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Defense the Name of the Game for the Arizona Cardinals
February 19th, 2014 at 5:06 AM
***PHOTO1***They are getting better all the time. The 2013 Arizona Cardinals showed improvement in several areas from the previous year, including defensively. It was one of the reasons they improved from 5-11 to 10-6. Let's take a look at their final defensive grade for the season just gone by: Grade: B The Red Birds...

Taking a Look Back at the 2013 Arizona Cardinals’ Statistical Leaders
February 15th, 2014 at 5:29 AM
***PHOTO1***The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana starts next week. Now is an excellent time to reflect back on a superb 2013 NFL campaign. It certainly was an interesting season for the Arizona Cardinals. The Red Birds finished at 10-6 in the NFC West, which was a five-game improvement from 2012. That...

Will Karlos Dansby Be Back for the Arizona Cardinals?
February 13th, 2014 at 5:05 AM
***PHOTO1***Will he stay or will he go? Linebacker Karlos Dansby is a free agent. Free agency in the NFL starts in a month. Will he be a Cardinal in 2014? “I definitely expect to be an Arizona Cardinal next year,” Dansby said during an interview on Sirius XM NFL radio. “We don’t have...

2013 Arizona Cardinals Draft Analysis: Alex Okafor
February 10th, 2014 at 5:11 AM
***PHOTO1***With the NFL Scouting Combine slated to commence on Feb. 19, it's time to look back at how the Arizona Cardinals drafted in 2013. The Red Birds needed help with their pass rush and took a step toward shoring up their defensive line depth and talent by drafting defensive end Alex...

2013 Arizona Cardinals Draft Analysis: Tyrann Mathieu
February 9th, 2014 at 5:11 AM
***PHOTO1***The NFL Scouting Combine will be held from Feb. 19-25 in Indianapolis. Now is a good time to reflect back and take a look at how well the Arizona Cardinals drafted in 2013. The Red Birds went 10-6 last season and things are looking up in the desert under head coach...

2013 Arizona Cardinals Draft Analysis: Kevin Minter
February 8th, 2014 at 5:02 AM
***PHOTO1***The NFL Scouting Combine is just a few weeks away now. It's a good time to reflect back and take a look at how well the Arizona Cardinals drafted in 2013. The Red Birds went 10-6 last season and things are looking up in Glendale under head coach Bruce Arians. Rookie linebacker...

Arizona Cardinals’ WR Larry Fitzgerald Restructures His Contract
February 6th, 2014 at 5:02 AM
***PHOTO1***Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has restructured his contract to clear up more cap space for his team. The eight-time Pro Bowler signed the revised contract, which apparently relieved the Red Birds from the $18 million cap hit Arizona was slated to take this year. According to multiple reports and espn.com,...

Aeneas Williams Proud to Join Pro Football Hall of Fame
February 4th, 2014 at 5:28 AM
***PHOTO1***It was well worth the wait. Former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Aeneas Williams was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 and 2013. He didn't make it. He made it in 2014. Williams, drafted in the third round in 1991, played 10 seasons for the Cardinals and four for...

Arizona Cardinals Cornerback Patrick Peterson Enjoyed New Pro Bowl
February 1st, 2014 at 5:36 AM
***PHOTO1***The format was different for the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl last Sunday in Hawaii and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson really enjoyed it. The three-time Pro Bowler was on Team Deion Sanders, a squad that lost to Team Jerry Rice, 22-21. Unlike recent years, the game featured some hard-hitting defensive play...

Denver Vs. Seattle: Super Bowl XLVIII Prediction
January 31st, 2014 at 5:08 AM
***PHOTO1***It should be quite an interesting matchup. The NFL's top-ranked offense in the Denver Broncos face the league's top-ranked defense in the Seattle Seahawks Sunday evening at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ in Super Bowl XLVIII. It's the first time since Super Bowl 25 that the best offense and defense...

