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Colledge compares Cardinals to Packers

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The headline on top of an Arizona Republic story this week made me stop in my tracks. “Daryn Colledge sees similarities between Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers” is what it said. Say what? My first thoughts: Was the desert air getting to the former Packers guard, who signed a free agent contract with the Cardinals in the offseason? Or were the lingering effects from a mild concussion he suffered last Sunday against the Vikings messing with his mind? Upon closer inspection, Colledge was actually trying to put the best possible spin on the Cardinals’ 1-4 start. He was by no means trying to suggest the Cardinals are in the same league as this year’s 5-0 Packers. Said Colledge to the Republic in comparing the Cardinals to the Packers: “I see a lot of us in them. I really do. When I look back on it, this team reminds me exactly of the Packers team I was on three years ago. We were coming off a 6-10 season, similar to what this team did a year ago. “We had a young guy at quarterback who had to wait his turn behind a veteran. We brought in a new defensive coordinator and guys had to learn a new system. We added some new guys. So it took us a little while before we could put it together. “It’s exactly the same thing here and I swear, it's like a mirror image. If we do things right, that could be us in a couple years.” That might be a bit of wishful thinking on Colledge’s part. For starters, Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is not on the same planet, let alone in the same league, as the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. Beyond that, the Cardinals have a long way to go if they want to follow in the Packers’ footsteps. Just the same, you can’t blame Colledge for keeping his head up in the midst of a terrible start by his team. It never hurts to dream. The Packers replaced Colledge at left guard with T.J. Lang and are happy with the results so far. The Packers also backed up the brinks truck and paid big bucks to retain right guard Josh Sitton. But if Colledge is feeling any tinge of bitterness that the Packers let him walk, he isn’t letting on. “I’m happy for those guys, I really am,” Colledge said of this year’s Packers. “They're a great bunch of guys with obviously a great system and a great set of coaches and they can go as far as they want this year, maybe all the way just like we did last season.”

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