Questions for the fans, and a live chat

Posted by Darren Urban on April 27, 2010 – 1:45 pm

Let me start by saying I will be holding a post-draft/pre-minicamp live chat tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. Arizona time (2 p.m. Eastern). I will go for at least an hour but I may push it to 90 minutes if there are a lot of questions. The link will be here.

Speaking of questions, I wanted to take this chance to get some website feedback from the fans, which can be answered in the comments section below. We are trying to figure out what works — and what doesn’t — on the website. So please, answer what questions you can of those listed below, and if something else pops into your mind, let us know that too. And be sure to put in your correct e-mail address when you submit, in case we might want to follow up with you.

  1. What aspects of multimedia do you watch/listen to; i.e. podcasts, videos?
  2. How much time do you spend watching/listening (i.e., do you pay attention to the whole thing, or is there a time limit)?
  3. What do you like/dislike on our multimedia platform?
  4. What do you like/dislike of the stories (articles that aren’t on the blog)?
  5. What do you like/dislike in the blog?
  6. What elements would you like to see more of?

We will try and figure out what we can do and how we can put it into practice. I am sure there would be an audience for a Larry Fitzgerald daily video for instance, but that’s not going to happen, not with the demands on his time. We need to make sure our resources are in the right places, and whether it’s worth continuing to do some of the elements we already are doing.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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59 Responses to “Questions for the fans, and a live chat”

  1. By Jason on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1) I listen to the podcasts and watch the videos

    2) I watch/listen for the entirety of the video/podcast

    3)I havent figured out to make the videos larger, if its possible. That would be neat.

    4)I like the in depth nature of stories that arent on the blog.

    5)I think the blog gives us info we werent privy to in the past. I like the backstory of the players that are sometimes told in the blog. Cool stuff to read.

    6)I like the format of the blog. Just keep what you are doing, I like it. Just make the videos bigger, or if its already possible then teach me how to make the video bigger lol.

  2. By darrenurban on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Jason —

    To make videos larger, just click that TV-looking button in the bottom right hand corner.

  3. By Matt on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I love all the videos, more videos (even if there is no story) just of the guys workin out or Leinart throwing passes would be great.

    Also WE NEED A NEW Q-TIP KIND OF SHOW, let a rookie do it, whatever, just get another player show.

    everything else is awesome, maybe screen some of the comments just for plain normal football knowledge (like the 6-way trade guy)

    LOVE the site though, its awesome

  4. By Eric on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Personally I would like more player profile type stuff. Get to know your team type stuff because for the real fans they are an extension of our family so I think that would be informative, very interesting, and add a personal touch.

    I also love the blog and Red Alert because with my droid I can keep up real time with whats happening. Very cool. Keep up the good work! Very excited for this season! Go Cards!!!!!!

  5. By Nelson on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Love the website and all that you’ve done with it. My favorite aspect is Cardinals underground. There’s nothing like listening to the podcast to get pumped about the upcoming game/draft/training camp. Whatever happens, keep the podcast.

  6. By kyle on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    one thing that I have been waiting for for many years now, is a thing on the home page showing the division standings during the season. I figured once we started actually winning it would come, but it never did…

  7. By Sebastian Blax on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1. Occasional videos on azcardinals.
    2. If I watch, I generally watch the whole thing (rarely watch over 5 minute clips)
    3. Quick loading time is good.
    4. N/A
    5. I like that Darren responds in comments. Like with news articles, it seems pointless to post a question when you won’t get an answer or there will not be a discussion.
    6. More updates on the West and teams on our schedule/how our opponents are shaping up.

  8. By pjdylan on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I listen to, read, watch, and download anything that is released from the Cardinals. But that’s just me. I listen to them entirely. I also think the videos should be larger without having to go full screen.

    The number one thing I’m wondering about is what is going to happen to the Big Red Rage now that Bert has retired. Will he stay on with the team? Will he be replaced?

