Budda Baker makes PFWA All-NFC Team for 2nd straight year

Baker has been named to the Pro Bowl, the AP All-Pro 2nd team and now the PFWA All-NFC Team.

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker has been honored by the writers who cover the NFL all over the league. The Pro Football Writers of America announced their All-NFL and all-conference teams and Baker made the All-NFC Team at safety.

It was the second straight year he was named an all-conference safety.

Baker was named to the AP All-Pro second team this year and was also selected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his career and third year in a row.

In 2021, Baker played in all 17 games and had a career-high three interceptions. He had 98 tackles, the first time since his rookie season he did not have over 100 tackles in a season and added six tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, two sacks, a fumble recovery and seven pass breakups.

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Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill bothered by 49ers’, Rams’ playoff success

Bidwill has had “lots of internal discussions that I think have been productive and will improve the team.”

The Arizona Cardinals ended the season embarrassingly. After a 7-0 and 10-2 start to the season, they finished the regular season 11-6 and lost in the first round of the playoffs 34-11 to the Los Angeles Rams.

In all, they lost five of their final six games.

That has led to the team’s owner, Michael Bidwill, reportedly being “very, very upset” with how things ended.

While nothing has changed with the status of head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim, Bidwill has had “lots of internal discussions that I think have been productive and will improve the team,” according to AZCentral Sports’ Kent Somers, who spoke to Bidwill on Monday.

Bidwill recognizes the success the Cardinals did have. After all, it was their first playoff berth in six seasons. But he said it was “very disappointing” for everyone and he believes the team can and should be better.

What makes things worse is seeing the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams both make the NFC Championship Game.

“Anytime you see your direct competitors in the playoffs, it should bother any football fan, and it certainly bothers this one,” Bidwill said, per Somers.

It apparently doesn’t bother Bidwill enough to change the overall leadership of the team, but we will see soon what changes there will be in the offseason.

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Potential DC replacements for Vance Joseph if he gets hired by Dolphins

If the Dolphins hire Vance Joseph as their head coach, here are some potential candidates for the Cardinals to replace him as DC.

The Arizona Cardinals could see some changes on their coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has interviewed for the vacant head-coaching position for the Miami Dolphins.

There is a growing feeling that Joseph is the favorite to be hired for the job, meaning the Cardinals would need a new leader of the defense.

Who could be his potential replacement?

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9 potential free agent fits for Cardinals in Rams-Buccaneers playoff game

The Cardinals are preparing for the offseason. The Bucs and Rams play and have some impending free agents who might fit in Arizona.

Arizona Cardinals fans do not get to watch their team in the postseason. The first game on Sunday will be between the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Several players will be free agents and could make for nice fits on the Cardinals’ roster next year.

Below are a few potential free-agent fits on the Rams and Bucs for the Cardinals this offseason.

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Potential free-agent fits for Cardinals in Bengals-Titans playoff game

Since the Cardinals are now in the offseason, take a look at some players who will be free agents and could be fits for the needs the Cardinals have.

The Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals face off Saturday for the first of the four divisional-round playoff games. The Arizona Cardinals have been eliminated from the postseason and now are looking ahead to the offseason.

As they have offseason needs they will naturally address in free agency, we can watch for players left in the postseason who are scheduled to be free agents.

Below are some of those impending free agents for the Bengals and Titans who could fill needs for the Cardinals.

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Cardinals’ 2021 full season offensive snap counts and observations

Nobody on offense played every snap. D.J. Humphries played the most of any offensive player on the team.

The Arizona Cardinals’ season is over after an embarrassing 34-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the playoffs. Now that we have felt the feelings and separated ourselves a little bit from the disappointment, we now can take a look at some numbers from the year.

Below we will go over the total snap counts for each individual player in each position group and give any observations worth noting about the playing time over the course of the year, much like we did each week for the individual games.

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Giants pass on Cardinals’ Adrian Wilson, Quentin Harris for GM job

The Giants are finalizing a deal with Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen. They have told Wilson and Harris they are no longer under consideration.

The New York Giants had interest in two of the Arizona Cardinals’ top front-office VPs and interviewed both Adrian Wilson and Quentin Harris. However, neither will be the Giants’ next general manager, replacing the retired Dave Gettleman.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Giants are finalizing a deal to make Joe Schoen, currently the assistant general manager for the Buffalo Bills, their new GM. They have told the other candidates, including Wilson and Harris, they are no longer under consideration.

