Bidwill talks training camp, BPA

Posted by Darren Urban on January 31, 2013 – 3:12 pm

Team president Michael Bidwill is in New Orleans for the Super Bowl, and during a visit to Radio Row, touched on a subject a lot of people are wondering about: Where training camp will be held in 2013. It’s no secret the team’s contract with Flagstaff ran out after next year, and the team is currently exploring options.

Bidwill talked about some of the issues the Cardinals have had with NAU, with construction and being displaced and issues of various accommodations, and he said NAU plans to address those things. “That’s real good for them,” Bidwill told “Bickley and MJ” on XTRA 910, “because there are other competitors out there we are speaking with.”

One of those competitors is Glendale, where University of Phoenix Stadium resides. That could end up being the place the Cards go for camp, using the stadium and other possible new facilities to be built.

“They are (a viable option),” Bidwill said. “We are considering both (Flagstaff and Glendale), that’s for sure.”

As for what that might mean to the fans, Bidwill said fan access will still be important, regardless of where the Cards end up.

“The whole idea behind training camp is both a football activity where we are getting players ready for the season, but it is also a fan activity where we want to bring fans in,” Bidwill said. “There are many elements where it is great about doing it in Flagstaff, but there are also great possibilities of doing it at University of Phoenix Stadium. It could be a really a fantastic site. There are a little bit of tradeoffs, but there is no doubt (the camp experience) gets better and better each year and that is something we want to continue to focus on.”

— Bidwill had an interesting quote when talking about drafting a quarterback. He reiterated that the team needed to address the quarterback situation, but was going to leave those specifics up to GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians. But he talked about the things he had witnessed in the draft room over the years. “Every time we have reached, we have made a mistake. I don’t want to reach. You start reaching for a guy rather than going for best player available, you make mistakes.”

— As for free agency, he also is leaving that to Keim, but as for being tight against the salary cap, “I know we have some flexibility and there are things we can do around the cap to make room to get better,” Bidwill said.


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27 Responses to “Bidwill talks training camp, BPA”

  1. By Dynosoar on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I love this phot. the contrast of the red uniforms on the bright green grass with the dark clouds, a photographers dream shot.

    Thanks for bringing us some of the discussion with Michael Bidwill. I’m satisfied with the direction our team has been heading under his guidance/leadership. I’m pleased with what we’ve done so far in this offseason and looking forward to more.

    I agree that a tam should draft best available player (trading picks wisely if they need a different position) and fill the wholes left behind through coaching current players and free agency. Realizing we’re one of 32 teams doing the same thing.

    We’re playoff bound.

  2. By hummer53 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I”m having a hard time wondering how Glendale can work. Do they plan to run the AC in the stadium for several hours a day for almost a month. How much would that cost. Yes, the hotel next door could be used for rooms but where else would there be fields to build. Are they planning on tearing up parking lots or busing the players every day to a park nearby.
    I just think it’s leverage to use on Flagstaff.

  3. By truths4all on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    With all due respect to Bidwill’s memory, Terrell Suggs would NOT have been a reach. Adrian Peterson would NOT have been a reach. Kaepernick would NOT have been a reach (except for the fact that the Cards scouting report did not list him as the Cards did not even bother to conduct an assessment on him).

    And these are just the quick recollections as there are many misses because their scouting report failed to “reach” correctly.

    The Cards draft record speaks for itself.

  4. By Darren Urban on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    truths —

    RE: Draft

    I can’t speak for the first two because the blog wasn’t around then, but I must have missed the time where everyone said the Cards missed on Kaepernick.


  5. By AndyStandsUp on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Did Bidwill give a timetable for the training camp question?
    Can see pros/cons for both sites, but leaving Flagstaff would be a mistake, IMO.

  6. By Mike in Mesa on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Kudos Darren for the Tree Rollins reference. lol

  7. By Campbells on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Practicing in the stadium would be perfect.
    Letting fans in to watch would be great for the team.

  8. By Cactus jeff on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I heard the interview on the radio and it sounded like the same old line of building through the draft. Cardinal fans know what that means, no significant moves in FA. I just wish the front office had a better attitude in the offseason. There are 2 ways to improve the team, Draft and FA. Draft +FA=successful offseason. Niners beat us in FA with Moss alone. Ridiculous! Beat them in both areas, no more excuses. Go get some talent. No more on the cheap with Snyder and Gay. He is worried about reaching in the draft? How about quit reaching in FA!

