Arizona Cardinals News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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5/23/13: The Cardinals may be the most underrated team heading into the 2013 season. Yes, the team was 5-11 or 6-10 or whatever it was. But they won their first four games last year behind Kevin Kolb - including a win at New England. Then they fell apart due to having no one at QB. Now they have Carson Palmer at QB and an upgraded offensive line. All of the talk in the NFC West has been on the 49ers and Seahawks. However, the Rams and Cardinals both have good teams that could knock one or both of the front runners out of the running.
5/16/13: Arizona is shoring up their defense by signing former Cardinal Karlos Dansby to a one year deal. Dansby is a capable linebacker who was drafted by the Cardinals, but spent the last several years in Miami. Arizona may want him because he is insurance for Daryl Washington. Washington is already suspended for the first four games of the season, and new legal troubles may keep him out longer. The Cardinals already have rookie Kevin Minter, free agent Jasper Brinkley, and returning player Reggie Walker at the position as well. This may mean that Arizona does not believe Washington will be back any time soon.
5/9/13: The Cardinals finally got their QB when they traded (essentially nothing) for Carson Palmer. With that settled, they gained some attention by selecting former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (Honey Badger) and his lengthy off field problems. That story has run its cycle until training camp (or arrest). Now the Cardinals have to deal with allegations of domestic abuse against Daryl Washington. The victim (mother of Washington's baby) was choked and had a broken collerbone. Washington is out on bail. He was already suspended for the first four games for substance abuse, but may face more time off.
5/2/13: The Cardinals have never been known as a team that drafted well. There are some exceptions, such as Aneas Williams and Larry Fitzgerald. However, there are a lot more Matt Lienarts in the team's history books. With the seventh pick this year, they selected North Carolina's Johnathan Cooper as a guard for new QB Carson Palmer. Their biggest move was selecting the troubled Tyrann Mathieu, formerly a corner for LSU. The "Honey Badger" was kicked off the LSU team for failing multiple drug tests. In Arizona, he will have former teammate Patrick Peterson for mentorship and will play safety.
4/25/13: With the release of the schedules, we get to see that life for the Cardinals just gets tougher. The Cardinals will play the seventh toughest schedule in 2013, at least according to 2012 standings. Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos, who finished first in league in wins play the statistically easiest schedule. The team has two games against each of the NFC West, which is tough. Plus they play the AFC South, which includes Indianapolis and Houston, as well as the NFC South – which means New Orleans and Atlanta. This means that the Cardinals will play seven games against playoff teams from last year.
4/18/2013: Now that the Cardinals have finally completed the trade for Carson Palmer, it looks like their quarterback situation is set for the time being. Arizona was the punchline to many jokes last season behind their inept offense, but people should not forget that they started off 4-0, including a win in New England, when Kevin Kolb was healthy. They disintegrated after that and were forced to fire head coach Ken Whisenhunt and release Kolb. They did have a good defense, though defensive coordinator Ray Horton left for Cleveland. If they can improve their offensive line, the Cardinals may well surprise a lot of people this season.
4/11/13: Contrary to popular opinion, Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson loves the new crown rule in the NFL. The crown rule forbids those running with the football to use the crown of their helmets as weapon. This is a standard move with most running back, who say that it is a natural defensive position. Peterson, however, thinks that Commissioner Roger Goodell is doing the right thing by trying to make the game safer. Of course, he has probably been on the receiving end of many of those head spears, so it makes sense that a defensive player is the first to come out in support of the new rule.
4/4/13: Arizona added a new quarterback to their roster, as completely expected. The Cardinals orchestrated a trade with Oakland for Carson Palmer, giving up a conditional 7th round pick if Palmer plays in 13 more games next year. Oakland did not have much to stand on. They could have cut Palmer, but are betting that he can get through most of the season and they can get the 240th pick for him. Oakland lost all their leverage when they traded for Matt Flynn from Seattle. The winner in this may be Larry Fitzgerald who will finally play again with a QB who can throw a ball.
3/28/13: It is looking more and more likely that Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders will part ways in the near future. Oakland wants Palmer to take a big paycut, yet surprisingly the quarterback is reluctant to do so. Rumors now indicate that the Arizona Cardinals will pursue Palmer if (when) he becomes a free agent. The Cardinals QB woes since Kurt Warner retired are well documented, and the team will go nowhere until they get a quality signal caller. The news is not surprisingly in the least, and really makes sense because there are no more quarterbacks on the open market that anyone wants.
3/21/13: Arizona fans probably do not want to hear this announcement in September: "Introducing your Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback…Drew Stanton". Or it could be Bryan Hoyer. Or it could be any number of journeyman backups that are floating around the league. The Cardinals cut Kevin Kolb and his massive contract, but still do not have a solution for the QB position. Truth be told, Kolb was not completely awful as the starter, but he was injured a lot and had a massive salary cap hit. Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald keeps running 40 yards and coming back to the huddle.
