I assume you’re surprised. As you may remember I once wrote about my dislike of Spanier due to his pension for yelling in the morning hours – well in the light of a few recent suggestions I’ve changed my tune. In the last few days Spanier has presented some ideas on his local radio program that can be defined with just one word – brilliance.
First his suggestion for the Phoenix Suns – trade Amare Stoudemire, along with the 14th pick in the draft to the Clippers for the 1st pick, which would turn into Blake Griffin. How about that? Stoudemire is only a 6 foot 10, 4-time All-Star and 2007 All-NBA First Team selection but he plays shitty defense – so trade his ass. We have no room for 26 year-old offensively gifted power forwards in Phoenix. Bring on Griffin – a man who according to nbadraft.net is “still not a great shooter”, “needs to improve from the free throw line”, and “still needs work on the defensive end”. Please give me a 20 year-old project to replace Stoudemire.
His second and third brilliant suggestions were for the Cardinals. For a while now, Spanier has been pushing the Cards to pick up Mike Vick to run the Wildcat offense. Never mind that Arizona starts 2-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner, has Heisman Trophy winning QB Matt Leinart as a backup, and just re-signed third stringer Brian St. Pierre – get the walking circus that is Mike Vick over here. Nothing says “we’re following up a Super Bowl run” like having a bunch of bat-shit crazy PETA protesters outside of U of P every Sunday.
But Spanier wasn’t done. Realizing the Cardinals needed a running back to replace Edgerrin James (and ignoring the existence of the NFL Draft and the fact that the Cards spent a 1st round pick on Ohio State running back Beanie Wells) who did Arnie want in his dream backfield with Mike Vick? Well Shaun Alexander of course! You remember Shaun Alexander right? He had three straight seasons of 1400 + yards from 2003-2005 – culminating in his winning the 2005 NFL MVP award. Does it matter that he slipped back to 896 yards in 2006, 716 in 2007, and a whopping 24 (on 11 carries for the Redskins) in 2008? No it does not. If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that 32 year-old (by the time the season begins) running backs always re-capture the magic.
Consider Scott Howard on the bandwagon for a Vick-Alexander backfield in 2009. Go Arnie! Go Cards!