  9. By NYCardinals212 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    From the latest chat:

    Comment From Kush
    What could we do, to improve the tree situation in AZ Darren?

    Darren Urban:
    Go get former NBA center Wayne Rollins?

    “Kush”, “tree situation” — I think he is an advocate for ore liberalized drug policies in Arizona. Of course, you probably knew that, and you responded with a joke to deflect the off-color topic. If that is the case, please delete this comment, Darren.

  10. By clssylssy on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    As I recall from interviews with the players last year they liked having TC in Flagstaff, they liked getting away from the valley and the resort-like, laid-back, atmosphere. Having TC at Glendale would be very commercial and, I think, would be better for the people making money off the event rather than being conducive for practicing, learning and preparing the team. Flagstaff is a small community who has depended a lot upon the revenue generated by our TC and, to my knowledge, they have always been a friend to the team and treated the Cards and the fans well. Of course, the indoor venue would provide for more seating and being so close would probably allow more people to attend , plus Glendale is ALWAYS hungry for money (since the stadium has proved to be a major money maker rather than the thorn so many anticipated). It would be nice if Mr. B gave as much thought into putting a quality product on the field as he does to filling the stadium. I’m not getting a feeling of confidence in Steve Keim’s ability to evaluate talent even with the assistance of BA. The Redskins with Shanahan/B Allen have shown a far superior model for building through the draft and FA and perhaps the Cards should start studying some others who have proved successful. Picking a player because he carries a number rather than because of talent seems so absurd unless they actuall are one in the same, as in the case of RGIII. Kapernick was an oddity out of left field but Harbaugh was quick enough to spot the talent!

  11. By John Sutliff on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    I feel the Cards need to trade down in the draft, picking up a extra 2nd or 3rd round pick. Draft o-line with the 1st 2 picks, draft a pass rusher with the 3rd, a qb with the 4th, rb with the 5th, and then the best players on the board with the rest of the picks. Games are won and lost up front. We need to get Much meaner up front on the o-line. This will improve the running game which in return will improve the qb situation. By moving the chains on offence, this will make a already good defence even better. We are not dealing with rocket science, we MUST improve the o-line or there will be NO improvement over last year.

  12. By Ben on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Great, the timeshare I bought last year in Flagstaff is looking more and more like ocean view property in AZ right about now. What a horrible investment. I should have done more research. Here’s hoping that Bidwill is just playing games to lower the cost. Was planning on making this a family trip for years to come.


  13. By D on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Remember when the Super Bowl was about the game….now it’s about everything but the game…If M. Irvin is in the Hall of Fame, Aeneas Williams must get in as a Cardinal…

  14. By D on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Since the owner stated that BPA is the way to go and not to reach at #7, unless they trade down, all these mock drafts showing a QB going to AZ at 7 are wrong…Kolb has made around 15 mil so far in AZ, it would be doubtful he would reject a base salary reduction from 9 mil to say 4 for 2013 to keep the seat warm until the draft pick learns the system in a year…

    did you all see the quote from Mr. Graves that the former coaching staff was not using Kolb to his strenghs…aka Whiz not creating an offense to Kolb’s ability…call me crazy, but even though Whiz had some power in the building, isn’t it the GM duties to fix the problem…sounds like Graves was collecting a paycheck and sitting on the sidelines…

    p.s. Hall of Fame voting needs to be done by former players….not the media

  15. By Darren Urban on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Coach vs GM

    Coaches coach. You can argue about what players are there, but it’s not the GM’s job to tell the coach what to do.

  16. By UK CARD on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    @ Cactus Jeff!! What are you talking about???
    Why does EVERYONE forgot the F.A signings following the 2010 lockout??? Probably the biggest group of F.A signings EVER! Many players are still under contract! Sure HEAP was a home coming bust! But KING has been a solid signing! That huge off-season splash, CAN’T be the norm + is way more cost effective to build through the draft!


    How many F.A players, were signed 2010 after the lookout??

  17. By Darren Urban on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    UK Card —

    RE: FAs in 2011

    The lockout was in 2011. All the transactions can be found on this page:

  18. By Eric G on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    A couple mocks have Geno Smith on the board when the Cards pick. IMO, he is a no brainer choice at that slot. Best OL if he is not available. That is really their only two choices.

