|Cardinals hire Bruce Arians as coach||01.18.13 at 9:28 am ET|
The Cardinals filled the last head coaching vacancy in the NFL by hiring Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
Arians, 60, served as the Colts’ interim head coach this season while Chuck Pagano was being treated for leukemia. The Colts were 9-3 with Arians at the helm, and he said that experience taught him that being a head coach is “not as hard as it’s supposed to be.”
“I think it’s all about building relationships,” Arians said. “Coaching is all about relationships. As long as it’s built on trust, loyalty, and respect, anything is possible.”
Arizona confirmed in a release on Thursday night that Arians received a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year. He replaces Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired after six seasons with the Cardinals and was named Chargers offensive coordinator on Thursday.
Arians has succeed Whisenhunt once before, when he took over for him as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator in 2007. There, he said he rewrote and simplified Whisenhunt’s playbook, a welcome statement for Cardinals fans eager for change.
The Cardinals finished 5-11 for the second time in three years this season. Arians will try to bring stability to that side of their game, especially the quarterback position, where four different players started last year.
|Eagles QB Kevin Kolb to Arizona?||07.27.11 at 5:48 pm ET|
Michael Vick has returned to stardom, and for that reason, Kevin Kolb is taking a one-way ticket out of Philadelphia.
The fifth-year quarterback appears to be headed to the Cardinals, in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is expected to happen by the end of the week.
Kolb started five games for the Eagles last season, before Vick returned to full form. The 26-year-old threw for 1,197 yards in 2010 with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
|Fantasy Update: Beanie Wells to start for Arizona||10.31.10 at 3:11 pm ET|
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is planning to start running back Beanie Wells on Sunday against Tampa Bay, reports ESPN. Tim Hightower has reportedly lost the starting job after struggling with ball control this year.
Wells has seen some action this year and he has taken 53 carries for 183 yards and one touchdown on the season. He rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown last week against Seattle.
Tampa Bay ranks 31st in the league against the run, giving up 157.7 yards-per-game. This could be a big opportunity for fantasy owners if Wells is given a good share of carries.
|Six-Burgh…||02.02.09 at 10:40 am ET|
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the kings of the Super Bowl.
Don’t believe me, just read what they’re saying in the Steel City, specifically the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ron Cook writes that Sunday night’s classic was the best Super Bowl ever. Gene Collier pens that despite allowing seven catches, 127 yards and two TDs to Larry Fitzgerald, Ike Taylor was one of the more over-looked keys to the win. Chuck Finder details how Holmes just missed making a sensational game-clinching TD grab, moments before his toe-tap job at the end. There, unfortunately, was the other end of matters in Pittsburgh, like fans setting fires in the Oakland portion of the city, how appropriate.
Then there’s the Arizona heartbreak side of the Super story.
Columnist Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic writes that Super Bowl losers usually aren’t remembered. But these Cardinals will never be forgotten in the Valley of the Sun. Bill Goodykoontz says the game provided everything but a fitting ending for the Cards and their faithful. Paolo Boivin writes that the stunning end could lead to another year of Warner in the Desert. And Doug Haller writes about the most prolific receiver in NFL playoff history who single-handedly brought his team back on Sunday.
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