Cards Put the "Special" in Special Teams

They have already signed a number of guys that have a solid history in the kicking game. Today, they added the last piece. Well, what we assume is the last piece.

The signings of Terrence Holt and Roderick Hood were just the beginning.  Both guys will compete for starting jobs and may never participate on special teams. 

Believe me, the starting free safety job is not already locked away by Holt.  He will see a lot of competition for that spot from Aaron Francisco and nothing is set in stone with a new regime taking over.

Hood could take over for the departed David Macklin or the incumbent Eric Green.  While they have placed a new emphasis on special teams (the re-signing of Marcel Shipp proves this as well) and believe that they need to add quality depth to be competitive, no spot is locked up and Hood will have every chance to take the starting job.

Still, it means that whoever wins the starting job, Arizona wins as well.  They will have a starting caliber player covering kicks and trying to bust wedges.  It's true that the Cardinals especially need help in the often overlooked third phase of the game, many NFL teams are envious of their position as free agency starts to wind down.

And their faces just got a little greener.

The reason for this is that today, the Arizona signed wide receiver and special teams ace Sean Morey away from Ken Whisenhunt's old team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Morey was listed as the fifth receiver in the depth chart at the height of his ascension, but the Steelers didn't count on him to catch passes.  Save one bad angle against the Santana Moss in the 2004 Divisional Playoffs, Morey did his best work in the NFL (only with Pittsburgh since 2004) on special teams.

He's also familiar with current Cardinals special teams coach Kevin Spencer from their time together with the Steelers.

The assumption then becomes that Morey will be listed as fifth on the depth chart behind Troy Walters and focus on what he does best: Cover kick-offs and punts.  If the feeling was that Arizona was loaded at wide receiver before, the feeling has gotten even stronger still.

Morey has caught a total of three passes in seven years in the NFL.  He's familiar with Whisenhunt's offense, but I wouldn't expect to see an expanded role for him in the passing game.  The Cardinals signed him to a three-year contract to do what he does best.

He's a specialist.  He is very good at what he does.  He was picked up off the scrap heap by the Steelers after the Eagles cut him, by the Eagles after the Patriots let him go, and now the Cardinals have him.

And the sound you hear is the David Clowney bandwagon screeching to a halt.  Wait.  The conductor is asking me to get off.

(Bonus obscure pop culture reference.)

Morey played his college ball at Brown University.  At some point this season, I would like to see him talk to someone on the team about his time there, only to have Spencer interrupt him and say, "That's great about Brown, but I want to talk about Seattle."  This way, Morey can turn to Spencer and say, in his best James Van Der Beek voice, "I don't want... your life."

Double bonus points for anyone that understands this.  It's the first thing I thought of when I heard the Cardinals signed him.  And yes, I have no life.


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