Coming Up
  • Wed., Apr. 23, 2014 5:00PM - 5:15PM MST 2014 NFL schedule released The 2014 NFL schedule is released. Check out all the details on azcardinals.com.
  • Thu., Apr. 24, 2014 5:00PM - 9:00PM MST "Spring Tailgate" at the Big Red Rib and Music Festival The Cardinals are hosting a live TV special, as team president Michael Bidwill, general manager Steve Keim, and coach Bruce Arians preview the 2014 Draft and season with hosts Paul Calvisi and Ron Wolfley. There will be players in attendance.
  • Mon., May. 05, 2014 8:00AM MST On-field work Players allowed on-field football work with coaching (no helmets, no contact, no offense vs. defense)
  • Thu., May. 08, 2014 5:00PM MST NFL Draft First round of the NFL draft.
  • Fri., May. 09, 2014 3:30PM MST NFL Draft Second and third rounds of the NFL draft.
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 9:00AM MST NFL Draft Fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL draft.
  • Tue., May. 20, 2014 8:00AM MST Organized Team Activities Players allowed on-field football work with coaching. Helmets allowed, as is offense vs. defense.
  • Wed., May. 21, 2014 8:00AM MST Organized Team Activities Players allowed on-field football work with coaching. Helmets allowed, as is offense vs. defense.
  • Thu., May. 22, 2014 8:00AM MST Organized Team Activities Players allowed on-field football work with coaching. Helmets allowed, as is offense vs. defense.

Blogs

New videoboards at University of Phoenix Stadium

Posted by Darren Urban on April 8, 2014 – 5:41 pm

It’ll be easier to see replays this season when you are watching at game at University of Phoenix Stadium. As part of an e-mail message sent to season-ticket holders Tuesday evening, team president Michael Bidwill announced the Cardinals’ home will have new videoboards this season.

Calling it a “collaborative effort” between the team and the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, Bidwill said the screens at both the south and north ends will be improved. “At the south end of the stadium you will see an incredible, visually-stunning, high-definition LED board that is more than three times the size of the current one and with 75% higher resolution,” Bidwill wrote. “As part of this initial phase of stadium upgrades, the north end will now feature a scoreboard that is triple the current size.”

Bidwill also addresses WiFi at the stadium, calling enhancements a “priority” and saying there would be more specific information to be shared in the “very near future.”

Across the NFL teams have pushed to improve the in-stadium experience and the Cardinals are no different. In fact, Bidwill closes the note by saying the part of the organization’s mission is to give fans the “world-class stadium experience that you deserve.”

 


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Talk of Pro Bowl coming to Arizona

Posted by Darren Urban on February 25, 2014 – 5:04 pm

A couple of years ago, the Pro Bowl was moved to Miami, which that year was also the site of the Super Bowl. The idea was to incorporate the Pro Bowl on the front end of the Super Bowl week to come. Now come multiple reports that next year’s Pro Bowl is being seriously considered to move to University of Phoenix Stadium, which also will be hosting the Super Bowl a week later. First reported by Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, it certainly would make the Valley king of the NFL in late January.

It’s an interesting concept. The NFL still sees a lot of players bail out for the Pro Bowl and the league would like to slow that down. By the same token, you’d think Hawaii would be a bigger draw for players than anywhere on the mainland. At least the Pro Bowl was more competitive and looked more like a football game this past season.

Cardinals players wouldn’t even have to go anywhere. Of course, they are hoping to not even get to play in the game because their season would still be alive — although they wouldn’t have to travel for that game either.

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Thanks to our wonderful fans for a great season!

Posted by since1898 on December 30, 2013 – 2:30 pm

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Friday before the Niners (and Bucs-Saints)

Posted by Darren Urban on December 27, 2013 – 4:01 pm

A decade ago this weekend (on Dec. 28 to be exact), the Cardinals knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs with a dramatic Hail Mary touchdown pass from Josh McCown to Nate Poole that thrust the Packers into an improbable postseason berth. Ten years later, McCown is a backup Bear, hoping his own team can get into the playoffs. Larry Fitzgerald, the guy the Cards drafted because they went from the No. 1 to No. 3 overall pick that day, is the face of the franchise. And the Cardinals are hoping Mike Glennon can be their Josh McCown.

Like the Packers that day, who still needed to beat the Broncos to have a Vikings loss mean anything, the Cardinals must knock off the 49ers to have a shot at the playoffs. But if they do, they must count on the Buccaneers – playing the role of the 2003 Cardinals – to knock off, in New Orleans, the heavily favored Saints – playing the role of the 2003 Vikings. It’s unlikely, yes. But so too were the Cards, McCown and Poole.

“Anybody can beat anybody in the National Football League,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “It’s a tough place to play but they play them every year in that division.”

Then again, Arians has stressed to his team all week they should only be paying attention to the 49ers and not the scoreboard. It’s simple, really. If the Cards blow the game against San Francisco (and it will be anything but easy), the Saints-Bucs game means nothing anyway.

“If we don’t win, that would really be a crying shame,” Arians said.

– One last note on the missed chance the Falcons had to knock off the 49ers. Arians cracked he was asleep when the final interception happened to cost Atlanta at least a chance to tie. He watched it later on video. “I like the fact Smitty was playing for the win,” Arians said of Falcons coach Mike Smith and the pass play at the end.

– The Cardinals had their last practice of the season Friday. Maybe. “I’ve been in a bunch of these, where the last one counts,” Arians said. “You don’t know what is going to happen Sunday. This team has a chance to make history and that’s all we have talked about all week.”

