Top 10 Most Improved NFL Players from 2014

The 2014 NFL season saw its fair share of standout rookies, but it also witnessed some major improvements from players already in the league.Last season, 20 players made their first Pro Bowl, including three rookies. For some of those first-time Pro Bowlers such as Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons, Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Questions Facing the Arizona Cardinals this Offseason

Is it time for a switch at runningback? View image | Andre Ellington started off the season as one of the hottest backs in the NFL.  This quickly changed.  He was grossly unproductive toward the end of the season, as he didn’t even eclipse 2.5 yards per carry in any of the Cardinals final four games.  Ellington is going to have to get stronger if he...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals DE Calais Campbell Open To Restructuring Contract

According to Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910, Cardinals DE Calais Campbell is open to restructuring his contract this offseason. Of course, Arizona is working on an agreement with WR Larry Fitzgerald to lower his staggering $23.6 million cap figure, which represents the easiest form of cap savings on their roster. Cardinals GM Steve Keim recently mentioned that they are essentially...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Introduce DC James Bettcher

The Arizona Cardinals held their press conference yesterday to introduce James Bettcher as the team’s defensive coordinator. The move as announced last week after the Super Bowl but Arizona waited to have its press conference until things were a little quieter. According to Darren Urban on the team’s official website, Bettcher has three years of total coaching experience and...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl DE Calais Campbell Talks Nutrition, Multi-Sport Athletes and Picking Off Peyton Manning

It seems like it would be hard to miss Calais Campbell. Not only is the Arizona Cardinals' 6-foot-8, 300-pound defensive end one of the NFL's biggest players, he's also one
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Calais Campbell to Undergo Surgery in February

Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell will undergo surgery next month to repair a sports hernia, according to multiple media reports. He was hamming it up after the game with teammates Patrick Peterson, Justin Bethel and Antonio Cromartie as we see in this picture. But he was hiding a painful issue. Your #AZCardinals #ProBowl players: @CRO31, @RealPeterson21, @Campbell93...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

All Four Arizona Cardinals Land on Same Pro Bowl Team

Former Minnesota Vikings star receiver Cris Carter apparently knows something about defense too. The captain of one of the two Pro Bowl squads was able to land all four members of the Arizona Cardinals who were available to be drafted. Carter picked cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie, defensive lineman Calais Campbell and special teams ace Justin Bethel. Peterson...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Calais Campbell donates $1.6 million to alma mater Miami

Want some good news following a NFL season that’s been tarnished by image problems around the league? Here you go. Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell, a seven-year veteran from Miami (F), has donated a cool $1.6 million to his alma mater. The money will be used to create the Calais Campbell Football Defensive Lineman Endowed Scholarship. The team’s meeting...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Calais Campbell pledges $1.6M to alma mater

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Calais Campbell's fallback plan for a career was to work in advertising, which he studied at the University of Miami. Fortunately for him, football is working out just fine. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, he's also now giving back. The Pro Bowl defensive lineman from the Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that he has pledged $1.6 million - the largest single...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Jones’ Family Contributes Whopping $10.65 Million Donation to Arkansas Athletics

Before Jerry Jones made a fortune in the oil and gas business and became owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, he was an offensive lineman and co-captain on the University of Arkansas’ 1964 national championship team. Jones honored his Razorback roots with an incredible $10.65 million gift to the school’s athletic department, it was announced this morning...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Hurricane star Calais Campbell pledges $1.6M to Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Calais Campbell's fallback plan for a career was to work in advertising, which he studied at the University of Miami. Fortunately for him, football is working out just fine. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, he's also now giving back. The Pro Bowl defensive lineman from the Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that he has pledged $1.6 million - the largest...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Hurricane Calais Campbell provides UM with $1.6 million gift, largest ever by former player

Former Hurricane Calais Campbell, NFL Pro Bowler with the Arizona Cardinals and founder of the CRC Foundation, made a gift of $1.6 million to the University of Miami's athletic department Wednesday to fund The Calais Campbell Football Defensive Lineman Endowed Scholarship. The endowment marks the largest gift from a former UM student athlete ever, a little more than the recent $1...
Via Eye on the U
January 21, 2015

Cardinals' Calais Campbell pledges $1.6M to alma mater

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Calais Campbell's fallback plan for a career was to work in advertising, which he studied at the University of Miami. Fortunately for him, football is working out just fine. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, he's also now giving back. The Pro Bowl defensive lineman from the Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that he has pledged $1.6 million - the largest single...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-Miami Star Defensive Lineman Calais Campbell Makes Record-Setting $1.6 Million Donation to ‘Canes Program

