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Cardinals Cover 2 - J.J. Watt's Impact On Linebacker Position
Mar 08, 2021
Ep. 401 - Call it the trickle-down effect. What does the arrival of J.J. Watt mean for Haason Reddick and Markus Golden? Those two players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the team's options at outside linebacker as the guys resume their position-by-position breakdown. Also, the inside linebacker spot is examined with an emphasis on how much better Isaiah Simmons can be in his second year.
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Cardinals Cover 2 - Watt's Next? Steve Keim Is On The Clock
Mar 03, 2021
Ep. 400 - The signing of J.J. Watt checks a lot of boxes the Cardinals wanted to address in the offseason. But there are still several more boxes that need to be filled if this team hopes to be playing games deep into January. So, what is that next box? Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki give their thoughts after hearing from general manager Steve Keim who spoke to the media on Wednesday. How aggressive will the Cardinals be in free agency? How many of the team's own free agents might be retained? And what is the latest on Larry Fitzgerald?
Cardinals Cover 2 - Watt Expresses Belief In Murray
Mar 02, 2021
Ep. 399 - Everyone wanted to know J.J. Watt chose to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. There were a number of factors, he said on Tuesday, but the biggest might've been Kyler Murray. Watt said he texted Murray, "I'm here because I believe in you." That's quite the endorsement. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss what that text message means for Murray and the Cardinals going forward. Also, Watt detailed how he was able to break the news of his signing—it was quite the elaborate plan—and the gratitude he has for the Marshall Goldberg family for allowing him to wear No. 99.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Watt A Move
Mar 01, 2021
Ep. 398 - No one saw this coming. No one. Just an absolute stunner. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki react to the team agreeing to terms with J.J. Watt, one of the better defensive players in the league. It certainly has the chance to be a game-changer. Just think, Watt on one side and Chandler Jones on the other rushing opposing quarterbacks. The guys also wonder about the trickle-down effect, like how Watt being on board factors in the upcoming decisions of say a Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and Haason Reddick.
Cardinals Cover 2 - The Offensive Line From Inside Out
Feb 25, 2021
Ep. 397 - Teams are always looking to improve, and offensive line coach/run game coordinator Sean Kugler made it clear on Thursday that the Cardinals need to improve the production they received at the center position. But how? Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki offer some suggestions plus discuss the future of the entire right side of the line given that Week 1 starters J.R. Sweezy and Kelvin Beachum are both due to become unrestricted free agents. Also, what did Kugler have to say about his recent promotion?
Cardinals Cover 2 - Watt Is Happening On The Defensive Line?
Feb 22, 2021
Ep. 396 - The free-agent market is starting to see some new names added to the field and yes, the biggest might be former Houston Texan J.J. Watt. Do the Cardinals have interest? It certainly can't hurt to pick up the phone to find out. He plays a position where the team might have a need. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki talk Watt as part of a larger discussion about the defensive line. Also, the topic of penalties is addressed following the recent comments made by owner Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim.
Cardinals Cover 2 - The Search For A No. 2 Wide Receiver
Feb 18, 2021
Ep. 395 - As well as DeAndre Hopkins played last season, just think how much better he might have been if he had consistent help from another receiver to take attract some attention. The question Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki ask is if that receiver—Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson—is currently on the roster or might the team look at free agency and the draft to fill what is an important need. Plus, the guys discuss what owner Michael Bidwill had to say about the 2021 salary cap.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Patrick Peterson Projections
Feb 16, 2021
Ep. 394 - When discussing the cornerback position, the first thing that needs to be addressed is Patrick Peterson. Will he be re-signed or will he continue his career elsewhere? That question will likely be answered sooner rather than later when the new league year begins. The secondary as a whole, including what to expect next from Budda Baker, is on the minds of Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki. Also, the guys ask if Kyler Murray was a top-10 quarterback in 2020.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Chase Edmonds Needs A Running Mate
Feb 11, 2021
Ep. 393 – Running back Kenyan Drake is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year begins in March. Will Drake return to Arizona to team with Chase Edmonds in the backfield? Or will the Cardinals look to add to the position through free agency or the draft? These are just some of the questions Craig Grialou and an apparently "old" Mike Jurecki address as they begin their annual position-by-position evaluation heading into the 2021 offseason. Also, just how much influence will offensive line coach Sean Kugler have given his added title of run game coordinator?
Cardinals Cover 2 - Evaluating The Team's Top Free Agents
Feb 08, 2021
Ep. 392 - Welcome to the offseason. There are no more games to be played, so it's time to focus on 2021. How many of the Cardinals' current free agents are likely to return? Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki look at the 32 players, 28 who will reach unrestricted status come March 17. Before that discussion, however, the guys give a tip of the cap to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—including all those former Cardinals coaches and players—for their dominating performance in Super Bowl LV.
Cardinals Cover 2 - No Decision Yet From Larry Fitzgerald
Feb 04, 2021
Ep. 391 - Larry Fitzgerald addressed his future this week and to nobody's surprise, he did not provide an answer. However, we are getting closer to knowing whether or not Fitzgerald will play an 18th season. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss why the team needs clarity on Fitz's situation perhaps sooner rather than later. Also, the guys break down Kyler Murray's recent comments and offer a Super Bowl LV preview from a Cardinals perspective.
Cardinals Cover 2 - QB Shakeup In NFC West?
