After a season to forget, the Cardinals have options for 2019

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

There wasn’t a lot to say about the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. Honestly, it was basically a throwaway season. However, with the Cards having a new coach and the first pick in the draft, can 2019 bring a turnaround?

After going 3-13, the Cardinals knew things had to change. They started with firing head coach Steve Wilks after just one season, and hiring college football coach, Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury started coaching in 2008 moving from the University of Houston, then on to Texas A&M, and finally to Texas Tech. He had been hired as the offensive coordinator at USC in December, but obviously, let that go to coach at the NFL level.

Reaction to the Kingsbury hire was, to say the least, cool from fans and media. However, he coached quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield, Johnny Manziel, and Case Keenum. So there is reason to think his system could carry over to the NFL. Add to that the fact they brought in former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph as defensive coordinator, this team has a completely fresh start in coaching.

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Wilks fired in Arizona after just one season

Dayna O’Gorman Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Steve Wilks is out as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals after just one season. Wilks will be the first one and done head coach since Chip Kelly’s firing in San Francisco two years ago.

Wilks started his coaching career at the college level for Savannah State University. He then moved up to the NFL, working for the Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers. When Ron Rivera became head coach for the Carolina Panthers, he brought Wilks with him, moving up from secondary coach to assistant head coach in 2015.

Wilks interviewed with both the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants before landing the job in Arizona.

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Goff gets back in rhythm leading the Rams to a 31-9 victory

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyRK78

Rams 31 – Cardinals 9

Admit it. You (read: ME!) were a bit scared upon learning that LA Rams running back Todd Gurley wasn’t going to be playing Sunday. Sidelined with a bum left knee, I WAS nervous that might have the potential to lead us to a third consecutive loss. Luckily, the Rams newest pickup, running back C.J. Anderson more than stepped up in Gurley’s absence, rushing for more than 160 yards and getting a touchdown.

It’s not that I don’t have confidence in the team. I still think the Rams will win the Super Bowl. Losing two games in a row was just so odd and not something we have seen the Rams do this season. So, ok. I got nervous. I’m over it now and when a friend texted me late Sunday night asking “Do you think we can beat the 49ers?” I immediately replied with an enthusiastic “Yes!”

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Larry Fitzgerald to Host Women’s Football Clinic

Calling all Phoenix area women!

On Monday, November 19th, if you’re in the Phoenix area, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be hosting his 2nd annual Women’s Football Clinic.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about football from one of the NFL’s greatest players, and also one of the nicest players.

The football clinic will be open to women 21 and older and will be held at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium from 6:30-10:00 pm Monday, November 19th.

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Chicago Bears Matt Nagy on track his way

Wanda Wiedman, Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Bears 16 – 14 Cardinals

The expectations for the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals were supposed to be low. If you were expecting a blowout, then your expectations were a bit too high. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 16-14 thanks to the defense.

The Bears defense was a little slow at first, including a couple of botched plays in coverage from linebacker Danny Trevathan. Those two ended up in touchdowns. But with some motivation, the Bears defense came alive and held quarterback Sam Bradford to 0 points for the rest of the game.

However, Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky struggled throughout the day, especially when he would drop his eyes the moment the Cardinals would pass rush. He failed to connect on the deep balls but did just enough to lead his team to victory.

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2018 NFL Draft: QBs to provide big impact for 5 teams

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Round One of the 2018 NFL Draft saw five Quarterbacks get taken: Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson. These men should have a huge impact on their new teams and could really shake-up their divisions.

The first four all went in the top 10 but it took a while for Jackson to find a home. In what may have been the most joyful moment of the evening for a lot of his fans, the Ravens traded back into the first round to get him at 32. Two went to the AFC North and two went to the AFC East. Both those divisions are going to see the quality of competition rise significantly in the next couple years.

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OurTurf’s Mock NFL Draft Part 1

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Free agency is pretty much on the quiet front with some players still trickling on to teams, such as quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the Tennessee Titans, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Los Angeles Rams.  But now it’s all about the draft and filling the holes that will make or break a team. So here is my attempt at Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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NFC East / NFC West – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings – Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Dallas Cowboys

Signings: DE Demarcus Lawrence (franchise tag), DT Brian Price, DT David Irving, FB Jamize Olawale(trade from Oakland) LS L.P. Ladouceur, WR Deonte Thompson, LB Joe Thomas, OT Cameron Fleming, TE Jason Witten, G Joe Looney, G Marcus Martin, K Brett Maher, DE Kony Ealy, DT David Irving

Released: DE Benson Mayowa, DT Joe Vellano, CB Orlando Scandrick, WR Brian Brown, WR Dez Bryant

 

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Titans lose on the road to Arizona

Official Tennessee Titans Fan Reporter

 

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Cardinals 12 – Titans 7

 

What was supposed to be a beautiful beginning of a trip out west ended up an offensive nightmare. The Titans defense was playing full force. They had eight sacks this game and they kept the Cardinals from scoring touchdowns. However, the Tennessee offense was just plain awful. They are not working together. There is no mojo brewing, no fantastic plays, and certainly no smashmouth football going on. Blah!!

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Injuries Overshadow Seahawks Win in Arizona

By Shannon Sanchez  // @ShannonSanchez3

Seattle Seahawks 22 – Arizona Cardinals 16

 

 

The Seahawks won. It doesn’t feel like it though.  They paid a high price.  There was a sense that this was a must-win game after last Sunday, but no one could have expected this.  At least 7 Seahawks were injured. The most notable, safety Richard Sherman out for the rest of the year with a ruptured Achilles.   Strong safety Kam Chancellor left the game with a stinger, left tackle Duane Brown (ankle), defensive tackle Jarran Reed (hamstring), safety Shaquill Griffin (shoulder), and running back C.J. Prosise (ankle).

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