    Other than that this is my favorite website. Better than the Phoenix Suns site and the Diamondbacks site. Nice job Darren and Cards.

  9. By darrenurban on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    PJ —

    The Big Red Rage will continue. The player host is TBA.

  10. By Nate on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1) I watch all the videos and listen to most of the podcasts and what not.

    2) The videos I stay focused on the whole time but the podcasts im usually doing something else while im listening. If there is something that perks my interest i will rewind and listen to it again.

    The site is awesome. As a die hard card fan I try to milk this site for every ounce of info i can get. More of everything would be awesome but things are great as is. One thing maybe to revamp would be to make finding things a little bit easier. every once in a while i have trouble looking for something.

  11. By mike mcnamara on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    id like to see videos of the players that we draft, sort of like a highlight reel so that we can see what the buzz is when talking about that particular player.

    or maybe a get to know feature that has one or two players per week involved in a Q & A with you.


  12. By Jim Kramer on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I visit the web site almost daily and just want to see the latest of everything: stories, blog entries, video and audio. I read all the blog entries and stories, all of which are quite good (thanks!). There’s too much audio and video for me to take all of it in, but I do appreciate what I do watch.

    I don’t care about the community activities or the cheerleaders.

    Mostly I’d like to be able to quickly find the latest of everything. This seems hardest with regard to the audios and videos because they are split into categories for the most part. I’d like a page that just has the latest 20 audios / videos without regard to category.

    Also I’d like there to be a way to get back to the main page without having to go through the opening soliciation screen, which is always an annoyance.

    Thanks to everyone responsible for the great web site.

    Go Cardinals!


  13. By DRC#1FAN on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1. videos
    2. i’m a cards freak. at least an hour a day
    3. nothing stands out
    4. im addicted
    5. I like this blog
    6. Darren you answer blogs so fast and this site is freakin rad. I love it. I would like to see more player interaction. if they could take the time to even just give us a short video or even like you said about fitz’s daily video but just have a different cardinal everytime.

  14. By Wayne De Barr on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I listen to ALL the audio and video (particularly Coach Whis), except for Underground when they’re being silly, but didn’t sign up for the iTunes stuff, since I think I can get it here during my daily check-in.

    I also read EVERY blog entry on Facebook, another of my daily stops.

    Please let me know if I’m milling any Audio or Video this way.

  15. By Wayne De Barr on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    That should have been “missing” not “milling” … damned Dvorak.

  16. By bobF on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I watch videos and not much else as far as multimedia

    I watch the entire video usually

    Sometimes the vids don’t play when new. Also I’d like to have a mic (or use subtitles) on people asking questions at press conferences

    Stories are great. I’d like to see more profiles – especailly of lesser-known players.

    I dislike the gray type and small font in the blog. I’m only 41 and I always need to enlarge it.

    I’d like to see some fan art/wallpapers, large photos, HD video

  17. By Chris Waldrop on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    How about more of those videos that were happening last year. It was like a short 5 or so minute interview type thing with players. I’d love to see more of those.

  18. By Chad on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1. I watch videos but no podcasts. Prefer video highlights opposed to interviews.
    2. I check the website a few times a day, but for short periods. I usually won’t delve into a video at all unless it is really intriguing.
    3. I’m pretty indifferent.
    4. The stories seem to be a repeat of the blogs most of the time. I prefer the honesty of the blog opposed to the professionalism of the articles.
    5. I like the inside scoop on players and strategy. And the frequency of the blog…I would love to see something new each time I check back at the site a few times a day.
    6. I could use some more football strategy on the site (i.e. Dan Williams fits the NT position because…..or, What make Andre Roberts such a good slot receiver is that you want your slot guys to….). I’m generally just hungry from some football knowledge from the front office motivation behind decisions to the nuts and bolts of the game.

  19. By dave on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    the blog doesn’t work on dod networks…not sure why. None of the formatting keeps

  20. By Tucsonaaron on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I know its a stretch but maybe making up a mobile website. Don’t have a lot of time to get on computers. Love the blog went mobile but some main story articles would be nice too. Thanks for the hard work Darren!!

