• For the second consecutive season, started all 16 regular season games for the Cardinals. Part of an offensive line that started the same five players for the entire season. His 16 starts in ’08 give him 64 consecutive starts over the last four seasons.
• Joined G Reggie Wells and DT Darnell Dockett as the only Cardinals to start every game for Arizona in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
• His 94 career starts have come at three different line positions: 75 at LT, 14 at LG and 5 at RG.
• Signed a three-year contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Cardinals on 4/2/07.
Entered the NFL as a third-round selection (68th overall) by Chicago in the 2001 NFL Draft. Played four seasons for the Bears before being released on 11/8/04 and being signed by the Bills on 3/4/05. Signed a three-year free agent contract with the Cardinals on 4/2/07.
2008: Member of an offensive line that had the same five starters for all 16 regular and four postseason games, increasing his own consecutive starts streak to 64 which is the second longest streak on the team behind Darnell Dockett (65) ... started at left tackle @ SF (9/7) and led the way for Edgerrin James to rush for his seventh 100-yard game as a Cardinal, all victories ... helped the Cardinals convert a franchise record 33 first downs as well as score the second most second half points in franchise history (35) @ NYJ (9/28) ... part of line that did not allow a sack vs. Buf (10/5); helped clear the way for the Cards to record three rushing TDs in back-to-back weeks (@ NYJ, vs. Buf) for the first time since 1979 ... suffered a right ankle injury that forced him to leave the game late in the fourth quarter @ StL (11/2) ... for the second time this season was part of line that did not allow a sack despite 42 pass attempts vs. SF (11/10) ... offensive line did not give up a sack @ Phi (11/27), the third time they accomplished the feat during the regular season ... helped clear the way for Edgerrin James to register his 57th career 100-yard game and eighth as a Cardinal in the season finale vs. Sea (12/28) ... started first career playoff game and was part of an offensive line that allowed zero sacks vs. Atl (1/3/09) ... helped the Cardinals run the ball a season-high 43 times for 145 yards and control the ball for a season-best 39:49 @ Car (1/10/09) ... helped clear the way for the Cardinals to register 102 rushing yards vs. Phi (1/18/09); marked the second consecutive game that the Cardinals eclipsed 100 yards rushing.
2007: Along with Reggie Wells, was one of two offensive linemen to start all 16 games … started at left tackle and helped the Cardinals rush for 161 yards on 38 carries (4.2 avg.) in season opener @ SF (9/10) … part of line that did not allow a sack and cleared the way for Edgerrin James to run for 128 yards on 24 carries in the home opener vs. Sea (9/16) … started before leaving in the third quarter with a calf injury @ Was (10/21) … after being limited in practice all week started on an o-line that did not allow a sack for the second time @ TB (11/4) … started and helped offense record 552 total yards vs. SF (11/25), the most by a Cardinal offense since 11/13/49 at NY Bulldogs (572) … started vs. Cle (12/2) and helped not allow a sack for the third time this season while leading James to his second 100+ yard rushing performance of the year … helped James eclipse 1,000-yards on the season @ NO (12/16) becoming only the second Cardinal running back to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons (Ottis Anderson 1983 and 1984) … was part of o-line that did not allow a sack for the final two games of 2007 (vs. Atl 12/23, vs. StL 12/30) and a total of five times during the season (only happened once in 2006) in which the Cardinals went 4-1.
2006: After starting the first seven games of the season at left tackle, moved to left guard for the first time with the Bills and started the final nine games of the season there … vs. GB (11/5), started at left guard for first time with the Bills and helped pave the way for 120 yards rushing … was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack vs. Jax (11/26) … helped lead the way for 174 rushing yards @ NYJ (12/10).
2005: As the left tackle, was one of two Bills offensive lineman (C Trey Teague) to start every game, marking the first time in his career he started all 16 games in a season; proved a pivotal cog on a line that helped RB Willis McGahee establish a career-high 1,247 rushing yards … helped guide McGahee to 140 rushing yards vs. Atl. (9/25) … held DE John Abraham to just one tackle while helping the line clear holes for the most productive rushing day of the season as team rushed for a season-high 177 yards and 13 first downs while McGahee gained a career-high 143 yards vs. NYJ (10/16).
2004: Started the season as the Bears starting RGd and started five games at the position; vs. Det (9/12), @ GB (9/19), vs. Phi (10/3); vs. Wash (10/17), and @ TB (10/24) before being released on 11/8/04.
2003: Started career-high 14 games at LT for Chicago, including the first 13 of the season, while missing two games due to injury … made first career opening-day start at SF (9/7) ... made 24th consecutive start at GB (12/7), but left game in fourth quarter due to shoulder injury … returned to start season finale @ KC (12/28).
2002: Made his NFL debut four weeks into the season and went on to establish himself as a starter at two different positions for the Bears over the final 11 games of the season … started at LG for games six through 10 before moving to LT for games 11-16… inactive for the first two games before being active for the first time in his career vs. NO (9/22); active but DNP … made NFL debut @ Buf (9/29) on special teams … subbed for injured LG Rex Tucker vs. GB (10/7) … took over starting LG position with first NFL start @ Det (10/20) … moved to LT when Marc Colombo was lost for the year to injury and made first career start at that position vs. Det (11/24) after never having played the position before at any level during his career.
2001: Inactive for all 16 regular season games and one playoff contest.
Concluded his Notre Dame career (1997-2000) with a string of 26 consecutive starts … recipient of the Guardian-of-the-Year Award in 2000, given annually to the team’s best offensive lineman while starting every game at RG … played major role in Irish converting 33-of-35 scoring opportunities inside the red zone that season… started every game at RG as a junior, one of only three players to log over 300 minutes of playing time for an offense that averaged 419.7 yards-per-game … saw first collegiate game action as a sophomore, playing in every game and starting the final three contests at RG …did not see any game action as a redshirt freshman.
Full name Michael Joseph Gandy … two-time all-City, all-District and all-Area pick at Garland (TX) H.S., earning four letters at TE and DE … selected for the Texas-Oklahoma Oil Bowl and Texas-California Shrine Classic All-Star games … cousin, Tony Blevins, was a defensive back at the University of Kansas and with the Indianapolis Colts … graduated in May, 2000, with bachelor’s degrees in both sociology and computer applications.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians stops by NFL Total Access to give his thoughts on the current NFL playoff system and hints at which players he will be targeting in free agency and the draft.