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I hope . . . That everyone realizes how overblown the headlines were when numerous outlets ran with the story that Cardinals owner and president Michael Bidwill would consult with quarterback Kyler Murray about the team’s next head coach. In his press conference to announce the departures of Steve Keim and Kliff Kingsbury from the organization, Bidwill said at one…...

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I hope . . . That kicker Matt Prater will be back with the Cardinals next season, as he does become an unrestricted free agent in March. I also wish he had been given a chance to try a 69-yard field goal at the end of regulation last Sunday against Tampa Bay. While coach Kliff Kingsbury said Prater’s maximum spot is 65 yards, what was to be lost by trying? It probably had a better chance of success than a Hail Mary. When Kingsbury was asked if Prater was pushing to be given the chance, he said, “We were hoping to get a little bit closer, but he was ready. There’s no doubt he would’ve been game for it.” Prater…

I hope … That everyone realizes what quarterback Colt McCoy has gone through since training camp. He missed practice time during the summer with an injury and has continued to compete during the season despite more issues that have occurred during the games he’s played. When McCoy went down against Denver, coach Kliff Kingsbury said, “It’s tough anytime you see...

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I hope … That whatever Cardinals general Steve Keim is experiencing isn’t too serious and that all fans have prayers for Keim and his family at this time. It’s no surprise that some people on social media feel compelled to post nasty and snide comments about him because that’s the nature of dialogue these days. After news broke nationally on...

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I hope . . .  Or wish that those who advocate for firing people would at least get their facts right. It’s no secret that numerous outlets are listing Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and coach Kliff Kingsbury being in danger of losing their jobs. Whether that’s true or not, no one on the outside actually knows. However, some of...

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I hope . . . That Budda Baker remains the top vote-getter from fans among strong safeties for the NFC Pro Bowl team, which he was when the first counts were announced Monday. The fan vote counts one-third along with the same amount for players and coaches. It surely didn’t hurt when Baker was featured on Hard Knocks in episode...

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I hope … That people realize the “regression” in Kyler Murray everyone likes to talk about had actually started to reverse itself after the return of DeAndre Hopkins in Week 7. Shocking, huh? In three games before Murray missed the last two because of a hamstring injury, he compiled these numbers: New Orleans 20-for-29, 204 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions,...

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I hope … That everyone remembers after Sunday’s game what was said before it. So much of the narrative, and deservedly so, will be centered around whether the Cardinals have any chance of preventing Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald from blowing up any chance the Cardinals have of playing consistent offense. That would be hard enough with Justin Pugh, Rodney...

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I hope … That everyone, and that includes those that label explanations of why things go a certain way for teams “excuses,” realize just how important center Rodney Hudson is to the Cardinals offense. Last season at this time, when the team was 7-1, I was making a case for why Hudson might have been the most valuable player on the team. Aside from his ability, teammates and coaches hailed his leadership, smarts and ability to keep his linemates calm when the going got tough. Quarterback Kyler Murray talked about instances where Hudson recognized something in the defense, communicated it to him, and an adjustment was made with a touchdown the result. Hudson missed five games last season and his…

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