New EVP of Sales for DecisionReady

first_img “”DecisionReady Solutions””: has found a new EVP, director of national sales and client relations in Matthew Lichtner.[IMAGE]Recently hired into the role, Lichtner will oversee direct and indirect sales; marketing strategy; and market penetration among loan servicers, investors, and regulation agencies. Lichtner is well prepared for the position, which also encompasses the development of new strategic processes and partnerships for joint sales efforts, having accrued more than 20 years of experience in mortgage industry sales for companies like “”First American Corporation””: and “”Stewart Lender Services””:[COLUMN_BREAK]Most recently, Lichtner served as Stewart’s SVP and national account manager and was responsible for executive relationships and partnership development with the country’s 30 largest financial institutions. Commenting on Lichtner’s hire, DecisionReady’s president and CEO, Ravi Ramanathan, said, “”Demand for compliance solutions for the servicing segment is growing quickly, and Matt is well-suited to harness this potential. We have great confidence that he will help us and our clients achieve their goals.””DecisionReady’s technologies offer compliance services throughout the loan process, and Lichtner clearly feels strongly about the company’s platforms, saying, “”Working for a company as well poised for growth as DecisionReady was an opportunity hard to pass up. They have the right technology, at the right time – and their growth and impressive footprint reflect that.””The company is in a great position to be an industry leader for the long term and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the DecisionReady team,”” he said.According to its Web site, DecisionReady offers some 7,000 servicing associates the ability to make compliance policy decisions each day around the country. in Origination, Servicing, Technology August 1, 2011 412 Views Sharecenter_img New EVP of Sales for DecisionReady Company News Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Service Providers 2011-08-01 Abby Gregorylast_img read more

FDIC Stands by Its Community Bank Examinations

first_img September 6, 2012 462 Views FDIC Stands by Its Community Bank Examinations Agents & Brokers Credit Unions FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-09-06 Krista Franks Brock After some community banks expressed concerns that FDIC examinations “”were being conducted without clear standards or consistent application of agency policies and procedures, which could discourage business growth and responsible lending,”” the “”FDIC””: conducted a “”report””: to review its examination process. [IMAGE]The FDIC reviewed examinations conducted over the past five years, ending December 31, 2011. Major findings of the recently-released report include that timelines for report completion often lengthens as institution ratings worsen, and while community banks can challenge the FDIC’s findings, these challenges are rare and even more rarely sustained. After completing its onsite work at a community bank or credit union, the FDIC generally takes between two and four weeks to submit an examination report for institutions rated one or two. For institutions rated three, four, or five, the FDIC often takes anywhere from six to nine weeks.[COLUMN_BREAK]This variance is attributed to “”the additional complexity and volume of deficiencies associated with troubled institutions,”” the intricacies required to validate a lower rating, and time spent with bank managers and other officials to come to a consensus before issuing a final report, according to the FDIC’s report. Compliance reviews generally take about one month to complete after conducting onsite work, according to the report. While the FDIC says it encourages questions throughout the examination process, institutions may request a formal review if they do not agree with the ultimate outcome of their examination report. Over the five years reviewed, the FDIC received 41 requests for review. However, only one was sustained, and three were “”partially sustained.”” FDIC officials report “”few requests for review are sustained because the applicable Director usually finds that the initial determinations are consistent with FDIC policy. If after a review, the institution still objects, it may appeal to the Supervision Appeals Review Committee. Community banks and credit unions filed a total of 23 appeals over the five-year period under review. Only one was sustained. The other 22 “”were either denied or lacked grounds for an appeal to the SARC,”” stated the FDIC in its report. The FDIC established new timeline goals in 2010 and 2011 and reports that it has met its targets thus far. The range between 90 days and 180 days, depending on the type of review and whether the institution in question is rated favorably or unfavorably. The FDIC also reports it has a framework in place to ensure consistency while considering the “”unique circumstances of each institution and the community in which it operates.””center_img in Data, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

Risk Managers Share Positive Outlook for Mortgage Equity Loans

first_imgRisk Managers Share Positive Outlook for Mortgage, Equity Loans Share October 9, 2012 447 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Servicingcenter_img Optimism among bankers continued to rise in the year’s third quarter, according to “”survey results””: released by the “”Professional Risk Managers’ International Association””: (PRMIA).[IMAGE]The survey, conducted by PRMIA for “”FICO””:, showed that the majority of bank risk professionals expect mortgage loan delinquency to either fall or remain the same.A combined 75.7 percent of respondents said they expect mortgage delinquency will either stay flat or decrease in the next six months, while 24.2 percent expect delinquency will rise-a 2 percent decrease from Q2 and an 11 percent decrease from Q1. PRMIA called the drop in delinquency predictions “”encouraging,”” as sentiment on delinquency usually experiences a dip in the third quarter.At the same time, roughly 74 percent of respondents said they expect delinquency on home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) to either fall or remain flat. The “”American Bankers Association””: reported earlier a 4.09 percent increase in HELOC delinquency in Q2.Respondents expressed more muted confidence on the issue of supply and demand for lending products. Just more than half (51 percent) of respondents are expecting an adequate credit supply for new mortgage financing to match increasing demand in the housing market. Meanwhile, 59 percent of those surveyed expect lending will be able to keep pace with demand for mortgage refinancing.Student loan debt became the one wrench in the works, with 61.1 percent of risk managers expecting an increase in delinquency. Rising student debt may take a toll on housing as young adults find themselves too burdened by their current loans to take on a mortgage loan. “”It looks like the consumer credit markets are now performing pretty well,”” said Dr. Andrew Jennings, chief analytics officer at FICO and head of FICO Labs. “”The economy may not be going gangbusters, but credit activity seems to be picking up and lenders appear to have a handle on risk.””However, a couple of persistent issues are causing problems for many households and creating a headwind for the broader economy-the tight market for new mortgage lending and the rise in student loan debt, which is weighing down many young adults,”” he continued. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Delinquency Home Equity Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Debt Processing Service Providers 2012-10-09 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