  21. By darrenurban on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Tucson —

    A mobile site is in the works.

  22. By kerouac9 on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1. What aspects of multimedia do you watch/listen to; i.e. podcasts, videos?
    I download the podcast on iTunes, but that’s really my favorite part of the site after the blog. I’ll watch videos before the draft (because there isn’t a podcast), but I don’t see the videos linked to/publicized enough to get me to click over.
    2. How much time do you spend watching/listening (i.e., do you pay attention to the whole thing, or is there a time limit)?
    When I watch or listen, I’ll do the whole thing.
    3. What do you like/dislike on our multimedia platform?
    I like the roundtable stuff. I like some of the interviews with players. I wish that there was more of an insider aspect to the coverage. I don’t really care for Ron Wolfley.
    4. What do you like/dislike of the stories (articles that aren’t on the blog)?
    I like the analysis and more of a technical breakdown. I’d love to get just a couple of conversations with the coaches (what the team looks for in 3-4 OLBs, for example, or a diagnosis of cornerback play).
    5. What do you like/dislike in the blog?
    Nothing. Some of the commenters don’t have much to add to the conversation.
    6. What elements would you like to see more of?
    I’d love to see more “Football 301” kind of stuff. What are the techniques that the offensive linemen are doing? Why off-man coverage instead of the press that so many fans seem to demand? What is the junk in Matt Leinart’s mechanics. I know that this is going to demand extra time of some of the coaching staff, but surely a Quality Control assistant or something can walk through this. You don’t even need to use Cardinal game film.

  23. By Don on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    You guys do a really good job with the site. I make use of all of the content. Anything else you guys add I’m sure will be good. I love how frequently the site is updated.

  24. By Joe on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I check the blog and the home page every day for updated articles/blog posts. Love what you have done, it’s one of the best websites in the NFL. But I could always use more. Anything and everything Cardinals, can’t get enough. Thanks Darren.

  25. By Andy on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    I listen to most of the podcasts. They are very helpful for me since I can’t stream videos/audios from work most of the time.

    I like how you’re doing things for the most part. Nothing obvious that I can think of.

    btw, this is kind of an aside, but in the spirit of the Cards giving away a trip to the Pro Bowl for season ticket holders who paid early this year, it would be awesome if some year what they gave away was for a fan to get to sit in the war room on the 1st night of the draft. That would be an awesome thing to win!!

  26. By Tucsonaaron on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Awesome thanks Darren!

  27. By scott on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    i would love to see something weekly like how there used to be Qtip. More updates even if they are small would be great!

  28. By LadyCard04 on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Watch most of the videos especially the ones with players and coaches. Enjoy listening to the Big Red Rage (glad it’s coming back); the coaches feel post game. Not really interested in videos of charity events or cheerleaders but will check out the pictures on the site.

    Would enjoy learning more about the players, how they are doing in practices, their interaction between them, etc.

    The blog is good in that it can be used to get information out quickly and then expanded upon in a whole article. I would rather get my information from the Cardinals than an outside news source that can get it wrong.

    Regarding the site itself, when the new site was introduced, I wrote to you and mentioned that I have a horrible time reading the gray print especially when it is on a gray background (I have glaucoma and need contrast to see things), and you said it was what the NFL approved. I’ve been on other team sights and they don’t all have to use gray type on a gray background. Their’s is MUCH easier to read. Enlarging the type size only means I have large gray blobs. I saw someone else mentioned the difficulty so I felt I would bring the issue up again. Hopefully you can look into doing something that will make it clearer and still not tick off the NFL.

    Thank you for all your efforts. Keep the blods, videos and interviews coming.

  29. By Paul on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I check out just about anything that is current. The newer site upgrade about a year ago seems to load pages very slow both at work and home so I don’t think it is my works firewall. The videos buffer is slow so it make watching painful. Not sure if it’s feasible but I would like a feature where users could get a email when something new was updated on the site. Otherwise we have to keep going back to the site and refreshing. Overall though , you guys do a great job. Much better content that other teams sites that I visit.

