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Howard Balzer is in his 47th year covering professional football as a writer, editor and broadcaster and has covered 41 Super Bowls. His connection with pro football began in 1976 with College and Pro Football Newsweekly, and since then he has been a featured columnist for The Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly, USA Today Sports Weekly and The Sports Xchange. Balzer moved to St. Louis in 1978 to work for The Sporting News, where he became Pro Football Editor in 1979. He was an analyst on ESPN's initial broadcast of the NFL Draft in 1980 and continued in that role through 1988. He has won seven writing awards in the Professional Football Writers of America competition, won an Emmy for commentaries on KPLR-TV in St. Louis in 1986 and was nominated for an Emmy in 1988 and 1990. He was named the 2016 winner of the Bob Broeg Media Award presented by the St. Louis/Tom Lombardo Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The award is for enthusiasm, integrity, professionalism and devotion to the game of football and is reserved for individuals whose contributions to football in the St. Louis area have made a significant difference. Balzer was an officer (secretary and secretary/treasurer) for the Professional Football Writers of America for 33 years and was inducted into the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Balzer relocated to the Phoenix area in 2020 as the publisher of the FanNation AllCardinals site and is now the Cardinals reporter for PHNX. He is entering his 19th year as one of 49 voting members on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and is also on the Hall's Seniors Committee. He is the co-host of the weekly Pro Football Hall of Fame radio show on SiriusXM NFL Radio and is a part-time host at ArizonaSports 98.7 FM.

Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Tuesday that the level of play that the Kansa City Chiefs played at was a step above probably what the Cardinals anticipated.

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Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph didn’t have much of a choice with how he deployed his players in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. With the team’s cornerbacks group compromised by injuries, the nickel back against quarterback Patrick Mahomes consisted mostly of linebackers. The snap counts tell the story. Starters Byron Murphy Jr. (100 percent) and Marco Wilson (96...

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The lazy narratives continued after the Arizona Cardinals provided fuel with a lopsided loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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There’s no place like home That wasn’t the case for the Cardinals in 2021. They finished the season with five consecutive losses and face a Kansas City team that has won seven straight season openers. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 11-4-1 in season openers at State Farm Stadium. But those numbers won’t matter much when the ball kicks off at 1:25 p.m. Arizona time Sunday. Asked whether there might be a new approach, head coach Kliff Kingsbury dead-panned this week, “We could probably change up the music in the locker room or something,” and then said, “But yeah, I mean that’s a pride thing and we’re all embarrassed that it ended the way it did at home last year and hopefully…

The Cardinals continue to suffer hits to their cornerback group, which led to head coach Kliff Kingsbury having some fun with the media Friday while discussing the roller-coaster summer experienced by Marco Wilson. And that was before we knew Byron Murphy Jr. had been added to the injury report with an illness and listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against...

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Lazy narratives. That was mentioned without explanation in my Wednesday analysisof the Cardinals’ injury issues and how they seriously impactedthe team’s ability to win in the last six games of the 2021season, including the dreadful playoff loss to the Rams.In my mind, a lazy narrative is one that seeks to find onereason, and one reason only, for why a team...

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A detailed look at Jalen Thompson's contract extension.

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It would be an understatement to proclaim that the National Football League is a weekly battle for survival. Survival of the fittest, many might say. The reality is that many of the lazy narratives that described the Cardinals Collapse late last season ignored the obvious: the team was decimated by injury or COVID-19 and it wasn’t only the loss of...

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