GDP Shows First PostRecession Decline in Q4

first_img Battered by storms and droughts, real gross domestic product (GDP) fell 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””: (BEA) reported Wednesday. The decrease marks the first “”negative growth”” since the end of the Great Recession in mid-2009. Economists had expected a weak 1.0 percent growth compared with the 3.1 percent annualized growth rate in the third quarter.[IMAGE]For the full year, GDP rose 2.2 percent compared with an increase of 1.8 percent in 2011.BEA ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£emphasized that the fourth-quarter advance estimate released today is based on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency.””The GDP downturn does not automatically signal a return to recession, which is loosely defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth. That said, in the six quarter recession, which began at the tail end of 2007, GDP fell in Q1 2008, but rose in the second before remaining negative for the next four quarters.The first revision of Q4 data will be reported at the end of February.The biggest hits to fourth quarter GDP came from a sharp drop in government spending, which fell 6.6 percent from the third quarter, primarily federal government spending, which dropped 15.0 percent quarter-to-quarter. Private investment fell 0.6 percent, primarily due to inventory investments and a fall-off in exports. Imports, which in GDP accounting are a subtraction from GDP, also fell, but not enough to offset the drop in exports.Personal consumption expenditures–the largest component of GDP–grew 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, faster than the 1.6 percent growth in the third. Non-residential fixed investment grew based on stronger investment in equipment; spending on non-resident structures fell 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter.Residential fixed investment improved 15.3 percent in the fourth quarter, the strongest growth since the first quarter.By the numbers, GDP fell $4.9 billion in the fourth quarter to $13.65 trillion. Personal consumption grew $51.8 billion and accounted for 70.9 percent of total GDP, up slightly from 70.5 percent in the third quarter.[COLUMN_BREAK]Residential fixed investment in the fourth quarter was reported at $384.3 billion, up $13.4 billion from the third quarter. Residential fixed investment represented 2.8 percent of total GDP in the fourth quarter, up from 2.7 percent in the third quarter.Government spending dropped $41.5 billion in the fourth quarter, led by a drop of $42.4 billion in defense spending from the third quarter. Defense spending in the third quarter was bulked up by end-of-fiscal-year spending. For the full year though, federal spending fell $23 billion including a $21.9 billion drop in defense spending reflecting the winding down of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.At the same time, though, state and local spending dropped $2.5 billion in the fourth quarter.Government spending represented 18.0 percent of GDP in the fourth quarter, down from 18.3 percent in the third.Wednesday’s report was the “”advance”” report of GDP, the first of three GDP releases. BEA acknowledged it used estimates for some crucial inputs because only two months of data have been reported. In developing the advance estimate, BEA assumed an increase in inventories for non-durable manufacturing and wholesale and retail non-auto inventories. It also estimated a decrease in both exports and imports.The report also used estimates to develop inventory investment data for farmers affected by the summer’s Midwest drought, which BEA said reduced farm inventory investment by about $24 billion in the fourth quarter. In GDP accounting, the reduction in inventory investment in the fourth quarter added to overall GDP because it was lower than the drop in inventory investment in the third quarter.Superstorm Sandy, BEA said, resulted in losses of more than $44 billion in fixed assets–$35.8 billion in private assets and $8.6 billion in government assets. Offsetting those losses, BEA said, would be about $28.1 billion in insurance payments–$20.6 billion of private insurance payments and $7.5 billion from the National Flood Insurance program. Those payouts do not include recently passed government assistance programs.BEA said, it could not estimate the storm’s impact on fourth quarter on GDP.””Sandy,”” BEA said, “”made landfall on the New Jersey coast and caused major damage and disruption throughout the Northeast region. Like other disasters, Hurricane Sandy disrupted many types of production through closures of factories, offices, and transportation facilities, while causing certain types of production, such as emergency services and rebuilding activities, to increase. These effects on production are included, but not separately identified, in the source data that BEA uses to prepare the estimates of GDP; consequently, BEA is not able to provide an estimate of the overall impact of Sandy on fourth-quarter GDP.”” _Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 8:45 a.m. and again at 11:45 a.m. Eastern time._ Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Consumer spending GDP Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Service Providers 2013-01-30 Mark Lieberman January 30, 2013 405 Views in Data, Governmentcenter_img Share GDP Shows First Post-Recession Decline in Q4last_img read more

loanDepot Announces New Chief Marketing Officer

first_imgNew,loanDepot Announces New Chief Marketing Officer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing “”””:, based in Foothill Ranch, California, added Teri Felix to its executive leadership team. Felix joins the company as EVP and chief marketing officer.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Felix’s background includes 15 years with Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where she was part of the founding team that started and grew the firm’s online brokerage business. While there, she held a number of leadership positions, including heading up database marketing and advanced analytics. She also led marketing for both Schwab’s Retail Enterprise and Institutional Enterprise.Felix most recently served as EVP and chief marketing officer for Home Value Protection, leading marketing efforts for consumer and business-to-business channels. She has also held roles at Autodesk and GTE Telecommunications.””We’re assembling a best-in-class executive team to ensure we deliver a great value mortgage product and superior customer service,”” said CEO and founder Anthony Hsieh. “”loanDepot has experienced significant growth since the doors opened in 2010. With her 20 years of marketing experience, Teri will play a vital role in supporting the continued growth of the company.”” Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-25 Tory Barringer April 25, 2013 412 Views last_img read more

