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Cardinals Cover 2 - One And Done
Ep. 528 - It's one thing to get beat. It's another thing to get embarrassed. On national television, no less. The word 'embarrassed' was used by both Christian Kirk and J.J. Watt following the 34-11 loss at the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. The Cardinals had waited six years to get back into the postseason and they did not perform well. The stage looked too big for them. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss all the ugliness from the Cardinals brief appearance during Super Wild Card Weekend; an appearance that has left far too many questions than answers heading into the offseason.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Free Agency: A Deliberate, Patient Approach
Ep. 641 - It has been a quiet start to free agency. And that's OK, according to Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck. It is what was expected under first-time general manager Monti Ossenfort, especially given what he inherited. Now quiet does not mean the Cardinals have not been busy. It is just that, thus far, the signings—whether a re-signing or signing a new name—have not grabbed the headlines. Again, that's OK. The Cardinals have focused much of their attention on building from the inside-out, talking about the offensive and defensive lines. Also, wide receiver Zach Pascal and linebacker Kyzir White will be welcome additions inside the locker room, knowing their history with head coach Jonathan Gannon.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Greetings To Gannon's Guys
Ep. 640 - There are 15 new faces walking the hallways at the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center. They, plus a handful of holdovers, make up Jonathan Gannon's first-ever coaching staff. The assistants—offense, defense and special teams—were made available to the media over the past couple of days. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss their first impressions. The staff is young by NFL standards, though that may end up being a positive at the end of the day. Also, what is the latest on DeAndre Hopkins? His future has certainly been a hot topic in recent days. Plus, the show would not be complete without a shout-out to Dani, who will turn one year older on Saturday. Just how much older? Hmm.
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.