Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Last off-season the Arizona Cardinals lost quite a bit of talent in the free agent market. Karlos Dansby and Antrelle Rolle, among others, departed for greener pastures, leaving the Cardinals with holes to fill.Head coach Ken Whisenhunt, as a guest on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf show, said the idea is for that to not happen again this year.“Re-signing our guys is something that is very important to us,” the head coach said. “The ones that have made significant contributions to our football team.center_img “And that’s going to be something that we obviously address.” Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Yeah sure you bring Kevin back ESPN NFL analys

first_img“Yeah, sure you bring Kevin back,” ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Thursday. “I think he’s a seasoned guy that has value.”Kolb has played in 15 games for the Cardinals over two seasons — with 14 starts — throwing for 3,124 yards to go along with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Top Stories Kevin Kolb’s career as an Arizona Cardinal has been rather turbulent. Acquired by the team prior to the 2011 season, he has struggled with consistency and injuries, and even lost the starting job coming into the 2012 season.However, the 28-year-old played well in relief of an injured John Skelton, leading some to believe he still could be the team’s answer at the quarterback position. Others feel the team should part ways with the signal caller, as it would not be wise to rely on a player who can’t seem to stay on the field. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   We’re a month away from the draft and things are starting to come more and more into view with what the Cardinals’ needs are for draft night 2013.But while the needs for the Cardinals may be coming into focus, there was a specific draft I have wanted to see the Cardinals come away with in rounds one and two.Rounds 3-6 have changed, as the Cardinals have added and lost players in free agency, but the idea remains the same. Round 5: Nick Kasa, TE ColoradoI’ve talked about the possibility of adding a tight end early because of the importance they play in Arians’ offense, but with no movement on the Jeff King front, I think adding a player that will need a little work in round five, but possesses starter upside, is the perfect fit.Kasa would be able to come in and immediately get playing time as a blocking tight end in the running game, and even present a seam threat in the vertical passing game.Round 6: Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR Texas A&MI know, another WR, that’s crazy.The problem is we still don’t know if Josh Cribbs is going to sign in Arizona, and until he does the Cardinals are surprisingly thin at the position.Uzoma is the deep threat from the slot or outside position that Arians loves to develop; see Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, T.Y. Hilton, etc., and is a viable option in the kick return game.Having a deep threat in the Arians offense is important, and Nwachukwu would be that option, and if he develops to more, well that’s just one less free agent the Cardinals have to re-sign in 2014 in Andre Roberts.Round 6: Michael Mauti, LB Penn StI have been pretty adamant that the Cardinals need to avoid injury or off-field risk players, even if I see high upside like Marcus Lattimore, Quanterus Smith (my personal favorite pass rusher in the draft) or Ray Ray Armstrong, but Mauti is different. Round 3: D.J. Swearinger, FS South CarolinaOne of the things I have changed my mind on over and over is where the Cardinals would address their secondary needs.Well, in free agency they did a great job of finding quality, young cornerbacks for cheap, but the combination of Rashad Johnson and Yeremiah Bell as the only safety options doesn’t appeal to me.Enter Swearinger, the heat-seeking missile of a free safety prospect.Adding Swearinger as a free safety gives the Cardinals some versatility in their secondary, as he is excellent in coverage and run support and can even move down into a slot position in man coverage if needed.Round 4: Michael Buchanan, OLB IllinoisBuchanan was well on his way to becoming a day two pick before breaking his jaw and losing a lot of weight in the 2012 off season.This led to a down senior year for Buchanan, and his stock staying steady as a day three prospect because of his upside as a pass rusher.If Buchanan can continue to put on the weight while maintaining his quick lateral movement and first step burst, he could become a nice option as a situational pass rusher.The reason I think Buchanan could become and every down force though is because he already looks comfortable dropping into short-area coverage, and that is one of the hardest aspects in making the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Mauti has shown the ability to be a big-time inside linebacker, contribute on special teams and be a defensive leader, even when not on the field.I am not saying the others do not possess that last trait, but Mauti’s coach on the sideline-type attitude would be such an asset, even if he doesn’t step foot on the field for the Cardinals.He’s a player that is worth the risk, because the reward would be huge.While I know the likelihood of any of these picks happening is slim, this is how I would attack the Cardinals’ 2013 draft if I was in charge, though it’s probably a good thing I am not. Top Stories So for all those that have asked “What would you do if you were the Arizona Cardinals?” Here’s my answer.Note: I am taking players based off of where I see them being available, so this will be as realistic as possible.Round 1: Chance Warmack, OG AlabamaCardinals add