Both Wilson and Harris work directly with Cardinals GM Steve Keim as the vice presidents of pro personnel (Wilson) and player personnel (Harris).

Both were given the title of VP last year.

So far, the Giants are the only reported team who has requested an interview with either Wilson or Harris.

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Cardinals DC Vance Joseph has head coaching interview with Dolphins Friday

Joseph becomes the fourth candidate the Dolphins speak with this week, per reports.

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is a candidate for the head coaching vacancy the Miami Dolphins have after they fired Brian Flores, who spent three seasons as their coach.

It was reported before the Cardinals’ season ended that the Dolphins requested permission to interview him. When Joseph spoke with reporters last week leading up to the Cardinals’ playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, he was not sure about the timeline of the interview.

That interview was scheduled for Friday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Dolphins interviewed San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore earlier in the week.

Joseph already is familiar with the Dolphins. He was defensive coordinator there in 2016 under head coach Adam Gase, so he knows the building and the front office.

If he is offered the job, it would create a hole on Arizona’s staff, as he has been DC for the Cardinals for three seasons.

Unlike some teams this offseason, the Dolphins have not announced their head coaching interviews.

Joseph has improved the Cardinals’ defense each of the last two seasons. Many feel like he is deserving of another head coaching job.

So far, it is the only interview we know of for him.

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Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft has Cardinals taking Purdue pass rusher

With the 23rd pick of Kiper’s newest mock draft, the Cardinals land Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis.

The Arizona Cardinals were eliminated from the postseason on Monday, which locked them into the 23rd pick of the 2022 NFL draft. Now officially in their offseason, we can start looking toward the draft and the many mock drafts we will see for the next three months.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. released a new mock draft this week and he has the Cardinals could with a pass rusher.

His selection for the 23rd overall pick is Purdue pass rusher George Karlaftis.

After a 10-2 start, the Cardinals lost five of their final six games and crashed out in the playoffs, a disappointing finish for a team that once looked like a Super Bowl contender. And I think you can point to J.J. Watt’s shoulder injury in late October as a big reason the defense took a step back down the stretch. Watt is still signed for another season, but his injury history means that Arizona needs to think about a replacement. That’s Karlaftis, a powerful 275-pound end who might be better in a 3-4 defense. He had only 4.5 sacks in 2021, but his pressure numbers were elite, even if he didn’t always get home to the quarterback. He’s really good against the run, too.

Chandler Jones will be a free agent and his future with the team is uncertain. They need a young pass rusher.

He had 14 total sacks and 29 total tackles for loss in three seasons for the Boilermakers. His freshman year was the most productive, when he had 7.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss.

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Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill ‘very, very upset’ about season’s finish

Michael Bidwill is unhappy with the last two seasons’ finishes. There are conflicting reports of a recent “tense meeting.”

It was an interesting afternoon Thursday for Arizona Cardinals fans. Bumped from the playoffs in an embarrassing 34-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. It capped a 1-5 end to the season after starting 7-0 and 10-2.

It would appear that both general manager Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury will retain their jobs despite two straight seasons with second-half collapses. Of course, the team’s win total and achievements have improved each season and the Cardinals were making their first trip to the postseason in six seasons.

However, team owner Michael Bidwill is not pleased.

According to AZCentral Sports’ Kent Somers, Bidwill is “very, very upset” with the Cardinals’ regular-season finish and performance in the playoff loss.

This came after some conflicting reports.

Former longtime Cardinals team reporter Kyle Odegard reported that there was a tense meeting between Bidwill, Keim and Kingsbury on Wednesday in which the owner intimated that changes could be coming. “(Expletive) hit the fan,” he quoted his source as telling.

However, that report was refuted by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, saying that the meeting did not happen.

Somers’ source was unaware of the meeting but did not say it didn’t happen but did confirm Bidwill’s displeasure.

Both Keim and Kingsbury are entering the final year of their contract and likely are expecting a contract extension. Bidwill might not be willing to cross that bridge with how the team finished, despite the overall improvements.

This could be why there has been no announcement of any firing. The team’s history with coaching and GM firings suggest any decision to relieve them of their duties would have come immediately after the season and announced the next day.

If Bidwill is as upset as is being reported, this offseason becomes critical and both Keim and Kingsbury will enter next season firmly on the proverbial hot seat.

It could end up being a very interesting offseason for the Cardinals.

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