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James Conner, Kyler Murray See The Change In Cardinals

Gannon's need for team-first players has been apparent

After the last minicamp practice on Tuesday, Jonathan Gannon was asked what he knew about his team.

"They care," the Cardinals coach said. "They are team-first people."

That's been the underlying theme since Gannon showed up, and the culture Gannon has worked to shape. That's been clear especially once the offseason began, and why the mood is so upbeat. And it was underscored by the offense's top two players in recent interviews.

Last week, quarterback Kyler Murray went on Arizona Sports talking about how the reputation about the Cardinals has gotten better.

"You look around the league and how they talk about the Cardinals," Murray said, "It flipped from maybe a talented team that doesn't play hard and isn't well-coached or doesn't play smart to, 'Oh, these guys, they might not be as talented but nobody wants to play them because they play hard as hell.'"

Then running back James Conner went on The Rich Eisen Show Wednesday speaking about Gannon's influence and the state of the team.

"Our message has been maximizing yourself on the field and off the field, trying to put the best product on the field that we've got," Conner said. "We've got a talented team so if guys can put out their best product on the field we will be in good shape."

"We cleansed the roster," Conner added. "Guys who weren't serious about football, guys who were not in it for the right reasons, guys who didn't put the team first, we were slowly weeding that stuff out. That's what it takes. we cleanse and now we're ready to attack."

Conner clarified it was players who "weren't putting the team first."

Which, as Gannon has noted several times, is a large part of the "price of admission" he cherishes.

"It's easy to see in this business," Conner said.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) and Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) during the Week 10 regular season game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Nov 12, 2023 in Glendale, AZ.