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Cardinals Cover 2 - It Starts At The Line Of Scrimmage
Jun 14, 2021
Ep. 432 - Yes, all eyes will be on Kyler Murray this season. He's the quarterback. It comes with the territory. But he can't do his job if the five men in front of him don't do their job. The offensive line is key. And that's where Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki begin their position-by-position look in preparation for training camp later this summer. With the addition of Rodney Hudson and the return of D.J. Humphries, Justin Pugh plus Kelvin Beachum, the O-line is very good shape. The one big question mark the guys discuss: Who starts at right guard?
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Cardinals Cover 2 - Next Stop, Training Camp
Jun 11, 2021
Ep. 431 - The offseason work is complete. Minicamp is done. So, what did we learn about the 2021 Arizona Cardinals? A lot. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki give their takeaways, none bigger than the continuing development of Kyler Murray, both on and off the field. Of course, wins and losses is how Murray and the Cardinals will be defined this season. There is reason to be optimistic, however. Besides Murray, the guys discuss the competition at right guard, the depth at cornerback and whether Chandler Jones' no-show was a big deal.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Vance Joseph: We Should Be A Lot Better
Jun 09, 2021
Ep. 430 - While many believe the Cardinals will be much improved offensively, the same can be expected on defense. J.J. Watt and Malcolm Butler bring experience to the defensive line and cornerback positions, respectively. Zaven Collins, though young, is extremely talented. All of the above excites defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. He's most excited, however, about those players who are entering their second and third years in the system. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss each level of the defense through the eyes of Joseph.
Cardinals Cover 2 - J.J. Watt Has Zaven Collins On A Roll
Jun 07, 2021
Ep. 429 - Actions have consequences, or in this case, inaction. Over the weekend, Zaven Collins literally found himself rolling down a fairway at a local golf course after forgetting to bring J.J. Watt breakfast as Collins had promised. It's a mistake the rookie won't make again. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki view Saturday's viral event as a positive. Also, the guys set the stage for this week's mandatory minicamp. What do they want to see or hear over the next three days? Remember, these practices are the final time coaches and players will be on the field together until training camp.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Inside Linebacker 'Home Base' For Isaiah Simmons
Jun 04, 2021
Ep. 428 - Once again, a lot is going to be expected from Isaiah Simmons as he prepares for his second year in the NFL. He was the defense's Swiss army knife, playing a half dozen positions. But it is inside linebacker that will be "home base" according to his position coach Bill Davis. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the progress Simmons made last season and what his pairing with Zaven Collins may mean for the defense overall. Also, the guys react to the signing of veteran cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Both had been pushing for more experience at that position, so perhaps someone was listening. Yeah, probably not.
Cardinals Cover 2 - The First Day Of School
Jun 02, 2021
Ep. 427 - According to Kliff Kingsbury, "a majority" of the team was in attendance for the first organized team activity, or OTA, of the offseason. New faces mixed with the familiar ones; and yes, Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins were spotted on the field together, which may have been the biggest takeaway for both Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki. Remember, the players' presence is voluntary this week. Also, it was hard not to notice J.J. Watt, who described Wednesday as "kind of like that first day of school."