a player like Warmack to what has been a terrible run blocking team, and a team that gives up constant pressure in the passing game from the middle of the offensive line.Warmack adds a physical interior presence and should help the left tackle in pass pro if it’s Levi Brown, or in the run game if it’s Nate Potter. Round 2: Larry Warford, OG KentuckyBack to back picks on perhaps the position with the least intrinsic value on offense or defense?I know, it’s crazy, but the idea is that the Cardinals could add two players who would immediately make the running game a strength. Just look at what Brown and Massie provide as run blockers, and this should sure up the interior of the offensive line on passing downs.What interests me the most on these first two picks is they both played against elite competition, and they both won their one-on-one battles.They would give the Cardinals and Arians an exceptionally strong starting offensive line in the run game, which would open up the passing game for Drew Stanton, or whoever is the quarterback for the Cardinals next year. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

• Henry Melton is impressing with a return to form

first_img• Henry Melton is impressing with a return to form (Cowboys.com)Despite coming off of a major injury in 2013, the Cowboys signed defensive lineman Henry Melton hoping that he could bring the quarterback pressure he showed with the Chicago Bears. After getting a sack on Monday, Melton is proving that this could be a sound investment for Dallas.• Joseph Randle reportedly made jokes throughout arrest (ESPN.com)After being arrested for shoplifting on Oct. 13, Cowboys running back Joseph Randle repeatedly made inappropriate jokes to the police while being detained.• Rookie DE Lawrence is hoping to make debut on Sunday (Star-Telegram.com)The Cowboys took DeMarcus Lawrence in the second round of the 2014 draft to provide an immediate pass rush from defensive end. A broken foot in July briefly derailed those expectations, but Lawrence is healed and hungry to get some game action.• Cowboys were overly optimistic about Romo’s injury (The Dallas Morning News)When questioned about quarterback Tony Romo’s back injury after their loss on Monday, the owner and coaches downplayed the injury, relieving fans of any long-term risk. With Romo’s status for Sunday’s game still unclear, the Cowboys may have more of an issue than they originally presumed. The Cardinals win on Sunday helped get them to the top of the conference, but their next opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, also aided with a Monday night loss.The Cowboys fell to the Washington Redskins 20-17 in overtime, dropping them to 6-2. Dallas’ defense looked more vulnerable in the loss than it has all season, allowing over 400 total yards and only forcing one turnover against a Washington team that was being led by third-string quarterback Colt McCoy.The bigger story in Dallas though may be the health of starting quarterback Tony Romo, with the 34-year-old suffering a back contusion during the loss.With the Cardinals traveling to Dallas for the premier matchup in the NFC this week, we’ll head behind enemy lines and bring all the news and updates from the Cowboys: The Cowboys’ offensive line was exposed on Monday, with constant pressure and sacks on quarterback Tony Romo proving to be a crucial difference in the loss. Dallas knows that they have a similar blitz-happy team coming this week, and must seal up the holes in the offensive line to get a win.• Brandon Weeden is ready for the start on Sunday (The Dallas Morning News)Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden got a taste of the action against the Redskins on Sunday, when he filled in for Tony Romo after the starter was injured. With Weeden taking all of the snaps during the practices this week, the backup is fired up for the chance to start against Arizona.• LB Justin Durant may have played last game with Dallas (Star-Telegram.com)The Cowboys’ linebackers were recovering well after a multitude of injuries before the season, largely thanks to Justin Durant, who was having his best season at weakside linebacker. But after a torn bicep in Sunday’s loss, Durant is now on injured reserve and may not be playing in Dallas next season. • Safety Barry Church takes the blame in the loss (ESPN.com)As the Cowboys’ defensive captain and starting free safety, a lot is expected of Barry Church. The 26-year-old said that he disappointed in Monday’s game, and his crucial mistakes cost the team a win. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Friday, October 31• Emmitt Smith warns RB Murray to know when to get tackled (Bleacher Report)Legendary Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith knew how to run the ball, and that also means he knew when to give up on the run and stop fighting for yards. After current running back Demarco Murray’s fifth fumble of the season on Sunday, Smith warned Murray on Twitter to give up on some plays.• Preventing pressure will be key for Dallas on Sunday (DallasCowboys.com) 0 Comments   Share   Thursday, October 30• Redskins created guide to beat Dallas on Monday (Bleacher Report)The Redskins win against the Cowboys on Monday did more than raise the number in the loss column for Dallas, it showed teams how to beat the NFC juggernaut. With creative and constant blitzes, the Redskins exposed the serious flaws in the Cowboys’ gameplan.center_img Through the first couple months of the NFL season, the focus was on the Arizona Cardinals’ standing in the NFC West.Eyes are on a much bigger standing this week.After a thrilling 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the Cardinals are 6-1 and sitting alone atop the entire NFC, tied with the Denver Broncos for the best record in the NFL.The Cardinals offense has seen a significant uptick with the return of starting quarterback Carson Palmer. Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown both had over 100 receiving yards on Sunday, with Brown scoring on a 75-yard touchdown in the last two minutes to give Arizona the win. Top Stories Tuesday, October 28• Cowboys disoriented after Monday’s loss (The Dallas Morning News)Even after Tony Romo’s injury, the Cowboys were expected to get the win on Monday. Instead, the team came up short and now looks lost after being given multiple opportunities to win late in the game and failing.• Dallas needs to get more run-focused (Blogging the Boys)Cowboys running back Demarco Murray has been the best back in football this season, with 1,054 rushing yards through eight games. After constistently giving in to the temptation to pass in Monday’s loss, Dallas needs to get back to controlling the ball with their ground game.• Playing Romo despite injury is unnecessary gamble for Dallas (Bleacher Report)Tony Romo began the season still recovering from back surgery, a fact that fans were reminded of when the quarterback was briefly knocked out of Sunday’s game with a back injury. With Romo returning for two futile drives at the end of the game, Dallas risked their entire season on a possible October win over Washington.• Cowboys defense looked exhausted in Monday’s loss (The Dallas Morning News)For the first time in 2014, the Cowboys’ defense was forced to win the game for the team, and it failed. With the offense unable to help with high scoring or ball control, the defense looked overmatched and tired trying to stop Washington. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s been a big season for the former first-round pick, who has been a mainstay along the Cardinals’ defensive line since being taken 26th overall out of Tennessee in 2010, but rarely shown up as an impact player in the box score. Primarily used as a defensive tackle, he usually occupies blockers while his teammates make plays.But Sunday, as his coach said, he showed he can do more than just be a space filler.“I’ve been feeling that way since I’ve been here,” Williams said. “When I got drafted out of Tennessee I got to play defense where I was a three-technique also, it just wasn’t the nose, but I had to play the nose just because we didn’t have too many other guys there. But me, I’m just a team guy and whatever the defensive coordinator wants me to play, I’m more than ready to do it.”Williams played 30 of the team’s 64 defensive snaps Sunday, with much of his time coming as part of a four-man defensive front. It was a different kind of look for the Cardinals, who normally run a 3-4 defense, but one that proved to be effective while allowing Williams to make some plays.“I got to show a little bit more of my skills that I do have,” he said. “But in the end, it just goes to show that, especially having new coaches in — and [Brentson Buckner] has been pushing me a lot more since he’s been here, and I think I have improved a lot just from coaching.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Dan Williams had himself quite a game Sunday in Dallas.The fifth-year defensive lineman tallied a season-high and team-best seven tackles, including two tackles for loss, one sack and a QB hit in Arizona’s 28-17 win.“He had a fantastic game, maybe his best game as a Cardinal since I’ve been here, for sure, and we needed it,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s turned into more than just a nose guard now. He’s lost that weight and is playing defensive end. He got a sack and got another hurry, so it was a big game for him.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   center_img – / 55 Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Williams has been a major cog in a defense that has withstood defections and injuries to once again be one of the stoutest in the NFL. After finishing first against the run last season, Arizona currently ranks third in the same category. The 19.5 points they are allowing per game is fifth-best in the NFL.And in Sunday’s win, they became the first defense this season to hold Dallas’ DeMarco Murray under 100 yards, a feat that extended their own streak of not allowing an opponent to reach the century mark on the ground to 18 straight games.“It just shows our communication skills,” Williams said. “We studied all week; we kind of had a few reads and keys on them to where they would run the ball, and when they had motions the safeties and linebackers were communicating with the D-line, telling where they thought the ball was going to head, and everybody made their checks and everybody was in line. “When the ball was snapped we all ran to the ball. We had a lot of red jerseys around every time he got a handoff. So I think the pursuit that we had yesterday and just everybody wrapping up and gang-tackling him really helped us out yesterday.”last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   “Before we get started, I do want to say a few things. No. 1, I just want to congratulate you and everyone at the station. As a father of four young children, the work that you guys did for P.C.H. and all the things that they do, I truly admire not only the work that you guys did, but all the hard work that everybody at P.C.H. does to keep our children healthy. And again, congratulations.”What stood out, positive or negative, in the Chargers game?