3/14/13: The Cardinals released often injured running back Beanie Wells this week. The move was not a surprise, and Wells even said late last season that he expected to get cut and was simply auditioning for other teams. Wells is a talented runner, and no one doubts that. However, he has often been injured throughout his professional and college career, leaving many to give him the dreaded 'fragile' tag. Well will likely turn up on another roster, but no indications on where that would be. In the meantime, the Cardinals may be close to signing former Browns' kick returner Josh Cribbs.
3/7/13: The Cardinals' defense must have realized a new level of anguish last season. The unit was one of the best in the league last season - even upsetting New England in Foxborough last September. But they had to watch that brutal offense every week, with no offensive line and even less quarterbacking. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton led that defense, but he is now in Cleveland after he was passed over for the head coaching position for Bruce Arians. Can Arians fix Kevin Kolb and make the team competitive? That is the million dollar question in the desert.
2/21/13: New Cardinals' defensive coordinator Todd Bowles does not expect much in the way of change for the Arizona defense next season. Former DC Ray Horton was the architect behind the Arizona defense and brought in top talent and a strong gameplan. He left in the offseason after Arians was named head coach instead of him, and joined the Cleveland Browns as their DC by the next day. New head coach Bruce Arians, the reigning NFL Coach of the Year, brought in Bowles. Arians coach Bowles at Temple in the mid-1980's and the two have been friends ever since.
2/14/13: The Cardinals, and everyone else, found out that running back Jarvis James will be suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. James has not played since 2010, and will be allowed to participate in off-season workouts and training camp, and preseason games. James tore his ACL in the final preseason game against Denver last year and missed all of 2012. His last regular season game was with the Colts, where he totaled 112 yards on 46 carries. He was waived by Indianapolis in 2011 after being arrested for marijuana possession.
2/7/13: No doubt that Bruce Arians was hired as head coach at least in part for his work with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck as well as Ben Roethlisberger previously. He is considered by some to be a quarterback guru (so was Mike Martz), though he will need a quarterback to mentor. Current QB Kevin Kolb claims that he will restructure his contract to stay in town. Fans, however, are clamoring for someone new. There is some media speculation on trying to swing a deal for Patriots backup Ryan Mallet. Other possibilities include Matt Flynn and Alex Smith.
1/31/13: First and foremost, the Arizona Cardinals need a quarterback to compete in the NFC West next season. That is not news to anyone who remotely follows the NFL, but it is still true. The Cardinals had a very good defense, though defensive coordinator Ray Horton has moved on to Cleveland as the DC under new head coach Rob Chudzinski. New Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has his work cut out for him in finding the new QB. Alex Smith, Matt Flynn, T.J. Yates, and Michael Vick are possible options, or the team could try to draft a Geno Smith or Mike Glennon.
1/24/13: The Arizona Cardinals finally found their head coach, hiring Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator and interim head coach Bruce Arians. Arians took over for Chuck Pagano for 12 games this past season when Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. He led the Colts to a 9-3 record behind a rookie quarterback (Andrew Luck) and the Colts unexpectedly made the playoffs. Arians inherits a QB mess in the desert with no real starter. The team may try to trade for Matt Flynn, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, or Alex Smith this off season to try to fill the huge void.
1/17/13: Getting Lindsey Lohan to attend one of her hearings is more likely than the Cardinals landing a big name to be their next head coach. Andy Reid picked Kansas City while Denver OC Mike McCoy took the San Diego job. Hard to blame either. Arizona is in the suddenly tough NFC West, with San Francisco and Seattle (both playoff teams), as well as St. Louis (who should be a playoff team next year). Add to that no real quarterback or offensive line, and candidates realize they are being set up to fail. Still in the running are Bengals OC Jay Gruden, Steeler OC Todd Haley, and Cardinals DC Ray Horton.
1/10/13: Immediately following the firings on Black Monday, Andy Reid was reported to be the leading candidate for the Arizona head coaching position. Reid did draft and coach Kevin Kolb in Philadelphia, and the team does have a strong defense and skilled receivers. In fact, they may just be an offensive line away from being competitive. However, the Kansas City Chiefs apparently intercepted Reid and convinced him that he would be best in their organization. As it stands, the Cardinals are still looking for a replacement for Ken Whisenhut, and may take a few more weeks to identify his successor.
1/3/13: The Cardinals' season has mercifully ended with a 27-13 loss to the 49ers. Arizona started off the season 4-0, including a victory at New England. But things went horribly wrong after that, and the team was just 1-11 for the rest of the season. The offensive line could not protect anything, and starting quarterback Kevin Kolb got hurt. The lack of offense cost head coach ken Wisenhunt his job on Black Monday. Andy Reid is reportedly the leading candidate to replace him, and Wisenhunt is expected to interview with Buffalo in the next few days or weeks.
12/27/12: The Cardinals season started off so well - they won their first four games. Then they lost their next nine. Sunday was more of the same as the Chicago Bears visited the desert. Arizona's quarterback play was ineffective again. The only points scored were two field goals and a block kick returned for a touchdown. Running back Beanie Wells made waves after the game by saying he was auditioning for all the other teams in the league and does not expect to be back next season. It may be for the best for him. The Cardinals are 5-10 heading into their final game, against San Francisco, and are going no where without a decent quarterback.
