Cardinals vs. Texans: Kent Somers and Bob McManaman after practice | 3:22
Kent Somers and Bob MacManaman of azcentral sports talk Thursday, November 16, 2017, about the upcoming game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Houston Texans.
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Cardinals offensive coordinator on QB Blaine Gabbert | 1:34
Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin gives his assessment of quarterback Blaine Gabbert after practice at the Tempe training facility on Thursday, November 16, 2017. || Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
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David Johnson plays ping pong and talks recovery | 1:05
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson played in a ping pong tournament at the Phoenix Boys and Girls Club and talked about how he’s recovering from his wrist injury. Carly Henry/azcentral.com
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How bad are things for the Cardinals? | 2:31
The Arizona Cardinals loss to the Seattle Seahawks came at a high cost for both teams who lost several players to injuries. For the Cardinals, the injured players continue a theme the team has dealt with all season.
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Shot Clock: Thursday football stinks; Cards done? | 2:07
azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Jay Dieffenbach weigh in on Cardinals vs. Seahawks in our Shot Clock video.
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Cardinals’ missed opportunities, injuries and momentum shifts in Seahawks loss | 2:29
Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians looks back at the factors that contributed to the Cardinals 22-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.
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Somers, McManaman break down loss to Seahawks | 3:18
Cardinals insiders Kent Somers and Bob McManaman on the team’s loss to Seattle on Thursday night.
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Arians, Stanton and Fitzgerald on Cardinals’ loss | 1:32
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, quarterback Drew Stanton and receiver Larry FItzgerald discuss Arizona’s 22-16 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night. Sean Logan/azcentral sports
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Shot Clock: Cards-Seahawks: ADOT advises Stanton | 2:00
azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley make predictions for Thursday night’s Cardinals vs. Seahawks game in Glendale.
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Bickley, Somers discuss Cardinals ‘ugly’ win | 3:26
Dan Bickley and Kent Somers discuss the Cardinals’ 20-10 win over San Francisco live from
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Shot Clock: Cards, Stanton slim pick in SF | 2:05
azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley set the stage for Sunday’s Cardinals vs. 49ers game.
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Shot Clock: Cards under pressure to find QB | 1:59
azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Kent Somers discuss the Cardinals’ ongoing search for a quarterback.
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Somers, McManaman sum up Cardinals practice on Halloween | 3:25
Kent Somers and Bob McManaman on the Cardinals’ return to practice after their off week and discuss the implications of their stars not returning this season. || Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Shot Clock: Cards despair? 49ers land big QB | 1:56
azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the latest on the Arizona Cardinals.
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Shot Clock: Hope for the Cardinals? | 2:00
azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Kent Somers discuss a critical stretch of the season for the Arizona Cardinals.
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Cardinals QB Carson Palmer injury update | 1:38
Carson Palmer’s broken arm suffered against the Rams was supposed to sideline the Cardinals quarterback for eight weeks. Will it? Bob McManaman from azcentral sports updates.
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Kent Somers’ and Dan Bickley’s postgame report from London | 2:46
Kent Somers and Dan Bickley discuss the Cardinals loss to the Rams this week in London, U.K.
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Cardinals vs Rams in London | 8:00
Dan Bickley and Kent Somers from London with what to know before kickoff in the Cardinals and Rams game Sunday morning.
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Cardinals vs. Rams in London: Dan Bickley and Kent Somers preview | 2:31
The Arizona Cardinals have been getting used to London for several days in advance of Sunday’s game against the LA Rams at Twickenham Stadium. Dan Bickley and Kent Somers from azcentral sports offer a hint at what to expect.
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Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald | 1:17
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald talks about how running back Adrian Peterson has changed the dynamics of the Cardinals offense.
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Arizona Cardinals Tyrann Mathieu | 0:32
Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu talks about how the L.A. Rams, and quarterback Jared Goff, have improved their offense this season.
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Kent Somers with the Cardinals in London | 2:53
The Cardinals are practicing in ‘football weather’ in London: Overcast, chilly and windy. Kent Somers from azcentral sports breaks down the day with the Cardinals in the U.K. and updates the Cardinals injury report.
