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Five Teams To Watch This Offseason, Part Five of Five: Arizona Cardinals

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Arizona went 8-8 in 2017, and after the season ended, both head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer announced their retirement.  Steve Wilks, former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator has not taken the reigns at head coach in the desert, and quarterback Sam Bradford (per Adam Schefter) has agreed to a contract with the Cardinals.

Arizona now has Sam Bradford and per NFL’s Peter Schrager, they will also have Mike Glennon.

Arizona was also able to keep Larry Fitzgerald on the team, he lead the team in receptions (109) yards (1156) and touchdowns (6), he was the only receiver to top 100 receptions and 1000 yards, for the Cardinals.  He was one of only two Cardinal receivers with at least 500 yards.  Free agent receivers (per www.nfl.com) include Eric Decker, Terrelle Pryor, Michael Floyd (former Cardinal), Mike Wallace and John Brown who last year 21 receptions for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2017 for Arizona.

Running back is another area to possibly address in the even their feature back David Johnson gets hurt again, Carlos Hyde, who is a free agent from the 49ers is a name that could be thrown around in their organization.  That is if he is willing to be a back up because of his ability to run and catch the football. Doug Martin could be a cheaper option as well.

Staying on the offense, the offensive line is a unit that could use some upgrading, as the Cardinal quarterbacks were sacked a combine 52 times in 2017.

Defensively they might look to add depth to help their defense continue to play well, in 2017 their defense ranked 6th in total yards allowed, 6th in rushing yards allowed and 14th against the pass.

 

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Cardinals to Interview Ben McAdoo

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The Arizona Cardinals have their head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, and now they are focusing on building his staff.

The Cardinals are interviewing former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph to become their defensive coordinator, and also have plans for their offensive staff as well.

According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, former New York Giants head coach Ben McAddo will interview for a spot on Kingsbury’s staff, although it is not clear for what position.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, McAdoo could be considered for the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator position, but could also be brought in as a “senior position on the offensive staff”.

Either way, Arizona is building their team around Kingsbury.

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Cardinals to Interview Vance Joseph

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With Kliff Kingsbury officially at the helm of the Arizona Cardinals, the team is now looking to build his staff.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals are interviewing former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph regarding their defensive coordinator job.

Joseph, who was fired by Denver at the end of the season, has been linked to the Cincinnati Bengals head coaching job.

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Cardinals Hiring Kliff Kingsbury as Next Head Coach

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The Arizona Cardinals are reeling in a hot collegiate coaching name as they are in the process of making former Texas Tech head coach and current USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury their next head coach, according to Fox Sports’ Pete Schrager.

Kingsbury recently took the job as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator, but a small buyout in his contract will allow him to jump ship, despite USC initially blocking him from interviews, according to The Athletic’s Jay Glazer.

The Cardinals fired Steve Wilks after one season, and had interviewed former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for their head coaching vacancy.

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