12/20/12: If Arizona had any semblance of an offense then they could be a wild card contender. But the team continues to struggle moving the ball and must rely on defense for any competitive edge. QB Ryan Lindley managed only 104 yards in the air, with no touchdowns and one interception. Yet the Cardinals broke their nine game losing skid with a 38-10 win in Detroit on the backs of three interceptions and three rushing TDs by Beanine Wells. The speculation mill is in full effect as experts try to guess who will be the starting quarterback for the Cardinals next season.
12/13/12: Arizona has serious problems. Seattle forced eight turnovers and pulled their starting quarterback early in the third quarter en route to a 58-0 thrashing of the Cardinals. AZ QBs Max Skelton and Ryan Lindley combined for zero points, about 130 yards passing, and four interceptions. Perhaps the Cardinals got a good first hand view of Seahawks backup Matt Flynn who may be a free agent after the season. In any case, the Cardinals are not at all the same team that started 4-0, and have now fallen to 4-9. Assuming the NFL does not relegate the Cardinals to minor league status, Arizona will play Detroit this Sunday.
12/6/12: The Jets and the Cardinals have six quarterbacks on the roster between them. But not one is considered a true starter by most experts. Ryan Lindley got his second career start for the Gridbirds, but only managed 72 yards in the air, with no touchdowns and one interception. Arizona was 0-15 on third downs (though the Jets were not much better). Ultimately, the Jets won 7-6, but neither team feels any level of comfort about their respective quarterback positions. The Cardinals fell to 4-8, and now must travel to Seattle for a division game this coming Sunday.
9/22/12: For the first time in 38 years, the Arizona Cardinals have started off their season 3-0. In a battle of unbeaten teams, the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-6. The Arizona defense held the Eagles offense in check, sacking Michael Vick five times and returning a fumble for a touchdown. Current Cardinals quarterback and former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb had a strong homecoming. Kolb threw for 222 yards with two touchdown passes. His receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught nine balls for 114 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 700 receptions. The Cardinals started the game off strong with Kolb throwing two touchdown passes and Jay Feely hitting a 47-yard field goal to give them a 24-0 lead by halftime. James Sanders returned a fumble 93 yards for a touchdown as the Eagles were driving late in the second quarter.
4/12/12 One of the unfortunate losers of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, the Arizona Cardinals will have to pick up the pieces and return without the quarterback they had hoped would arrive to save them and return them to the glory they experienced during their improbable Super Bowl run in 2008. However, they'll have to do with John Skelton and Kevin Kolb in 2012, not exactly the future Cardinals fans hoped for when Kurt Warner bid farewell. Despite an 8-8 finish in 2011, the Cardinals still have plenty of holes to fill on both sides of the ball and will look to address those needs in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Arizona Cardinals Tickets - Team History
Not many outside of the Arizona Cardinals' faithful fans would realize this, but the Cardinals are actually the NFL's oldest franchise. Established in Chicago in 1898, the Cardinals currently play in the five-year-old University of Phoenix Stadium. A Super Bowl appearance in 2008 gave the team a shot to win its first title since the 1947 season, but Santonio Holmes' touchdown grab in the back of the endzone sealed a Pittsburgh Steelers victory.
Arizona Cardinals Tickets - 2011 Season Info
Arizona's 5-11 record was actually better than their statistics would indicate. On offense, it's going to come down to the quarterback position. Tim Hightower, Beanie Wells, and second-rounder Ryan Matthews is a strong backfield. Larry Fitzgerald is Larry Fitzgerald, and Steve Breaston is a quality number two receiver. Projected starter John Skelton, or whoever wins the QB battle, has to move the ball through the air. Nobody can run on an NFL defense when the passing game is all but taken out of the equation. Many believe Patrick Peterson, the LSU cornerback selected fifth overall, was the best available player in the draft. If Peterson and Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie turn into Arizona's version of Darrelle Revis and (Dominique's cousin) Antonio Cromartie, the Cardinals will have a top-flight secondary for years to come.
Arizona Cardinals Tickets - 2011 Schedule
Pack those stands for Week 1, Cardinals fans! Hosting the Carolina Panthers and their 2-14 2010 is the best Week 1 any NFL team can hope for. Back to back games against the Steelers and Ravens in Weeks 6 and 7 is going to be brutal for an offense that is probably going to struggle moving the ball once again. But if Skelton or Max Hall shows up this year, who knows? Fans know Fitzgerald will catch almost anything thrown his way, even in the double and sometimes triple coverage that he knows is coming. If the offensive line and Beanie Wells or Virginia Tech rookie Ryan Williams can prove to defenses that the Cardinals can move the ball on the ground, Fitzgerald and the quarterback club will have a much easier time this season.
Arizona Cardinals Tickets - The Players
Larry Fitzgerald has a new QB to throw him the ball. Kevin Kolb has yet to show he can be a consistent starter in the NFL but has shown glimpses of greatness. The Cardinals have yet to bounce back after their loss in the Super Bowl but they are making moves to help the team out. Beanie Wells is the expected starter and needs another big season. The loss of Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie was big but has given the Cardinals more cap room to play around and hunt for free agents.
Arizona Cardinals Schedule & Key Dates
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