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Cardinals promoted OLBs coach James Bettcher to defensive coordinator.

This has been the expected move for a couple weeks now following Todd Bowles' departure to become the Jets' coach. Bettcher has only been a coach at the NFL level since 2012 when he entered the league with the Colts. Prior to that, he was the special teams coordinator at New Hampshire. Bruce Arians brought Bettcher to Arizona with him. Bettcher will get plenty of help.
Feb 1 - 12:07 PM

Associated Press named Bruce Arians its 2014 Coach of the Year.

It's the second time in three years Arians has won the award. Arians led the Cardinals to an 11-5 record despite losing his top two quarterbacks to injury. He received 39.5 first-place votes, beating out Bill O'Brien, Jason Garrett, Pete Carroll, Jim Caldwell, and Bill Belichick. The Associated Press also named ex-Cardinals DC Todd Bowles its 2014 Assistant Coach of the Year.
Jan 31 - 8:47 PM

Free agent ILB Larry Foote is considering retirement.

Foote, 34, had 83 tackles and two sacks in 15 starts last year. He graded out as one of the worst inside linebackers in the league per PFF, and would struggle to get anything more than backup-caliber deals on the open market. Foote could join the Cardinals' coaching staff if he decides to retire.
Jan 31 - 4:11 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians "desperately" wants Larry Fitzgerald to stay in Arizona.

"We definitely, desperately want him to stay," Arians said. "He knows that. It’s really his decision." With a massive $23.6 million cap figure for 2015, Fitzgerald's decision will be whether to take a pay cut to stay in Arizona or force the Cardinals to cut him before his $8 million roster bonus comes due in March. There is some growing optimism the two sides will work out a deal, but it remains a distinct possibility Fitzgerald will not be a Cardinal next season.
Jan 31 - 10:51 AM

The Cardinals aren't counting on suspended ILB Daryl Washington for 2015.

Substance-abuse violations got Washington banned for all of 2014, but he's yet to be disciplined by the league for his domestic-violence conviction. "Last year, we learned about his suspension after free agency," said team president Michael Bidwill. "This year we are going to plan to make sure we address all the issues not knowing whether Daryl will be back for part of next season or all of next season." Washington should be facing at least a six-game ban. His current year-long suspension runs through late May.
Jan 29 - 5:41 PM

Free agent CB Antonio Cromartie said he's open to returning to the Jets.

The dots connect here. Cromartie flashed some of his best ball as a Jet from 2010-13, he was elite in new coach Todd Bowles' scheme while with the Cardinals in 2014 and the Jets' secondary desperately needs a talent infusion. Cromartie, 30, is our No. 4 corner available in free agency, only behind Bryon Maxwell, Brandon Flowers and Tramon Williams.
Jan 29 - 8:54 AM

Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 Phoenix is hearing the Cardinals will name OLBs coach James Bettcher their defensive coordinator.

He would be getting the nod over DBs coach Nick Rapone. Bettcher has spent the last two seasons as Arizona's outside linebackers coach, helping to develop Matt Shaughnessy and Alex Okafor. Bettcher would likely only make slight tweaks to outgoing DC Todd Bowles' scheme after working under him.
Jan 26 - 4:04 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirms he plans to promote from within for his next defensive coordinator.

The Arizona Republic reported as much two weeks ago. XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki has reported that DBs coach Nick Rapone is the favorite to replace Todd Bowles, though OLBs coach James Bettcher is also believed to be on the map. Arians has said he'll make a decision by next week.
Jan 26 - 2:35 PM

Cardinals RE Calais Campbell will have sports hernia surgery during the first week of February.

The injury clearly isn't bothering Campbell too much as he played through it during the season and will participate in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Campbell, arguably the game's finest 3-4 end this side of J.J. Watt, will be ready by camp. Sports hernia surgeries usually come with a 6-10 week recovery timetable.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 12:14 PM

Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer (ACL, meniscus) is "ahead of schedule," and should be ready for June's mandatory minicamp.

Arians even said he "wouldn't put it past" Palmer to be ready for OTAs, but that's pure fantasy for a 35-year-old quarterback who just tore up his knee in November. Teams and players are often wildly optimistic about injury timelines in January before getting a more realistic picture in the spring. For now, we'll consider Palmer likely to be ready for training camp.
Jan 20 - 6:17 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes impending free agent CB Antonio Cromartie could return to the Jets.

Cromartie played under new Jets coach Todd Bowles in Arizona last season and called him a "great hire" in a recent interview. With the Jets secondary in shambles, a reunion may make sense for both sides. Cromartie had 13 interceptions across four seasons with the Jets from 2010-13.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 12:04 PM

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill believes Larry Fitzgerald will be back with the team in 2015.

"I’m sure we’ll get it worked out," Bidwill said. "We’ve had a couple of conversations that I think were productive so we’ll continue those discussions." There is almost zero chance Arizona keeps Fitzgerald at his current $23.6 million cap hit, so those productive conversations likely centered around a pay cut for the 31-year-old wideout. After appearing resolutely opposed to a pay cut during the season, Fitzgerald has softened his stance in recent weeks. If a deal is to be done, it will have to be before Fitz's $8 million roster bonus comes due in March.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 10:23 AM

XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki is "hearing" Cardinals DBs coach Nick Rapone is the favorite to replace Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator.

Per Jurecki, OLBs coach James Bettcher is also a candidate. It jibes with the Arizona Republic's Tuesday report that the Cards were likely to promote from within to replace Bowles. Whoever gets the call could be guided along by ex-Steelers DC Dick LeBeau, who appears poised to join Bruce Arians as a "senior assistant."
Jan 15 - 7:44 PM

Andre Ellington (sports-hernia surgery, foot) has resumed running.

It's further proof that Ellington will avoid foot surgery. Barring setbacks, he should be a full participant in Arizona's offseason program. It's nice to see Ellington getting back to full health, but he'll be a candidate to break down again next season if the Cardinals ride him the way they did in 2014. Ellington's 5-foot-9, 199-pound frame appears ill-suited to the monstrous workloads coach Bruce Arians insisted he handle.
Jan 15 - 1:57 PM

AZCentral's Kent Somers reports the Cardinals would like to promote their next defensive coordinator from within the organization.

Somers threw out OLB coach James Bettcher, CB coach Kevin Ross and DB coach Nick Rapone as names that could be considered. Somers also mentioned coach Bruce Arians is interested in bringing in former Steelers DC Dick LeBeau as a "senior assistant" to help the new defensive coordinator. Whoever lands the job in Arizona will have big shoes to fill. Former coordinator and new Jets coach Todd Bowles led a top-ten scoring defense in both his years at the helm.
Jan 14 - 9:55 PM


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