Cardinals hire ex-Patriots scout Monti Ossenfort as GM; head coach decision comes next
The Arizona Cardinals have hired Monti Ossenfort as their new general manager. Ossenfort joins the Cardinals after three seasons as the director of player personnel for the Tennessee Titans. Keim spent 10 seasons as Arizona's general manager. He oversaw the Kingsbury era that saw the Cardinals make a single playoff appearance in four seasons with Kyler Murray at quarterback. "It was critically-important for us to find the right person to lead us as general manager and there is no doubt in my mind that we have that in Monti Ossenfort,"Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said in a statement.wftv.com
Ex-Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury in Thailand, not interested in coaching right away
It sounds like Kingsbury is going on a long vacation. Kingsbury booked a one-way trip to Thailand and told teams asking if he'd like an offensive coordinator job that he's not interested right now, according to Peter Schrager of Fox. When Kingsbury was fired, it was speculated right away that he could get another job right away as an offensive coordinator. Despite Kingsbury not succeeding as Arizona's head coach, he got the job because of his reputation as an offensive playcaller. After constant scrutiny for four seasons as Cardinals coach, escaping to Thailand and reevaluating things in the future probably sounds like a good plan.wftv.com
Kingsbury, Keim out as Cardinals undergo franchise makeover
“We have announced that head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been relieved of his duties," the Cardinals said in a statement. The Cardinals ended the season on a seven-game losing streak, falling to the San Francisco 49ers 38-13 on Sunday. The low-key Kingsbury was owner Michael Bidwill's surprise choice to lead the franchise back in 2019, replacing Steve Wilks. The Cardinals went 5-10-1 in 2019 before improving to 8-8 in 2020. Murray signed a $230.5 million contract with the Cardinals before training camp that could keep him with the franchise through 2028.wftv.com
Cardinals fire Kliff Kingsbury after 1 playoff berth in 4 seasons
Less than two weeks after Texas Tech fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury, he agreed to become USC's offensive coordinator. Everyone was desperate for the new offensive mastermind and the Cardinals landed Kingsbury. Kingsbury had some moments with the Cardinals, but two straight seasons started well only to have late-season collapses. Kingsbury had a 28-37-1 record with the Cardinals, with one playoff trip in four seasons. Kliff Kingsbury's teams had late-season issuesThe Cardinals went 5-10-1 in Kingsbury's first season, but that was with Murray playing quarterback as a rookie.wftv.com
J.J. Watt receives emotional, tearful farewell from 49ers fans in final NFL game
J.J. Watt received an emotional and fitting tribute from San Francisco 49ers fans on Sunday afternoon. Thank You JJ pic.twitter.com/fmt4bnk1E8 — Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 9, 2023Watt's wife, Kealia, was in tears from her seat in the stadium. 49ers tight end George Kittle was jumping up and down on the sidelines to celebrate Watt at one point, too. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/q56CUOzzyz — JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 8, 2023Plenty were there to thank Watt on the field after the game, too. While his final season wasn’t great on the field from a team standpoint, Watt certainly got the farewell he deserved.wftv.com
NFL injury tracker Week 17: Cardinals QB Colt McCoy out vs Atlanta with concussion symptoms
Cardinals QB Colt McCoy out, DeAndre Hopkins questionableArizona Cardinals’ quarterback Colt McCoy is experiencing more concussion symptoms after clearing protocols on Wednesday, head coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters on Friday. Eagles QB Jalen Hurts doubtfulPhiladelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts recently returned to practice for the first time since his shoulder injury. Obviously Jalen (Hurts) had a good practice yesterday and went out and looked like he did some things really well. Cornerback Adoree' Jackson has been out since Week 11 with a sprained MCL but returned to practice on Wednesday. Linebacker Azeez Ojulari joined him at practice and was listed as questionable with an ankle injury.wftv.com
How Mike Leach had an impact on Patrick Mahomes' career — even though they never met
Consider that his style — or more accurately his thinking — isn’t just responsible for how, say, Patrick Mahomes plays football, but arguably that Patrick Mahomes even plays football at all. Leach was coaching Washington State at the time, but during his time (2000-2009) at Texas Tech, he had installed the Air Raid offense. In his final two seasons – running Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense – he threw for 9,705 yards and 77 touchdowns. “Coach Kingsbury took me from an athlete, a baseball player on the field, to making me a quarterback,” Mahomes said. “I learned from Coach Kingsbury, so I feel like I’ve learned from Mike Leach himself,” Mahomes added this week.wftv.com
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray out for season with torn ACL
TEMPE, Ariz. — (AP) — Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed the extent of the injury during his Tuesday news conference. The Cardinals and Kingsbury feared that Murray had a serious injury after Monday's game with Kingsbury admitting it “doesn't look good.”Further tests on Tuesday confirmed that pessimism. Murray was replaced by backup Colt McCoy, who will likely remain the starter for the rest of the season. Murray took a lot of ridicule after it was discovered his new contract mandated at least four hours of “independent study” during game weeks, which was unusual for an NFL quarterback.wftv.com