  30. By kauaicardsfan on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1. What aspects of multimedia do you watch/listen to; i.e. podcasts, videos?
    All of it
    2. How much time do you spend watching/listening (i.e., do you pay attention to the whole thing, or is there a time limit)?
    Read everything, listen to everything all the way through
    3. What do you like/dislike on our multimedia platform?
    Need more video content, interviews, more behind the scenes stuff where you cant get it anywhere else, bring back cards chatter!
    4. What do you like/dislike of the stories (articles that aren’t on the blog)?
    Love it all!
    5. What do you like/dislike in the blog?
    Dislike the haters but what you gonna do?
    6. What elements would you like to see more of?
    I like to hear more about reasons about why they wont pursue a certain player, some of which is obvious but would still like to hear the reasoning, whether it be money, doesnt fit the teams chemistry, bad publicity etc

    Keep up the great work Darren

  31. By mike b on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Both podcasts and videos

    It depends on what it is on if it is about a rookie or a player (i.e. interview, press conference call ect.) I gernerally watch the whole thing.

    It’s all pretty much tip top shape no complaints worth mentioning

    I like how it is about what goes on around the NFL from a players prospective from thier comments, backgrounds, ect., it usually is interesting to read and blog about.

    you give your imput to alot of discussed subjects and answer questions I’ve looked on other sites and I havent seen one where the writer wrote back to answer questions.

    I would like to see more article about players maybe a live chat with one

  32. By VACardsfan1 on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I watch and read it all and I really enjoy the videos. I would like to see Coach Whiz’ show complete available on the site. I am in Virginia and cannot see the show like locals can. My favorite part of the site is Cardinals Underground and I would like more off season episodes. I know there is alot going on that could be covered for those of us far away. I hope there will be another radio show like Big Red Rage, that is always something I looked forward to. Maybe Dockett or Fitz as the host? I think that is well done in general! Keep it up!

  33. By mike b on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    oh and have something like the big red rage (see if B-train will still do it if not I hear J. Feely had a radio show maybe have one with Dockett and Fitz talking to other players)

  34. By CHIRPCHIRP44 on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I love the site Darren. I have no complaints and I think that since you have come over from the Tribune that everything is great. I would like to see more locker room, team flight, team hotel stuff if that is possible. Just to get an idea of what the guys go through and how they have to prepare. Keep up the good work, DU!

  35. By Hessay on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I’m happy with all the content, video, stories, and blogs. I agree with a lot of previous posts, but the only thing I’d add is something with a little more humor to it.

    Here’s my pitch:
    Think Youtube clip – Two AZ Cards #1 Draft pics. Stand em up side by side and introduce DRC and Dan Williams as “Twins”.

    Some short video of them just throwing a football back and forth – laughing and watching a movie together – then cut to DRC and Dan Williams sitting down at the table.

    Show DRC with a pile of Fried Bologna sandwiches – and he’s fictitiously plowing through 10 or 15 of them in like 10 seconds. Dan Williams just sitting there watching.

    End with Dan Williams telling DRC – “I can’t believe you eat like that” as he plows his fork into a Salad… Have him shake his head with disgust and get up from the table…

    The flourish – Dan accidentally runs into a passing by Beanie Wells…. Wells brushes against Dan and falls hard on his backside.

    Looks up and says “I hope you do that to every running back…”


    Fade to Black – “get the new Jersey”…

  36. By ChrisNelson on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1. I watch and listen to all of the multimedia, I would Love if we could save them. I have an ipod and would like to be able to take them on the go.

    2. As much time as the awesome crew gives us to watch/listen to, love every min. of it and always wish it was longer.(lol even ignore my wife if she is trying to talk to me wile im watching/listening to them. LOVE EM!)

