Just back from the annual Coaches Charity Breakfast in the Cards' locker room at University of Phoenix Stadium, so it's a good time for some odds and ends:
-- From the breakfast, coach Ken Whisenhunt said a couple of things. In the Cards' very first mock draft they did just before the draft, RB Beanie Wells was the running back falling to them. So the Cards' initial gut instinct was that Wells would be available.
-- Whisenhunt also said that the third-round pick, safety Rashad Johnson, was the guy the Cards were debating to take against linebacker Cody Brown to take in the second round. So to have Johnson still be there when the third round arrived was a no-brainer.
-- Defensive coordinator Bill Davis said the outside linebacker responsibilities will possibly change this year, with the veterans being asked to play right or left rather than "Sam" and "Predator" (which basically equates to strongside and weakside). He also said, as has been discussed before, that the development of college DEs Brown and Will Davis is going to be a process. Like Bill Davis' story about Reggie Torbor, it may take a season for the rookies to figure it out.
-- This isn't breakfast related, but I have heard from a few fans asking about the status/contract of Chike Okeafor. Okeafor is not getting cut. Period. And I doubt he is asked to restructure his contract. The Cards like what he does. They will find other ways to maneuver around the salary cap.
-- Finally, props to team photographer Gene Lower, who earned an honorable mention in the features category in the 41st annual Hall of Fame photo contest. Lower's honor came from his picture (below) of Fitz and Kurt in the press conference after the NFC Championship win.