Catanzaro will be “pushed” with new kicker

Posted by Darren Urban on March 2, 2017 – 11:24 am

One of the Cardinals’ free agents-to-be is kicker Chandler Catanzaro. He is restricted, although the Cards probably won’t tender him, hoping to re-sign him for less than the approximately $1.8 million the cheapest tender offer would be. The Cardinals want him, even after struggling last season with 21-of-28 field goals made.

(A quick aside: It’s amazing how far kicking has come. No one disputes that 75 percent on field goals isn’t good enough these days, but before 1980, the NFL leader usually was in the 70-percentile. Climbed to 90 percent for good in 1988. Catanzaro was at 88 and 90 his first two seasons.)

But, assuming Cat Man will be back, “there will be competition,” coach Bruce Arians reiterated.

“There always is,” Arians added, but it “might be a stronger one this year.”

That doesn’t signal to me another undrafted rookie or unknown off the street. That probably means a veteran of some sort, unless there might be a decision to draft one later (Countdown to Zane Gonzalez questions in 3, 2, 1 …). I’d guess the former is more likely, someone that can be picked up later when the rush of initial free agency ends. Catanzaro, assuming he returns, is still the favorite to be the kicker this season. His leash figures to be shorter, though.

“He’s a very talented young guy,” Arians said. “He needs to be pushed.”


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15 Responses to “Catanzaro will be “pushed” with new kicker”

  1. By lacardinalsfan on Mar 2, 2017 | Reply

    Countdown to Amos being fired comment in 3.2.1….

  2. By blakew on Mar 2, 2017 | Reply

    draft a kicker ? anyone remember John Lee ?

  3. By Scott H on Mar 2, 2017 | Reply

    OK, fine. Now, how ’bout Butler?? Is HE gonna be pushed??? Frankly, I don’t even want his sorry rear end anywhere near this team at all. But since he seems to never go away, then I AT LEAST need to know that HE will be pushed. Let’s get real. If we’re gonna push people with some competition, let’s start with the guys who need it most.

    If Catanzaro is going to be pushed after ONE shaky season and Butler just walks right back into his job after several seasons of below average performance…..this whole competition at every position thing goes right out the window ( which, by the way, is where I’d LIKE to see Butler get pushed ).

  4. By Richard S on Mar 2, 2017 | Reply

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  5. By Don on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply

    Two picks in 5th round, Gonzalez would put pressure on catman. Just sayin.

  6. By Darren Urban on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply

    Don —

    RE: Gonzalez

    If you draft a kicker in the fifth round, he’s probably your kicker and you are moving on from Catanzaro.

  7. By mitchaz on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply

    Based on BA&SK’s Combine interviews, here’s a summary of their thoughts with some of my own interpretations (in parentheses):


    * Glad to have Palmer back.
    * If the “guy we want is there, I think we’ll pull the trigger” (BA) (Watson? Kizer? Trubisky? Mahomes? Webb?)
    * “5-6 really good arms” — “hard to evaluate the heart and the head” (BA)
    * “I don’t like to groom a guy for a year” (BA)


    * “I like Kerwynn—he always produces when we put him in there. I like the young guy Penny too—we need to add to the room, hopefully a guy who can contribute on STs.” (BA)
    * ” I want Chris Johnson back — that’s up to Chris.” (BA)
    * “I’d like to find another David Johnson.” (SK) i.e. a RB who can carry the ball, motion into pass routes and line up in the slot as receiver. (Christian McCaffrey? Dalvin Cook? Curtis Samuel? James Conner? Wayne Gallman?)


    * Happy to have Fitz back.
    * Want John Brown and Jaron Brown back to full strength.
    * J.J. had a “really good finish.”


    * Want Gresham and Fells back.


    * Want A.Q. back—he “played really well.”
    * Want to work Boehm and Toner at guard and center.


    * Happy to re-sign Josh Mauro.
    * Kept 9 DL in preparation for losing CC to FA.
    * Expect Rodney and Robert to step up.
    * Like young DL prospects Williams and Pierre.


    * “I expect Deone Bucannon to have a breakout season.” (SK)


    * Want Coop back, but he’s going to get big money. BA
    * Remain high on Brandon Williams and Justin Bethel, who is healthy now — “first time in 2 years Bethel will be in training camp.” (BA)


    * Expect TJ to make big money—“hopefully he keeps the chip on his shoulder when he gets paid.” BA
    * Mathieu back to the box — has been packing on muscle — been working out every day. SK


    * Catanzaro “very talented” (BA), but will get pushed by competition in camp.


