first_imgFortunately the line settled down and started opening holes for the running backs as well as giving Kolb time to find targets downfield. “I thought they did a nice job as far as holding up,” Whisenhunt said. “Is there room for improvement? Yeah, but that goes back to thinking, these five guys that played in the line for us offensively last night have practiced five times, and there’s a lot of things that go together as far as communication, working together on zone schemes.”Hopefully the line, with more practice, develops the necessary chemistry with which to succeed. If not the offense will struggle, as Kolb will be running for his life and the running backs into defenders far too often.ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Grialou contributed to this report D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Things didn’t start so well for the offensive line.Kevin Kolb was forced to scramble a couple times and there wasn’t much room for Beanie Wells to run. “We had too many mental mistakes with our starting offensive line,” Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “But as far as protection went I thought they did a pretty good job.”Whisenhunt mentioned a couple of plays where, if the guard had done his job correctly, the quarterback would not have had to rush a throw or scramble away from pressure, missing out on a big play downfield. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Through three weeks of training camp and two preseason games, there has been good and bad concerning the Arizona Cardinals defense.On the good side, the Cardinals have been forcing turnovers at an alarming rate — two against Green Bay and six last week in a win over Dallas.The Cardinals’ defense has also allowed just one touchdown in two games..Head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that turnovers are great, but a defense can’t live on them. He also said that some things need to be tightened up on the defensive side of the ball — namely limiting explosive plays by the opposing offense. Linebacker Sam Acho agrees. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “As a defense, we’ve got to work on doing our assignments better,” Acho said following Monday’s practice at University of Phoenix Stadium. “We had a lot of big plays, we had a couple busted assignments, so we’ve got to work on everybody doing their job.”In the preseason opener, the Cardinals allowed a 50-yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones. Against Dallas, there were three completions of 20 yards or more. Acho said he saw improvement Monday, but consistency is the goal for coordinator Todd Bowles’ defense.“It went well, but there’s still a lot we need to clean up and we’ve got to start putting together good days so we can consistently be a good team.”Acho and the Cardinals’ defense will get another opportunity to improve Saturday night when the San Diego Chargers pay them a visit in Glendale for their third preseason game. Former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is the new offensive coordinator in San Diego, and the Chargers have struggled in their first two preseason tilts. In losses to Seattle and Chicago, the Chargers have averaged 310.5 yards per contest, but have turned the ball over six times and allowed eight quarterback sacks. last_img read more

first_img NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah joined Bickley and Marotta Thursday afternoon on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Here is what he had to say about the Arizona Cardinals story lines son far in training camp. On Jonathan Cooper not living up to expectations in camp:“Jonathan Cooper is not really having a great camp, that has surprised me. I’ve heard from several people that is absolutely the case. I liked him at North Carolina, obviously he had the injury last year, but I thought he would be a big addition to this team. Maybe he’s got some rust he needs to knock off, maybe that player will eventually emerge, but to me that’s a major storyline we’re following.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network analyst Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires On if the Cardinals should be concerned about John Abraham from a football standpoint:“I don’t think from a football standpoint because he’s got a skill set and he’s a master of that craft in terms of rushing the passer. He’s just got a nack for it, and those guys can do that for a long period of time. To me, the concerns are definitely what’s going on off the field and having your head right. But in terms of being on the football field, I think he’ll slide right in and be fine.” – / 11 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 17 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I almost passed out,” Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said of the total. “That is unacceptable for us, especially for our standards. We have been playing so well all year and to have that performance tonight, it is embarrassing.”It certainly wasn’t anything to brag about.The Cardinals allowed 10 plays of 20 or more