“I think that defensively we did some good things and there were certain players that are flying around and making plays. Offensively, just didn’t seem to be able to get in a rhythm, particularly early on with our first unit. There were some guys who stood out, individually, but as a whole I think Coach Arians said it best after the game, is we need to pick up our level of urgency and there’s no doubt even though we internally feel like we have a very good football team, we can’t just go out there when the season starts and turn the switch on. We have to continue improve in practice every day, continue to use our urgency and play at a high tempo. And again, we can’t sleep walk through the preseason. I think it’s a great lesson for our players that we need to up the ante a little bit and put some good stuff on tape so that not only we feel good internally about our team moving forward, but really just to play in sync offensively and to be able to all get on the same page. Now, that being said, it’s nice as we’re starting to get back into the flow of things, talking to our trainer Tom Reed yesterday, there could be a chance that only one or two players out of our 90-man roster don’t play this week, so that’s great news to be able to get some of the guys like Tyrann (Mathieu) and Justin Bethel and Robert Nkemdiche back on the field again.” The Arizona Cardinals lost for the second time this preseason, this time to the San Diego Chargers on the road by a score of 19-3.The game was about as ugly for the Cardinals as the score would indicate, and afterwards head coach Bruce Arians talked about how “pissed” he was about the performance.As he will every Monday throughout the season, general manager Steve Keim joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, and took a look back at the Chargers game as well as gave some insight into where the team is at halfway through its preseason slate. Your browser does not support the audio element. Cardinals GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians watch during a practice in San Diego. Aug. 17. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What comes to mind when you think about Brandon Williams?“A competitor. A young man who is resilient from a standpoint, we all knew there was going to be some bumps in the road where he’s going to have to continue to work on playing off-man coverage, work with his eyes, all those different things. But when I watch him and he gets beat in practice or in a game, you don’t see him pound the ground with his hand; hey, he doesn’t have the ‘woe is me’ attitude. He jumps back in there and lines up and is ready to go again. But there’s no doubt there’s little areas of his game where he’s got to continue to grow and develop. Like D.J. Humphries, I think he played better in this game than he played in the first game. As we talked about last week, he’s just got to get out there and continue to play and get more snaps. When you have guys like Justin Bethel returning and you have some different things happening for you defensively, whether it’s adding guys up front, where the pass rush continues to improve. It’s going to certainly help Brandon’s transition.”Are the bumps in Brandon Williams’ road the size you thought they’d be? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager What do you want to see from the team this week?“I think this week, more than anything, because of the way we played in the first couple preseason games, just to be in sync on offense, to play in rhythm, to iron out some of the issues we had in the red zone. More than anything, too, is to eliminate the turnovers. I don’t think there’s any secret in the first couple preseason games, the interceptions certainly has to be minimized. And I don’t think that any of our quarterbacks played particularly well this past week.” – / 21 “Quite frankly, I thought it would have been a little worse. Some of the stuff he does naturally you just can’t coach. When you have a guy that has that kind of length and movement skills and natural competitiveness. So, he’s a little further along, actually, than I anticipated. But there’s no doubt that we expected that there’s going to be things he had to work on, particularly, again, the off-man stuff when people motion to him or run bunch routes. He’s going to have to continue to get better with his eyes and anticipation. But again, you can’t coach size, speed and physicality. Those are things that a guy just naturally has to have, and Brandon has those tools.”What are the chances we see Robert Nkemdiche Sunday against the Texans?“I think there’s a good chance. He’s a guy that sustained that injury, and it could have been much worse. But a guy like him, when you see his body type, I think it’s tough to hurt Robert. And he has worked his butt off in the rehabilitation process, which has been good to see, knowing that he’s committed, that he’s willing to do all the work to get better. I talked to him at length yesterday, and he’s really excited to get back out there. He’s certainly one of the guys in the preseason, and I think all of us would agree, we couldn’t wait to see him on the field and contributing. But I think there’s a good chance that we’ll see him on Sunday. Not sure if it will be one of those things where he’ll just play a small role because of the injury, but he’s been working hard with our training staff and again, I can’t wait to see him out there contributing.” So you’re not one of those guys who is concerned about the offense?“No, because I know what kind of firepower we have, I know the quarterback that’s going to be running our offense, and I know the guy that’s going to be calling the plays, so I have a tremendous amount of confidence in our offense. Yet at the same time, we haven’t looked in sync in these preseason games. John Brown hasn’t played, Larry (Fitzgerald) hasn’t played — so there’s some things that, we can all make excuses but I’m not the type of guy that’s going to do that — I think it’s one of those things that people have to step up and make plays. There were some good things that I saw on tape — D.J. (Humphries) gave a pressure on the first snap, but aside from that I thought he did good things. And he certainly played better Week 2 than he did Week 1. Evan Mathis I thought had a good game and did some good things as a veteran and a steady pro, he put some good stuff on tape. And then the left side of the line certainly gives me confidence. Mike (Iupati) is playing physical and Jared Veldheer has been very consistent this preseason.