Philadelphia Developer Launches Home Tour Video Site

first_img A Philadephia-based real estate developer and mortgage lender announced the launch of what he hopes will become “”the YouTube for homebuyers.””[IMAGE]Joe Jesuele is the creative mind behind “”””:, a new online service that helps real estate professionals deliver quality property video tours to potential buyers. takes a two-pronged approach to its goal.For real estate professionals, the website’s team produces a high definition video tour at a set price. In addition to posting the finished video at, the team assists clients in promoting the video virally, utilizing social media channels and other video sites as well as [COLUMN_BREAK]custom email campaigns. Videos can also be embedded into website listings and can be tracked to help agents understand current trends.For buyers, features user-friendly search functions and a growing database of properties that currently includes properties in the Philadelphia region. The videos provide shoppers with a feel for the layout, size, and space of each home and link directly to a property page with further specifics on the listing and the agent to contact.Pointing to the rapid growth of Internet video as a medium for communication, Jesuele believes it’s only natural that the use of video marketing would expand into home shopping.””We believe that videos will soon become the standard way to buy and sell real estate,”” he said. “”Our videos give potential buyers the feeling that they are actually walking through the house. This not only saves buyers time, but provides them the convenience of shopping for a new home from the comfort of their current one.””””It’s a unique aspect, to be able to see the inside of the house before actually getting to it,”” said Emily Nussbaum, marketing manager for Keller Williams. “”You know when someone has already seen the video that when they actually show up at the house they are a more qualified buyer.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-05-02 Tory Barringer May 2, 2013 480 Views center_img Philadelphia Developer Launches Home Tour Video Site Sharelast_img read more

Codilis Associates Welcomes Kelli Snowgren Garcia as Marketing Representative

first_img Codilis & Associates Five Star Institute Legal League 100 2015-08-04 Seth Welborn Codilis & Associates Welcomes Kelli Snowgren Garcia as Marketing Representative Share in Headlines, Newscenter_img Kelli SnowgrenChicago-based default servicing law firm Codilis & Associates has announced the hiring of Kelli Snowgren Garcia as a marketing representative.Garcia recently spent nine years with the Five Star Institute, most recently in the role of Senior Executive Director of the Legal League 100. While at Five Star, she played an important role in building the Legal League 100 brand, making her the driving force behind one of the great successes in the mortgage industry. Her roles with Five Star and Legal League included marketing, editing, event planning, managing data, and web content, and she was the primary contact for Legal League members from a customer service perspective.”We are extremely pleased and excited that Kelli decided to take the next step in her career with us here at Codilis & Associates,” said Adam Codilis, VP of Codilis & Associates. “We have had the opportunity to work with Kelli at the Legal League for several years. We personally experienced her commitment to customer service and have been impressed by her accomplishments and contributions to building such a successful brand.”In addition to her work with the Legal League, Garcia served as the primary anchor and producer of the daily webcast for Five Star brands DS News and the MReport for the majority of her time with Five Star, providing industry news to an established viewership.Codilis & Associates was founded in Illinois in 1977 to serve mortgage lenders and servicers through the state, and now includes affiliates Codilis & Stawiarski in Texas and Codilis, Stawiarski & Moody in Missouri to provide services to lenders and servicers in those states. The firms are active in the Legal League 100 and the bar associations and bankruptcy bar associations in their respective states.In her new marketing role with the Codilis & Associates law firms, Garcia will be working with the client relations and business development team.”Creditors’ rights law firms act as an integral conduit between struggling homeowners and their mortgage lenders, and are key to the process of stabilization in the housing market,” Garcia said.. “I’ve worked with so many of these firms over the last nearly nine years, and am thrilled to not only represent such an esteemed group of professionals, but to also become a part of such a reputable, forward-thinking family of companies in Codilis & Associates; Codilis, Stawiarski & Moody; and Codilis & Stawiarski. I look forward to continuing the many relationships I’ve established and of the challenges and opportunities ahead.” August 4, 2015 455 Views last_img read more

FHA Premium Cuts Could Spur Savings but is That All

first_img Share Borrowers could potentially save an average of $446 a year under the new mortgage insurance premium reduction set to take effect later this month for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions released Thursday.ATTOM based its conclusions on the national median sales price of $185,000 for homes via FHA loan and a monthly house payment of $1,205 based on the current annual FHA insurance premium of 85 basis points. With the proposed cut of 25 points from the FHA insurance premium of, the monthly payment on the same median-priced home would be $1,168. That’s a difference of $37 a month, or $446 a year.According to ATTOM, the biggest potential annual savings from cuts to the premium would occur along the California coast and in Hawaii. FHA buyers in San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Alameda, as well as in Honolulu, could save between $1,200 and $1,500 a year. On the other end, buyers in several Midwestern counties, such as Bay County, Michigan, or Peoria County, Illinois could save between $190 and $250 a year.The move to reduce premiums, however, tends to have a stronger effect on the market than monthly savings, ATTOM reported.“The last FHA premium cut two years ago helped to trigger a relatively short-term jump in home sales to FHA buyers, who are typically first time homebuyers without much saved up for a down payment,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM. “Prices of homes backed by FHA loans also accelerated higher in the wake of that last premium cut, although that premium cut occurred concurrently with a drop in mortgage rates, a scenario that is less likely this time around.”According to ATTOM, home sales with FHA-backed loans rose to a more than six-year high of 169,000 in Q3 2015 after a premium cut in the preceding January. Following that 50 basis point reduction, the share of home sales using FHA loans increased for three consecutive quarters, from 12.5 percent in Q4 2014 to 16.7 percent in Q3 2015.However, some contend that the previous FHA premium cut did not reach their intended goals of giving buyers more purchasing power, the report stated. An analysis by the American Enterprise Institute of property-level FHA and conventional loan data in 23 counties across 12 states found that about half of the additional purchasing power from the premium cut “either was lost through price increases or used by buyers to go up-market.”A second result, the report cited, is that FHA fell short of its goal of spurring 250,000 first-time purchases over the three years after the premium cut.“Although FHA’s first-time buyer volume increased about 180,000 in the first year after the cut, only an estimated 35,000 of those buyers were incentivized by the lower premium to enter the market,” the report stated. “The remainder were either poached from other government agencies or represented trend growth in the market unrelated to FHA’s premium cut.” FHA Premium Cuts Could Spur Savings, but is That All? January 18, 2017 505 Views center_img FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Cuts 2017-01-18 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, News, Originationlast_img read more

