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  • A Look At The Cardinals’ Secondary

    Posted 10 hours ago

    The secondary has long been one of the Cardinals’ strongest position groups, so it’s no coincidence new defensive backs coach David Merritt, Sr. was a popular man when the media chatted with the defensive assistants on Wednesday. While Merritt is still evaluating the players on the roster, he did give insight into some of his thinking on a variety of subjects.

  • Larry Fitzgerald’s Rare Three-Year Run

    Posted Feb 15, 2018

    Larry Fitzgerald soothed the nerves of countless Cardinals fans by confirming he would be back in 2018, which coach Steve Wilks relayed to the world in a radio interview on Thursday morning. It doesn’t come as a great surprise, as the resolution seemed headed in this direction for a while because of one important factor: Fitzgerald’s outstanding play over the past three years despite his advancing age.

  • David Johnson, J.J. Nelson Earn Raises

    Posted Feb 2, 2018

    David Johnson and J.J. Nelson will each receive a base salary pay bump to approximately $1.9 million for 2018 by qualifying for the Proven Performance Escalator, according to OverTheCap.com. The fourth-year salary jump is rewarded to players who participate in at least 35 percent of their team’s offensive or defensive snaps in two of their first three seasons, or at least 35 percent cumulatively over that time.

  • Quarterback Vacancy Didn’t Define Cardinals’ Coaching Search

    Posted Jan 24, 2018

    When the Cardinals began looking for a new coach earlier this month, many believed they would focus their attention on the offensive side of the ball. The team has a hole at quarterback following the retirement of Carson Palmer, and it seemed logical to pair a new signal-caller with a head man who would aid his progress. But General Manager Steve Keim never subscribed to that pigeon-holed philosophy.

  • Chandler Jones And All-Time Cardinals Seasons

    Posted Jan 12, 2018

    Chandler Jones set the Cardinals’ single-season sack record in 2017 and made the All-Pro team. That monster campaign left me wondering how it compared to other great individual seasons by Cardinals since the move to Arizona in 1988. Pro Football Reference has a formula that tries to do just that, computing a player’s approximate value each season.

  • Observations From Expected Points Added

    Posted Jan 10, 2018

    A couple years ago, Pro Football Reference unveiled a feature called “expected points added.” It’s helpful because it compares outcomes on each individual play to a historical baseline of how teams have done in similar situations. Here are some observations from the Cardinals' 2017 season.

  • Defensive Line Holds Up Without Campbell

    Posted Jan 5, 2018

    Resources are finite in the NFL, which is why the Cardinals let star defensive tackle Calais Campbell walk in free agency last season. He signed a lucrative deal with the Jaguars and had a fantastic year, finishing tied for second in the NFL in sacks with 14½. While there’s no question the Cardinals would have preferred to keep him, the defensive line ended up acquitting itself pretty well.

  • Budda Baker Earns End-of-Season Honor

    Posted Jan 3, 2018

    Budda Baker was named a second-team All-Pro by Pro Football Focus for his work on special teams this season. The rookie second-round pick finished the year with a team-best 16 tackles on special teams and recovered a kickoff in Washington.