Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talks to

first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talks to Carson Palmer during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 24 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Perhaps the biggest question for the Cardinals is how will Palmer bounce back from a postseason in which he turned the ball over eight times (six interceptions, two fumbles), fueling the narrative that he is not a clutch postseason performer.“I’m sure he is as pissed as anybody and disappointed,” Arians said. “He will probably come back as determined as he did from (last season’s ACL) surgery.”A look at the Cardinals’ free agentsUnrestrictedILB Sean WeatherspoonCB Jerraud PowersQB Drew StantonTE Jermaine GreshamC Lyle SendleinG Ted LarsenS Rashad JohnsonLS Mike LeachOLB Dwight FreeneyOLB Jason BabinOLB Lamarr WoodleyRB Chris JohnsonDE Red BryantRT Bradley SowellS Chris ClemonsCB Corey WhiteRT Bobby MassieRestrictedS DJ SwearingerP Drew ButlerS Tony JeffersonWR Jaron BrownExclusive rightsDE Josh MauroILB Kenny DemensTE Darren FellsTE Ifeanyi MomahFollow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 15 When the Cardinals finally move past the sting of Sunday’s 49-15 loss at Carolina, they will realize how much they achieved this season, including a franchise-best 13 regular-season wins, a third NFC West title, numerous offensive records and a berth in just the franchise’s second conference title game.With team president Michael Bidwill, GM Steve Keim, Arians and the core players all working in unison to create a culture never before seen in this franchise, it is tempting to view this season as a building block toward something bigger.It is also a dangerous belief.“When you have guys that are above 10 years in the league at critical positions, your window is very short,” said Arians, echoing a sentiment he voiced at the beginning of the season.Chief among those veterans is quarterback Carson Palmer, who will be 37 next December. No matter how good your culture is, if you don’t have an elite quarterback in the NFL, you’re not going to win championships.Palmer managed to stay relatively healthy this year, and he was joined in the NFL’s final four by 38-year-old Patriots QB Tom Brady and 39-year-old Broncos QB Peyton Manning so it is not far-fetched to believe Palmer can play at a high level for another couple seasons. TEMPE, Ariz. — During the season, coach Bruce Arians gives his players 24 hours to move past the last game, win or lose. As the Cardinals enter the offseason on the heels of a disappointing performance in the NFC Championship, the rules have changed.“Now you’ve got (the) nine-month rule,” Arians joked. “It will linger, but there were so many good things, so many positive things that they far outweigh that.” Beyond that, all bets are off, and Palmer isn’t the only key player with double-digit years of NFL service. Receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be 33 next season, when he enters the final year of his contract. Fitzgerald proved his worth on the field again this season, and his worth in the locker room is unquestioned.“Our window is not like other teams where you’ve got young franchise players in place for a long time,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said. “Carson is a hell of a quarterback but how much longer does he have and how much longer does Fitz have to continue to play at these high levels?“There’s no question we feel the urgency to win now.”Keim told The Doug and Wolf Show on Monday that he is already beginning work on improving the roster for next season. The GM’s track record suggests that is exactly what will happen.“You don’t get to be 13-3 with a bunch of slouches,” Palmer said. “There’s great players, there’s great coaching and the way we work is as good as I’ve been around so the foundation is definitely here.“The one thing you can look back on is we’ve gotten better each year and that’s something that Steve Keim and Bruce can be proud of. We just need to continue to improve and take that next step.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgIs there a particular group that stood out to you and needs to improve?“No. 1 thing is turning over the football, 5-1, that’s an issue. I thought we played physical, and we knew it was going to be a physical game. But I would say probably on the back end, again with a little bit of miscommunication, again, when you hold Todd Gurley to 41 yards, I thought we were physical up front against the run. (Case Keenum) got the ball out quickly, and then there were some things again in coverage, whether it was in position to make a play and you don’t or it was a busted coverage or a missed tackle or two. I would say that the back-end probably didn’t play as good as other areas. I thought Deone Bucannon played well, I thought Kevin Minter made some mistakes, whether it was leverage in coverage and that sort of thing. There were signs in different areas that still makes me believe that No. 1, we still have a talented football team and No. 2, we have time on our hands yet at the same time we can’t mess around. We’re in a position that we all know, it better start changing quickly.”Do you think this team misses Rashad Johnson?  “No, I mean I think we have enough leaders back there and guys that can get people lined up and can do the right things, it’s just a matter of execution, no different offensively, as we’re trying to get the ball down field and so many times we were in position to make plays, and you have the ball on the 42 yard line, David Johnson fumbles. You have the ball on the three and you don’t score a touchdown, you know, you drive in and you throw an interception in the end zone. So there’s a number of things we continue to do to shoot ourselves in the foot, and they’re all reoccurring, and it’s surprising to me because we had a good practice last week, it was physical, felt like we had a good week of preparation, but that’s not carrying over to the field. We knew what type of game we were going to have yesterday, and again I think some of it was positive, because it reinforces the fact that there are some things we can do that will give people issues, but at the same time, finishing and minimizing mistakes is still an issue.” What did you think of the pass rush?“We created some pressure and again, (Keenum) got the ball out so quick. I would say one of the things that bothered me was when we got pressure, we’re doing a poor job of keeping our eyes up as we rush. We’re getting guys that are consumed in blocks, or creating pressure whether it’s speed to power or bull rushes, and now all of a sudden we’re giving a quarterback an opportunity to sidestep and get a lane and get out of the pocket, or to slide and find throwing lanes when we have pressure on him. So we got to do a better job of getting our eyes up and creating havoc and making it tougher for him to move around in the pocket.” When is it time to panic and what does it look like?“Panic to me is a word when you do things out of the realm, where you need to do things unorthodox, and I don’t think we need to do that. I think we have some good football players who need to play better, and guys who need to get their heads straight in terms of preparation off the field, the mental side of it. I think we played with urgency and physicality, this past game, it’s just like I said, the little things, attention to detail, which is hurting us.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo General manager Steve Keim joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, as he does every morning following a Cardinals game, to discuss what happened against the Rams and what the team needs to do to move on to Thursday night.What’s wrong with the Arizona Cardinals?“Well I’ll say this: I never envisioned this kind of start. I don’t know that anybody, fans or anybody in the organization would’ve envisioned this. In the past we have won home games, like the Patriots, and like this game, so we’re close. (1:30) We make critical mistakes at critical times, and instead of being 3-1 we’re sitting at 1-3. Now the difference is, is those were different teams and this is a different time. So now we’re facing adversity for the first time, this kind of adversity in the three years we’ve been together, and we’ll find out what we’re made of quickly. The tape yesterday was interesting because there were actually a lot of good things and I know that’s hard to believe. When you put up 420 yards against their 288, 26 first downs versus their 12, we did some good things, particularly against Todd Gurley, minimizing his yards, moving the ball up and down the field, again, some of the same things are plaguing us, which is difficult to deal with, whether it’s a blown coverage or giving up a big play. Marcus Cooper’s in position, he just doesn’t make a play on that ball. Tony Jefferson’s over top and slips, and there’s a big play for a touchdown. The list goes on of things that happen like that. Getting off the field on third down, those sort of things, and all of that needs to improve.” How do you feel about Robert Nkemdiche being inactive again?“Well he’s not 100 percent healthy, but there’s no doubt, he’s got to continue to grow and get better as a player, and again, more so the off field stuff of studying the game and understanding the defense and that sort of thing, but now that the ankle is getting better, hopefully we’ll see more of him.”How did the offensive line play?“Surprisingly when you study the tape, there were some guys who got beat, but I thought for the most part we played fairly well. It’s no secret that Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn are two of the better players in the National Football League, in fact, Aaron Donald is amazing, some of the things he can do. I thought we did a really good job in the run game, being physical, creating run lanes for (David Johnson) and Chris Johnson. In the pass game there was some pressure, there’s no doubt about it, but I think they gave Carson enough of a pocket, other than a few snaps, to be able to throw the football effectively.”What do you as the general manager do at 1-3? Do you get angry?