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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 often remember what Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp said to me during an interview in Canton about six years after he had been enshrined in 2013. When asked if he could believe it had been that long since his special weekend and whether that was an example of how time flies, he quickly said, “I’ve always believed that days drag, years fly and decades zoom.” The more you think about it, the truer it is. That hit home last week when the stunning news spread throughout the NFL world that iconic running back Franco Harris had passed away at the age of 72, only three days before the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception and…

If there’s still a few days left on the 2023 calendar and time left in this increasingly bizarro season, we might as well have had another bombshell dropped on us. It happened two days after a wistful Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt had walked off the field following another home loss. Watt, with obvious emotion in his eyes, did a full circle, and headed to the State Farm Stadium locker room. As it turns out, it was for the final time. Watt tweeted a simple 29-word message Tuesday morning along with a photo of him holding his son, who was born 65 days ago, on the sideline: Koa’s first ever NFL game. My last ever NFL home game. My heart…

After Kliff Kingsbury was asked at his Monday day-after-the-game press conference about his message to the team following Sunday night’s loss to Tampa Bay, the Cardinals coach was then asked how he avoids sounding like a broken record when talking to the players. The reality is Kingsbury has become an expert at sounding like a broken record when refusing to communicate basic information to the media. Specifically, providing incomplete injury updates and sometimes having news break within minutes of the conference ending. That happened twice on Monday, along with his refusal to confirm a report on the NBC broadcast Monday night that quarterback Kyler Murray is scheduled for knee surgery Jan. 3. When Kingsbury was asked about Murray’s surgery after…

It was late on Christmas night in the desert and after the final candles of Hanukkah had been lit. Unfortunately, in a lost season for the Cardinals, Santa Claus left town and the menorah ran out of oil. Perhaps the only question now is how much time Kliff Kingsbury has left in his tenure as coach. There is always the age-old debate about play-calling versus execution, while everyone that has read and listened to me over the years knows I usually stand on the side of execution because no matter how good a play-call might be, it takes players to do their job. The question becomes murky, though, when it’s difficult to defend a play that not only didn’t work…

For Trace McSorley, Sunday night will be start No. 1 in his career after being a sixth-round pick of the Ravens in 2019. For his quarterback counterpart on the other side, it’s a tad different. Tom Brady, also a sixth-round choice, will be starting the 331st regular-season game of his career and it’s No. 378 including the post-season. One thing McSorley has on Brady is that he was selected 197th overall while Brady was famously the 199th pick in the 2000 draft. The significance isn’t lost on McSorley, who is starting because Colt McCoy suffered a concussion in last Sunday’s loss to the Broncos and won’t be active. McCoy remains in the concussion protocol although he did return to practice…

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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For essentially the entire season, Cardinals right tackle Kelvin Beachum had been the ironman on the team’s offensive line. As players went down all around him, Beachum was the constant, missing only eight snaps in the season opener against Kansas City when numerous offensive backups entered the end of the blowout and one snap in Week 10 against the Rams, the last game the Cardinals won this season. Sunday, it was Beachum’s turn as suffered a knee and ankle injury on the third play of the second half on the same play in which quarterback Colt McCoy left the game with a concussion after running for a first down. Had McCoy not collided with Beachum, neither might have been injured.…

“Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.” Bill Murray as Phil Connors in “Groundhog Day” I couldn’t help but think of that brilliant 1993 movie today while watching another three hours of painful Cardinals football. For those that need reminding (or don’t know what I’m talking about), Murray played Connors, who was a cynical TV weatherman covering Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa., when he got trapped in a time loop and had to relive Feb. 2 over and over and over. The film surely had impact on pop culture as the term Groundhog Day came to signify a “monotonous, unpleasant and repetitive situation.” That sure describes this lost season, which has had just three Sundays and…

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