azcentral sports’ Dan Bickley talks about the NFL moving the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas.
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Bob McManaman of azcentral sports talks to AFC coaches at the annual NFL owners meeting at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Bob McManaman and Kent Somers at the NFL owner’s meetings: Coaches of AFC teams meet the media at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Video: Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians discusses free agency, quarterbacks and cornerbacks in the draft on Wednesday night. Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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Cardinals GM Steve Keim discusses this year’s rookie quarterback class ahead of the NFL draft on Wednesday night. Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero examines the big issues expected to be on the docket next week at NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Bob McManaman tackle the Cardinals and the draft and the latest with Roger Goodell and the NFL.
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Shot Clock: Why isn’t Paul Goldschmidt playing? Will Cardinals draft QB Mitchell Trubisky? Kurt Warner also had a Super Bowl jersey stolen? The Shot Clock tackles the burning topics in Arizona sports.
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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says he did not demand a trade away from the team, but instead asked about the franchise’s plans after having the franchise tag placed on him.
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The MMQB’s Andy Benoit takes a look at the on-field problem facing free agent QB Colin Kaepernick.
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Free agent kicker Phil Dawson signed a 2-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals on March 10, 2017 at the Cardinals training facility in Tempe.
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Shot Clock: NFL free agency moves, including Chandler Jones staying and Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson likely leaving the Arizona Cardinals. Video: azcentral sports
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The Texans have traded quarterback Brock Osweiler and a 2018 second-round draft pick to the Browns, according to multiple reports. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news.
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Quarterback Tony Romo posted a message on Instagram to say goodbye to all the Dallas Cowboys fans who supported him during the course of his 13-year career.
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Washington Quarterback Kirk Cousins reportedly asked Dan Snyder to trade him, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting Snyder told Cousins not to get his hopes up.
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Shot Clock: The beginning of the new NFL year, what the Cardinals’ chances are for keeping Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson and who might make an impact around the league. Video: azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero fills you in on how the top quarterback prospects fared during Day 4 of the NFL Scouting Combine.
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Clemson QB Deshaun Watson said he could benefit from backing up a veteran when he enters the NFL. Video: Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 5,052 total and 41 TDs with 10 INTs in 2016 at Texas Tech. Video: Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes gives insight as to which teams will be searching for a quarterback at the NFL Scouting Combine.
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John Ross, former wide receiver from the University of Washington, broke Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record at the NFL Combine.
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Washington receiver John Ross in 2016 was a second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 standout with 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 TDs . Video: Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones says that San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch spoke very highly of a number of high-profile quarterback prospects.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley break down the NBA MVP race and a possible reunion in the Cardinals defensive backfield.
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Cardinals insider Kent Somers talks with GM Steve Keim about how the Cardinals conduct business at the NFL combine and how they will handle their free agents.
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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians discusses finding the team’s future quarterback in the draft.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Kent Somers discuss Cardinals free agency and Larry Fitzgerald’s reaction to an extra NFL preseason game. Video: azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis gives us his top five picks of the 2017 NFL draft.
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Not everyone is happy that ex-Cardinals WR Michael Floyd, who was waived by the Cardinals three days after an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, is a Super Bowl champion. Video: azcentral sports
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Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald skates for the first time with Arizona Coyotes’ Shane Doan. (Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)
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Third time is the charm for former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, as he and four others were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 4, 2017. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Atlanta and New England will face off in Houston after winning the NFC and AFC championships, respectively.
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Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Mike Iupati talks about his experiences of growing up fishing on a small island. Video: Michael Chow and David Wallace/azcentral sports
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Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson is also an impersonator, and, was once haunted by a ghost. Video: Michael Chow and David Wallace/azcentral sports
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Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter sits down with Steve Benson of The Republic, and admits a weak spot for good food. Video: Michael Chow and David Wallace/azcentral sports
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Cardinals players reflect on the 2016 season as they clear out their lockers on Monday. Nick Oza/ azcentral sports
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Cardinals Insider Kent Somers says Bruce Arians is high on younger backups who got a chance to play last week. Michael Chow/azcentral sports
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Here’s a look at some of the top underclassmen planning on entering the 2017 NFL Draft.