    * “Other than in live goal-line at practice, we never tackled.” (BA) (No wonder why tackling was an issue) “We will tackle this year in TC.”
    * “I just call the plays — the assistants do most of the work.” (Part of the problem — BA needs to be more hands on in coordinating the offense or the offense might still struggle to get in full sync.)
    * With regard to rookies BA said: “Our job is to adjust and not criticize when teaching younger players.” (sounds like BA has done some soul searching on this — he said that they knew what they had in D.J. Humphries, but he had never played in a huddle or in a RT stance or had to understand play calls and what to do — “we knew he had the heart” he said — which seems odd given BA’s treatment of DJH as a rookie and the fact that BA&SK made a last ditch effort to re-sign RT Bobby Massie when he was negotiating with the Bears — regardless, BA looks more excited and poised to develop his young players more positively)

    * Sounds extremely clear that they expect CC, TJ and MC to sign elsewhere. Sounds like offers have been sent to AQ and Chris Johnson.

  8. By shannon robinson on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H
    First of all Mr. Butler is no longer on the Cardinals’ Roster. Our current punter is Matt Wile who coincidentally was the young man who out kicked Butler and lead to his demise. I liked Wile for coming from a free agent to a practice squad to a team , then cut and signed to the Cards’ practice squad and then he becomes our punter. What a Journey! What I thought was a great signing was the addition of Richie Leone a 24 year old experienced punter out of the Canadian League. Leone was one of the best punters in Canada for the last several years. This is an important indicator to me that the Cardinals’ scouts throw a huge net that continues to reach across borders. Sorry, Matt, but this competition may be tough to win. Leone also kicks field goals so there’s always going to be an emergency backup. But what disturbs me is your hatred expressed about a young man who did his best and ultimately failed. I’m glad Mr. Butler never walked in front of your car. I expect BA is going to congratulate our Special Teams Coach after this next year for a job well done when Mr. Keim gives him one of the top returners in the draft and the ball hawks like Bethel, Martin, Fua and Momah are all healthy again, not to mention whoever they add. I prefer coaching victories against the odds, great comebacks over firings and disgrace.

  9. By Eric G on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H.

    Butler is gone, Matt Wile is the Punter. Get with the times. Looks like you fell off the bandwagon there before the Cards made the move.

  10. By clssylssy on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply

    Actuallly, there were others who were more problematic on special teams than Catman & the entire unit was a lighting rod for the team’s failure but it all starts with the coaching and Headcoacj. The kicker we broughtnin very late was an improvement but ST is where many games in the league were won or lost so is no place to get skimpy. The kicker from ASU, Gonzalez, would be a good addition but I’m not optimistic given BASK’s complacency last season…seems they need a scapegoat to draw negative attention away from their own shortcomings.

  11. By Scott H on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply

    Shannon / Eric G –

    Respectfully to you both, I’ll believe Butler is gone when I see it! He may be not on the roster right now. But he was also released last year at one point and as soon as there was an injury to his replacement, they brought Butler right back, citing his “holding skills.” Gimme a break.

    Butler has been like the guy in the hockey mask in all those horror movies – he just never seems to go away. Let’s hope there are going to be no more sequels.

  12. By JTDG on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply

    OK Darren,

    This has to come into considered in my opinion.

    Was watching a story on Deshawn Watson. He was getting ready for the combine and the upcoming draft. He was going over the things he needs to work on and preparing him for the complexities of the NFL.

    So, the guy working with him? Jordon Palmer.

    Palmer is obviously impressed by Watson (after all , he is getting paid by his agent). But one has to think it goes beyond that. Jordon is very intelligent and has a great ability to prepare QBs for the combine/draft.

    One has to believe two things; Jordon talks to Carson. Carson has some clout in the cards building. To go from Jordon to Carson as mentors would be an easy transition.

    Meanwhile, Keim keeps preaching we need a QB. If there is one narrative he has pushed this off season, it has been getting that QB of the future.

    Got to believe Keim has all the insider info he needs. Now, does that info translate into wanting Watson? Are the cards prepared to move up if necessary?

    Connecting dots is not an exact science. It all could mean nothing.

    But where there is smoke…………

  13. By mitchaz on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply


    To add to your post about Watson, Steve Keim watched all of Clemson’s practices during the week of the Fiesta Bowl. He, BA and Dabo are good friends. If any GM and HC have the inside scoop and up-front view of a QB it’s SK and BA.

    The one catch may be with reagrd to BA’s comment at the Combine about evaluating a QB’s heart and his head (quick to process info and on-field reads).

    In watching Watson, I would give him an A+ for heart and a B- for processing info and reads. BA would have to think he can correct the latter if they are going to move up to take him — or even if he is on the board at #13.

  14. By Fred Garvin on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply

    Did some simple stat comparison about last season. Offensive yards minus defensive yards, Cards came in first – record 14-2. Offensive scoring minus defensive scoring, Cards came in seventh – record 11-5. Turnover differential, Cards were # 17, middle of the pack – record 8-8. And that’s where their record put them. A plus rating on turnover differential is a big key to winning games.

  15. By JTDG on Mar 3, 2017 | Reply


    Heard Dabo and BA were good friends.

    Would love to get several Clemson players;
    Mike Williams WR
    Deshawn Watson QB
    Cordrea Tankersly CB
    Carlos Watkins DE
    Wayne Gallman RB
    Jordon Leggett TE
    Jadar johnson S

    I’d be happy if that was our draft .

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