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Cardinals Cover 2 - A Quiet Start To Free Agency
Ep. 545 - Compared to years past, the Cardinals have played it cool when it comes to free agency. Sure, they've re-signed many of their own players—none bigger than Zach Ertz and James Conner—but GM Steve Keim has not been as aggressive as he has been over the past couple of offseasons. At least not yet. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the possible reasons for that plus look at the team's three major positions of need: edge rusher, cornerback and a No. 2 wide receiver. Also, this is not the best year to be playing the AFC West.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Coaching Kyler
Ep. 638 - Week 3 and still no head coach. There have been eight different names reportedly linked to the job. And while many have defensive backgrounds, whomever is hired must have the offense in mind. Namely, Kyler Murray. He is the key that unlocks the Cardinals. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss the latest on the coaching search here on Day 18, how Murray factors into that search plus they look ahead to Championship Sunday: Bengals at Chiefs and 49ers at Eagles. Also, J.J. Watt was not among the three finalists for AP Comeback Player of the Year. Was he snubbed?
Cardinals Cover 2 - The Envelope, Please
Ep. 637 - Six categories. Six winners. The Cardinals Awards for 2022 have been released. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi go over each category, reviewing the nominees and then discussing the winners. No real surprises, unless you're Calvisi and you realize that none of the winners were choices you had selected. But we digress. Defensive Player of the Year (J.J. Watt) and Newcomer of the Year (Hollywood Brown) had runaway winners, while Most Valuable Cardinal (Budda Baker) came down to a two-player race. Plus, the guys look ahead to this weekend's playoff games: Jaguars at Chiefs and Giants at Eagles on Saturday; Bengals at Bills and Cowboys at 49ers on Sunday.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Hard Knocks Reax: Episode 9
Ep. 636 - Tears were shed in the season finale. A lot of tears. And many by J.J. Watt. Cameras captured a very emotional Watt, first at Saturday night's team meeting and then again Sunday afternoon as he exited the field for the last time in his career to chants of "J.J. Watt, J.J. Watt" by the fans at Levi's Stadium. And if Week 18 was A.J. Green's final game, then he, too, went out on a high note; albeit a bit more understated. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck react to Episode 9, which did include Kliff Kingsbury's final message to his coaching staff. Plus, there is still football being played. Grialou and Sureck look ahead to Super Wild Card Weekend, which includes a third meeting between NFC West rivals.
Cardinals Cover 2 - A New GM And Head Coach In 2023
Ep. 635 - The offseason is officially underway. And it begins with news that both general manager Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury will not be returning to the team in 2023. We hear from owner Michael Bidwill, who met with the media mid-afternoon on Monday, and then react. Craig Grialou is joined by Paul Calvisi, Dani Sureck and Darren Urban. After a 4-13 season, change was expected. And it did not wait long; just one day after the conclusion of the regular season. More change is expected in what figures to be a crucial offseason.
Cardinals Cover 2 - The End Is Near
Ep. 634 - The end is near for the season. For J.J. Watt. And maybe for A.J. Green. The finality of Week 18 will come in many forms. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss the key storylines for Sunday's game at the San Francisco 49ers. Yes, a lot of the attention will be on Watt, who will be wrapping up a hall of fame career. But let's not forget about Green, who seven times was named to the Pro Bowl. How those two put a period on their respective careers will be interesting to watch given the opponent. The 49ers have a solid offense—even with a rookie at quarterback—and a top-ranked defense. Plus, the 49ers have something to play for: the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Hard Knocks Reax: Episode 8
Ep. 633 - As we've seen throughout the season, and even last season, no one is off limits for J.J. Watt when it comes to good-natured ribbing. His latest "victim" is Zaven Collins. The Watt-Collins relationship was among the episode's highlights. In addition, the cameras caught a very self-critical Collins talking about his second season in the league as well as David Blough's calm demeanor both prior to and after the game in Atlanta. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck talk about what stood out to them in an episode that should have everyone smiling despite last week's outcome. Plus, there is plenty of quarterback news to discuss. Kyler Murray, Colt McCoy and David Blough are all in the headlines.
Cardinals Cover 2 - New Year Same As Old Year
Ep. 632 - The calendar flip to 2023 did nothing to flip the Cardinals' fortunes. At least not yet anyway. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi look back at Sunday's 20-19 loss at the Atlanta Falcons. The effort was there, but the result was not. There were, however, several individual performances worth highlighting. (Yes, that's where at in the season.) David Blough looked good at quarterback, making the right decisions within the framework of the offense; Trey McBride continued to show progress in his rookie year, setting career highs in both receptions and receiving yards plus he had his first career touchdown; and Isaiah Simmons stepped up to play safety in the absence of Budda Baker.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Something's Got To Give
Ep. 631 - One team is guaranteed to end its season-long losing streak on Sunday. Unless, of course, the game ends in a tie. (And who wants that? Nobody.) Entering Week 17, the Cardinals have lost five straight, while the Falcons have dropped four in a row. It's quite the matchup to begin the new year. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi breakdown what it's going to take for the Cardinals to get the win, i.e. stop the run; the Falcons own the league's third-best rushing offense. Speaking of offense, with Colt McCoy experiencing concussion symptoms, David Blough will start at quarterback. He has not started a game since 2019 when he was a member of the Detroit Lions.