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The cesspool that can sometimes be the state of “journalism” these days became even nastier Friday after the revelation that the Phoenix employment law firm Shields Petitti filed a Request for Arbitration on behalf of former Cardinals offensive line coach and run game coordinator Sean Kugler. The request was actually filed Wednesday. Kugler was sent home from Mexico City on Nov. 21 where the Cardinals were playing the 49ers and fired for what the law firm called “unsubstantiated allegations that he inappropriately touched a female security guard.” Reports at the time used the word groping to describe what Kugler allegedly did. The law firm claimed that “the Cardinals dismissed Kugler from the organization without conducting a thorough investigation or interviewing…

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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It can be clearly said that Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy has seen and experienced a thing or two in a career that began in 2010 as a third-round pick of the Cleveland Browns. Surely, he expected to play in more than 55 games of a possible 206 as his NFL journey also took him to San Francisco, Washington, the New York Giants and Arizona. Now, following the season-ending injury suffered by Kyler Murray, McCoy knows he will be the starter for the last four games of the season provided he stays healthy. Amid that backdrop, McCoy was able to reflect Wednesday on the highs and lows of his 13 years in the league while understanding the basic task at hand…

To say the last 24 hours have been tough ones for Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury would be the ultimate understatement. It began with word that Kingsbury’s college coach, Mike Leach, had suffered what turned out to be a life-ending heart attack, and then multiplied when quarterback Kyler Murray suffered a torn ACL on the third snap of Monday night’s 27-13 loss to the Patriots. “It’s been a tough couple of days,” Kingsbury said Monday afternoon, “but that’s life and it’s good to be around the guys; there’s no doubt. The coaching staff and all those guys, that’s definitely kind of a safe space to be, but it’s been a tough couple of days.” However, while Kingsbury answered many questions about…

The carnage continued for the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium Monday night in a dispiriting 27-13 loss to the Patriots. Quarterback Kyler Murray suffered what is likely a serious knee injury on the third play of the game and a somber Kliff Kingsbury said afterward, “It doesn’t look good.” As backup Colt McCoy said, “You never want to see that happen to anybody. I know how much he cares about the game and how hard he works.” Kingsbury added, “It’s tough; there’s no doubt. You see teams go through it every week, but (when) you lose your starter on the third play of the game—a non-contact kind of deal—it’s just tough to watch and see.” While Kingsbury said Murray will…

A big load The Cardinals will have to find a way to minimize the impact of Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson, who has this habit of breaking tackles and carrying defenders for extra yards. He leads the team with 734 rushing yards on 161 attempts (4.6 per attempt) and has also contributed 383 receiving yards (fourth among NFL running backs) on 56 catches (third in the league). Said defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, “He is special guys. He’s a big back who plays first, second, third down, catches the ball out of the backfield. He can make big plays. He runs through arm tackles. So, the offense definitely goes through him.” Safety Budda Baker was asked about seeing a player on…

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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“Whether I’m right or whether I’m wrong. Whether I find a place in this world or never belong. I gotta be me, I’ve gotta be me. What else can I be but what I am?”  —————————————————————–Sammy Davis Jr.   After a surprisingly busy bye week for Kyler Murray that featured what he believed was a shot from deep left field by former teammate Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals quarterback was loose and often smiling during his first press conference with the media Wednesday. Murray summarized the war of words when he was asked if there are times when he hears criticism and wonders why it’s directed at him. “In some instances, yes,” he said. “But I know who I am. I’m…

As the Cardinals return from their bye, there is understandably a lack of enthusiasm for the final five games of the season. It’s fair to wonder what we will see in games against five teams – New England 6-6, Denver 3-9, Tampa Bay 6-6, Atlanta 5-8 and San Francisco 8-4. That’s a combined record of 28-33. The record of the eight teams the Cardinals have lost to, including the Seahawks twice, is 61-35. The four wins have been against teams with a combined record of 16-33. The vocal critics know what they want. They have been screaming to fire coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim for several weeks and there’s no reason to believe that will stop no…

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