Cardinals Cover 2 - Expectations High For Zaven Collins, Isaiah Simmons
May 24, 2021
Ep. 426 - After dreaming about Julio Jones, Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki snap back into reality for a discussion about the team's two young inside linebackers, Zaven Collins and Isaiah Simmons. Recent comments by director of player personnel Dru Grigson and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph suggest both Collins and Simmons are more than ready for their expected roles in 2021. Collins is taking charge in the huddle, while Simmons is being prepped to be used all over the field. And both, as Grialou and Jurecki mention, will benefit from the veteran leadership around them.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Seikovits Takes International Path To NFL
May 20, 2021
Ep. 425 - More and more, we're seeing players from other countries make it to the NFL. Austrian tight end Bernhard Seikovits is trying to follow the same path as former Cardinals offensive lineman and current broadcaster Rolando Cantu, who joins Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki on today's show. In addition to discussing his journey, Cantu shares his thoughts on Kyler Murray and the offense plus his new Spanish-language podcast, La Tacleada Cardinals, aka The Cardinals Tackle. Also, the guys discuss the significance of Murray's recent Instagram video showing him throwing a pass to A.J. Green.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Two 'Really Fast Trees' At Linebacker
May 17, 2021
Ep. 424 - It's the expectation of both general manager Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury that linebackers Zaven Collins and Isaiah Simmons will start Week 1. "Two really fast trees" in the middle of the defense, according to Kingsbury. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki express some pros and cons to the plan, while also acknowledging the tremendous upside of the two young players, especially with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph pulling the strings, so to speak. First though, the guys give their first impressions of the three-day rookie minicamp held over the weekend.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Three Primetime Games Highlight Schedule
May 13, 2021
Ep. 423 - The biggest season in the history of the NFL will see the Cardinals play three times on national television, including a matchup on Christmas Day. Three of the team's first four games and four of the team's last seven games will be on the road. The home opener is Week 2. The bye occurs in Week 12. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki break down the entire 2021 regular season schedule, providing game-by-game analysis. They pay particular attention to the Kyler Murray vs. Baker Mayfield rematch plus J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins facing their former team.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Welcome Rookies
May 10, 2021
Ep. 422 - This week the rookies—drafted, undrafted and tryout players plus tight end Bernhard Seikovits—are in town for minicamp. It's their first taste of pro football. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki stress the importance of the camp, especially given the fact that last year's rookie class did not have one. This week also sees the release of the 2021 regular season schedule. How many primetime games might the Cardinals receive? And for those early season games, it might be a good idea to grab a roster. Uniform numbers have been assigned, and for a handful of players, some number changes.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Big Red Draft Class Filled With Athleticism
May 06, 2021
Ep. 421 - From Marco Wilson to James Wiggins plus Zaven Collins and Rondale Moore, the Cardinals drafted themselves some very athletic talent. Of course athleticism doesn't always equal success. While acknowledging that, Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the upside of a player like Wilson as well as fellow cornerback Tay Gowan, who Pro Football Focus called one of their best value picks. Also, it's time to review; just how well did Jurecki's big board—his top-50 draft prospects—match up with how the rest of the league thought of this year's draft class?
Cardinals Cover 2 - A Draft Heavy On Defense
May 03, 2021
Ep. 420 - Somewhere, defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is smiling. Five of the team's seven draft picks were defensive players, so more talent for Joseph to work with. We know linebacker Zaven Collins is expected to play right away. There may be an opportunity for cornerbacks Marco Wilson and Tay Gowan to see the field early as well given the need for depth at that position. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss each of the seven new faces to the roster. Also, the guys explain why Budda Baker is changing his uniform number once again.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Adding (Rondale) Moore To The Offense
Apr 30, 2021
Ep. 419 - With their one and only pick on the second day of the draft, the Cardinals selected a do-it-all wide receiver in Rondale Moore out of Purdue. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the his role within the offense and as a kick returner. Plus, how does the addition of Moore affect the depth chart within the wide receivers room? Pass catcher, by the way, was a popular position on Friday as both the Seahawks and Rams went receiver with their first picks of the draft.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Zaven Collins The Choice At 16
Apr 29, 2021
Ep. 418 - Though not the name most often linked to the Cardinals, linebacker Zaven Collins became the clear choice of general manager Steve Keim once the team was on the clock with the 16th overall pick. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki explain the selection and what Collins adds to the defense, especially when paired with Isaiah Simmons, last year's pick in the first round. No, linebacker wasn't necessarily a need, but with the top two cornerbacks and the three best wide receivers off the board, Collins was too good of a talent to pass up.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Who Will Be The Pick At No. 16?
Apr 26, 2021
Ep. 417 - What the Cardinals do with the No. 16 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft will not be known officially until Thursday. Unofficially, a number of different draft prospects have been projected to the Cardinals with that pick. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss—for one final time—many of those names, and they are names that seem to fall into one of two categories: cornerback and wide receiver. Also, on the subject of wide receiver, what's the latest with Larry Fitzgerald? He did make a public appearance over the weekend.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Hear Everything, Believe Nothing
Apr 22, 2021
Ep. 416 - There is always a lot of noise ahead of the draft, and this year has been no exception. The good news is it will be a lot quieter this time next week. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki mock the mock drafts before trying to read between the lines in what GM Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury had to say in their annual pre-draft presser. Also, who is No. 1 on Jurecki's list of the top-50 draft prospects in 2021? No, it's not a surprise but you may be surprised who lands at No. 2 and No. 3 as he unveils his final 10-player grouping.