    3. I like everything about it, Wish the names didn’t get cut off on the website occasionally thoe, makes it harder to see what it is b4 I click on it <– Not really a big deal thoe,… Would love to be able to save them.

    4. Darren, Love all the time u dedicate to telling us what’s going on, always find myself wanting more. But hey that’s just how it goes, can always ask for more but am very grateful for what u do post.

    5. The Blog,… what is there not to like? um ok I have an idea, maybe a Ipod app so we could read everything u post from our ipods, or droids (via Verizon)

    6. Well on a general basis, EVERYTHING!!!! lol personally id love to see more of the pod casts from Everyone, personally i Love hearing from Polly Pig Skin, You Darren, and OF course you cant for get the Immortal Ron Wofly! Cardinals Underground is a highlight of my week when you guys take the time to record and post it, Would Absolutely Love more of those, and We Have to get Someone to replace Bertrend Berry for the Big Red Rage, and hey Every time you talk to coach Whiz for In the Red Zone im sure i can speak for everyone in saying it Always makes us happy to hear the word striate from the "horses mouth". We All Love coach Whiz and Believe in him every step of the way and I for one can not wait till he brings that Lombardi trophy home to Arizona where it belongs.

    Thank You For Everything Darren, Keep up the Magnificent work!

  37. By AndyStandsUp on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    The site is pretty nice and I LOVE that you respond to questions quickly and fairly. As stated before, the gray background and small black type don’t provide much contrast and I’d assume that would be a quick fix.
    My biggest pet peeve is no timestamp on comments. I’d like to respond to some posters, but not if the dialect is stale.
    If I need a Cards question answered, I know to go to this forum. Thanks.

  38. By Joe-B on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I watch a lot of the videos and podcasts, I’m pretty happy with the site. I would like to see some highlights of the calls from Wolf/Pasch and some of what they say during the commercial breaks. Kind of like what they do on the pregame radio show.

  39. By TBru on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Bring back Kate!!

  40. By TBru on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    On the live Q&A can we ask about McNabb, Bulger, Rothlesberger, Warner pulling a Favre and any other dead horses that need beating?

  41. By Mario on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1. watch and listen to everything!
    2. whenever i get a chance im on here trying to keep up to date!
    3. i like it. sometimes the videos are choppy but it could be my computer. works fine when its full screen though. weird.
    4. great! ill take any insider details of the Cards!
    5. dislike NOTHING
    6. i would like to see more wallpapers and fan art. player video interviews.

  42. By Aaron on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1. Not a lot – not that I don’t enjoy the videos, but I don’t get on a PC as often anymore and look at most stuff on my phone, which the videos and main site is not conducive to.
    2. When I do watch the videos (usually not podcasts), I’ll usually finish the entire thing as long as it’s not much more than ~5 minutes.
    3. It’s great from my PC, but it would be nice to have a mobile site (dreaming – this site is already one of the best in the league).
    4. The stories are great, although it would be great if they were in a similar mobile format as the blogs so they don’t take so dang long to load. Also, don’t get me wrong I know you are a reporter first – but there are times that it seems you shy away from touchy subjects. McFadden was taking heat all year long and you really didn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole except for one small mention if I remember correctly, and this past weekend proved there was a story there after all.
    5. The blogs are great, I haven’t looked at all the teams sites but I have looked at a lot of them and none of them have anything that can touch these blogs. Great mobile platform that loads quickly yet still includes pictures, comments are a lot of fun sometimes, and you bring more information to the fans in such a shorter time than anything I’ve seen out there.
    6. More blogs and stories – I know there’s only so much but as you’ve written about before, the shield is stronger than ever and we could read stuff about our team all day long if given the opportunity! Otherwise, as time allows (if you even chose to go in that direction), a platform more conducive to mobile browsing would be great. I manage a website and online banking for a local financial institution so I know this is a choice some don’t want to make and also requires resources, but hey you asked!

