5 Must Watch Head-to-Head Match Ups in NFL Week 3

courtesy: Fox Sports The first two weeks of NFL action are in the books, and everything that’s happened on the field seems almost irrelevant at this point. The Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson controversies have overshadowed the league’s on-field product, but hopefully at this point next week, we’ll only be talking about real, actual football. Let’s get that trend started now...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals have released linebacker Desmond Bishop

Today the Arizona Cardinals released inside linebacker Desmond Bishop. Bishop is now 30 years old and has spent several years bouncing around the league. He could get another shot soon because their are so many libebacker needy teams right now. For the Cardinals this is great news, meaning the team will likely get Kevin Minter […] The post Arizona Cardinals have released linebacker...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Chargers’ offensive goal in Arizona: Attack the middle of the defense

As the Bolts get prepared to open their season in the desert on Monday Night Football, the offensive game plan may be a little bit different from what we saw out of the 2013 Chargers. Last season, San Diego played keep-away from opponents as the defense couldn’t be counted on to get stops. The Bolts led the NFL in time of possesion per game during 2013 often using the full play...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards make the cut to 53

Kevin Minter tried to bring down Branden Oliver. (Mandatory Credit: The Arizona Cardinals made their cuts to drop the roster to 53 players. A handful of surprises were named, but in all you knew who the team would keep after Thursday’s game. Here is a list of the 22 players cut, with some information on a few of them. –RB Zach Bauman –LB Marcus Benard –G...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals 2014 Preseason: Cardinals vs Chargers recap

Kevin Minter tried to bring down Branden Oliver. (Mandatory Credit: The Arizona Cardinals closed out their 2014 preseason with a 9-12 loss, and a 1-3 record. Possibly the most important game for many of the third sting players, some shined, while others fell short. You can expect many of the cuts tomorrow morning, with some of the harder decisions later that night...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

What are the Arizona Cardinals Top 3 Strengths Heading Into the Season?

The preseason is all but over and outside of a few last-minute roster decisions and possible waiver additions, the Cardinals along with the rest of the NFL are pretty well set for the regular season. That means we’ve had plenty of time to assess the depth and talent at different positions across the roster including a few pleasant surprises (Jaron Brown and Kenny Demens) and a...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals-Chargers: the most meaningless preseason game ever

Cardinals at Chargers When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego TV: (Ch. 15) Radio: 98.7 FM Sitting this one out: Sorry. That list is too long. Most of the starters will sit, but starters coming off injuries are expected to see time including safety Tyrann Mathieu (knee), nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu (knee), left guard Jonathan Cooper (toe) and linebacker Kevin...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Cold cuts coming for Cardinals

Bengals at Cardinals When: Sunday, 5 p.m. Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale TV: (Ch. 12) Radio: 98.7 FM Injury report: LG Jonathan Cooper (toe) and LB Kevin Minter (pectoral) are game-time decsions but unlikely. T Max Starks (ankle) could play.  Need to know: Former ASU linebacker Vontaze Burfict was expected to sign a four-year $20 million deal with the Bengals this...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Minter, Cooper injuries are cause for concern

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- You don't need more reasons to be concerned about the Arizona Cardinals now that the defense has lost Karlos Dansby, Daryl Washington and Darnell Dockett. But the health of left guard Jonathan Cooper and inside linebacker Kevin Minter warrants some worry. Neither player practiced on Friday. While coach Bruce Arians said both would be game-time decisions on...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Cardinals’ Minter potentially out for preseason due to injury

(Photo courtesy of The Arizona Cardinals are already very thin at the middle linebacker position, after losing Karlos Dansby in free agency and Daryl Washington to a season long suspension. They have signed veterans Larry Foote and Desmond Bishop in an attempt to fill voids left by Dansby and Washington. According to Mike Jurecki of 910AM Phoenix the Cardinals...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Preview: Special Teams

So we decided to save our best camp preview for last; special teams. What? You mean people aren’t clamoring to read about special teams? While I understand that special teams aren’t the most glamorous positions on the field, they are vitally important to success. In almost any interview asking a coach about how they are going to win in the playoffs, the coach will say that they’ve...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

50 Thoughts Going Through the Mind of an Arizona Cardinals Fan Heading into the season

Training camp opens Friday and expectations are at their highest level for the Arizona Cardinals in several years. It has to be just one of about 50 things going through their mind. Let’s see just what Arizona fans are thinking about this morning. Can we win 10 games again? Can we compete for the NFC West title? Is Carson Palmer good enough to take us to the Super Bowl? 50/1 are...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals to rely on rookies and redshirts in 2014

