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Dick Vermeil
Former Head Coach

Dick Vermeil

Has won the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and multiple coaching accolades.

Kurt Can Do It


To me the big match-up is in pass protection -- who can handle the pressure and who can't. Kurt has shown he can get rid of the ball quick with guys in his face. Whether he can handle it Sunday or not remains to be seen, that's why they play the game.

Whisenhunt and Grimm are gonna do as a good job as any and Pittsburgh is going to be doing their best to disrupt. They're gonna give Kurt complex blitz packages that will throw off his rhythm. Arizona has to got to handle the linebackers coming off the corner. If they can adjust they'll win.

Now, to adjust, I think the Cardinals will have to stabilize their front a bit. I know the Steelers like to move around a lot on defense. I'd get Kurt to use quick snap counts more than longer ones. The more time you allow them to move around the worse. I'd also try to stabilize the front by going with two-wide receiver, two-tight end formations.

I'd make sure Kurt had packages both for throwing the ball deep and options for the quick dumps and screens. The Cardinals used that effectively against Philadelphia blitzing in the NFC Championship game. The great thing about a screen pass, is that if the receiver catches it they pick up a lot yards since they have blockers and the defense is heavily committed behind the line of scrimmage.

I don't know, who's going to win, but I'm pulling for the Cardinals because of Kurt, and I think it would be great for football to have a new team win. There ought to be a rule that every team has to win a championship at least once. If they didn't after a certain number of years they would have to change owners. I'm speaking facetiously but it's just such a big deal for a city, such a good feeling. Now it's Arizona's turn.

By Dick Vermeil  |  January 30, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  | Category:  Arizona Cardinals , Dick Vermeil , Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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