– The local chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association handed out its two annual awards Friday. Center Lyle Sendlein was given the Steve Schoenfeld “Good Guy” award for being always accessible and insightful with the media regardless of the situation. Linebacker Karlos Dansby received the Lloyd Herberg MVP award. Both awards are named after former Arizona Republic Cardinals writers whose lives were tragically cut short.

– A reminder: Cards are wearing red-on-red Sunday.

– The roof will be open for the game.

– In the weekly video about officiating that the league sends out, VP of officiating Dean Blandino explained the confusing first-and-20 situation in Seattle after an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Cardinals. A flag was thrown on defensive end Frostee Rucker. The penalty was for verbal abuse of an official. A normal unsportsmanlike penalty would be marked off and then the first-and-10 chains set – normally making it first-and-10 at the Arizona 10-yard line. When the penalty is against an official, however, the chains are set and then the penalty is marked off.  So the Cards had a first-and-20 at their 10.

– In their last nine meetings against the 49ers, the Cardinals have a whopping 28 turnovers and have never won the turnover battle. That’s why they have lost eight of them (and the one win, the Cards had three turnovers, the Niners zero.) The Cards must take better care of the ball.

– The Cardinals did not play great that day in San Francisco back in October, but were left with the feeling of a missed opportunity. That’s been an underlying theme this week.

– Here’s hoping the Cards have found out how to quell tight end Vernon Davis, who beat them up pretty well the first time around (8-180-2). “

– I am interested to see what it is like in University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday. This game has been sold out for a while. The Cards have a chance to win 11 for the first time in Arizona, playoffs or no playoffs. This is a rivalry. “If we could only win two games the whole season, I would pick both to be the 49ers,” Fitz said this week, and this is a chance to get one.

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University of Phoenix Stadium sellout streak reaches 83 games

Posted by since1898 on December 26, 2013 – 2:59 pm

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On Christmas, notes like red-on-red

Posted by Darren Urban on December 25, 2013 – 11:09 am

Christmas day, and the Cardinals will have a practice later this afternoon. Until then, a few tidbits to drop (if you happen to be reading):

– The Cardinals will, not surprisingly, wear red-on-red for the finale against the 49ers. The Cards have worn red-on-red twice before this season and have won, and have won eight straight red-on-red games dating back to 2010. It does make sense here in the holiday season to go all Santa Claus with the look.

– With a win, the Cards would finish 7-1 at University of Phoenix Stadium this season. As a franchise, the Cards have never won seven home games in a season once the schedule was balanced on home and away games (the Cards topped it three times in the 1920s when almost all their games were home games.)

– Four Cardinals are chasing offensive statistical plateaus in this last game. QB Carson Palmer needs 133 yards passing to reach 4,000 this season. Wide receiver Michael Floyd needs 50 yards to reach 1,000 yards receiving. Rookie running back Andre Ellington needs 19 yards of offense to reach a combined 1,000 rushing and receiving this season. And Larry Fitzgerald needs 159 yards receiving to reach 1,000. That is unlikely, especially against the 49ers, but you never say never.

– Palmer is up for the NFL’s GMC Never Say Never player of the week after his late drive/TD pass against Seattle. You can vote for that here.


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University of Phoenix Stadium to host college title

Posted by Darren Urban on December 16, 2013 – 2:22 pm

The news came out today that University of Phoenix Stadium has been picked to host the 2016 national championship game for college football in our post-BCS world. That will be the game following the 2015 season, and will be the second year in a row such an event will be held at the Cardinals’ home. The Super Bowl will be at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2015, following the 2014 NFL season.

Arizona beat out Jacksonville, New Orleans and Tampa for the 2016 game. Tampa was awarded the 2017 game. The game in Arizona will be played January 11, 2016.

“The competition for attracting events with this type of economic impact and prestige is intense,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “For Arizona to be awarded college football’s National Championship game is a huge victory for our community, especially a year after University of Phoenix Stadium will host the Super Bowl.  We were excited to work with the Fiesta Bowl on the bid and are anxious to continue that partnership moving forward.”

Said Bill Hancock, executive director of the new College Football Playoff, “Arizona has proven itself to be one of the greatest settings for premiere college football events, and has become a favored destination for fans from around the country. The folks in Arizona put together an exceptional bid that really won the day with the management committee.”

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There’s no place like home

Posted by Darren Urban on December 10, 2013 – 9:41 am

The Cardinals have one more home game. They’ve done a pretty good job in their first seven.

With a 6-1 home record (and San Francisco to go Dec. 29), the Cards have matched their best total in a 16-game season. And it’s the way they are playing that catches the attention. The Cardinals have averaged 27.6 points per home game this season and have won by an average of 16.5 points over their current four-game home winning streak. They have scored at least 22 points in each of their home games. They have not allowed an 100-yard rusher.

From the day Bruce Arians arrived, he made that part of his plan clear. Win all the home games, and see what you can collect on the road. The Cardinals have been a good home team since moving into University of Phoenix Stadium anyway — for all the late bumps in the Ken Whisenhunt era, the Cards either went 4-4 or 6-2 at home under his watch (three times each) — but now they have a chance to go 7-1 at home for the first time ever. (The team went 6-1 at home during the 14-game schedule in 1970, 1975 and 1976).

Of course, the Cardinals have two key road games in a row here at Tennessee and at Seattle to try and stay in the playoff hunt. But if they can do that going into the finale, there has to be some confidence going against the 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium.


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Thanks #birdgang for 82 straight sellouts [GIF]

Posted by since1898 on December 6, 2013 – 10:07 am

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Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona unveils logo

Posted by since1898 on December 3, 2013 – 10:25 am

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