

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I have no problem with black coaches, but part of the reason for Dennis Greene's lack of great success is his lack of instilling discipline for his players. But more importantly a reason for his coaching under-performance; is his lack of any kind of respect for white players. He's the type of guy when Sam McGuffie runs a 4.32 at the NFL Combine (Denny used to be a network commentator; the NFL network no?) after being a Doak finalist at Rice that would say; "well it looks like we got a "DECENT" 3rd down back or potential slot WR here! And then if a guy like Kahil Bell runs his 4.74 after running for 2.8 YPC as a senior would say "He's coming off injury; he's just got to get motivated and he'll be a good back."
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Here's a typical doublethink diss of a white player, in this case Jerheme Urban, by the rabidly anti-white site Rotoworld:

"Beat writer Kent Somers believes WR Early Doucet will have "a hard time getting on the field" again this season.

<DIV =s_pNewsTextMain>Doucet had teammates and coaches predicting a breakout season two months ago, but he has to beat out Jerheme Urban for fourth receiver duties. Though Urban is far less talented, he was terrific in the No. 4 receiver role last season."
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Wow dont listen to that guy. Even ESPN gave Urban credit. They were discussing Arizona's WR's, and said how Larry Fitzgeral and Anquan Boldin are some of the 2 most elite recievers in the league. They went on to talk about Breaston who could be any other teams top reciever. One of the talking heads went out of his way to mention Urban, and stated that seeing a reciever like Urban as your 4th WR is a sign of just how strong your recieving corp is, which i couldnt agree with more.
 

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It looks like Urban might have the edge in the reciever battle. Early Doucet went down with a sprained shoulder today in practice.

Doucet Injury
 

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Jack Lambert said:
It looks like Urban might have the edge in the reciever battle. Early Doucet went down with a sprained shoulder today in practice.

Doucet Injury

Don't hold your breath, the Cardinals like any other NFL (Not For Light skinned) will go out and find an over the hill scrub before allowing a white to take a third or fourth receiver spot.
 

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Urban was AZ's fourth receiver all of last season, but he has the talent to be more than that for a lot of teams.
 

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I guess the Cardinals could resist signing another black sumo for the line. He may challenge Lyle Sendlein for the starting job.
 

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Lyle's safe. however they did cut Donovan Raiola. Fowler will be strictly a back up.
 
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Don Wassall said:
Urban was AZ's fourth receiver all of last season, but he has the talent to be more than that for a lot of teams.

I feel that he's safe in that he has a position on the roster, it's just how high or low he'll be placed on the depth chart. As you said, he was the 4th receiver all of last season, and had a productive year in such a limited role. Certainly, he has the ability to be a starter for numerous NFL teams.
 

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Urban is more physically gifted than any of the black receivers on the Cardinals roster. he is 6-3, which means that Arizona doesn't have a taller wideout than him. he's also faster than any of their black receivers ... so why is it that he has been forced to be an afterthought throughout his career? what's "different" about him than their "real" receivers? oh yeah ...

here's an excerptfrom a post i wrote a while back. it should show you just how truly impressive an athlete Urban is.
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The only athlete in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference history to earn Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year four years in a row. Holds school or conference records in the 100, 400, 400 hurdles, long jump, triple jump and 4 x 400 relay. Qualified for the national championships in those six events as well as the javelin in his four years.

Earned a league-record 12 individual titles in six different events during his four-year reign in the SCAC, including four straight wins in the triple jump. He also won titles in the 400-meter hurdles (2002, 2003), long jump (2001, 2003), javelin (2002, 2003), 400 meters (2001) and 100 meters (2003).
 
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