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo So when you watch the tape, you are OK with your offensive line play?“Yeah, for the most part. The two young kids, Evan Boehm and Cole Toner, continue to do good things and are steadily improving. Those are guys that I don’t see the physical part of the game being an issue, but as we all know, rookies mentally have to grow. And both of those guys are steadily getting better, and again, I think that they’ve put some good stuff on tape to at least give us some confidence that they’re going to continue to grow and get better as they develop.”From your perspective, how successful were the joint practices with the Chargers?“It was great to see us going against another team, to get to know their personnel and have good understanding of what their needs are, kind of some of the areas where we may need to improve. And then the relationships — Mike McCoy is a great guy and a good friend of ours; Tom Telesco. I think the fact that we all had a mutual respect for each other, kept the practices clean and it was just good work for our players to be able to compete against their guys. To have a better understanding of what kind of player Keenan Allen is, who is a guy that really impressed me. And some of the other players that I saw out there — Jason Verrett’s a very good player — it kind of helps not only you, but it helps your scouts see guys up close and personal. And again, we’re always trying to have an advantage in the scouting side of it, whether it’s seeing a guy like Jason Verrett who has great skills. Maybe not the tallest corner in the world, but as we go out to the colleges now, we understand what we’re looking at and can continue to grow as evaluators.” How do you feel about the idea of hosting a joint practice?“I love it. Training camp can be monotonous, as you know, and to be able to work with other teams, again, it creates a lively atmosphere and then the competitive juices start flowing. So I think it gets the most out of our players.”Are you still talking about possible trades with the Chargers?“We continue to have conversations. A lot of times, early in the process, people don’t pull the trigger. Generally, those kind of conversations heat up towards the end of cuts. But we’ll continue to talk to the Chargers and other teams about any possible moves.”You were quoted as lamenting not drafting Russell Wilson; how often do you evaluate yourself?“Every year. And that’s the learning lesson that we try to continue to convey to our scouts, is humility and to be able to go back, self-evaluate, and understand why you missed on particular players. Russell Wilson is a great learning lesson for all of us. He didn’t have the necessary height and length that you would check off the box that he was the perfect fit for the NFL, and there weren’t a lot of comps for him at the time. But, listen, I have a great deal of respect for John Schneider and the job he does in Seattle, and the fact that he made the comment that aside from height, what does Russell Wilson lack, and again, that’s a lesson for all of us that there are players out there. Tyrann Mathieu is a perfect example; Ty doesn’t have all the natural tools, maybe, that you look for in terms of size and length and that sort of thing, but he makes up for it with compensating ability: with instincts, with unusual ball skills, and the ability to play with his eyes in the slot, and the different things he does from a versatility standpoint. There are players out there that don’t always go in the first round that teach us, as evaluators, moving on through the process, what are compensating abilities and how can they overcome certain factors that they lack. I think as an evaluator, you have to continue to challenge yourself on why and where you missed.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs as Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 25 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Seemingly with every game he plays, Larry Fitzgerald finds himself climbing up the leaderboard for several all-time NFL records.In Sunday’s 31-23 Cardinals win over the Washington Redskins, a game in which Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 78 yards, Fitzgerald extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 191, which is the longest active streak and third longest in league history.He also became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 1,100 career receptions, at 33 years and 95 days old, and moved past both Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison into third place on the all-time receptions leader list, at 1,106, and is 10th in receiving yards, with 14,246. “Like, stuff like that, I learn so much from Larry, just little small stuff all year, especially like last year when I was just watching and stuff, I learn so much stuff from a guy like Larry. It’s great to be around guys like him.”Fitzgerald’s place among the NFL’s best players was cemented after his historic playoff run that propelled the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII. But that Fitzgerald is still playing so well at this point in his career — through 12 games, he is tied with Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown for receptions and is on pace for his eighth career 1,000-yard season — is due in part to his evolution as a player.Whereas earlier in his career he was the X receiver, playing on the outside and going deep, since Arians arrived Fitzgerald has played more inside as the Z receiver, lining up in the slot and doing much of his work between the hashmarks.