  43. By CardinalSwagger on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    1. I use all multimedia functions. (Podcasts, videos, pictures)

    2. I usually spend between 5-8 min. I pay full attention if it’s something I find intresting

    3. I dislike the video quality, their should be an option to select the quality in which you want to see the video. I highly dislike the lack of wallpapers. Fans want to show pride/loyalty to our team; not just wallpapers of players but the cardinal logo, cardinal mascot, anything is better than what we have now. Also higher resolution selection & mobile selection.

    4. I love the stories but I sometimes feel some info is withheld and or repetitive.

    5. Love the blogs. (Can be improved in some way. Have no clue right now.)

    6. Again WALLPAPERS! We need better wallpapers. It has been explained in question 4. Full mobile experience will also be a plus, something that can’t be shy’d away from since we are relying on our mobile phones more. Also getting fans more involved(contests, giveaways, awards) remember giveaways don’t have to be expensive as most people want; pens, plain shirts, poster, key chain, anything.

    Proud Cardinal. 🙂

  44. By John from PA on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, first off I just wanted to say that you and the web manager (not sure if youre in charge of that) have introduced me to the Cardinals like never before. It’s truly amazing what information I’ve gotten over the past 3 years and showing that to my father, who has been a fan nearly 35 years. Whether it was just the photos coming from the plane ride from detroit and learning we were back to back NFC West champs, or just little tv clips from the 09 super bowl run. Me and my father are truly grateful..keep up the hard work and thank you! I’ll just go right down the list here with the questions you’ve posted.

    1. What aspects of multimedia do you watch/listen to; i.e. podcasts, videos?
    I use all of the information available..podcasts are definately the best though with you wolfley, & paulie podcast..yes I did call him that :D. and bring back the Big Red Rage if the B-Train is willing!!

    2. How much time do you spend watching/listening (i.e., do you pay attention to the whole thing, or is there a time limit)? I come back constantly, and listen to everything because I know you’re giving out up-to-date information as soon as it becomes available.

    3. What do you like/dislike on our multimedia platform? Everything’s great
    4. What do you like/dislike of the stories (articles that aren’t on the blog)? This is the AZ Cardinals website, and that’s what I come here to find. If I want to know what’s going on in the NFL, I know what site that is, and there’s always a link to it from this site.

    5. What do you like/dislike in the blog? People that post in all caps 😛
    6. What elements would you like to see more of? Maybe a Darren Urban/ Ron Wolfley video podcast, or a half hour every friday video shoot? Sorry, as you can tell, I’m from PA so I don’t get my Wolfley fill as much as I do during football season. “A-Dub just ate his liver with fava beans and a fine chianti” Again, thanks for listening to the truly does mean a lot!

  45. By Mackie on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    I like how you work your blog and love that you respond to comments. I think a small adjustment for the blog would be to have your responses to questions or comments be indented under the original comment. Could time stamp them if you’re concerned about a time line with them. I think it’d help streamline the comments. I know I look for posts you have responded to for any more information from a well placed (or ill placed ie: McNabb dead horse) question or comment.

    I like the main part of the site. I watch videos from time to time but generally read the stories mainly. I think something interesting would be to add player profile stories. From a backup to starter to the coaching staff, I think it’d be interesting to hear their personal stories about the game, the Cards, charities and so forth. Just a thought.

    This doesn’t touch base with your original questions, but a thought too would be to add an iPhone app for the Cardinals. I personally would love an app that had easy access on my phone for Cardinals information. Not sure of the coding headaches for that though.

    Love the work you guys have done though. The improvements to the site over the years has been fantastic. Thanks to those who’s hard work has done this!

  46. By David Corcoran on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    What aspects of multimedia do you watch/listen to; i.e. podcasts, videos?

    I always listen to Cardinals Underground and find it very enjoyable. Neither the videos nor the podcasts seem too accessible though, I nearly always find myself searching for them. Maybe its just me.

    How much time do you spend watching/listening (i.e., do you pay attention to the whole thing, or is there a time limit)?