How Young Buyers are Making Down Payments

first_img Almost a third of potential homeowners think they need to put down 20% or more as a down payment, according to a survey completed by Freddie Mac. Additionally, the GSE found that 30% of renters and nearly 25% of existing renters and existing homeowners don’t know how much lenders require. Around 70% of survey respondents who are planning to buy a home said that a 20% down payment would delay their homebuying decision, while almost 30% indicated they would never be able to afford a home.Using data from the National Survey of Mortgage Originations, Freddie Mac looked at where the money for down payments would be coming from for potential homebuyers. According to the Survey, the amount of buyers who would be paying from their own savings/inheritance/other assets declined since 2013, down to 70% from 79%. Another 31% of homebuyers used proceeds from the sale of another property, up from 23% in 2013, and 10% of home buyers used assistance or a loan from a nonprofit or government agency, up from 5% in 2013.From this data, Freddie Mac concludes that down payments can come from different sources and do not have to come only from personal savings, although the majority of consumers used their personal savings or investments for their down payment in recent years. Additionally, potential homebuyers may be mistaken about the 20% down payment. In 2018, the median down payment on a house was 13% for buyers overall, and 7% for first-time buyers according to the National Association of Realtors, meaning a down payment may not be as unaffordable as many believe.Many first time buyers are not only utilizing their family to assist with down payments, but with other aspects of the mortgage process. Freddie Mac notes that some young adults are receiving assistance from their parents in the form of co-signing the mortgage loan, especially for first time buyers. However, the percentage of young adult homebuyers with family co-borrowers remains small. How Young Buyers are Making Down Payments May 7, 2019 782 Views Down Payment Freddie Mac mortgage 2019-05-07 Seth Welborncenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

Seabourn has unveiled the first images of Seabourn

first_imgSeabourn has unveiled the first images of Seabourn Encore, its newest all-suite vessel, which launched in Marghera in Italy earlier this month.The 40,350-GRT vessel will carry 600 guests in 300 suites, each with a private verandah, and will feature the line’s personalised service, with a high staff to guest ratio.The ColonnadeSeabourn Encore will be officially christened at a ceremony in Singapore on 7 January 2017, before sailing to Australia where she will spend almost two months cruising local waters as the youngest ultra-luxury ship to visit Australia.Seabourn Encore Seabourn Encorelast_img read more