“We had that conversation three years ago; no one likes to hear that they’re not X anymore, he gets to play X, but he’s going to make his money in the slot at this time in his career, and he’s doing a fantastic job at it,” Arians said.In nine seasons before Arians took over, Fitzgerald averaged 5.5 catches and 74.4 yards per game; in nearly four seasons under the coach, he has averaged 5.9 catches and 66.1 yards per game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It is great, but the most important thing I am happy about is it came in a winning effort,” Fitzgerald said. “A tough, hard-fought game at home that we definitely needed.“It is always nice to be able to climb up a little higher, but it is humbling to know that I am still 400 catches behind Jerry Rice.Fitzgerald is actually 443 receptions behind Rice, and though he is still playing at an elite level, it’s difficult to imagine him ever catching arguably the greatest receiver ever.But as he continues to play and produce, it sure seems as though there isn’t much he can’t still accomplish, at least on a personal level.“It’s really hard to put in words, the names when he passes people,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, noting Fitzgerald will have to play a little while longer to catch Rice and Tony Gonzalez, who are both ahead of him in receptions. “But to put yourself in that category of passing Marvin (Harrison), who I was with, and Cris, is just, it really is mind boggling as I said [Sunday] what he has accomplished, especially in those four or five years when he didn’t have a quarterback.”Arians noted how when a team has quarterback issues it tends to have to throw the ball, which may have helped Fitzgerald’s stats a little bit.center_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Given that Fitzgerald has been running mostly shorter routes, it should not be a surprise that his catch percentage, according to ProFootballReference, has steadily risen in every year under Arians, to an incredibly efficient 80 percent this season.Essentially, when the ball is thrown Fitzgerald’s way, he catches it.On if it was funny to Fitzgerald that one of his milestone catches went for a three-yard gain, he smiled.“No, they keep getting shorter and shorter,” he said. “But hey, I am getting it thrown to me still, so that is all that I can ask for.”Fitzgerald’s perspective may have changed some over the years, as his career has gone on, and that he and the team have been successful under Arians probably helped him accept his changed role. He’s also become an effective blocker, which is something the coach said Fitzgerald had to buy into, adding it’s a rare combination of guys who are not only willing to do that, but be good at it, too.Arians said Fitzgerald’s ability to stay healthy has gone a long way toward him still producing, as the nine-time Pro Bowler and 2008 All-Pro has missed just two games since 2013 and has played in 198 of a possible 204 games since entering the NFL. Availability goes a long way.“When you get in there and block, and you’re going to get beat up playing over the middle, he’s so big and strong and he’s in great shape all the time,” he noted. “I was thinking 80 to 90 balls would be a great year for him, but last year obviously was 100-something, this year it should be over 100 again.”Fitzgerald is on pace to finish with 117 catches, 1,173 yards and seven touchdowns this season.No matter where Fitzgerald’s numbers finish, be it this season or even for his career, what he has done since being chosen third overall out of Pittsburgh in 2004 has been a sight to behold. He is under contract for the 2017 campaign, so he may not be done just yet.“He’s still going at a high level,” Humphries said. “Just, what’s he been in the league, what is he, year 13? What? How are you still running up and down the field like that?”Fitzgerald’s continued success may be surprising to some, simply because players his age are not supposed to be posting those kind of numbers. But Arians said it would not be fair to say his star’s play has shocked him.“Talent-wise, I had heard all the things,” he said. “Probably what’s surprised me more is how good a person he is, because I knew he was, but to be around him, he’s a hell of a guy.” “It’s rare, rare air that he is in,” the coach added.A future Hall of Famer, Fitzgerald’s impact on the organization over the course of his now 13 seasons with the team cannot be understated. It’s one thing to be a great Cardinal, however, and a completely different thing to be a great player.Everyone notices that.“Playing with a living legend,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “I’ve been blessed to witness him do his thing for nine years, so it’s been amazing to just sit here, front-row seat, and see him go out there and ball play after play, game after game. He’s my ultimate hero. I have a lot of love for him. I look up to him. He’s my role model.”“That dude is the GOAT, man,” tackle D.J. Humphries said. “I learn something from Larry, like every game.”Humphries pointed to a play near the end of the first half of the team’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, when Fitzgerald caught a 10-yard pass and quickly gave himself up before calling timeout with one second remaining, which allowed the Cardinals to attempt — and make — a 54-yard field goal.Humphries, in his second year, said at the time he wasn’t even thinking of how much time was on the clock. 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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Every week Paige Dimakos (@The_SportsPaige) will catch up with an Arizona Cardinals player and give our listeners the opportunity to submit questions to be answered on video.Submitting a question is easy, head on over to @AZSports on Twitter and tweet as many questions as you can think of.The best ones will make the cut! This week features Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman DJ Humphries (This week features Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (@74_hump). The second-year lineman talks about what music he listens to on gameday and the top pass rusher he’s faced in the NFL. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