This coming season the Arizona Cardinals will be putting some pretty big expectations on a few guys who have yet to perform at the NFL level. Each year teams come to expect at least one or two fresh draftees to make an immediate impact on the field. Sometimes the opposite happens and those plans don’t exactly workout. Whether due to injury or depth, players sometimes have to wait...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Quotable Cardinals: Lorenzo Alexander’s positive attitude

The question of how the linebacker position shakes out is going to be one of the most important position battles to watch when training camp opens late next month. Lorenzo Alexander is one of the candidates to get a linebacker spot along with Kevin Minter, Larry Foote, Ernie Sims, Matt Shaughnessy, Kenney Demens, John Abraham and a couple of undrafted free agents. Alexander is taking...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Mailbag: Covering the tight ends

Each week, we take questions from our Twitter feed (@Cover32_ARI) and our Facebook page and answer them on Wednesdays. This week’s question comes from Tim in Prescott. How will Arizona cover tight ends now without Dansby or Washington? This is great question in light of the Washington suspension. First, the facts. Arizona allowed a league worst 95 catches, 1156 yards and 16 touchdowns...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals notebook: Sims signs 1-year deal to bolster ILB position

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals took another stab at filling Daryl Washington's void when they signed veteran linebacker Ernie Sims to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Sims worked out for the Cardinals last week, but tweeted that the team wasn't ready to make a commitment at that time. The Cardinals likely new already that Washington was about to be suspended for the year for violating...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals Sign Veteran LB Ernie Sims

  The Cardinals announced the signing of veteran LB Ernie Sims on Tuesday. Arizona actually brought Sims in for a workout last week, and the fact that ILB Daryl Washington is facing a possible year-long suspension, make this seem like a logical move. Second-year LB Kevin Minter has already been calling the team’s defensive plays during OTAs. The Cardinals also added veteran ILB...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Who is the Next Man Up for the Arizona Cardinals at Inside Linebacker?

Larry Foote (50) and Kevin Minter (51) are currently running with the first team defense in OTA’s (photo courtesy of   Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians made it very clear on Monday’s press conference after the start of the final week of OTA’s, saying this is the last time his Cardinals will talk about Daryl Washington by the team or any according ...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Linebacker Situation Goes From Strength to Weakness

Once Daryl Washington returned from suspension against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5 of the 2013 season, the Arizona Cardinals were able to put out one of the best inside linebacker tandems in the entire National Football League. Teaming up with veteran Karlos Dansby, Washington continued to prove why he was one of the best young players at his position.  Dansby and Washington...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals could try to pick up Pat Angerer

The Arizona Cardinals will now be forced to start Kevin Minter the former LSU product at Mike linebacker but the team runs a 3-4 defense. Minter will be able to fill one hole but who will fill Karlis Dansby’s spot? @MikeDetillier: One year suspension of Arizona Cardinals standout ILB Darryl Washington blasts the door open […] The post Arizona Cardinals could try to pick up Pat...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Minter Ready To Embrace Leadership Role

( Kevin Minter  spent a majority of  his rookie season on Arizona’s special teams, watching his former team mate  KarlosDansby do work, revitalizing  his career at inside linebacker. With Dansby now out of the picture, and off to Cleveland with a shiny new contract , Minter will presumably slide  into his spot, as the starter.  The Cardinals selected Minter...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals notebook: Familiarity fosters increased expectations

TEMPE, Ariz. -- What a difference a year makes. When the Cardinals reported for OTAs last year, a new coaching staff greeted a new roster that had turned over nearly half its players. That lack of familiarity carried right over into training camp.  "Nobody was talking. Everybody was just quiet," said linebacker John Abraham, who invented a word to describe the scene. ...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

With the 20th pick in the Cover32 Mock Draft 3.0, the Arizona Cardinals select…

Arizona takes CJ Mosley, inside linebacker from Alabama. Mosley at 6’2 and 228 pounds has the right size you want to see in an inside linebacker. The reason Arizona would want him is due to the uncertainty with Daryl Washington’s disposition after his guilty plea earlier in the month. The league has yet to announce what additional punishment, if any, Washington will suffer as...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Questions abound for Cardinals at inside linebacker

Kevin Minter will be given every possible chance to replace Karlos Dansby as one of the Cardinals' two starting inside linebackers. But that doesn't mean he has already been anointed. "I'm not ready to say he's the guy yet," defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. "He's got to prove it in pads." What if Minter isn't ready to step out from...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

With a strong roster in place, Bolts can let the draft come to them

During the NFL Draft, players are going to rise up draft boards and some are going to fall. It’s all a part of the draft process. In the weeks leading up to the draft, media reports will come out suggesting which players will be the ones to do so, but most of it will be noise. Throughout draft history, taking advantage of falling players has worked out more favorably than reaching...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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