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Cardinals Cover 2 - Early Learning Curve For Isaiah Simmons
Ep. 313 - It was not a great first impression by Isaiah Simmons. The Cardinals first-round draft pick struggled out of the gate in Week 1. So, is defensive coordinator Vance Joseph discouraged? Hardly. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss how Simmons responded to the early adversity. Also, with Mason Cole not practicing for a second straight day, it would appear Lamont Gaillard is poised to make his first NFL start on Sunday.
Cardinals Cover 2 - The Growth Of Kyler Murray
Ep. 341 - Halfway into his second season in the league, Kyler Murray is trending in the direction everyone predicted, and that's up. His numbers compare favorably with his peers but it's his decision-making that's been most impressive, according to Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki. Also, the guys have the answer—thanks to Vance Joseph—for the defense's turnaround in the second half against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Budda Baker Excels In Primetime
Ep. 340 - It's been a very productive two-game stretch for Budda Baker; first on Monday Night Football and then on Sunday Night Football. Baker certainly enjoys the national stage. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the impact Baker has made so far this season. Also, the trade deadline is one week away. What, if anything, might the Cardinals do? Finally, the guys take a look at how the rest of the NFC West fared in Week 7.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Game Balls Galore After Huge Win Over Seahawks
Ep. 339 - So many players made an impact in the Sunday Night Football win over the Seahawks that the four game balls handed out after the game didn't seem like enough. Leave it to Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki to help spread the wealth, or at least the recognition. The guys talk up the efforts of Chase Edmonds, Patrick Peterson and Tanner Vallejo in what was easily the best win of the season.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Rivalry With Seahawks Continues In Primetime
Ep. 338 - It's always interesting when the Cardinals and Seahawks play, and this week's meeting on Sunday Night Football figures to add another entertaining chapter in the rivalry. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki break it all down including Jurecki's three keys for a victory and the 'X' factor in the matchup. Also, real-time reaction to the late-breaking news of the team's acquisition of Markus Golden.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Defense Playing 'Think-Free Football'
Ep. 337 - Six games into the season and it's clear that the defense is much improved from 2019. Credit Vance Joseph and the coaching staff as well as the personnel. Playing in the same scheme for a second straight year has paid dividends for a number of players including linebacker Haason Reddick. Plus, Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki begin to look at the upcoming Sunday Night Football battle with Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Kenyan Drake: Mom Lit A Fire Under Me
Ep. 336 - Like every good son, Kenyan Drake knows to listen to his mom. According to Drake, it was his mom who helped point him back in a northerly direction. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki—once Jurecki silenced his cell phone—discuss how well the Cardinals are running the football this season. The guys also talk about Byron Murphy's improvement at cornerback and how the rest of the NFC West fared in Week 6.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Big Statement In 'Big D'
Ep. 335 - It was perhaps the biggest win of the season. Certainly the most satisfying. The Cardinals' victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football exceeded all expectations, especially defensively. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki highlight several of the top performers, beginning with Budda Baker. Plus, the team showed the nation they don't need Kyler Murray to be successful for the offense to be successful.
Cardinals Cover 2 - A Texas-Sized MNF Matchup
Ep. 334 - It's the eighth time the Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys will meet on Monday Night Football. The first, though, with Kyler Murray at quarterback. His return to Texas has been discussed at length ahead of the Week 6 game. Also, Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki have more on the history between the former NFC East rivals plus Jurecki reveals his three keys for a victory and the 'X' factor in the matchup.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Defense To Have 'Hands Full' Against Cowboys
Ep. 333 - The scoreboard operator at AT&T Stadium is expected to get quite a workout during Monday Night Football. Points will be scored. A lot of them. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss what the Cardinals defense might expect from an Andy Dalton-led offense. Patrick Peterson said they'll have their "hands full" trying to stop the league's third-ranked scoring team. Also, the latest on the newest addition to the roster, linebacker Isaiah Irving.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Kyler Murray Excited About Texas Homecoming
Ep. 332 - They say "everything is bigger in Texas" and no high school quarterback had bigger success than Kyler Murray, who won three consecutive state championships and never lost in 43 games. On Wednesday, Murray acknowledged his return to play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football is a big deal. Also a big deal is losing Chandler Jones for the season. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki tackle both topics as Week 6 approaches.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Budda Baker Bolsters Big Red Defense
After missing a game due to thumb surgery, safety Budda Baker returned against the Jets to register a sack to go along with a team-high 10 tackles. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki talk about how the Cardinals defense benefits when Baker is in the lineup. Plus, good things tend to happen when Chase Edmonds has the ball. What will it mean for the offense if Edmonds gets more touches? Finally, the guys take a look at the NFC West and how the Cardinals division rivals fared in Week 5.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Offense Improved Against Jets, Can Be Better
Ep. 330 – Despite nearly 500 total yards and a season-high tying 30 points, it was just "an up-and-down performance" offensively at New York, according to Kliff Kingsbury. On this Victory Monday, Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss whether Week 5 becomes the week the offense began to turn the corner. Plus, if Chandler Jones is sidelined for an extended period of time, how might the defense react to his absence?