Visited the Museum of Modern Art felt a range of

first_imgVisited the Museum of Modern Art & felt a range of emotions; disturbed, moved, confused & this had me intrigued……— Ryan Lindley (@RyanLindley14) January 9, 2013 Here is a pic of me with the skyline of Panama City in their background from a couple of days ago— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) January 9, 2013 Comments   Share   #WeWork #P2Nation @emekaesemonu @j_solboiii @mathieu_era…— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) January 9, 2013 Nothing like sitting on your couch watching football with your son and answering all his questions— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) January 6, 2013 A long season finally over, the Arizona Cardinals have dispersed all over the world. But just because they’re not in the Valley does not mean they are out of sight and out of mind. Many players have taken to Twitter to share their adventures, and if you want to know what they are all up to, this is your one-stop shop.January 10 Dropping some knowledge on these kids! #P2Nation…— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) January 12, 2013 I was always taught to share your blessings! 😁#goodmorning— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) January 8, 2013 I feel blessed to say that I welcomed my daughter into the world on this day.— Robert Housler (@House81) January 9, 2013 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Check out me and @arob12_cards on vacation in Columbia— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) January 7, 2013 January 7One Goal!!! #nationalchampions #cantwait— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) January 7, 2013 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact On the active volcano (Masaya) in Managua, Nicaragua today to celebrate my B-Day!!!— Andre’ Roberts (@ARob12_Cards) January 9, 2013 January 4My view…— Bobby Massie (@MrBig434) January 5, 2013 January 6Nothing like napping for a few hours, eating, watching a movie in bed, then goin back to sleep. #vegas recovery.— John Skelton (@johnskelton19) January 7, 2013 January 9@jareddudley619 fellow SD product and Playing in PHX. In NY for the week with my fiancé. Looking forward to the game tomorrow. Good luck.— Ryan Lindley (@RyanLindley14) January 10, 2013 Top Stories January 8Until next time Miami….…— MichaelFloyd (@MichaelMFloyd) January 8, 2013 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Vegas with the O Line. This trip will be epic.— John Skelton (@johnskelton19) January 5, 2013 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It’s obviously a big win, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Palmer said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. That’s four wins. We’re going to worry about number five and not worry about anything else. We’re going to worry about number six and not worry about anything else.“Nothing has been accomplished.”Nothing has been accomplished, unless you count returning the positive vibe for the Valley’s football team. Amazing what a good, solid win can do. – / 18 Top Stories At the very least, the win bought the Cardinals a two-week window.Arians added that the Cardinals won as a team Sunday, and it’s true. For the first time this season, the slogan “Team is What it Takes” held true. Offense, defense and special teams — this one had it all.The Cardinals beat up an opponent they were supposed to beat up, and while not reason to throw a parade, it’s certainly a noteworthy accomplishment for a team still trying to find its way.“It feels so good right now,” defensive end Calais Campbell said. “Especially going into our bye week it’s something we can build off of for the second half of the season.”“It’s a relief,” linebacker Daryl Washington added. “To be 4-4 right now sitting at .500. We’ll get a chance to get some rest and take care of our bodies and get ready for our home game.”Two weeks from now the Cardinals will return to UofP Stadium to face the Houston Texans. Like the Falcons, the Texans were a preseason Super Bowl contender. Also like the Falcons, the Texans have struggled mightily this season. That game, of course, is followed by a visit to Jacksonville, where the worst team in the NFL resides. After a win like this one, where everything worked, it’s easy to look ahead and wonder where this team could be just a few weeks from now. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img But, unlike last year when the Cardinals’ offense wasted a fantastic defensive effort against one of the NFL’s best passers, this time was different.This time, the Cardinals had Andre Ellington run for 154 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries. Stepfan Taylor added 38 yards on 14 carries of his own.This time, the Cardinals held the Falcons’ running backs to a paltry 14 yards on 13 carries. It was actually Ryan, the quarterback, who led the team in rushing yards with 13.This time, the head coach did not pull a struggling quarterback early in the game. Following his first quarter interception, Palmer completed 11-of-14 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns.This time, the Cardinals got the win, and it evened up their record at 4-4 as they head into the bye week.“It’s a lot more fun when you’re 4-4 and you win then when you’re 3-5 and you’re starting from scratch,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after the game. “A lot of things would have been said had we lost this game in a lot of different areas.”Of course, it is just one win and it came at home against a reeling opponent after having extra time to rest up and prepare. Had the Cardinals lost, there is no doubt plenty would have been said about the team, be it a need to replace Palmer or that Arians’ style may not be working as much as people hoped. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinal quarterback Carson Palmer said something that was a bit inaccurate following his team’s 27-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.“You don’t see four interceptions by their quarterback very often, that’s a bit surprising,” he said.You see, the Cardinals, who picked off Falcons QB Matt Ryan four times Sunday, tallied five interceptions against him in a game last season.