    Always listen to all of the podcasts, if only because the out-ro music is so catchy. I guess it depends upon the content of the other videos.

    What do you like/dislike on our multimedia platform?

    I like how the live press conferences and broadcasts rarely have any problems, but you can never hear any of the journalists’ questions.. maybe put a mic down there?

    What do you like/dislike of the stories (articles that aren’t on the blog)?

    I like nearly all of the stories, Darren does a great job getting interesting quotes.

    What do you like/dislike in the blog?

    The blog is great. Darren provides excellent feedback to peoples’ questions and the debate is rarely as moronic as is often seen in other comment sections.

    What elements would you like to see more of?

    I like the way that the writing staff on the website have a free range to give their personal opinions regarding stories about the Cardinals. This makes the site a relevant and interesting source of news about the Cards, which I rely on heavily being overseas.

  47. By shannonrobinson on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    I spend 40 minutes a day reading the articles and checking the roster. I have started to participate in the blog as well. I also try not to write a comment on everything. To me it is a true pleasure to learn and experience how a big time football organization operates. You are willing to put information before us as fans that is unprecedented in NFL history – not many fans remember the days of angst and secrecy.

    It’s important to keep the ‘moderation’ policy. It’s critical not to make this forum into a real-time exchange. There are other chat rooms that are real-time about the Cards and NFC West teams so we don’t need or want to duplicate that prodigious exchange.

    Darren – no one really understands that once you are trained as a professional reporter and then have done the job, thereafter you will always function as a reporter with that training. NFL teams have never had reporters that work for the team except before as spin control or news release writors – that’s not reporting. So you’ve got a pretty interesting job. I also think that there’s some danger and adversity out there for you. How about, “Don’t tell Darren yet.” or even better, “No wait, tell him we’re not interested in Faneca” or “OK, OK then tell him we’re calling his agent but we’re thinking he’s too expensive…” Sorry, I just had to empathize for a moment.

    The point of the blog is to allow fans to be closer to their team and be knowlegeable about how it functions? I grade the web site out with A’s for good intelligence, access, and privacy, Mostly I’m thankful that the conversations go through you, Darren, and the delay in moderating the comments is valuable to me as a participant.

  48. By Kev on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    1. What aspects of multimedia do you watch/listen to; i.e. podcasts, videos?
    Podcasts and Videos

    Would be great if those would work on Android! / Google Listen!!!

    2. Watch the whole thing.
    3. What do you like/dislike on our multimedia platform?
    When you pause you can’t always restart it correctly, reloading the timeline doesn’t quite work correctly.

    4. What do you like/dislike of the stories (articles that aren’t on the blog)?
    5. Like: blog is frequently updated
    6.A link to other Cardinals coverage on other sport websites/blogs (formally rather than the odd one in a blog)

  49. By Shtiggy on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    One element I wish the Cards would improve on is the cheerleader section of the site. There is barely anything and no extensive pictures of each one with a flimsy bio at the best. I’d like to see that improved as we have great cheerleaders, but you wouldn’t know it.

  50. By Jeff Gollin on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    I most-often watch or listen to podcasts that talk Cardinal Football (Underground, Rage) more than I do fluff-stories about Cardinal players and activities – while I concede they have their place).

    The first thing I do each morning is check out Darren’s blog and then the top new stories of the day.

    I tend to skim over material that doesn’t zero in on (a) what happened/why it happened and/or (b) how the team may be helped/hurt by an event.

    What I’d like to see more of is (to paraphrase what a StL Post Dispatch columnist once said) when you take Cardinal fans places where they’d otherwise not gain access (i.e. Draft War Room, locker room, film room, what goes on in the weight room,

    More “X’s & O’s stuff – The difference between 3-technique, 5-technique, one-gap, two gap. The pass coverage schemes the Cardinals use most (Press-Man, Cover 2, Sky/Cloud and variants thereof).

    Comparing how the Cardinals run their operations with the way other teams run theirs – i.e. approach to off-season workouts, weight training, hazing of rooks, workout tempo, drafting strategies/priorities etc.