W Retreat Koh Samui presents Koh Samuis very firs

first_imgW Retreat Koh Samui presents Koh Samui’s very first 3-Michelin Star dining experience at SIP bar and Namu restaurant.Chef Jacob Jan Boerma of De Leest restaurant in The Netherlands partners with mixologist Guillermo Gonzalez of Hiding in Plain Sight, Amsterdam, to present two special dinners in Koh Samui on 27 and 28 July.Boerma will be the island’s first 3 Michelin Star chef, with his own restaurant receiving its first star within just six months of opening.The chef has long been famous for his innovative use of vegetables, especially local produce, infused with flavours from all over the world.The exclusive dining experience will start at SIP with cocktail creations by Guillermo Gonzalez and continue at Namu restaraunt.The price of a 8-course dinner is 6,500 THB.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Emirates has unveile

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Emirates has unveiled its new Melbourne Airport lounge, revealing a contemporary and fresh look, based on the new design of Emirates lounges worldwide.At 1268-sqm in size, the Melbourne lounge is one of the biggest outstation lounges for the airline in the world and caters up to 241 passengers.With a view of the airfield, passengers will enjoy first class facilities and amenities including LED TV’s, leather armchairs, a dining area, prayer room with ablution areas, shower facilities and a business centre.In addition, passengers will be able to choose from a selection of hot and cold dishes from the gourmet buffet, as well as extensive beverage services. Some of the dishes on offer include: waffles and French toast for breakfast; teriyaki salmon, chicken satay and traditional fish and chips for snacks; and lamb cutlets, prawn salads, curries and chicken Schnitzel for dinner, as well as the finest selection of champagne, wines and spirits.The new Melbourne lounge forms part of a continuous global effort by the airline to upgrade its lounge offering for its passengers. In the last few months, Emirates has also updated its lounges at London Heathrow Airport and Perth International Airport, to further enhance the passenger experience when flying through these ports.“Our worldwide lounges ensure passengers are able to enjoy Emirates’ world-class experience from the moment they arrive at the airport,” said Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Vice President for Australasia.“The new and expanded Melbourne lounge will also help cater for additional capacity from March when we up-gauge and replace the existing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on one of our daily flights with an A380,” he added.The Emirates Lounge at Melbourne Airport is located on Level 3 of the International Terminal (entrance is located adjacent to gate 10 on the departures level).Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAmilla Fushi has teamed up with LUX Tennis to provide professional,  personalised tennis coaching by current and former ATP players. Complementing its tennis facilities, including two courts and a clubhouse offering complimentary equipment hire, Amilla now offers tailored coaching, practice programs and fun events to inspire and challenge guests of all abilities to improve their strokeplay.Whether it’s a private one-to-one or group session with a professional coach, or a game especially for the kids, LUX Tennis has the court covered. In addition to personalised private tuition and tennis ‘discovery’ sessions, LUX Tennis at Amilla Fushi offers a range of training programs and challenges including Challenge The Pro, where guests can take on the pro in a tie break to win a free session; a Kids’ Tennis Clinic specially created for under 12s; Train Like a Pro drills up against the ball machine; and a service speed-gun challenge.From 26 November – 3 December 2017, world number four Alexander ‘Sascha’ Zverev will return to Amilla with his brother and fellow pro Mischa Zverev for an exhibition to demonstrate first hand what it takes to win a one off contest. Guests will also have a chance to learn from the brothers with a complimentary one-hour tennis clinic at Amilla’s sister resort Finolhu, just a short speedboat ride away in Baa Atoll.From 4 – 11 January 2018, tennis fans visiting Amilla Fushi will also have a unique opportunity to rally with former US Open Men’s Singles champion and World No. 1 Pat Rafter. As well as playing an exhibition match against the resort’s resident LUX Tennis Pro, Rafter will also play a one-on- one with the winner of Amilla’s festive tennis tournament for guests!The tennis courts at Amilla Fushi are available for daily use and can be booked 24 hours in advance throughthe Katheeb/a or the Tennis Pro. Ocean Reef Houses at Amilla Fushi starts from US$1100 per night including breakfast, excluding tax and service.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Addicted to Maldives i

