Jeff Blake knew the questions were coming, and he didn’t want to hear them. The Cardinals quarterback had no desire to talk about talk show host Rush Limbaugh and his comments over the weekend on ESPN that Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb is overrated and that the media wanted him to succeed because he is black.
Blake, who is black, good-naturedly deflected the Limbaugh angle.
“I don’t like talking about it, not that it is a touchy subject with me, but a lot of times, when you talk about it, people take it out of context, put their twist on it, say you are a racist,” Blake said. “This type of stuff, I was asked about it a while back, and I just said you get in where you fit in.”
As for the media treating McNabb or any other black quarterback differently, Blake shook his head and smiled. “(The media) treat you the way you play,” Blake said. “You go out and play well, you’ll get treated well. You play bad, you’ll get treated like crap.”
Blake said the only black quarterbacks in the league when he began starting in 1994 were Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon and backup Vince Evans.
“(The issue) doesn’t bother me anymore,” Blake said. “Back in the day, it might have affected me a little bit. Now, it seems like (teams) are trying to make a change and giving African-American quarterbacks more of an opportunity to at least be part of a team. It’s a lot better than when I came in the league.”
Receiver Anquan Boldin wasn’t all that excited about winning the NFL’s offensive rookie of the month award for September. The Cards’ dismal 1-3 record won’t allow it.
Boldin was drafted in the second round, 54th overall. He has 30 receptions, tied for second in the NFL, and has 464 yards, which leads the league. By comparison, the No. 2 overall draft pick, Detroit’s Charles Rogers, has 18 catches for 192 yards. The No. 3 overall pick, Houston’s Andre Johnson, has 26 catches for 346 yards.
“Those guys at (Nos. ) 2 and 3, they have a lot of pressure on them,” Boldin said. “For me, I can come out and have fun, not worry about the pressure.”
Boldin has the attention of coach Bill Parcells and the Cowboys, whom the Cardinals play Sunday.
“I haven’t seen a rookie come out and make an impact like this in a long time,” Parcells said. “He runs routes, runs after the catch well. He hasn’t taken anyone by surprise. He’s come out and hit them in the mouth.”
Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs, an Arizona State product whom the Cards considered drafting, was named the defensive rookie of the month.
Guard Leonard Davis had a second straight practice without ankle problems. He should be fine for Sunday. Linebacker Raynoch Thompson (knee) was limited again, as was receiver Larry Foster (ankle). Defensive tackle Wendell Bryant (ankle) sat out. . . .
Asked what the perfect ratio of carries would be for running back Emmitt Smith and backup Marcel Shipp, “25 and 25, because that would mean we were dominating,” coach Dave McGinnis quipped.
Realistically, though, McGinnis said he’d like to get Smith about 20-22 carries and Shipp about 10-15.