Murray's injury is the worst part of Cards' loss to Patriots
That wasn't even the worst part of their 27-13 loss to the Patriots on Monday night. Flushed out of the pocket, Murray took off to the right and tried to juke a Patriots defender. Players from both teams surrounded Murray before he was carted off the field holding a towel to his face. The Cardinals had an uneven start to the season and the loss to the Patriots was their fifth in six games. The 36-year-old McCoy had a 1-1 record as the team's quarterback when Murray was out for two games last month.wftv.com
Patriots capitalize on Cardinals' mistakes, Kyler Murray's early exit to stay alive in AFC playoff picture
The Arizona Cardinals lost Kyler Murray for likely the season on the third play of the game. Then, they lost their ninth game of the season, falling to the New England Patriots at home.foxnews.com
Kyler Murray fires back after ex-Cardinals teammate Patrick Peterson says QB only cares about himself
Kyler Murray is seeing more scrutiny than ever amid a 4-8 start for the Arizona Cardinals, and that extends to his former Cardinals teammates. Ex-Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson had some interesting things to say about Murray on an episode of his All Things Covered podcast published Wednesday. Peterson, who now plays for the Minnesota Vikings, responded with "Kyler Murray don't care about nobody but Kyler Murray. "Kyler Murray don't care about nobody but Kyler Murray"Patrick Peterson comments on what's going on with his former team the Cardinals, since they are always in the news. Kyler Murray reacts to Patrick Peterson: 'You on some weird s***'Murray would respond a few hours later, cursing out Peterson and telling the veteran to call his phone instead of calling him out on his podcast.wftv.com
NFL injury tracker Week 12: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and WR Marquise Brown return vs Chargers
Kyler Murray and Marquise Brown expected to return SundayKyler Murray missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury that he sustained against the Vikings in Week 8 and aggravated the following week against the Seahawks. Wide receiver Marquise Brown is expected to be activated off injured reserve and also play Sunday, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Joe Mixon ruled out against TitansCincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was listed as out of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans in the team's injury report. He was injured Week 10 while taking a hit in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This news coincides with his fellow receiver Kadarius Toney being ruled out with a hamstring injury, putting Smith-Scheuster right back at WR1.wftv.com
Cardinals coach Sean Kugler fired after reportedly groping woman in Mexico City
Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach and running game coordinator Sean Kugler was fired by the team after reportedly groping a woman in Mexico City, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. The Cardinals played the San Francisco 49ers on "Monday Night Football" in Mexico City in Week 11. Kugler reportedly groped the woman Sunday. Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury claimed the team had no coaching changes to announce during the team's press conference Tuesday. Cardinals put a different coach on leave in AugustIt's the second time this season the Cardinals have parted ways with a coach after they allegedly assaulting a woman.wftv.com
Kliff Kingbury's open to giving up play-calling after 2-4 Cardinals start
The Arizona Cardinals are off to a 2-4 start that's good for last place in the NFC West. This includes giving up play-calling duties, an idea he confirmed on Monday that he's willing to consider. "I am open to anything that helps us score more points and helps us win," Kingsbury said when asked if he'd give up play-calling at his Monday news conference. Asked again on a radio appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7, Kingsbury said this:"Whatever it takes to win, whatever it takes to score points," Kingsbury said. The official team stance likewise appears open to Kingsbury allowing somebody else to run Arizona's offense on game day.wftv.com
Week 6 Recap: Ja'Marr Chase is back, the QB dead zone & Devin Singletary's odd usage
The guys kick off the podcast by discussing the very fun Bills/Chiefs game and Scott breaks down how Buffalo is using RB Devin Singletary and how it’s different than how any other team does it. After wondering how much longer Kliff Kingsbury will keep his job, the guys talk about Ja’Marr Chase’s long-awaited “squeaky wheel game” and what it means for his fantasy value going forward. Or have the Colts finally figured out the best way to use him? When talking about Tom Brady, Scott brings up the idea of a “QB dead zone” this year. If you didn’t invest in a QB early in your draft, there’s a good chance you hate the QBs on your fantasy team.wftv.com
Murphy's 59-yard OT fumble return ends Cards' win over Vegas
Byron Murphy Jr. scooped up Hunter Renfrow’s fumble and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown with 3:51 left in overtime and the Arizona Cardinals rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half before running away with a 29-23 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.