Six Arizona Cardinals Honored by Pro Football Focus
January 29th, 2014 at 5:23 AM
***PHOTO1***The awards keep on coming for the 10-6 Arizona Cardinals of 2013. Six Arizona Cardinals players have been named to the PFF All-NFC West team - Calais Campbell, Karlos Dansby, Patrick Peterson, Michael Floyd, Justin Bethel and rookie Andre Ellington. Larry Fitzgerald was not named. Interesting. Ellington had a superb rookie season, leading the...

Arizona Cardinals’ Karlos Dansby, Calais Campbell Honored
January 26th, 2014 at 5:37 AM
***PHOTO1***While Patrick Peterson, John Abraham, Larry Fitzgerald and Justin Bethel prepare for the Pro Bowl in Hawaii later today, two of their respected Arizona Cardinals teammates have been honored. Linebacker Karlos Dansby and defensive end Calais Campbell were named to USA Today's All-Joe Team. That is a squad of players that...

2013 Arizona Cardinals Defensive MVP: Linebacker Karlos Dansby
January 22nd, 2014 at 5:31 AM
***PHOTO1***He might not have made the Pro Bowl but linebacker Karlos Dansby was the Defensive MVP for the 2013 Arizona Cardinals. The Auburn University product led the Red Birds in tackles by a wide margin with 122. He also added four interceptions, which also led the team, including two that were...

2013 Arizona Cardinals Report Card: Defense
January 14th, 2014 at 5:02 AM
***PHOTO1***The 2013 Arizona Cardinals showed improvement in several areas from the previous year, including defensively. It was one of the reasons they improved from 5-11 to 10-6. Let's take a look at their final defensive grade for the season just gone by: Grade: B The Red Birds had the best rushing defense in...

Former Cardinal Aeneas Williams Named HOF Finalist
January 11th, 2014 at 6:20 AM
***PHOTO1***Will this finally be the year? Former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Aeneas Williams is among the finalists for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has been a finalist the past two years. The class of 2014 inductees will be voted on Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl...

Arizona Cardinals’ Player Profile: Tyrann Mathieu
January 10th, 2014 at 4:57 AM
***PHOTO1***Tyrann Mathieu had quite a rookie season for the 2013 Arizona Cardinals despite missing the final three games with a torn MCL and LCL. The Red Birds drafted the "Honey Badger" in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft from LSU and he turned out to be one of the...

Arizona Cardinals Player Analysis: Kevin Minter
January 9th, 2014 at 1:01 PM
***PHOTO1***Arizona Cardinals rookie linebacker Kevin Minter did not make much of an impact in his first season in the desert. The LSU product appeared in 13 games in 2013 and made just four tackles, mostly on special teams. The Red Birds still like his potential though as he heads into his...

Arizona Cardinals’ Bruce Arians Proud of His Football Team; Changes Coming in 2014
January 6th, 2014 at 4:54 AM
***PHOTO1***It was quite a season to remember for the Arizona Cardinals. Not only did the Red Birds finish at 10-6 but they had a chance to make the NFL playoffs right up until their final home game against San Francisco in Week 17. That's quite an improvement from their 5-11 campaign...

Arizona Cardinals: 2013 Team Statistical Leaders
January 5th, 2014 at 6:55 AM
***PHOTO1***It was an interesting 2013 NFL season for the Arizona Cardinals. The Red Birds finished at 10-6 in the NFC West, which was a five-game improvement from 2012. That was good for third place. They averaged 23.7 points per game, which ranked 17th in the NFL and 346.4 yards per game, which...

Three Arizona Cardinals Named to the NFL Pro Bowl
December 29th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
***PHOTO1***Three Arizona Cardinals players have been selected to the NFL Pro Bowl squad. Karlos Dansby is not one of them. Dansby, Arizona's outstanding linebacker, has been campaigning to make the Pro Bowl but teammates John Abraham, Patrick Peterson and Justin Bethel have been selected instead. Abraham was named to his fifth Pro Bowl...