    I will extremely upset and will likely stop being a fan if the Cards drafted Barkley at that spot. They are hosed for years if they do. I’d rather be a Browns fan than sit and watch a Barkley led team.

  19. By cobra on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Geno Smith, Alex Smith, Matt Barkley, hell no. For what Arians is looking for, maybe Glennon if he lasts past 7 in round 2. This may be where we trade down with our # 3 and maybe our #5.He seems to be more of what Arians wants with the downfield attack. It’s still early but with his stats, he may move up in the draft. I wouldn’t be surprised if they take him 7th in the 2nd round. On another note, this is exactly what John Elway did with Osweiller. He saw raw talent from a Q.B.. coming out of A.S.U. as a Junior. Oh yeah, this is also after they landed the most prolific Q.B. of all time! Last of all, Landry Jones, Tyler Wilson, Umm, please no. I would rather deal with Kolb and whomever next season.

  20. By Dre on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Mr. B trying to make more money off the fans if they do it at the toaster. Sell more beer and food since your not going to be able to bring anything .

  21. By NJAzCrdsFan on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    When the Cards have Fitz, one of the best WR’s in the game what good would have bringing Moss on board done, if no one could get Fitz the ball or anyone else???

  22. By Cactus jeff on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    UK card
    Darren didn’t because he can’t.
    2012 FA
    Niners: Moss, Manningham
    Rams: Cortland Finnegan, Scott Wells
    Seattle: Matt Flynn,
    Cardinals: William Gay

    That is called getting whipped in our own division. Why not win in FA and the draft? I know, because it costs$$$$$$

  23. By Jason Marcus on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    I predict we end up going for a lesser known pick at qb , Arians is going to stick with Kolbs , draft oline heavy I predict, with a top 10 oline Kolb could have his breakout season , have our future franchise guy hopefully sitting on sideline ready to go , chuck Skelton , (used to think he was our guy hands down) maybe keep Hoyer, I do not like Linder tart he is bad luck one of the worst rookies ever, possibly keep Beans and WIlliams ,draft a cb maybe? I don’t know ,all I know was the last 2 offseasons were long as hell, I agree with Goodell start the season 2 weeks earlier.

  24. By clssylssy on Feb 2, 2013 | Reply

    I see according to the pundits that Andy Reid is liking Alex Smith:( …something tellls me we are going to be stuck with Kolb after spending our draft picks on new O-liners, with the same outcome as last year. It was short sighted to sign an unproven QB with health issues to such a mega contract when he had never played in this scheme and even more ridiculous to change everything to revolve around him so he could look good. To criticize Whiz for not adjusting to play to Kolbs strengths is laughable as even Payton Manning wouldn’t have been good with our O-line (and the players were hobbled by the O-line coach)…however, that it mute.At this point, I don’t see anybody who is capable of evaluating talent like Elway or the Harbaugh brothers or even Andy Reid. BA is probably the best shot we have at spotting talent so I sure hope he is the one doing the actual choosing and Steve Keim and Mr. Bidwill busy themselves with working out the legalities and paperwork details; we’ve had years and years of their capabilities for scouting! It’s beginning to look like the FA is going to be rich this year with talent and I hope that the Cards can snag some of the talent out there to give the team some good “bones”. The Cardinals need to get some size, toughness, and speed to allow Fitz, Peterson, and our other young talent to be able to play at their optimal strength!

  25. By iammattyoung on Feb 2, 2013 | Reply

    Glad to hear that they are going BPA, especially when you have a top 10 pick. If you have pick that high, you have to go for a a “franchise” player, no matter the position. That means if Adrian Peterson is available, and he has some injury history, and you already have Edjerrin James, you take Peterson b/c he’s a franchise-type of guy. Same with Terrell Suggs. Same as what we did with Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson. You can get cute when you’re drafting in the 10-32 range, but top-10, you go for the guy who’s going to be a franchise guy. My dream draft right now: 1-Eric Fisher,OT; 2-Larry Warford,OG; 3-Tony Jefferson, SS; 4-Zac Dysert,QB; Rex Birkhead somewhere in the last three rounds.

  26. By Cactus jeff on Feb 2, 2013 | Reply

    2011 FA
    Niners: C Johnathan Goodwin, Carlos Rodgers, Donte Whitner
    Seahawks: Sidney Rice, Zach Miller
    Cardinals: Heap, King, Colledge

    Cards got whipped again in FA 2011.

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