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arians attempted to lure his good friend Dick LeBeau — who earlier this month resigned as the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator after 11 seasons — to Arizona as a consultant or some other senior position.“We worked on it real hard, but it didn’t happen,” Arians said.Pairing an experienced coach with a young up-and-comer, much like he did with Tom Moore and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, is a no-brainer, according to Arians.“To have a veteran who’s done it so many times different ways, to work with a young, really a guy that’s going to be, I think, a superstar, that to me is what coaching is all about,” he said. Arians estimates he’s played only four or five rounds of golf since the end of the 2014 season, one in which he led the Cardinals to their first playoff appearance in five years after winning 11 games.“I went over to Georgia and it was raining and cold every day. I played in that, and it wasn’t much fun,” he said.He said more golf is planned, as is the plan to announce his updated coaching staff.“Well, we’re almost filled,” he said Tuesday during a break in the Outfront Media Special Olympics Open. “We’re just going to wait and announce them next week and let the Super Bowl get out of town. But everything is pretty much taken care of now and (we are) really excited about it.”Arians lost both defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and linebackers coach Mike Caldwell to the New York Jets. Bowles was hired as the team’s head coach, and he named Caldwell assistant head coach/inside linebackers.A third opening on Arians’ staff is expected should he elevate a current coach to defensive coordinator, likely James Bettcher, who oversees outside linebackers.“The defensive coordinator will be in-house, and then we’ll bring some extra help from outside,” he said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If you’re looking for Bruce Arians, chances are you can find the Arizona Cardinals head coach at one of two places: the team’s headquarters or a golf course.Studying film, pouring over scouting reports and installing game plans take up much of his time, but what free time Arians does have, especially in the offseason, is occupied by a great passion of his: trying to figure out how to best hit a little white ball into a little round cup some 300-350 yards away.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “But two weeks off, that might be too much time, in my opinion.”The caveat to the mind set is of course if a key player was to get seriously injured in a game that may not hold any significance to the team’s postseason position, well, that would be a tough pill to swallow. Arians was with the Colts when they lost linebacker Cornelius Bennett during a Week 17 loss in 1999.“Probably wouldn’t have had Cornelius anyway, he was playing on one leg that whole year — he was more inspirational,” Arians said. “I don’t think you get anything out of resting guys, especially playing a team that’s in our division and we haven’t beaten them at home in a couple of years.“We don’t want to start a precedent now.” – / 36 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Campbell pointed to the team wanting to maintain its momentum heading into the playoffs, and with one bye week already coming, another, to him, does not really make sense.And then there’s the fact that the game is against the Seahawks.“It’s a division game, plus there’s a chance we could play these guys again in the playoffs because they’re guaranteed a playoff spot too, so you don’t want to give them any confidence winning on your field,” he said. “We’d love to beat them because you never want to give a team confidence going into the playoffs.”A victory Sunday would be the 14th of Arizona’s season, and if the Carolina Panthers lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, would also give the Cardinals the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC and homefield advantage up until the Super Bowl.Besides, Campbell said what would essentially amount to two weeks off at this point in the season could easily turn into a negative.“I’ve never had two weeks off during the season before; I don’t know how it would feel,” he said. “I could imagine, though, but you take too much time off it almost, you have to get back going again. It’s easy coming out of a bye week and playing your best ball. That’s what you want when you go into a bye week, you come out of a bye week furious, wanting to do some damage, that’s what a bye week does for you. Arians, who said this was his decision to make, does not want to mess with the routine and rhythm the team is in. Arizona has won its last nine games and has played about as well as it has all season over its last two. The idea is not only to make the playoffs, but be playing your best football when the postseason starts.The fear is any departure from the norm could throw them off. Treating this like a normal game was an easy decision, Arians said.“We’re playing so well right now I don’t want to change any way that we prepare,” he said. “We’ve got a week to rest — we know we’re going to get a week to rest anyway, so we’ll get plenty of rest.”The coach said his players not only back his decision, but pushed for it.“I don’t know of any of them that wanted to sit out,” he said. “Matter of fact, all of them came to me and said, ‘Look, we want to win this,’ and I said, ‘Of course we do.’”“When you go out there, you want to play to win, and we still have the chance for the No. 1 seed,” defensive lineman and captain Calais Campbell said. “I know it’s tough because Carolina is such a good team, but if Tampa Bay does us a favor we’re playing for something still.” (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ErrorOK… ErrorOK TEMPE, Ariz. — The starters are going to play. The Arizona Cardinals are going to try to win.When the Arizona Cardinals take the field Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, they will do so with their stars and key players on the field. Though it is Week 17 and pretty much every major regular season goal the team may have had has been achieved, this will not be the time for rest.“We will approach this game as if it were Game 1 of the season,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “We’ll treat it like every game. We don’t want to set a pattern of different behavior.”last_img read more