Cardinals Cover 2 - Stars Need To Shine In New York
Ep. 329 - New York. There is no greater stage in the world. It brings out the best in performers, and the Cardinals need their best to start playing their best. General manager Steve Keim made that perfectly clear on Friday. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki preview the Week 5 game against the Jets, including Jurecki's three keys for a victory and the 'X' factor in the matchup.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Is Sunday A Must-Win Game Against The Jets?
Ep. 328 - According to Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals matchup at the New York Jets is must-win game. But not because the Jets are winless. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki explain why the Cardinals cannot afford an extended losing streak this early in the season. Also, the guys discuss the one major issue troubling the secondary and what a Jets offense led by Joe Flacco might look like on Sunday.
Cardinals Cover 2 - A Sense Of Urgency
Ep. 327 - Following back-to-back losses, the Cardinals know their effort and energy needs to be much better on Sunday, and that starts at practice. Knowing Budda Baker is expected to return this week should help. "That dude is everything you see and more," fellow safety Charles Washington said. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki also discuss the coaching connection between Kliff Kingsbury and Adam Gase plus what the Arizona offense will face in a Jets defense led by Gregg Williams.
Cardinals Cover 2 - A First Quarter Assessment
Ep. 326 - What's worked and what needs work? Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki take a big picture view of the season's first four games. The offense seems to have hit a roadblock and the defense, while improved, needs better performances from its five-star players. Plus, the guys discuss how the rest of the NFC West—the only division with every team at or above .500—fared in Week 4.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Offense Remains 'A Work In Progress'
Ep. 325 - Four games into the season and the offense has yet to get on track. It lacks consistency and it lacks rhythm. That certainly was not the expectation for Kliff Kingsbury, Kyler Murray and company. "We're still a work in progress," Kingsbury said on Monday. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the offensive struggles and what went wrong for the Cardinals' defense during the loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Offense 'Very Close' To Clicking
Ep. 323 - When the longest-tenured and arguably greatest player to put on a Cardinals uniform expresses confidence in the offense, you tend to believe him. Larry Fitzgerald is not concerned, nor is he concerned about his targets. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss what No. 11 had to say on Thursday plus update the injury to DeAndre Hopkins and the plan for Isaiah Simmons this week.
Cardinals Cover 2 – Seeking Offensive Rhythm
Ep. 322 - Three games into the season and the Cardinals' offense has not come close to performing up to expectations. Maybe that changes this week at Carolina. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the need for the ground game to produce in order to help open up the passing game. Also, what is the history between Kliff Kingsbury and new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule?
Cardinals Cover 2 - DeAndre Hopkins As Advertised
Ep. 321 - Right now, there is no better wide receiver in the game than DeAndre Hopkins. And it's not just his numbers that are impressive. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki talk about the Cardinals' top target and his explosive start. Plus, the guys examine Andy Isabella's recent production and break down how the NFC West looks after Week 3.
Cardinals Cover 2 - (Honolulu) Blue Monday
Ep. 320 - Losing to the Detroit Lions has left the Red Sea feeling blue. It was a rough day at the office for Kyler Murray, who has now struggled in each of his two matchups against the Lions and head coach Matt Patricia. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki break down the game and discuss what went wrong. Plus, Kliff Kingsbury hinted at a possible position switch for Isaiah Simmons given the injury situation at safety.
Cardinals Cover 2 – No Lion, Another Date With Detroit
Ep. 319 - The Cardinals and Lions will do battle for the fourth straight season this Sunday at State Farm Stadium. Can the Cardinals improve to 3-0 for the first time in five years? Mike Jurecki presents his three keys to victory plus the 'X' factor in the matchup. Also, Jurecki and Craig Grialou discuss the extra motivation for linebacker Devon Kennard as he goes against his former team.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Time To Ground And Pound
Ep. 318 - Looking at the numbers, this has the chance to be a big week for Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds. The Cardinals rushing offense is among the best in the league, while the Lions have had difficulty stopping the run through two games. Meanwhile on the defensive side of the ball, coordinator Vance Joseph said his unit is "on high alert" when considering the Lions offense. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki examine the many weapons at the disposal of quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Lessons Learned From 2019 Meeting With Lions
Ep. 317 - Let's be honest, the first impression of Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray was not ideal. For three quarters of the 2019 opener against the Lions, nothing went right for the rookie head coach and his signal caller. Fast forward 17 games to another meeting with Detroit and the Kingsbury-Murray pairing looks much better. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss some of the lessons learned from the 2019 matchup. Plus, a conversation about the importance of Andy Isabella's first two catches of the season.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Defense 'Night And Day' Improvement From 2019
Ep. 316 - It's a small sample size, but what the Cardinals' defense has shown through two games cannot be ignored. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki go over the improved numbers and highlight the play of the three key free-agent additions: De'Vondre Campbell, Devon Kennard and Jordan Phillips. Campbell, especially, has stood out in coverage. Plus, the guys discuss how the rest of the NFC West fared in Week 2.