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Bruce Arians talks about game vs. Rams in London | 0:46
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians addressed the media in London on Wednesday.
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Takeaways From the NFL Owners Meetings With Albert Breer and Seth Wickersham | 6:11
In Pro Football Now Extra, the MMQB’s Albert Breer and ESPN’s Seth Wickersham discuss their biggest takeaways from the NFL owners meetings where the primary subject was player protests around hte league during the national anthem.
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Adrian Peterson talks about opportunity with Cardinals | 0:48
The Cardinals running back addressed the media on Wednesday in London.
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Carson Palmer discusses plan in London | 0:45
The Cardinals QB addressed the Media in London on Wednesday.
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Kent Somers from Cardinals practice in London | 3:33
azcentral sports’ Kent Somers has the latest on the Cardinals from London.
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Monday report: London calling Cardinals | 1:38
Cardinals Insider Bob McManaman reports from the team’s training facility in Tempe. Michael Chow/azcentral sports
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Shot Clock: Turning point for ASU, Cardinals? | 2:18
azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Doug Haller react to the big football victories for Arizona teams last weekend.
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Arizona Cardinals top Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 2:45
After the Cardinals held on for a 38-33 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, azcentral sports’ Dan Bickley and Kent Somers talk about what the win means for the team going forward.
Thomas Hawthorne/ azcentral sports
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Arizona Cardinals on the win over the Buccaneers | 1:31
Cardinals players Larry Fitzgerald, Adrian Peterson and Carson Palmer and coach Bruce Arians talk about the team’s 38-33 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Thomas Hawthorne/ azcentral sports
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Recapping Cardinals’ 38-33 win over Buccaneers | 1:46
Sarah McLellan and Bob McManaman recap the Arizona Cardinals’ 38-33 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.
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Cardinals offensive coordinator excited to have Adrian Peterson | 1:29
Harold Goodwin, Cardinals offensive coordinator, is excited to have new addition and veteran running back Adrian Peterson as part of the team. Cheryl Evans/azcentral.com
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Cardinals vs. Texans: Kent Somers and Bob McManaman after practice
Cardinals offensive coordinator on QB Blaine Gabbert
David Johnson plays ping pong and talks recovery
How bad are things for the Cardinals?
Shot Clock: Thursday football stinks; Cards done?
Cardinals’ missed opportunities, injuries and momentum shifts in Seahawks loss
Somers, McManaman break down loss to Seahawks
Arians, Stanton and Fitzgerald on Cardinals’ loss
Shot Clock: Cards-Seahawks: ADOT advises Stanton
Bickley, Somers discuss Cardinals ‘ugly’ win
Shot Clock: Cards, Stanton slim pick in SF
Shot Clock: Cards under pressure to find QB
Somers, McManaman sum up Cardinals practice on Halloween
Shot Clock: Cards despair? 49ers land big QB
Shot Clock: Hope for the Cardinals?
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer injury update
Kent Somers’ and Dan Bickley’s postgame report from London
Cardinals vs Rams in London
Cardinals vs. Rams in London: Dan Bickley and Kent Somers preview
Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald
Arizona Cardinals Tyrann Mathieu
Kent Somers with the Cardinals in London
Bruce Arians talks about game vs. Rams in London
Takeaways From the NFL Owners Meetings With Albert Breer and Seth Wickersham
Adrian Peterson talks about opportunity with Cardinals
Carson Palmer discusses plan in London
Kent Somers from Cardinals practice in London
Monday report: London calling Cardinals
Shot Clock: Turning point for ASU, Cardinals?
Arizona Cardinals top Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona Cardinals on the win over the Buccaneers
Recapping Cardinals’ 38-33 win over Buccaneers
Cardinals offensive coordinator excited to have Adrian Peterson
The Valley isn’t a sporting wasteland. We’ve spawned reigning rookies of the year in both Major League Baseball (Cody Bellinger) and the NHL (Auston Matthews). Torey Lovullo was crowned National League Manager of the Year in his debut season with the Diamondbacks while Paul Goldschmidt was robbed of his first MVP award on Thursday, beaten out by two players who failed to reach the postseason.
While the latter is a farce, the collection of individual accolades currently represents the best of Arizona sports. And guess what?
