Arizona Cardinals News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Fansided: Offensive line guru can fix the Arizona Cardinals blocking woes
After back to back seasons allowing 50+ sacks, the Arizona Cardinals' offensive line will be looked at under a microscope. For Kyler Murray to develop correctly, that very same line will have to protect him. The sum of both of those parts is a group of offensive linemen that are on thin ice heading into 2019.
Luckily, the big boys in the trenches have just the guy to lead the way and help them step their game up; Sean Kugler.
Before heading down to El Paso to head coach the UTEP Miners, Kugler served as an offensive line coach for eight seasons.
Revenge of the Birds: Kevin White: Comeback Player of the Year?
The Arizona Cardinals' GM Steve Keim made sure to give head coach Kliff Kingsbury as many weapons he possibly could.
He drafted three wide receivers that were highly productive in college to go along with their top two receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk.
Though Fitzgerald will be used interchangeably on the outside and inside, Kirk might strictly play in the slot this season. This could mean the Cardinals still need another starting receiver to play on the outside.
White is a former seventh-overall pick that signed a one-year $1.
Fansided: Should the Arizona Cardinals trade for a defensive star?
Trade rumors and disgruntled stars alike dominate the NFL off-season. The Arizona Cardinals are not new to this notion. One of their own, star cornerback Patrick Peterson, has been subject to trade rumors and has fueled them with dramatic antics throughout the 2019 off-season.
But, this isn't about Peterson. Instead, it's about the team's potential to trade for a defensive star. Before getting into why the Cards should or shouldn't do so, let's look at the crop of defensive talent that could be out of their respective cities.Jadeveon Clowney . The Houston Texans star edge rusher was given the franchise tag.
Fansided: Arizona Cardinals must minimize hits on rookie quarterback
The Arizona Cardinals have quite a dilemma on their hands. Sure, having a dual-threat quarterback like Kyler Murray can be a wonderful thing. Preserving the rookie is of the utmost importance, however, so Kliff Kingsbury must be extra careful with the explosive toy that Cards' management has handed him.
Murray's running ability was a huge part of his success at the University of Oklahoma. While Arizona's first-year signal-caller is an incredibly talented passer, the former Sooner can cause havoc on the ground as well. In fact, Murray was a 1000-yard rusher in 2018 and added 12 rushing touchdowns to the impressive passing statistics he also compiled.
Fansided: Arizona Cardinals head coach has done well with quarterbacks
Back in January, the Arizona Cardinals hiring of Kliff Kingsbury was criticized by many of the league's pundits. Many skeptics believe that the 39-year old will fail as a head coach in the desert. But while Kingsbury's won-loss record (35-40) as Texas Tech's main man was not impressive, his track record with quarterbacks certainly is.
When Cards' team President Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim set out to replace Steve Wilks, they had something specific in mind. The club had a young passer, Josh Rosen, who needed to be steered in the right direction. Kingsbury appeared to be the perfect choice for the job, although it's now Kyler Murray who will need that guidance.
Revenge of the Birds: 2019 Red Zone Hot Ticket for Cardinals Fans
You might not want to try to make Sunday plans with Arizona Cardinals fans this fall. You see, Sundays are going to be "must see TV" days for Cardinals fans.
First of all, we are going to be locked in for the Cardinals games. That is a given. Three to four scintillating hours of K-Raid offense and Vance Dance defense should be the main focus and fascination of the day. Like thePaul Simon song goes, "Mama don't take my Kardinals Krome away."
However, we had better double up on the buffalo wings and nachos this year because it is going to be very difficult to ignore what's going on in the other time slots.
Revenge of the Birds: Arizona Cardinals OTA's remind us of the human aspect of the NFL
Much ado about nothing, that is what the reports have been on the missing players as the Arizona Cardinals started their full team offseason workouts.
The four names that begin by missing part of OTA's, Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson, Terrell Suggs and Patrick Peterson, are integral pieces of the Cardinals puzzle.
However, three of the four are long time NFL veterans with Hall of Fame resumes. David Johnson's wife had just had a baby.
There are things outside of football that matter just a little more.
Revenge of the Birds: Revenge of the Birds Friday night open thread: Which player are you most looking forward to seeing on the field in 2019?
With the NFL season a mere... 106 days away there will be less and less to discuss.
Yet, we'll always strive to keep the conversation going.
It starts with a simple question: Which player are you most looking forward to seeing this season?
I'm sure it's Kyler Murray for most, but for me I'm really interested to see how Andy Isabella translates.
Who you got?
Few housekeeping rules:
During this time, please no discussion of or references to politics or religion. We like everyone, please keep it that way.
We know what you're thinking and yes... Larry can do it all. #fbf https://t.co/YCvCSjOrSK
Fansided: Arizona Cardinals: LB Jordan Hicks has star potential
When the news broke the Arizona Cardinals were signing linebacker Jordan Hicks, it was good news but with some hesitation in excitement. Hicks signed as a free agent from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Here's the issue. He has had to deal with injuries. He's played in fewer than 10 games in two of his four seasons in the NFL.
However last season was not one of them. He played in 12 games in 2018, starting them all. He started all 16 games as a middle linebacker for the Eagles in 2016.
Last season he had career-high's in tackles, sacks, and quarterback hits.
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Fansided: Kliff Kingsbury is setting a culture change for the Arizona Cardinals
Many of us were left scratching our heads when the Arizona Cardinals went out on a limb back in January and hired college football coach Kliff Kingsbury to be their head man on the field. After all, he was only a little over month removed from being fired at Texas A&M head coach.
Then he went on to USC, expected to be their offensive coordinator. That didn't last long when the Arizona Cardinals came calling. It may be a move many will be lauding soon down the road.
The Cardinals, coming off a 3-13 season, tied for their worst since moving to the desert, fired defensive minded head coach Steve Wilks.
Revenge of the Birds: N "If" L --What if the Cardinals hadn't gotten Kliff Kingsbury?
Dave Dameshek of NFL.com has a long-running alternate NFL history series about the potential repercussions of certain actions. If a certain NFL team had drafted this player, or if someone had chosen to go somewhere else in a trade, etc.
Football fans themselves do it all the time. "What if the Cardinals had drafted Adrian Peterson?" or a scenario where they select LB Justin Houston (who went one pick later) over TE Rob Housler?
While it might not have much bearing on reality, it's certainly an intriguing and even entertaining discussion.
So let's apply this to the 2019 Arizona Cardinals.
azcentral.com: The Shotgun show: Don't expect Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray under center much
Arizona Cardinals center A.Q. Shipley raised some eyebrows a couple of weeks ago when he was a guest on "The Pat McAfee Show," a YouTube production starring the funny-man former Indianapolis Colts punter.
Shipley was asked what NFL fans can expect out of the Cardinals' offense in 2019 now that it is being orchestrated by an offensive-minded former college coach in Kliff Kingsbury and a dual-threat quarterback in rookie Kyler Murray.
"All of college football is all shotgun, correct?" Shipley said. "So, 99 percent of what we're going to be doing, what do you think it's going to be?
Fansided: Arizona Cardinals transgression may have dire consequences
Fans of the Arizona Cardinals were handed some shocking news last week. Star cornerback Patrick Peterson tested positive for PEDs and will have to serve a six-game suspension for the transgression. Unfortunately for the shutdown cover guy, his time away from the team may not be the only consequence.
Peterson now must hope that his irresponsible mistake does not put his Hall of Fame aspirations in jeopardy. Those who cast votes for the NFL's most-cherished honor are an unpredictable bunch. Will the selection committee, when the time comes, ultimately forgive Peterson for the infraction?
The answer to that question is not an easy one.