yards, including touchdowns that went for 80, 20 and 79 yards. They couldn’t stop Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson’s arm or his legs, and toward the end of the game, they struggled to contain running back Marshawn Lynch. Arizona allowed the majority of the yards (305) in the first half, but surrendered 21 of the points in the second. GLENDALE, Ariz. — It may have been an unfair request, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Arizona Cardinals needed their defense to step up in a big way Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks.Instead, they pretty much stepped aside as the visitors posted a franchise-record 596 net yards en route to a 35-6 romp. That total is tied for the second-most yards allowed in Cardinals history, by the way.last_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories @PaulKuharskyNFL definitely good humor! Lol. No hard feelings use everything as fuel been counted since walked on at bama— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) March 17, 2016 .@gregcosell on @Midday180: Rashad Johnson is a solid player in a schemed defense. Don’t see as quality starter in normal down and distance.— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) March 16, 2016 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Johnson has done this before. Back in January, he responded to Chris Simms’ critique of himself and Tony Jefferson, who said the two “never break up passes, intercept passes or anything like that.”center_img .@gregcosell on @Midday180: Johnson NFL starter, could replace Griffin. Don’t think he’s exactly what you want. #Titans— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) March 16, 2016Johnson, who visited the Titans Monday, responded in a now deleted tweet:lol but started 30 of 32gms w/ 10ints last 2yrs. He sound like a guy that can’t play to me 2In a post on ESPN.com, Kuharsky apologized for not correctly fitting in all of Cosell’s thoughts in the tweets, providing the full quote.Apparently Johnson found it funny, and responded to Kuharsky’s apology. Athletes are inevitably going to receive criticism and with a tool like Twitter, there is more access than ever before to finding or sending it.There’s also, of course, an easier and instant way to respond to those critiques.That’s what Arizona Cardinals free agent safety Rashad Johnson did Wednesday, as ESPN.com Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky tweeted out quotes from a guest on his Nashville radio show.His guest, ESPN’s executive producer of NFL Matchup Greg Cosell, was unsure of Johnson’s value to the Titans. Happy he read it and we’re good. https://t.co/zHj5nOVjkw— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) March 17, 2016Kuharsky concluded his post saying “those couple tweets sure make him seem like the kind of guy the Titans need.” @CSimmsQB what film you be watching?last I checked have10ints in past 2 seasons.The 1 and only safety w/ multiple int gms each past3 seasons— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) January 21, 2016 Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson (26) returns a fumble against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Related LinksTale of two quarterbacks: Cards’ Bradford outplayed by Rams’ GoffCardinals looking for answers on offense after loss to RamsCardinals CB Patrick Peterson gets first interception of 2018Wide receivers couldn’t create separation off the line of scrimmage. The expectation of a strong running game still hasn’t come to fruition.Not only can the Cardinals not convert third downs, they struggled to even get into position to do so.On six attempted third-down conversions in the first half, three times the Cardinals were more than 10 yards behind the first-down marker.In the second half, Arizona only had one attempt of two yards or shorter. Overall, the team converted three of 12.The Rams were 8-for-15.Wilks said the failures on both ends contributed to the other.“I’m not going to sit here and put it on either side. I think, No. 1, we could do a much better job sustaining drives, moving the chains,” he said. “We could do a better job as well getting off the field on third down, and giving the ball back to the offense.”To the first point of sustaining drives: Only two Cardinal wide receivers had receptions. Larry Fitzgerald had three for 28 yards before leaving the game early with a minor hamstring injury, and Christian Kirk had four receptions for 27 yards.Chad Williams, listed as the No. 2 receiver, didn’t catch any of his three targets. J.J. Nelson was only thrown to once. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires As the Cardinals failed to present any receiving threats and the Rams ran up the score, David Johnson only got 13 carries. He finished the game with 48 yards on the ground.To Wilks’ second call of getting the ball back to the offense: the Rams wide receiver corps was everything the Cardinals want out of theirs.Brandin Cooks, a speedy playmaker, caught seven receptions for 159 yards, including beating cornerback Jamar Taylor to a 57-yard pass. Taylor won the No. 2 CB job behind Patrick Peterson this offseason.Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp caught six passes apiece for a total of 144 yards.This success came even when the Rams run game wasn’t working.Arizona held Todd Gurley to -1 yards in the first quarter. The Cardinals largely contained him, limiting him to 42 yards on 19 carries, but they couldn’t stop him in the red zone. Gurley scored three touchdowns.The Rams quarterback took care of the other 80 yards of the field. Jared Goff completed 75 percent of his passes for 354 yards.Sam Bradford completed 63 percent of his passes for 90 yards.Wilks declined to say the offensive problems stemmed from him, instead telling media he would go watch the film and look at Cardinals personnel. Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, left, scores against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks wouldn’t go into specifics.He said he needed to look at film, re-watch clips of the 34-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, and see what exactly went wrong and where the team can make improvements.But he didn’t mince his words.“I’m not going to sit here and say right after the game what we’re going to do from a personnel standpoint, but I will say this: Everybody will be evaluated,” Wilks said. “Everybody needs to check themselves and we’re going to do that as we watch this tape and find a way to win a football game,” Wilks said. – / 19 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 51 Comments   Share   last_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories NASHVILLE – “You know what, I’ll just keep ’em. I won’t sell those for that.”Those words actually came out of my mouth about 13 years ago when I haggled over basically nothing at garage sale I had (shudders).In relocating to a new house, my then-wife and I thought it was a good idea to pare down the things we’d no longer use or wear in our new abode. For me, there were several items that fit the bill. Related LinksHistory helped Cardinals GM Keim fall in love with Kyler MurrayCardinals’ Kingsbury: Kyler Murray is rarely-seen dynamic, unique talentCardinals GM Keim to Kyler Murray: ‘We need you to ignite this offense’Cardinals’ potential Josh Rosen trade partners snap up QBs in draftWhy? Because the whole world knows the Cardinals no longer want Rosen. You can’t become the first franchise in 36 years to invest back-to-back first-round picks in quarterbacks and then continue to publicly say “we value Josh Rosen,” like Keim told ESPN’s Josina Anderson Thursday night. The endorsement rings hollow. Nobody’s going to fall for that verbal attempt to keep his stock high.Keim spoke of depth at the quarterback position, but honestly, does that even really exist? Many teams don’t have a viable starter, let alone a backup that can generate the kind of trade return the Cardinals were seeking.By keeping information about their intentions with the top pick very guarded, the Cardinals created a very small window to find a taker for Rosen, thus keeping the possibility of both first-round quarterbacks on the roster for an extended period. The Cardinals start OTAs in early May.Can you say ‘awkward?’I should’ve sold my shoes for two bucks instead of getting nothing before giving them away.The Cardinals, who already in a way admitted they swung and missed on Rosen for their purposes, should’ve done the same on draft night. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 96 Comments   Share   center_img The Arizona Cardinals first round picks the past two seasons. Josh Rosen, left, and Kyler Murray, right. (Getty Images) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 52 What I was talking about in the above quote was a pair of Nike basketball shoes, several years old but gently used and in good shape. The price tag was five dollars. The cash-conscious browser offered two.I held to my word. The shoes didn’t sell. I think I ended up donating them years later.When the Arizona Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray with the number-one overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, the gently used and in-good-shape Josh Rosen became the human embodiment of those Nike basketball shoes.Arizona general manager Steve Keim is me for the purposes of this comparison. The browsing bargain shopper is basically every other front office in the NFL.Reports circulated late Thursday that the reason why Keim couldn’t unload his 2018 first-round selection and “quarterback of the future” is that he is asking for too much in return. Keim wants a first-round pick and nobody was willing to give that.Heck, the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, both in need of a quarterback, opted to use draft picks on Daniel Jones (6th) and Dwayne Haskins (15th) on signal callers instead of trading for Rosen.Yeah, they opted to buy new shoes instead of getting the used ones. And honestly, as much as I have faith that Rosen isn’t the quarterback we saw struggle all of last year, both organizations were right to shop elsewhere. Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 2019last_img read more