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first_img – / 16 Arizona Cardinals’ Justin Bethel swings ropes during a team practice, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) “He played last year for them, but this guy was a target,” Casserly said, adding anyone who plays opposite Patrick Peterson will be targeted by opposing quarterbacks. “But he did not play well last year. He struggled in coverage. He’s best in press, but in off-coverage his techniques weren’t good, his discipline wasn’t good, and he needs better instincts.”Bethel certainly had his rough moments over the final weeks of last season after he moved into the starting lineup following Tyrann Mathieu’s injury, but he said he was dealing with the foot injury for a while and is confident he can be a good NFL cornerback.Fellow NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger was asked to share his thoughts on Casserly’s concerns, and he did not seem to be as worried as his colleague, especially when it comes to the offensive line.“Well you know they drafted Evan Boehm from Missouri in the fourth round, I think he’s going to be their starting center — I think he’s going to upgrade that position, he started every game at Missouri — and you’ve got to see,” he said. “D.J. Humphries was drafted to eventually replace Bobby Massie. They brought in Evan Mathis to play right guard. For all the Arizona Cardinals did this offseason to shore up a team that reached the NFC Championship Game in 2015, they still by no means have a flawless roster.Granted, there really isn’t any single team who could say they are without holes, but for a team like the Cardinals, who have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, potential issues could be severely damaging to championship hopes.But what are the Cardinals’ issues? According to NFL Network’s Charley Casserly in a segment going over playoff teams with issues heading into 2016, they are at right tackle and cornerback.“Right tackle, Bobby Massie has gone and left in free agency,” Casserly noted. “First-round pick from a year ago, D.J. Humphries, is slated to get first shot at the position.“Now, he had a disappointing rookie year; strength wasn’t good, focus/intensity wasn’t good, and the techniques weren’t good. Got to watch and see if he’s matured — he has the talent to do it. Key position, right tackle.”No doubt Humphries had a disappointing rookie season, given that he was not active for a single snap and made absolutely zero impact on the field. However, toward the end of last season Cardinals coaches expressed confidence in the former No. 24 overall pick, saying he had turned a corner and become a player they felt they could count on if needed.That tone has not changed at all so far this season, and as of now it appears the second-year pro is ready to assume the starting role and be a factor along the offensive line.As for the right cornerback, that’s where Justin Bethel — who is currently recovering from foot surgery — is slated to play. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “We knew coming in that D.J. Humphries was going to struggle. He was only 20 years old, he was undersized at Florida. So, you’ve got to give him that year to kind of grow this year and see if he can grow into that position. But I thought Evan Boehm and Evan Mathis were two good signings to solidify the middle of that line.”The idea that Humphries and Bethel are entering this season as question marks is not new, and no doubt eyes will be on them during training camp to see if they are in fact ready to handle their larger roles. Both have flashed top-level talent, though, and if they can step up and solidify their respective positions, the Cardinals will be one of the most complete teams in the NFL.center_img Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_imgSince 1988, however, a single player has eclipsed the 2,000-total yard mark in a single season 47 times (it’s been done by 30 different players). That’s your Trivia Tuesday task this week — name all the players who have done it in the last 29 seasons. We’ve provided you with hints, but here’s another: all 30 players are running backs. You’ve got ten minutes, good luck! Top Stories Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Somewhat lost in the midst of the Arizona Cardinals’ disappointing 2016 season is the performance of running back David Johnson.The second-year player out of Northern Iowa leads the NFL with 1,534 yards from scrimmage through the season’s first 12 weeks. That puts him on pace to rack up 2,045 total yards on the season. If Johnson can accomplish the feat, he’d become the first Arizona Cardinal to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in a single season since the team relocated to the desert from St. Louis in 1988.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The most recent postseason win — in the wild-card round against Detroit — came during the last season that Romo was the full-time starter in 2014. The next season, he missed 12 games with a twice-broke left collarbone as the Cowboys went first-to-worst at 4-12.When Romo broke a bone in his back on an awkward tackle from behind in the preseason at Seattle, Prescott had already shown promise in the first two exhibition games. After losing his regular-season debut to the New York Giants, Prescott guided the Cowboys on their record streak, with Romo as his backup for the final three wins.Romo played just one series in his final season with Dallas, and his last pass was a 3-yard touchdown to Terrance Williams in a meaningless regular-season finale at Philadelphia. His last snap in a home regular-season game was the last of three broken collarbones sustained in his career, on Thanksgiving in 2015 against Carolina.While chided for his interest in golf and celebrity girlfriends, Romo developed a reputation for toughness. He led two fourth-quarter comebacks on the road with serious injuries — fractured ribs and a punctured lung at San Francisco early in 2011 and a herniated disc in his back at Washington two years later. The departure of the all-time passing leader from the storied franchise has been expected since November, when Romo conceded the job to rookie Dak Prescott after missing 10 weeks with a back injury.The Cowboys were in the middle of a franchise-record 11-game winning streak when Romo returned from the injury.Dallas owner Jerry Jones told Romo before free agency opened that the team would release him to give him a chance to continue his career with another contender. But Dallas decided at the last minute to try to generate interest in a trade.That move gave Romo more time to consider retirement, and the likelihood appeared to grow when he played in a golf tournament last week. Romo, who turns 37 this month, had given up his favorite hobby after a series of back injuries that included two surgeries in less than a year.Romo, who was signed through 2019, had a $14 million base salary and a $24.7 million salary cap hit for the Cowboys this season. The expected roster move will reduce Dallas’ cap hit to about $19 million, likely spread over two seasons.The franchise leader with 34,183 yards passing and 248 touchdowns, Romo never parlayed his regular-season success into deep playoff runs the way Hall of Famers and multiple Super Bowl winners Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman did before him. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories center_img Now Romo will follow Aikman into the broadcast booth. Aikman has been the top analyst with Fox, paired with Joe Buck, since 2002.Romo was 78-49 as the starter in Dallas, but just 2-4 in the postseason, with no road victories and no trips to the NFC championship game for a proud franchise that is one of just three teams that hasn’t played for the NFC title the past 21 seasons.His playoff debut a little more than 10 years ago illustrated the playoff struggles ahead when Romo infamously flubbed the snap on what could have been a winning field goal in Seattle.A year later, the Cowboys lost their playoff opener to the New York Giants as the No. 1 seed in the NFC, a defeat that stung even more for fans because Romo went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, during the bye week with several teammates.Romo didn’t help his perception after the 2008 season finale, a 44-6 loss at Philadelphia that kept Dallas out of the playoffs when he infamously said, “If this is the worst thing that will ever happen to me, then I’ve lived a pretty good life.”As time passed, Romo seemed to understand why that quote struck a nerve for followers of America’s Team. And he gave them the only playoff victories for the Cowboys since their last Super Bowl title following the 1995 season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact DALLAS — Tony Romo is retiring and replacing another former quarterback in Phil Simms on the top NFL broadcasting team for CBS after choosing not to chase that elusive Super Bowl with a team other than the Dallas Cowboys.Romo, who will be paired with play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz, considered multiple network offers along with whether he wanted to pursue a Super Bowl elsewhere after losing the starting job in Dallas last season, a person told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Romo hasn’t discussed his plans publicly. A CBS spokeswoman did not immediately return messages seeking comment. 