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Some quick odds and ends

Posted by Darren Urban on July 9, 2013 – 12:58 pm

With camp fast approaching, I figured it’s a good time for a live chat, which will take place tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. right here. Rookies report July 23, so we’re basically two weeks away from stuff happening. Feel free to pop in and ask some questions. I’ll be on there for about an hour or so. Not a whole lot set in cement yet, obviously, and while it’s not always had to discern most of the starters, there will be some interesting battles to whittle down to a 53-man roster.

– Got a random question on Twitter about the fact No. 1 draft pick Jonathan Cooper is unsigned. No, it’s not a worry. As I said, the rookies will be in the 23rd, with the first practice July 26. I don’t have any doubt that’s a window big enough to get it done.

– If you hadn’t seen, Coach Bruce Arians is up for the vote for Coach of the Year in the upcoming ESPYs. Arians, who was nominated for his work with the Colts, is the only NFL coach on the list. The other candidates are UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, Duke lacrosse coach John Danowski, Lousiville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and Miami Heat coach Erik Spolstra. You can vote right here.


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Dansby’s potential return

Posted by Darren Urban on May 7, 2013 – 3:33 pm

When we last saw Karlos Dansby in a Cardinals uniform at University of Phoenix Stadium, he was scoring a game-winning playoff touchdown against the Packers. Now there is a chance he’ll come back to UoP wearing Cardinal red.

Dansby is scheduled to visit the Cards Wednesday, first reported by Mike Jurecki, and, as with any free agent visit, you have to think for a veteran to come out means there could very well be a deal soon. Many have suggested, even before Daryl Washington’s latest issues, that the Cards go after Dansby. I didn’t see it happening. I was wrong. Even if Washington’s problems aren’t the catalyst — you can make the argument the Cards still need depth at linebacker, even with the additions of Jasper Brinkley and Kevin Minter inside — having Dansby come back works on a lot of levels. Fans liked him and he was always productive, even if he is still chasing that elusive first Pro Bowl.

The biggest question, I would think, would be money. Dansby was being paid handsomely in Miami as part of that free-agent contract he got when he left the Cardinals. It was also one of the reasons the Dolphins cut him. As with many veterans out there, though, the free-agent (or cut player) market has become a cold place with fewer options than expected and usually at a much lesser salary. I’m sure Karlos didn’t expect to be available for this long, with relatively few sniffs from teams. And if Washington is in the lineup, I’m not sure how both co-exist on the field at the same time because they play the same position (Don’t forget Washington was drafted specifically to replace Dansby).

Regardless, it’d be interesting for sure to have him return if that were to happen. That possibility, as Dansby always liked to say, that’s huge, man.

– If you want to talk Dansby, or the draft, or whatever, I’ll be hosting a live chat tomorrow on this link here. It’ll start at 1 p.m. Arizona time (4 p.m. EST). Who knows? Maybe Dansby will be a Cardinal by then.

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Ask questions of the decision-makers

Posted by Darren Urban on February 18, 2013 – 11:15 am

With the Scouting combine this week in Indianapolis, azcardinals.com will be hosting a series of live video chats with key Cardinals decision-makers when it comes to the team and the draft, including general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians, among others. Specific times are still being hammered out, but they will take place Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday. More details to come.

In the meantime, we’re asking for your questions. Send them to askdarren@cardinals.nfl.net or tweet them to @AZCardinals using the hash tag #AZCardsChat.  Then, tune in to see if your question is used on the air.  You can watch on http://www.azcardinals.com/livevideo. Keep it tuned here for more info.


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A live video chat and helping Roy

Posted by Darren Urban on February 12, 2013 – 11:32 am

As a prelude to some live video chats we will have in Indianapolis at the Scouting combine — details are still being fleshed out, but the hope is to have all the big decision-makers among the guests –myself and Cards’ analyst Ron Wolfley will be taking part in a video chat Thursday morning at 10 a.m. We’ll talk all things Cardinals — whatever might be on your mind. Send your questions to askdarren@cardinals.nfl.net or tweet them to @azcardinals using the hash tag #AZCardsChat.

The video can be seen at www.azcardinals.com/livevideo, which will also be the link to all the combine video chats. Again, more info to come on those, because I will be asking for submitted questions on those as well.

– I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, but Josh Weinfuss has a great story on former Cardinal Roy Green, his kidney transplant and how Nicole Bidwill has put herself out there as a dancer to help raise money for the cause. Watch a video of Roy and Nicole here, and maybe donate a couple of bucks to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona.

 


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Talking draft

Posted by Darren Urban on April 11, 2012 – 3:52 pm

With the offseason workout program finally beginning Monday and the ramp up to the draft charging forward, tomorrow is a good time for me to hold a pre-draft live chat (you can access it right here) tomorrow — Thursday — at 1 p.m. Arizona time (4 p.m. Eastern). I’ll do what I can to advance the topic. Of course, there are other things we can talk about. Aaron Wilson tweeted today that the Cards are down to four figures worth of salary cap space as of Wednesday. As I have mentioned before, cap space can be a fluid thing, but clearly the Cards will have to make some moves before they sign draft picks or even more free agents, in all probability.