Feb 01, 2021
Ep. 390 - Things just got a lot more interesting in the NFC West. According to reports, the Rams will be moving on from Jared Goff. They are expected to acquire Lions QB Matthew Stafford as part of a trade involving a swap of former No. 1 overall draft picks. What does this mean for the Cardinals? Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki give their thoughts. Plus, the guys recap Kyler Murray's virtual MVP performance in the Pro Bowl and discuss what college players stood out in the Senior Bowl.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Kyler Murray Willing To Put In The Work
Jan 25, 2021
Ep. 389 - A recent Instagram post by Kyler Murray shed some light on how the Cardinals starting quarterback intends to spend the offseason. It's looking to be a volatile offseason when it comes to quarterback movement in NFL. Just none of it involving Murray. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki explain how fortunate the Cardinals are to have found their franchise quarterback, who will be featured prominently in the upcoming virtual Pro Bowl. Plus, the guys discuss the results from Championship Sunday.
Cardinals Cover 2 - The Annual Awards Show
Jan 21, 2021
Ep. 388 - The Academy has spoken. Actually, it was a 27-member panel that voted for AZCardinals.com's annual end-of-season awards. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki are joined by Kyle Odegard to discuss the winners in six different categories. And when it came to Offensive Player of the Year, there was some spirited debate between Jurecki and Odegard. Also, stay tuned following the announcement of the final award as Grialou and Jurecki preview Championship Sunday.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Offense Heavy On Hopkins In 2020
Jan 18, 2021
Ep. 387 - Year one with the Cardinals could not have gone any better for DeAndre Hopkins, and here's hoping it is a sign of things to come as he works with Kyler Murray to further their on-field chemistry. Hopkins made several highlight-reel catches, many of which landed on the offensive edition of the team's Top Plays of 2020. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki are joined by Kyle Odegard to count down the best five plays. Also, Grialou and Jurecki look back at what happened during the divisional round of the playoffs.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Defense Made Its Mark In 2020
Jan 14, 2021
Ep. 386 - A second season with Vance Joseph as defensive coordinator paid dividends. That unit performed better than expected. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki are joined by Kyle Odegard to count down the top-five plays on that side of the ball. Also, the best special teams plays are discussed. Plus, the postseason moves into its second weekend. Grialou and Jurecki break down each of the four divisional round matchups.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Baker, Hopkins Honored; Reddick Snubbed
Jan 11, 2021
Ep. 385 - With the regular season complete, players are beginning to receive recognition for their efforts. Budda Baker and DeAndre Hopkins were both named to the 2020 All-Pro Team. Meanwhile, Haason Reddick was overlooked for NFC Defensive Player of the Month for December. He certainly deserved better according to Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki. Also, the guys discuss the results from a fun Super Wild Card Weekend.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Every Game Matters
Jan 07, 2021
Ep. 384 - Just one game separated the Cardinals from the postseason. One game. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki debate which game was the most frustrating to them. So without a Cardinals game to preview, the guys go over the six games as part of Super Wild Card Weekend. Plus, a discussion about the players signed to future contracts this week and a former Cardinal announces his retirement.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Eight Was Not Enough
Jan 04, 2021
Ep. 383 - Yes, eight wins showed improvement from the year prior, but one more win was needed to extend the 2020 season. The Cardinals stood on the doorstep of the playoffs only to have the door slammed shut. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki try to make sense of what happened in Los Angeles, and really, the past two weeks. A very long offseason now begins with more questions than answers.
Cardinals Cover 2 - It's Simple: Win Or Go Home
Dec 31, 2020
Ep. 382 - One game. Four quarters. Sixty minutes. The 2020 season will be defined not by the previous 15 games, but by the game that will be played this Sunday in Los Angeles. Win, and the Cardinals advance to the playoffs. Lose, and it's going to be a very long offseason. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki break down the matchup including Jurecki's three keys for a victory plus the 'X' factor in the matchup against the Rams.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Find A Way Past Rams Roadblock
Dec 30, 2020
Ep. 381 - We know the history: the Cardinals have not beaten the Rams under head coach Sean McVay. Obviously, some new history needs to be made this week. But how? Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss what Kyler Murray and company must do against a very good Rams defense. And, oh yeah, Murray is fine. He said as much after practicing on Wednesday.
Cardinals Cover 2 - We're On To Los Angeles
Dec 29, 2020
Ep. 380 - With a nod to Bill Belichick, the Cardinals turn the page to Week 17 and a win-or-go-home game at the Los Angeles Rams. But before the chapter is completely closed on the previous week, Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki wanted to single out two players—DeAndre Hopkins and Haason Reddick—who hit significant milestones this past Saturday. Also, the guys look at the complete NFC playoff picture.
Cardinals Cover 2 - A Clear Path To The Playoffs
Dec 28, 2020
Ep. 379 - Thanks to the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals are back in control of their playoff destiny. Beat the Rams on Sunday and they make the postseason for the first time since 2015. Though if this team hopes to be on the field past Week 17, then they must play a heck of a lot better than they did on Saturday against the 49ers. But first, Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki update the latest injury news on Kyler Murray.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Our Christmas Wish: Sweep The 49ers
Dec 24, 2020
Ep. 378 - After getting swept by the 49ers in 2019, the Cardinals look to return the favor this season. How do they get that done? Mike Jurecki has the answer with his three keys for a victory plus the 'X' factor in this Week 16 matchup. Also, he and Craig Grialou discuss the unfortunate news regarding Dennis Gardeck. But first, Larry Fitzgerald impersonates Allen Iverson. Is there anything No. 11 can't do? Apparently not.
Cardinals Cover 2 - A Fitz Finale At State Farm Stadium?
Dec 23, 2020
Ep. 377 - Heading into the regular-season home finale, the question needs to be asked. Is this the last time Larry Fitzgerald plays at State Farm Stadium? Hope not. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki argue Fitzgerald needs a proper sendoff which won't happen without fans in attendance. Also, (think Allen Iverson) we talkin' about practice, and the guys discuss just how different this 49ers team is compared to the team the Cardinals faced in the season opener.