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAddicted to Maldives is fast becoming Australia’s foremost destination specialist for the Indian Ocean archipelago. With over 10 years of experience, it is the first Australian DMC to focus exclusively on the Maldives.Co-founder and director, Di Lechner, is a self-confessed Maldives addict. Di and her team tailor each holiday to the desires – and addictions  – of the client, be it surf, spa or romance.Addicted to Maldives shared its vision of a tropical getaway with its first Barefoot & Beautiful event on Sydney Harbour on Thursday 12 April. Superyacht Quantum was transformed into a Maldivian island paradise for the leading luxury travel advisors in attendance, with fresh coconuts, champagne, glitter tattoos and massages courtesy of resort partner, One&Only, while DJ Feline provided the relaxed island-inspired soundtrack.The company’s top 10 resort partners jetted in from the Maldives for the event, including One&Only Reethi Rah, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Huvafen Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva Fushi, Coco Collection, Amilla Fushi and Finolhu, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, COMO Maalifushi and COMO Cocoa Island and Taj Exotica.“We wanted to bring a little piece of Maldives magic to Sydney Harbour … in an effort to inspire and educate our agent partners on the destination,” said Di Lechner, cofounder and director, Addicted to Maldives.The event also saw Addicted to Maldives launch its new agent incentive program, Maldives Elite.Maldives Elite offers its members the opportunity to earn increased commissions, take part in yearly famil trips to the Maldives and participate in regular education sessions offered by the Addicted to Maldives team. This year’s Maldives Elite top agent will be rewarded with a 5-night stay at One&Only Reethi Rah, including return international flights, half-board for 2x adults and return transfers.“In speaking with a number of agents, what we have identified is that many advisors shy away from recommending and selling the Maldives because they just don’t have the knowledge on the destination. The Maldives is quite unique and it is so important that advisors recommend the right property for their clients. Logistically, it can be challenging getting to and from islands, and once your client is there, the resort has to be the right option for them because they are entirely dependant on the facilities and experiences offered at that property,” explained Di.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgRegent Seven Seas Cruises’ all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner commenced her 2018–19 season in local waters earlier this month, visiting Auckland as her first regional port of call.Mariner underwent a bow-to-stern refurbishment (images below) during a 20-day drydock earlier this year in Chantier Naval de Marseille, which has seen the luxury ship introduce fresh culinary experiences in newly redesigned restaurants, a redesigned pool deck, a remodelled library, new suite designs and a dramatic, elegant new ambience for all guest spaces.Seven Seas Mariner | Grand SuiteA highlight of her 2018–19 Australasian season is the 36-night Grand Voyage sailing, which circumnavigates the coast of Australia. Departing from Sydney, this all-inclusive journey will feature an Australian-orientated enrichment program, including an exclusive performance by Opera Australia in the intimate Constellation Theater and several other exclusive lectures provided by renowned experts from the likes of Australia Zoo and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.Seven Seas Mariner | Pool DeckShe will also complete a 20-night Sydney to Singapore sailing, visiting destinations ranging from Airlie Beach and Cairns to Papua New Guinea, Komodo and Bali, Broome, Tasmania and Kangaroo Island.“Since launching our regional headquarters in Sydney three years ago, we pride ourselves on leading the luxury cruise sector in Australia and New Zealand with our all-inclusive approach, including free unlimited shore excursions in over 450 ports. Our dedicated local sales and marketing team are also working closer than ever with local travel agent partners to deliver uncompromising service and personalised experiences to the most discerning of travellers,” said Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.Seven Seas Mariner | Concierge Suite Seven Seas Mariner | Compass Rose Service “2018 has been an exciting year for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, with the completion of our US$125 million-dollar refurbishment program ushering in a new era of opulence for luxury cruising. We are excited to have both Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator in our region this 18/19 season for some 75 days, and will also be a great taste of what’s to come with the arrival of The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built, Seven Seas Explorer, into local waters for the first time in 2020 – highlighting Regent Seven Seas Cruises commitment to growing its presence in Australia & New Zealand,” Odell added.Seven Seas Mariner | Horizon View SuiteSeven Seas Mariner | Coffee ConnectionIn addition to Seven Seas Mariner’s stunning local itineraries, Seven Seas Navigator will also explore the region this season with a 36-night Sydney to Singapore Exotic Ancient Seas voyage visiting destinations including the Whitsundays, Philippines’ islands, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Ko Samui and more; as well as a 24-night Great Barrier Reef and Coral Seas adventure from Sydney to Hong Kong via the Whitsundays, Philippines and Indonesia.Seven Seas Mariner | Canyon Ranchlast_img read more