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Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians Enjoying Super Bowl Week

January 31st, 2015 at 5:25 AM
By Steve Smith

Bruce Arians would have loved to have coached a home game in Super Bowl 49. He would have loved to have guided his Cardinals contingent to the big game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale tomorrow.

Alas, that will not happen. However, the 62-year-old Arians led the Cards to their first playoff appearance in five years and he's helped establish Arizona as a true Super Bowl contender.

Arians is the odds-on-favorite to be named the NFL Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons. So what is the highly successful coach doing during Super Bowl week?

Working radio row and giving a plethora of interviews.

He loves it.

“I actually really enjoy (the interviews,”) Arians said via the team's website. “Everybody has a job to do and the media is great at what they do, and our job is to help them do their job. It’s really easy for me. I’ve been doing this a long time, and this isn’t my first time being out late, so …”

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Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton Should Be at Full Strength by April

January 29th, 2015 at 5:47 AM
By Steve Smith

Drew Stanton is working his way back.

The Arizona Cardinals signal-caller, who was 5-3 as a starter after Carson Palmer was lost for the season, is three weeks into his rehabilitation program and is planning to be back at full strength by this April.

The Michigan State product set career highs in passing yards, yards per attempt and touchdowns last year. His season ended in Week 15 when he hopped off the field during Arizona's Thursday night game at St. Louis. The Red Birds won that contest, 12-6.

“I’ll be full strength by time we start offseason program,” Stanton said via espn.com. “I don’t really need to do anything now so just kinda let my body rest to get away from the game a little bit, spend time with my family and get refreshed for next season.”

The Cardinals can commence their offseason program on April 20.

Stanton set career highs in passing yards (1,711), yards per attempt (7.1) and touchdowns (seven) before his season ended before the playoffs.

The 30-year-old Stanton will be working with Arizona’s team physical therapist Brett Fischer to regain the strength and movement in his right knee. Rehab has started slowly but Stanton said “it feels a lot better.”

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Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer Pleads not Guilty in Abuse Case

January 27th, 2015 at 1:38 PM
By Steve Smith

Here is the latest update regarding Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer:

As per a report via azcentral.com, a lawyer for the Woodstock, GA native accused of spousal abuse got his wish earlier this month when a judge granted a request to put the case back in front of a grand jury, but the results for Dwyer did not change.

A second grand jury handed up an indictment with the exact same charges, a single account of aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors including criminal damage and disorderly conduct, that a panel handed up in Fall 2014. An attorney for Dwyer entered a not-guilty plea on Dwyer's behalf at a brief hearing yesterday morning in downtown Phoenix.

The Red Birds placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football injury list following his September arrest and he did not play afterward. A Superior Court judge earlier this month granted the request to return the case to a grand jury after finding the state, "responded inaccurately to an inquiry from a grand juror regarding the victim's medical records" and "did not describe accurately the doctor's assessment of the need for [the victim's] reconstructive surgery," according to court documents.

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Arizona Cardinals’ Justin Bethel Hopes to Make Pro Bowl as Cornerback Some Day

January 26th, 2015 at 4:58 AM
By Steve Smith

Justin Bethel of the Arizona Cardinals is arguably the best special teams player in all of football. He participated in his second straight NFL Pro Bowl last night in Glendale – a fine honor – but someday he'd like to return to the all-star extravaganza as one of the elite cornerbacks in the game.

Just like teammates Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie.

The Sumter, SC native can help his team win by blocking a punt or field goal and by downing a punt inside the one-yard line. The Red Birds would probably have not made the playoffs without him. No one is better in special teams than the talented Bethel but he aspires for even greater heights.

“It’s definitely motivation to take it to the next level,” Bethel said via the team's website. “The next great thing to do is get in as a player. I’ve made it on special teams. Now it’s time to up my game and make it as a corner.”

He certainly has the athletic ability to do it.

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Arizona Cardinals Saturday Storylines: Four Red Birds Preparing for Pro Bowl; Larry Fitzgerald Update

January 24th, 2015 at 10:30 AM
By Steve Smith

Good Saturday morning Cardinals fans. There is not a whole lot going on in the desert these days but here are a few storylines as you sip your morning coffee:

NFL Pro Bowl: The 2015 version of the NFL Pro Bowl takes place tomorrow in the valley – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale – kickoff is slated for 6 PM local time as Team (Michael) Irvin battles Team (Cris) Carter.

Four Arizona players are slated to compete – Calais Campbell, Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie and special teamer Justin Bethel – all ironically are on Team Carter. Smart man that Mr. Carter.

This will be Campbell's first Pro Bowl and the honor is long overdue. The University of Miami product registered 58 tackles and seven sacks for the 11-6 Cards this past season. He also added one interception and one forced fumble. Campbell was one of the reasons why the Red Birds had one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL.

Larry Fitzgerald: Nothing much new to report here but the Cardinals are expressing optimism that the eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver may return to Arizona for the 2015 NFL campaign.

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