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A time-lapse view from field level during the pre-game introductions for the Arizona Cardinals: Video: David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Watch video of the Cardinals field rolling into University of Phoenix Stadium before the start of the first practice of the 2016 training camp. Video by Patrick Breen/azcentral sports
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Reports: Texans trade QB Brock Osweiler to Browns with second-round pick
Tony Romo says goodbye to Cowboys fans
Report: Kirk Cousins asked Dan Snyder to trade him
Shot Clock: Key issues for Cardinals in NFL free agency
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In the view of Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, there is one quarterback in the upcoming draft capable of playing as a rookie. Arians wouldn’t name the player, and with Carson Palmer returning, the Cardinals don’t need a rookie to play in 2017.
That suggests the Cardinals won’t use the 13th overall pick on a quarterback, but Arians wouldn’t go that far.
“You never know what next year is going to bring,” Arians said Wednesday morning in a breakfast meeting with reporters at the NFL’s Annual Meeting at the Arizona Biltmore. “That’s why I say, don’t reach. If you reach you’re probably going to get a bust, because your expectations are out of whack. You’re looking at a position now, you have a year or two to develop him, so you’re looking for that type of guy.
“If you are a team that needs one now, today, you have to trade up to get one. That’s your deal.”
The Cardinals are scheduling private workouts with many of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming draft. It’s Arians’ goal to have one in place whenever Palmer retires, because he saw what happened to the Cardinals and former coach Ken Whisenhunt when Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season, a year earlier than expected.
They had no ready replacement, and Whisenhunt was fired three seasons later.
“I don’t want that to happen to the organization again,” Arians said. “I wouldn’t say this is Carson’s last year. Just like (Tom) Brady is saying he wants to play five more years, I think Carson, it will be hard for him to say, ‘I’m done.’
“He’s still healthy. So I don’t know if it (drafting a quarterback) is mandatory this year, but it would be beneficial to all of us to get it out of the way.”
Arians touched a wide variety of subjects in the 45-minute meeting with media. One of the more outspoken coaches in the NFL, Arians drew one of the larger crowds among the NFC coaches’ session on Wednesday.
Here are his views on a wide-range of topics:
NFL rules changes and the move to hire some full-time officials:
“I think the biggest thing is they can come to practice and work practices and do things. Just be a full-time official and stay in shape.”
Jared Veldheer moving from left tackle to right:
“We’re fortunate. We have two left tackles (Veldheer and D.J. Humphries). Most people don’t have anybody. Somebody’s got to play right. Right now, it appears Jared’s going to make that move. I haven’t been completely sold on it. I want to see him at that position first.”
Does he regret calling cornerback Justin Bethel a “failure in progress” last season?
“No, because only one line of that was used. I said it was not his fault because of his broken foot.”
Arians only said that last light after a reporter followed up about Bethel’s injury.
“It’s funny because his father came to practice that Saturday and grabbed me and said, ‘You trying to motivate my son?’
“I said, ‘yeah.’
“He said, ‘I think it’s working.’”
If he thinks defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche can step in and help replace Calais Campbell:
“When a little bit of the time he was healthy, we saw all the things we needed to see. The ankle injury was more severe than any of us knew until the end of the season.
“I think, again, when you kick everybody’s ass from high school through college, you don’t have to work that hard. But all of a sudden, these guys are kicking your ass and you better learn how to work. That’s all rookies, not just Robert. But he learned to work.”
On the fear of overusing running back David Johnson:
“He’s still young to overuse. You go back and look, his number of carries weren’t that bad. His number of touches, because he’s such a dynamic pass receiver, I don’t want those to go down at all. I want to have 30 touches out of him, if possible, because that’s going to be a lot of the offense.”
“No, because we’re taking them to every major city now. If you’re looking for trouble, there’s trouble to find everywhere. Any team that comes to Phoenix, there’s a casino on every corner. We’re on business trips. If you have a team that’s not a business trip, you’re probably going to get fired anyway. So don’t worry about it.”
Jets coach Todd Bowles joked that assistant coaches will be bigger problem in Las Vegas.
“We’ll make sure we have a 8 o’clock staff meeting to make sure they’re all in,” Arians said.
Why he pinned special teams woes in 2016 on players and injuries, not special teams coach Amos Jones:
“I’ve been around him for so long. I know how good of a coach he is. I watch him coach. When you take away your five best cover guys and your kicker doesn’t have his best year and your punter doesn’t have the year he is capable of having, it ain’t got a damn thing to do with coaching. If I thought it was something to do with a coach, we’d address it.”
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