We would gladly trade all of these trinkets and trophies for Blaine Gabbert to be the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2018.
While skeptics scoff at the notion of a third-stringer vaulting to fame and fortune, this fantasy scenario will be in play soon. Gabbert might receive his first test this weekend in Houston, when the Cardinals face a must-win road game against the Texans. Or it could occur later in the season. But it will happen at some point, and Gabbert’s performance in games that matter will have enormous significance for everyone involved.
Gabbert’s viability as a starter could energize Bruce Arians, resuscitating the perception of a head coach known for his golden touch when grooming young quarterbacks. Arians said Gabbert’s failures in Jacksonville and San Francisco were the result of playing on really bad teams, that he’s a player who had bounced between “seven head coaches and eight offensive coordinators.”
If Arians somehow steers Gabbert to his full potential, it will be further affirmation that Arians is an impact coach and Arizona is an elite NFL franchise, where players should go to hit the reset button on fading careers. It could be the greatest gift he ever bestowed on his current employer.
There are rumblings that the Cardinals are trying to convince Larry Fitzgerald to return for one more season. There is a growing belief that Arians will return for one more shot at glory in 2018, along with a revamped coaching staff that will not include special teams coach Amos Jones, whose contract expires after this season.
Gabbert’s upcoming performances could influence Fitzgerald’s mindset and make him think twice about retirement. It could also spell the end of Carson Palmer, who has one year left on his contract.
Palmer will turn 38 in December and is not the team’s future. That much is obvious. He might decide to retire after breaking his arm in a London loss to the Rams. He’s a quarterback whose lack of mobility has made him an easy target and prone to injury. He could conceivably return with two weeks left in the current season, allowing him to depart on his terms. Or he might want to keep playing beyond 2017.
Palmer is scheduled to earn $12.5 million in salary next season, along with a $1.5 million roster bonus. The contract is guaranteed five days after the Super Bowl and seems like a bargain for a man that carried the Cardinals out of darkness.
But if Gabbert seizes his opportunity with the Cardinals, the situation will get sticky. Palmer deserves immense credit for his toughness, his talent, and his commitment to the cause. He is a great man and a great teammate, always deferring credit to others, never once blaming a porous offensive line for the punishment he’s endured.
Palmer is the primary reason why Arians and his “no risk-it, no biscuit” philosophy became a league-wide phenomenon over the past four years, turning the Valley into a football town. He was embraced by all during his MVP-caliber season in 2015 but has too often been marginalized and criticized by ignorant fans. In sum, he hasn’t received the respect he deserves. He deserves a place in your heart and the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor.
But if Gabbert shines, the Cardinals must move forward. Or they can change the equation entirely and trade for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the offseason. Either way, they must invest their first-round draft pick in a quarterback and let him develop in a nurturing environment, just like Rams head coach Sean McVay did with Jared Goff, who went from bust to MVP candidate overnight.
There are inherent dangers ahead. The Cardinals are 4-5, a record that belies their haggard season and lackluster performances against good teams. The Eagles, Rams, Saints and Vikings represent the class of the NFC, but none are transcendent teams that can’t be beaten in a one-game playoff. The gravitational pull of a surprising postseason run still pulls at Arians, even if his Cardinals don’t appear worthy at the moment.
“You look at the league right now, and everybody is 4-5 or 5-4,” he said. “We have to scratch one out on the road and then we have four of the next six games at home, where we have to start taking care of business. But we have to get this one on the road, get back to .500 and (that will) put us right in the middle of things.”
Clearly, Arians does not do well with concession speeches. His conviction is both a blessing and a curse. While he never hesitates to blame players by name, he deserves a big portion of blame for a franchise that hasn’t posted a winning record since the 2015 season.
The time has come to turn one eye to the future. General Manager Steve Keim has to identify and draft the next Aaron Rodgers. Arians must hand the keys to Gabbert before it’s too late to accurately judge the value of the most talented third-string quarterback he’s ever possessed.
Long-term concerns can’t be clouded by short-term results or delusions for much longer. And the time has come for the “Quarterback Whisperer” to validate his lofty moniker and save the future of this franchise.
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