 


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A chat, Fitz, A-Dub and a towel in Belize

Posted by Darren Urban on June 8, 2011 – 2:38 pm

A few notes on a Wednesday afternoon, after pointing out I will be hosting a live chat (right here) tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Arizona time (3:30 p.m. EST). I’ll go as long as there are questions to be asked. Anyway …

– Larry Fitzgerald is doing the interview rounds right now (looks like sponsor EAS is hooking him up with whomever wants to talk to him) and continuing to say he wants to stay in Arizona. This I absolutely believe, and, as I have previously mentioned, I do not believe money will be an issue. I believe he’ll get what he wants from the Cardinals. That said, I have to disagree with those who have said this leaves little wiggle room for Fitz (sorry, Dave Burns) because saying you want to stay and actually staying are absolutely two different things. He’d be saying the same things if the money was going to be an issue, which it won’t. In that case, he’d just say, “Well, I wanted to stay but the Cards didn’t pony up.” In this scenario, it’s the quarterback/offense that needs to be upgraded. I think that will happen, and I still think Fitz will remain a Cardinal. But until things are tweaked (and that can’t happen until the labor situation sorts itself out) Fitz’s future remains relatively vague regardless of his interviews.

– It’s been just about a year since we took a trip out to North Carolina and finally got a chance — after he had spent 10 years as a Cardinal — to tell the Adrian Wilson story. And put it to video (in two parts). Here in the dead of this offseason, a chance to re-visit it, if you hadn’t read/seen it already.

– Finally, staffer Scott Gavin just got back from a vacation in Belize (ask him about the night in the jungle hotel room with the bats, big brown spiders, cockroaches and, as a capper, the huge scorpion on the inside of the bed’s mosquito netting). One night on a cave tour, they met a girl from North Carolina who happened to bring a certain towel with her. Small world …


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Live chat Thursday

Posted by Darren Urban on May 4, 2011 – 4:32 pm

I never did end up with the time to do a pre-draft live chat (I would have said the Cards were taking Patrick Peterson with their first pick and may surprise taking a running back ….) so instead, there will be one tomorrow. Thursday at 11 a.m. Arizona time (which is on Pacific time these days), we can talk about whatever — the draft, what comes next, the quarterback situation, the trade the Cards reportedly passed on last week, whatever. Just click here to find the chat.


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Time to chat

Posted by Darren Urban on March 29, 2011 – 2:18 pm

With NFL talk all about speculation instead of hard news right now, I figure it’s a good time to have a live chat, so tomorrow (Wednesday), we’ll have one at 11:30 a.m. right here at this link. I’ll answer the best I can about whatever you might want to talk about, whether it is draft or free agency (whenever that is) or potential trades (whenever that can happen) or whatever.

Please tune in. I’ll answer as long as we have (reasonable) questions. You can even ask about that quarterback, that guy who is soon to be dumped by a second team in about a year that many keep connecting to the Cards but I might have mentioned won’t be coming. (Well, you can ask. But I am not ruling out sarcasm in the answer.)


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Looking for questions for Michael Bidwill

Posted by Darren Urban on March 8, 2011 – 9:01 am

Team president Michael Bidwill will be taking part in a video Q-and-A Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Arizona time here on the site, so I’m here asking for your questions.

If you’ve got a question for Bidwill, send them along via e-mail at askdarren@cardinals.nfl.net (put “Bidwill question” in the subject line), or you can go to Twitter (@cardschatter) or our Facebook page (Facebook.com/arizonacardinals) and ask there. I’ll sort through them and he’ll answer as many as he can.

I’ll have more information and the link later. If you are going to miss it, we will post it on the site after the chat is over.


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We can talk QBs if you want

Posted by Darren Urban on January 5, 2011 – 3:23 pm

Let’s get this out of the way: I will be hosting a live chat tomorrow (Thursday) at 1 p.m. Arizona time so we can wrap up the season. You can link to the chat right here.

I know everyone keeps wanting to ask about potential quarterbacks, and that certainly can be a topic. But everyone should also understand I don’t know what’s going to happen and I don’t know enough about the incoming draftees (assuming all come out as expected). Andrew Luck will be the No. 1 pick of the Panthers. On that I have little doubt. After that, I don’t know. I don’t know if Cam Newton’s skills translate to the NFL, or if Ryan Mallett will be accurate enough, or if Blaine Gabbert is just a product of a spread offense. I like to get to the combine, when those players become the focus. Right now it’s other things.

Speaking of other things, there hasn’t been any other things here today, as much as everyone has been waiting for some things to happen. There have been meetings as expected, as coach Ken Whisenhunt talks to assistants and general manager Rod Graves. I will say this: If nothing happens by the end of the week staff-wise, you can feel confident no one is being fired. I’m sure people will want to talk about that subject too.


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