    2 days ago, I “discovered” the Jurecki/Bickley podcasts on the 930 website – where they interviewed Wiz, Skelton, Dan Williams etc. They seemed to be longer, edgier and a bit more detailed than the standard pressers found here. I know this site conducts similar interviews (though I’m guessing limited a bit because of your official status). Anyway – I though the Bickley/Jurecki intervies made for compelling listening, and I’d like to see more of that here at

    Final observation – Comparing the comments found here and on various other local Cardinal-related websites with what it was like 4 or 5 years ago, it seems to me that the level of fan-participation and football-knowledge has improved exponentially – in part because of upgrade in content made here on the official Cardinal site. Keep up the good work.

  51. By Chris on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to have more player profile videos, Maybe a day in the life of a player, coach or executive. One a week would be fantastic.
    The website is fantastic, it is obvious you spend a lot of time on it.
    Great Job

  52. By AzCardsFan911 on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    i like it all. i spend at least an hour a day looking at stuff on the site. i watch every video, read every word, look at all the pics, i love it! is there a mobile website? when i go to on my phone (its a piece of crap) there is to much info and the page cannot fully download. i work 24 hour shifts and i hate not knowing whats going on with cards news. i agree with some of the comments above that suggest more player profiles type of stuff. we love these guys because they are Cardinals but we really want to get to know them, well at least i do! darren and whoever else runs the site really does a good job of keeping us informed. we all really appreciate it. keep up the good work!

  53. By AzCardsFan911 on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    and i listen to all the podcasts as well.

  54. By Aaron on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    I just saw on NFL network that it is very possible the SD Chargers will explore trading LB Shawn Merriman. Arizona would seem like a perfect fit for his pass rushing ability. Do the Cardinals have any interest in adding a player like Merriman? if not why?

  55. By darrenurban on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron —

    I’d say no, because Merriman wants a huge new contract, because the Cards already signed Joey Porter, because they have spent draft picks on Cody Brown and O’Brien Schofield the past two seasons to play that exact position.

  56. By Ryan on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    yes i think so, only cause th ecards need a great pass rusher like him. he is a veteran, the cards need one. and he would be dominant on the defense for the cards. i say go out and get him for one year and see were things go.

  57. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    My only “complaint” about the web site is the tendency for the blogs to get off-optic way too quickly with questions that have been asked and answered many times before either in previous blog postings or elsewhere on the site. For people who like to keep up with the blog postings, having to sort through 100 entries to eliminate the 50 postings that have nothing to do with the original post (e.g. Donovan McNabb questions) is frustrating.

    Not every off-topic question is a bad thing, but when they become repetitive, they become nothing but junk and a disservice to the blog author (you) and your readers. I wish you would simply refuse to post off-topic questions (that have already been answered in previous blog postings) in blogs. That would keep things cleaner.

    My guess is that people who have a question are too lazy to see if it was answered in a previous blog entry, so for their convenience – and their convenience only – they take any opportunity to ask any question in any blog. There is a search feature with this website. People need to start using it more.

    Furthermore, there is an official fan forum accessible from this site where fans can use to discuss any question which should keep the blog replies more on-topic.

  58. By darrenurban on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Ottis —

    You make a good point. I am to blame for the moderating; I try not to exclude anyone. But you are right, it’s unfair for those wanting to read the comments for me to continually post the same info.

  59. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    Maybe there could be link at the end of each blog to a, “Recent Blog FAQs” which has a list of hot topics and your insights. Or perhaps, just make the proposed blog FAQ page a permanent link at the very top of the list of recent blog entries.

    I know the search feature can take some time (sorting through the returned results), so perhaps a recent blog FAQs section would be a good alternative for fans looking for quick answers on hot topics.

    Keep up the great work! Living in Wisconsin, the site is quite a luxury for fans outside of Arizona to keep up-to-date, interested, and engaged (and hence, feel more part of the team/Cardinal nation).

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