Cardinals Cover 2 - What's In A Number?
Apr 19, 2021
Ep. 415 - What's in a number? Apparently a lot for NFL players. News that the league may ease restrictions on who can wear which uniform numbers has excited some. Markus Golden hinted at a potential number change before saying he'll stick with No. 44. The uniform number proposal is just one measure expected to be voted on by the owners this week. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss what they'd like to see passed. Plus, Mike Jurecki continues his countdown of the top-50 draft prospects. He unveils No. 11-20. Finally, quarterbacks make the list.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Don't Be Afraid Of Change
Apr 15, 2021
Ep. 414 - This offseason we've heard a number of players—from J.J. Watt to A.J. Green and most recently James Conner—say they're looking forward to a fresh start in Arizona. They've hit the reset button on their careers with the decision to sign with the Cardinals. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki like the idea of a change of scenery benefiting the team. Plus, where does Kyler Murray land on the list of MVP candidates for 2021 and Jurecki continues his top-50 countdown of the best draft prospects, focusing in on No. 21-30.
Cardinals Cover 2 - A Draft Deep At Corner, Wide Receiver
Apr 12, 2021
Ep. 413 - Even with the addition of Malcolm Butler, cornerback remains the one position in need of the most work. So, it is good to hear scouts say this year's draft is deep at that spot. Wide receiver, too, is a position where talent can be found in either the second or third round. It's a position that is featured prominently between No. 31-40 on Mike Jurecki's top-50 prospect countdown, which is highlighted on this show. And speaking of wide receiver, what do Jurecki and Craig Grialou make of Larry Fitzgerald being featured to help promote a golf tournament in Tampa? And not just any golf tournament in Tampa.
Cardinals Cover 2 - The NFL Draft Countdown Begins
Apr 08, 2021
Ep. 412 - Three weeks from today is the 2021 NFL Draft. With that in mind, Mike Jurecki begins to unveil his top-50 prospects list, highlighting on this show No. 41-50. Remember, the Cardinals have just two selections—No. 16 and 49 overall—among the first 50 picks and six total selections overall. Jurecki and Craig Grialou discuss what positions they would like to see addressed at the end of the three-day draft. Plus, there was a Larry Fitzgerald sighting in Jurecki's neighborhood. What does it mean? Probably nothing, but it's a good story.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Free Agency Superlatives
Apr 05, 2021
Ep. 411 - Best Dressed. Most Popular. Most Likely To Succeed. Remember those categories back in middle school and high school? Sure you do. Well, Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki put a different spin on the yearbook-style superlatives when looking at many of the moves made by the Cardinals this offseason. Feel free to agree or disagree with their selections. There is no debate, however, that the team has been aggressive with the additions to the roster. Also, the guys discuss the difficult conversations GM Steve Keim has had with a handful of players concerning their position on the team.
Cardinals Cover 2 - McCoy Signed To Mentor Murray
Apr 01, 2021
Ep. 410 - It's certainly not going to grab the headlines, but the free-agent signing of Colt McCoy did grab the attention of both Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki. The Cardinals needed to bring a veteran into the quarterback room. McCoy has been around the block a time or two, and he can be a great sounding board for Kyler Murray. Also, the additions this week of Shawn Williams and Chris Banjo solidify the safety position.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Grading The Offseason
Mar 29, 2021
Ep. 409 - It would seem to be one of life's necessary evils: putting a grade on a team's offseason moves, be it a signing or acquisition by trade. Yet, by all accounts, the Cardinals have done very well for themselves according to the so-called experts. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki review some of the grades given. Plus, what do the guys make of the 49ers now holding the No. 3 overall pick in the draft? First though, why it was good to see J.J. Watt "call out" Kyler Murray on social media over the weekend.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Another Item Off Keim's Free Agency Shopping List
Mar 25, 2021
Ep. 408 - It was a need heading into free agency, and it remained a need after the first week of free agency. But no longer. News broke Thursday that the Cardinals had agreed to terms with Malcolm Butler on a one-year contract, filling a need at the top cornerback position. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the move to add a proven veteran, though each would like to see another move or two at the position. Also, the guys look at where general manager Steve Keim might strike next when it comes to roster addition.