Mahomes throws 5 TDs, Chiefs hammer Cardinals 44-21
GLENDALE, Ariz. — (AP) — Patrick Mahomes threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns, lifting the Kansas City Chiefs to an impressive 44-21 road win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in the opener for both teams. The game was never in doubt after the opening minutes, with Mahomes picking apart the Cardinals' defense with his usual array of good decisions and deft passing touch. The quarterback was playing his first NFL game against Kliff Kingsbury, who coached Mahomes in college at Texas Tech and now leads the Cardinals. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was playing his first game since being rewarded with a $230.5 million, five-year contract during the offseason. Cardinals: Arizona entered the game with a banged-up roster, especially considering this is the first week of the season.wftv.com
Kliff Kingsbury let Kyler Murray call plays in practice to teach him 'this s*** ain't easy'
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury wants quarterback Kyler Murray to understand one thing about calling plays: "This s*** ain't easy." Kingsbury gave Murray a chance to call plays in practice and gave an evaluation of Murray as a play caller. The verdict: Kingsbury wouldn't want to play for Murray. https://t.co/7aPpU3qiez — Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) August 4, 2022As Kingsbury explained, he let Murray call plays for the backup quarterbacks Saturday. Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury facing critical season togetherIt's important Kingsbury and Murray get on the same page before the 2022 NFL season.wftv.com
Arizona WR Marquise Brown charged with criminal speeding
Arizona Cardinals receiver Marquise Brown was arrested and charged with criminal speeding on Wednesday morning. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves confirmed that Brown was arrested at 7:05 a.m. in Phoenix and booked in the Maricopa County Jail. “We are aware of the situation regarding Hollywood Brown and have reported it to the NFL office as required,” the Cardinals said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Cardinals say QB Kyler Murray focused on football
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. — (AP) — Kyler Murray has made it no secret he enjoys video games, including the popular “Call of Duty” franchise. “Kyler knows the playbook better than anyone on this team,” Ertz said Tuesday, when the Cardinals reported for preseason camp. Murray finalized his five-year deal last week but it received renewed attention on Monday, when NFL Network first reported that Murray's new contract included an “independent study” clause. He's just glad the quarterback will remain in a Cardinals uniform for the foreseeable future. He added that the “independent study” mandate in Murray's contract shouldn't be a concern.wftv.com
Cardinals sign Kingsbury, Keim to long-term extensions
TEMPE, Ariz. — (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim to extensions that keep them under contract with the team through 2027. However, Allen has won playoff games while Murray has not. The Cardinals started last season as one of the hottest teams in the NFL with a 7-0 record and then a 10-2 mark. Kingsbury was hired prior to the 2019 season, largely because of his expertise in dealing with quarterbacks. Keim is in his 23rd season with the Cardinals and ninth as the general manager after being elevated to the spot in 2013.wftv.com
After 3 years of building, Cards' Murray ready for playoffs
But the Arizona Cardinals quarterback admits this week is a little different. “There's no shying away from it.”The Cardinals selected Murray with the No. “I eat, breath and sleep football,” Murray said. This is his first shot at the playoffs, and I expect him to probably play the best game of his career. “You have to play well in these games or you're not going to be looked at as ‘That Guy,'" Murray said.wftv.com
Veteran safety Eric Weddle rejoining LA Rams for playoffs
Rams Weddle Football FILE - Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle watches during an NFL football training camp in Irvine, Calif., on July 30, 2019. Weddle is coming out of retirement to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File) (Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Safety Eric Weddle is coming out of retirement to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams for the playoffs. Weddle retired in February 2020 after one season with the Rams in which he made 108 tackles and called the defense's signals. If anybody can do it, there's no doubt he can.”The Rams missed the playoffs in Weddle's only season with the team.wftv.com
Fading Cardinals search for answers as losses mount
The Cardinals failed to clinch a playoff spot for the third straight week after a 22-16 loss to the banged-up Indianapolis Colts, who were missing arguably their best defensive player and four starting offensive linemen. After a 7-0 record to start the season, the Cardinals are just 3-5. The mistakes started early Saturday and piled up in a brutal first half: Kicker Matt Prater missed a long field goal and an extra point.news.yahoo.com
The Latest: Broncos' Bridgewater cleared to start vs. Eagles
The Latest from Week 10 of the NFL (all times EST):___3:05 p.m.Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has passed his COVID-19 test and is set to start against the Philadelphia Eagles this afternoon. Defensive tackle Michael Pierce, defensive end Danielle Hunter, linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Patrick Peterson are also out. The Broncos recovered to retain possession and drove to a field goal on the way to a 30-0 lead. The Denver Broncos signed quarterback Danny Etling to their practice squad in case the COVID-19 virus further affects their QBs. If they pass their tests again today, they’ll be active for the Broncos’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles this afternoon.wftv.com
Cards return to top spot in AP Pro32 poll; Titans at No. 2
(AP Photo/Tony Avelar) (Tony Avelar)NEW YORK — (AP) — Despite being short-handed, the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans both found success on the road in California in Week 9. And both teams also found a way to the top of the latest AP Pro32 poll. The Cardinals moved up two spots as they received 11 of the 12 first-place votes for 383 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Titans are coming off a 28-16 win at the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. Two teams coming off unexpected losses are tied at No.wftv.com
NFL not planning to issue report on Washington Football Team
The NFL is not going to issue a report on its 10-month investigation into allegations the Washington Football Team engaged in harassment and abuse because of its promise to protect the identities of those who testified, Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
Murray throws TD, Cards end 3-game skid, beat red-hot Giants
Coupled with Tampa Bay’s 26-14 win over Minnesota (6-7), the Cardinals are back in a wild-card berth. we have to go out there and execute,” said Murray, who ran 10 times for 47 yards. “I don’t think we have any kind of a hangover from going out to Seattle last week," Giants coach Joe Judge said. The D limited New York to 159 yards in making Jones' return from a one-game absence with a hamstring injury miserable. The first one was set up by a 24-yard punt return by Christian Kirk to the Giants 38.