The Miami football program has fallen on some tougher times of late, but that doesn’t mean former players from “The U” have lost their pride in their former team. Current Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman and former Hurricane star Calais Campbell elected to show his dedication and love for Miami by contributing a $1.6 million donation, the largest in program history.  In...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

AZ Cardinals Offseason Review: Calais Campbell

Second in the Arizona Cardinals Offseason Review is DE Calais CampbellCalais CampbellHeight: 6’8 Weight: 300 lbs D.O.B.: Sept. 1, 1986 (28)School: Miami (FL) Experience: 7 (50th pick 2008) Position: DEGoing into the season: One of the tallest players in the NFL and a fan favorite, Campbell entered the 2014 season riding five straight seasons with at least 50 tackles and six sacks...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Referee Ed Hochuli botches coin toss at Cardinals-Panthers game

Ed Hochuli is an NFL referee known for his massive biceps. However, on Sunday before the NFC Wild Card playoff game between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers, Hochuli had a mental flub. During the pregame coin toss, the Cardinals -- the visiting team -- called tails. When the coin turned up tails, Hochuli accidentally asked the Panthers what their choice was. Wrong, Ed...
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January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Panthers Must Game-Plan Around Calais Campbell To Have Success Vs. Cardinals

The idea of game planning around a player in football could conjure up thoughts of teams scheming for a way to slow a productive offensive player. The Carolina Panthers, however, likely will be centering their game plan around how to attack a defensive player. The Arizona Cardinals have one of the NFL’s best defenses, and that’s in large part due to...
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

How Carolina Keeps Calais Campbell From Ruining The Game

The Arizona Cardinals are a team that's struggled to score points for much of the season, but still managed to put together an 11-5 record and playoff berth despite cycling through quarterbacks like a baseball pitching staff.  When you hear "playoff team that fails to score" in the NFL you usually presume it's a defense-led team, which would be an accurate characterization of this...
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January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowlers

The closure of the 2014 NFL regular season means two things-playoffs and the Pro Bowl. This year the Arizona Cardinals will represent themselves in both.Since the Pro Bowl's inception in 1970, players whom fans, coaches and fellow players deem exceptional showcase their talent in an exhibition game. This year three Cardinals will represent themselves and the team in Glendale.For...
Via Pro Football Spot
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' run defense has slipped over 2nd half of season

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Coach Bruce Arians can't pinpoint any one thing that is costing the Cardinals' struggling run defense. Poor tackling, an inability to get off blocks and a string of strong rushing teams have all played their roles, he said. Opponents may also have figured out how to run on the Cardinals' injury-depleted front. Four of Arizona's past five opponents have topped the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Campbell, Peterson, Bethel named to Pro Bowl

Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell on Tuesday was selected to his first Pro Bowl, one of three Cardinals who were voted into the game. Patrick Peterson was selected for the fourth consecutive year, the last three as a cornerback. Justin Bethel was selected as a special teams player for the second straight season. The annual Pro Bowl is Jan. 25, a week before the Super Bowl,...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders Draft Prospects: Defensive end Arik Armstead

Name: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon Height: 6’7 Weight: 298 lbs NFL Comparison: Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals Positives: Armstead’s measureables are off the charts. At 6-foot-7, he towers above tight ends, and is the same size as most offensive tackles. Weighing around 300 pounds, Armstead has the size of a defensive tackle. Yet, what leaps out at anyone viewing film is that...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Run Defense: Part 1

PHOENIX—It was looking grim, it was looking dire, but in the second half the defense was on fire.After their victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Arizona Cardinals are tied with the Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC. The victories have been earned thanks to timely plays and late-game heroics. And on of the best rushing defenses in the league.Only one running back...
Via Pro Football Spot
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Calais Campbell is hitting stride

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Calais Campbell had a huge game last Sunday, and he knows it could have been better. The same can be said of his career. The Arizona Cardinals' imposing 6-foot-8, 300-pound defensive end can dominate a game, yet those around him know his best playing days are still ahead. ''As good as he's playing,'' Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said, ''I think he...
Via AP on Fox
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Campbell, Okafor rack up sacks

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When Cardinals Calais Campbell and Alex Okafor line up on the same side of the defensive front, the competition can be fierce. Their competition may learn to hate it. "We both take pride in rushing the passer well," the veteran defensive end Campbell said. "He's really good at it. And I like to compete with him, because it makes me play better." The play is the thing...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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