“Yeah man I’m a competitor. There’s nothing about it that makes me happy. I’ve been here long enough to go through tough times, and to know that the past few years that we have a chance to create sustainable success, and I hold myself accountable as anybody and I’ve got to do a better job, and it’s OK to take this thing personal, it’s my job, and there’s no doubt that it starts Thursday night of getting back on track against the 49ers.” LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) What is Carson Palmer’s condition? “He went through the concussion protocol, but I haven’t talked to Tom Reed yet and our medical staff, so I will follow up this morning and find out a little bit later.”Is the team showing intensity during the week?“Well they certainly did last week, coach was all over them, and they played fast and they practiced physical. It was one of our more physical Wednesdays of the season for sure, but that’s got to continue to ramp up. Obviously we’re in a mode right now where we got to figure out what we’re doing wrong, and there’s no doubt we’re spending every second trying to figure that out. The good news for us again is that there’s a lot of football left to be played, as disappointed as all of us are. You can look at the positives and try to build on it, but there’s no doubt, there’s a lot of disappointment around here, both inside the building and with our fan base, and that should be expected.”Have you scheduled any meetings in hopes of finding out what’s wrong? “I personally don’t but I know Bruce (Arians) will. Bruce will talk to the captains and the leaders, and I know those guys will have some player-only meetings to make sure that they’re all on the same page. There was definitely anger in the locker room after the game, in a good way. In a way where, we have competitors in there and everybody needs to do a better job and look themselves in the mirror. We’re all accountable for this thing, we just got to get it back on track and play our brand of football, and our brand of football, even though it’s a different year, is to finish games like that, minimize mistakes and win at home. That’s embarrassing that we’ve lost two home games that were so close, knowing that our fans brought it and were there in full force for us.” Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals dropped their second home game of the season against the Los Angeles Rams, 17-13.The Rams scored the go-ahead touchdown following a big punt return from Tavon Austin with less than three minutes remaining. With Carson Palmer out due to a concussion, backup Drew Stanton was called upon, but he was unable to lead the Cards to a game-winning drive.Next up for the Cardinals is a Thursday night tilt with the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Palmer’s two picks bring his season total to 13 and places him fourth in the NFL in interceptions. This marks his fourth multi-interception game of the year, the most he’s has had since his first season with the Cardinals in 2013 (seven). – / 31center_img Both of Palmer’s interceptions occurred in the first quarter, with the first coming on the opening drive for the Cardinals. After securing a first down, Palmer tried getting the ball to Larry Fitzgerald near Miami’s 49-yard line, but found rookie Mike Hull instead. Ryan Tannehill took the gift from Palmer and scored the first touchdown of the game, a 28-yard pass to Kenny Stills.The second hiccup by Palmer happened at the 1:17 mark of the first quarter, where he again tried feeding Fitzgerald, but was picked off by Bacarri Rambo.Pro Football Focus gave Palmer a passing grade of 52.7, and stated that while the quarterback didn’t perform at his best, it was good enough given the weather conditions.When his offensive line could keep Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh off him, Carson Palmer was steady, if not explosive in the moist conditions in Miami. When the Dolphins’ pass rush got to Palmer (16 of his 37 dropbacks), the Cardinals’ offense and Palmer saw their performance drop off significantly. Palmer completed only four of his 12 pass attempts under pressure, good for only 3.4 yards per attempt.However, the quarterback has been arguably ineffective all year with a 20:13 touchdown to interception ratio. To put that into perspective, Palmer turned the ball over in the air 11 times last season, but supplemented that by throwing a career-best 35 touchdowns. A rain-soaked day in Miami, with the season on the line, was not an ideal time for Carson Palmer to have one of his worst games of the year.The 36-year-old completed only 18-of-33 passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 26-23 loss to the Dolphins. Palmer’s 145 yards were the least the quarterback has thrown since his 129-yard performance in a Week 17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last season — a game in which he only played the first half. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks to pass, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgFranchising Jones could force the Cardinals to part ways with Campbell, one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in football. He turns 31 this year.Campbell finished this past season third on the Cardinals with eight sacks, though he led the team with 26 QB pressures and 27 QB hits. One of the veteran leaders, it was at one point assumed he would move on after the season, though his strong play coupled with the inconsistency of first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche has led to speculation that Campbell may not be done in Arizona just yet. Whenever asked about his future, Campbell has consistently said he understands it may lie with a different organization but hopes that is not the case.The next Cardinal on Clayton’s list is safety Tony Jefferson, who he put at No. 28.It seems like every safety who plays for the Cardinals becomes a solid player. Jefferson had a great year.Jefferson was a full-time starter for the first time in 2016, and he responded by tallying 92 tackles, two sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was playing under a one-year contract signed as a restricted free agent, and is, like Jones and Campbell, hopeful his career in Arizona is not finished. It’s doubtful too many people envy Steve Keim these days.The Arizona Cardinals’ GM is tasked with rebuilding a team that slipped from 13 wins in 2015 to seven in 2016, with the task potentially being made more difficult due to the volume of free agents the team will have to make decisions on.Naturally, not all will be retained, which is a fact head coach Bruce Arians acknowledged the day after Arizona’s season ended in Los Angeles. The final player to land on Clayton’s list is linebacker Kevin Minter, who was placed at No. 41.Minter is a good inside linebacker whom the Cardinals need to re-sign.Minter finished second on the Cardinals in 2016 with 95 total tackles, while also posting a career-high 3.5 sacks with eight QB pressures and eight QB hits. A three-year starter (though he was limited in 2014 due to injury), Minter said he has never seen a team with so many free agents before but would like to find a way to remain in Arizona.The Cardinals, with four players in Clayton’s top 50, are tied with the New England Patriots for having the most players on the list. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories “This is always a tough day, because when it comes to an end it comes to an end, and when you’re not putting a ring on your finger, saying goodbye to some players is hard,” Arians said. “Obviously you never have the same team back.”With more than 20 players set to hit the open market, Keim has his work cut out for him, especially when you consider how valuable at least  a handful of them are.Last week, NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal listed three Cardinals among the top 25 free agents, while now, ESPN’s John Clayton has them with four in the top 50.The highest ranked Cardinal, according to Clayton in the piece for ESPN Insider, is linebacker Chandler Jones, who is at No. 4.Coach Bruce Arians has already stated the Cardinals’ intentions. Arians said Jones, who had 11 sacks this season, will be franchised if he doesn’t get a long-term deal.Indeed, Arians has said the team will use the franchise tag on Jones if a long-term deal is not agreed to, though Jones — who posted his second consecutive double-digit sack season in 2016 — noted he would like to continue his career in Arizona.The next player on Clayton’s list is defensive lineman Calais Campbell, who is at No. 10. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThis month, Budapest skincare brand Omorovicza will partner with Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest for a pop up store, running from 26 to 29 October 2017. Guests will experience a selection of treatments from the new Omorovicza Midnight Menu to celebrate the arrival of their Midnight Radiance Mask. This brightening overnight mask is formulated with active ingredients to gently exfoliate the skin while promoting cell renewal and fighting hyperpigmentation.The Omorovicza Midnight Menu is designed to prepare the skin and body for a natural restorative sleep. Comprising three sections, the treatment begins with a back massage followed by a 30-minute facial. Visitors can choose from The Detoxifier, a deep cleansing facial; The Brightener, a facial to boost complexions; The Restorer, a strengthening treatment for ageing skin; The Revitaliser, an overnight workout for the face; or The Hydrator, which restores moisture levels to help hydrate the skin overnight. It also includes a choice of two 10-minute enhancers to further relax and restore the body and mind. Visitors can choose from an Eye Cooler, Face Soother, Scalp Retreat, Neck Lift or Feet Relaxer. Each treatment is completed with the application of the Midnight Radiance Mask, which is left overnight on the skin.The treatments will only be available during the evenings from 5 to 10pm to coincide with the body’s Circadian rhythm.