Tua vs Kyler as rising Dolphins visit revitalized Cardinals
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) embrace after Tagovailoa throws his first touchdown pass during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Margaret Bowles via AP)When the Dolphins leave the oceanfront and head to the desert to play the Cardinals on Sunday, it will be about more than Tua vs. Kyler. Tua Tagovailoa, as touted as any signal caller coming out of college in years, will make his second start for Miami. Henry has eight rushing touchdowns, finding the end zone in five straight games. The Patriots will try to avoid losing five straight games for the first time since 1995.
Ravens' Humphrey says he has virus; Packers also have 1 case
The Green Bay Packers reported that a player tested positive for COVID-19, and Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed that two Cardinals tested positive over the weekend. The Ravens confirmed Monday that a player tested positive for COVID-19, but did not release the name of the individual. The Green Bay Packers on Monday also sent out a release that said a player tested positive. Packers officials said all player meetings Monday would be conducted virtually. This marks the first time a Packers player has tested positive during the season.
The Latest: Rangers suspend 2 players for breaking protocol
It also said there have been no positive tests “among players, coaches or staff members.”Cleveland lost 16-6 at home to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. ___The Green Bay Packers say one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19. ___The Houston Texans have had no other positive COVID-19 tests since one positive test forced their facility to close during last week’s bye week. “And I think our players are doing the right thing.”___Coach Kliff Kingsbury says the Arizona Cardinals had two unidentified positive COVID-19 tests over the weekend. ___Bayern Munich says defender Niklas Süle has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in isolation at home.
Arizona knocks off undefeated Seattle with 37-34 OT victory
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. Seattle led all of regulation until Gonzalez made a 44-yard field goal as time expired to tie it at 34. Moments later, it appeared Seattle had won on the ensuing drive when DK Metcalf caught a 48-yard touchdown pass, but the play was called back because of holding on receiver David Moore. Christian Kirk caught an 8-yard touchdown pass with 2:28 left to pull Arizona to 34-31. Seattle cruised 75 yards in just six plays, finishing with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Lockett.
Murray has happy homecoming, Cards cruise past Cowboys 38-10
Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray celebrates running the ball for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)ARLINGTON, Texas – Maybe Kyler Murray will lose a game on the home field of the Dallas Cowboys one of these days. Murray accounted for three touchdowns in his first game back home as a pro, Ezekiel Elliott set up the visiting team's first two TDs with fumbles and the Cardinals beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-10 on Monday night. Kenyan Drake scored from the 1 after the second Elliott miscue, while Murray added a 1-yard TD run. Cowboys: Washington on Sunday in the first of two consecutive road games against NFC East opponents.
Murray runs for 2 TDs, Cardinals roll past Washington 30-15
Washington (1-1) finally scored a touchdown with 12:20 left in the fourth quarter when Dwayne Haskins hit Terry McLaurin for a 24-yard score. The Cardinals' revamped defense had a big day, holding Washington scoreless until Dustin Hopkins hit a 24-yard field goal late in the third quarter. Murray's pass into coverage was picked off by Landon Collins, giving Washington great field position at the Arizona 19. He was completely alone in the back of the end zone on third down and Murray hit him for the 4-yard score to make it 7-0. ... Washington right guard Brandon Scherff (knee) was hurt just before halftime and gingerly walked off the field with the help of medical staff.
Direct deposit: WR Hopkins negotiates own deal with Arizona
Hopkins and the Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday that will keep the three-time All-Pro in Arizona through the 2024 season. Hopkins said he worked on about 90% of the deal and had some help from advisers. Cardinals GM Steve Keim said it was a great process and he got to know the receiver even better during negotiations. It was our goal all along to get (Hopkins) extended, Keim said. I was like, man, if I could be in this offense, a pass-first offense one day, the sky's the limit, Hopkins said.