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAdding a new level of sophistication and further cementing Nanuku Auberge Resort’s position and its overall product delivery in place at the very top of the Fiji resort listings, 13 new luxury one- and two-bedroom Auberge Beach Villas are on schedule for their official opening in October this year.One of the biggest resort developments to take place in Fiji in recent times, work is underway on the beachfront site project following a traditional ground-breaking ceremony conducted by local chiefs, village elders and other local dignitaries.When complete and ready for guests, each of the Auberge Beach Villas will come complete with state-of-the-art kitchens, private swimming pools and open terraces, fronted by a three-kilometre-long white-sand beach and the resort’s own pristine house reef.An added benefit for guests staying in an Auberge Beach Villa is the opportunity to combine  an intimate and very private villa-style holiday in their own environment or, as desired, take full advantage of the fact they also have access to a full resort offering an award-winning restaurant and bar, a spa and wellness centre and a myriad choice of both on- and off-resort activities.A very proud Nanuku Auberge Resort GM, Sascha Hemmann, said the ground-breaking event represented a watershed moment for Fiji’s tourism industry.“There can be no doubt we raised the bar considerably when we first opened our doors under a ‘Nanuku Resort & Spa’ branding in early 2014,” Hemmann said.“The changes that have taken place since then, including a major rebranding as part of the internationally acclaimed and highly respected Auberge Resorts Collection, have truly positioned us in place as one of the most desirable resorts to be found in Fiji and further afield in the South Pacific.“When complete and ready for guests, we are beyond confident that our new Auberge Beach Villas will take that reputation even higher, in the process taking both our standing as a true luxury resort offering a definitive outer island experience to levels previously unseen in this part of the world.”Lead image: Artist’s impression of Nanuku’s Auberge Beach VillasGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAbercrombie & Kent’s Luxury Expedition Cruises is offering a new 48-day Grand Arctic Voyage in 2020 that will explore five regions, including the fabled Northwest Passage.Departing Oslo on 31 July 2020, the Grand Arctic Voyage is comprised of three back-to-back sailings aboard the luxurious Le Boreal. On board Le Boreal, guests explore the Svalbard Islands, Greenland’s rarely-visited east coast, Iceland’s Westfjords, Greenland and the Bering Sea before concluding in Nome, Alaska on 16 September 2020. The nearly 50-day itinerary includes everything from varied wildlife, geological wonders, fabled cultures and endless wilderness deep in the heart of the Arctic.The individual itineraries that constitute the adventure are:15-day Arctic Cruise Adventure: In Search of the Polar Bear – 31 July to 14 August 202015-day Ultimate Iceland & Greenland Cruise – 13 August to 27 August 202024-day The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea – 24 August to 16 September 2020Whether joining one, two or all three cruises, guests can count on insight and guidance from an average of 20 A&K Expedition Team members every step of the way, with interactions that include adventurous Zodiac cruises, lectures and wildlife encounters. A&K’s dedicated photo coach also joins every voyage, allowing guests to hone their skills with lectures and hands-on workshops for both experts and budding photographers alike, all in one of the world’s most photogenic settings.By chartering the luxurious mega-yacht Le Boreal, A&K can limit guest capacity to 199. This lower capacity allows unrestricted access to landing sites prohibited to larger vessels and also affords an intimate staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3 as well as allowing room for a private balcony in every stateroom and suite. Each voyage is all-inclusive, featuring arrival and departure transfers, gratuities and bar drinks in addition to complimentary Wi-Fi, Traveller’s Valet laundry service and exclusive A&K amenities.The 15-day Ultimate Iceland & Greenland cruise is priced from AU$24,160 per person twin share, was $26,335.The all-encompassing 48-day adventure is priced from US$55,785 per person twin share – down from US$68,985 – including a 10% savings and early booking discount. Australian pricing is used during the application.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more