7 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgEllington’s injury history is fairly extensive.After playing 15 games as a rookie, in 2014 he suffered a foot injury in Week 1 that hampered him until a sports hernia ended his season in Week 13. Then, in the first game of the 2015 campaign, a PCL injury forced him to miss three games, and by the time he returned to the field both Chris and David Johnson had emerged as the team’s top running backs.Once seen as the cornerstone of the team’s offense, Ellington is now fighting for a role.“I’ve got to kind of climb my way back up,” he said. “Over the years I didn’t perform as well as I’m capable of due to injuries, but I just have to keep fighting and try to get back healthy so I can go out there and compete.”Twenty-eight years of age and playing under a one-year contract, Ellington is confident that healthy, he will be able to show the coaches why he belongs on the team.“That’s a no-brainer,” he said. “If I’m healthy I can go out there and play loose and not think.“I’ve just got to do a great job at fighting, get back in shape, and once I’m in shape, stay there.”All he wants is a chance to compete for a job, which he has. The battle will continue on into training camp, which Arians said will be big for the fifth-year pro while noting Ellington is not alone in that regard. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — And just like that, it appears the experiment of moving Andre Ellington from running back to receiver has come to an end.“The receiver room is so deep, for him, he got all the work he needed to give us another running back/receiver-type guy that’s very versatile,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said following a mini-camp practice Wednesday. “For him, he’s going to have to make it in the running back room.” Top Stories “For a lot of guys,” he said. “There’s a lot of competition for those last 12 spots on the roster than it’s ever been.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 12 0 Comments   Share   That may be easier said than done.Back with the running backs, Ellington is battling Kerwynn Williams, Elijhaa Penny and T.J. Logan for a spot behind starter David Johnson. He has more experience than those three, who have earned varying degrees of praise from the team’s coaches, but his track record has its share of knocks.Since bursting onto the scene as a rookie in 2013 with 652 rushing yards, 371 receiving yards and four total touchdowns, he has struggled to remain healthy and, because of that, effective.Though he played in all 16 games last season, Ellington finished with career lows in rushing attempts, rushing yards, receptions and receiving yards while failing to reach the end zone for the first time in his NFL career.Asked where the 5-foot-9, 199-pound Ellington can improve as a running back, Arians did not hold back.“Run harder, run tougher like he did as a rookie,” he said. “Once he tore the foot up and the knee up a little bit, he kind of looked for places to fall down too much.”Ellington understands the critique, admitting the balance between running hard and not wanting to get injured is a mental thing.“I’ve just kind of got to kind of put that behind me and just focus on what’s important,” he said. “Just go out there and play loose and not really think about it.” Arizona Cardinals unning back Andre Ellington, right, gets away from Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) as he runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) scrambles from San Francisco 49ers defensive end DeForest Buckner (99) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) On if his smart-ass comments have matured over his career:“(Senior Vice President of Media Relations) Mark (Dalton) could attest to it. They’ve gotten better. They’ve gotten better, yeah. Mark’s been the butt-end of some jokes, but it’s also timing. I feel like there’s a time and place for all of that. It’s all in jest. It’s all lighthearted, and Carson would disagree with this comment, but if I’m going to give it out, I have to be able to take it.”On if there were any specific situations that Palmer helped him with yesterday:“Just getting the certain play calls, certain things that we like, that again, being on the sidelines, you have a different perspective, a different viewpoint and a different set of eyes on something. I might be looking at my hot or the safety, and he can check out a corner. He can say, ‘OK, this corner’s playing heavy inside, technique, leverage. We can get a go right here, or we can do that.’ So, being able to do that is great for me, because he’ll not only give that piece of advice, but we’ll see it on the photos that we get on the sidelines, being able to utilize that, and then go out there and try and have success with it.” On if it helps to face a Seahawks defense that’s similar to the 49ers defense on a short week:“Yeah. That helps big time. I think that being able to have some carryover on the stuff we didn’t use last week against San Francisco. It is a little different though. Base scheme-wise, they’re similar in how they try and line up against you, but there’s different nuances within that, different game plan material that we saw from San Francisco that we won’t see from these guys. I’ve talked about it a little bit, but everybody wants that Seattle blueprint. It’s just that Seattle’s the only one that has the personnel to be able to execute it to the perfection that they do.” – / 28 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On the Seahawks defense:“Man, they’re still as good as ever. They’re talented. I don’t know how they continue to pay all these guys and have them come back each and every year. They’ve got a good formula and a good (salary) cap guy, apparently. They’re as consistent as ever. They’re still doing stuff. I think you look at what they’ve been able to accomplish, even with losing some guys like Cliff Avril, which is unfortunate – you never want to see a guy have to go through something like that – but they’re still getting after the quarterback. They’re extremely athletic, and that backend is what makes everything go. It’s so different than everybody else and having linebackers that are so versatile, really present a lot of issues for everybody.”On his relationship with WR Larry Fitzgerald and how he’s targeted Fitzgerald more than any other receiver:“Wouldn’t you throw it to Larry? Yeah, I think the thing about him is that his catch radius is so big. When he’s open, or not even necessarily open, the way that he competes and his confidence when he goes out there, we feed off of that. I’m not dumb. I know that we get in this stadium Thursday night, and I throw him a pass and he gets up and goes nuts, that crowd is going to respond. That’s a huge asset for us. The offense goes through him. We feed off of that. Not to mention, he has to do a lot of dirty work that not a lot receivers would do. He’s got to go in there and dig people out and he’s got a tough responsibility again this week. He doesn’t get enough credit for the little things that he does, but at the same time, we try to pick and choose where we can utilize him and the other assets that we have.” On if he liked that play:“No, I didn’t. But it works, so I did.”On if QB Carson Palmer has provided him with any specific advice the last week or two:“I think that he’s just been encouraging, just reaffirming stuff, especially somebody in my position, that’s a career backup stepping into a role like this. There’s lots of moving pieces. So, I’ve got a good recipe, like I said, of how I want to operate, but just having him, that extra vote of confidence, to be in there, staying on track and doing all those things, an extra set of eyes that’s seen a countless number of snaps and been on many sidelines. Normally, he’s in the game – he’s never on the sidelines – but, being able to sense that and feel that, I think that’s something that’s invaluable for a person like myself.”On if he brings his laidback demeanor to the huddle:“Yeah. Some people can misconstrue that laidback sense of humor as a smartass, and I’ve definitely gotten that a lot throughout the course of my career. I feel like I’ve even matured a little bit over the years, so it was probably even worse initially. I feel like that’s one thing I’ve always tried to do throughout my entire career. We make it hard enough on ourselves. We take everything so serious, and it should be serious. It’s very important, but at the same time, we need to go out and have fun and you only do that by being able to relax and play at your potential. Sometimes, I just go out there and do what I need to do and try to be infectious with that in some way, shape or form.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires On being more athletic once upon a time and whether he can imagine being RB Adrian Peterson, carrying the ball 37 times at 32-years old:“That wasn’t a joke. Yeah, I dreamt about being him. I would love to be that. But yeah, he’s a workhorse for a reason. Throughout the course of his career, you’ve probably heard every cliché under the sun about him. He just gets stronger as the game goes on. I remember being in awe and talking about it the first week he got here. He hadn’t played much, on and off in New Orleans. He came in after the Tampa Bay game Monday morning, and he had a box like this tall and jumped on it. Like, he was doing box jumps up there, and me and Carson were like, ‘Who’s doing this?’ And Buddy is like, ‘Adrian did that, and then went out there and ran 16 110s and beat everybody,’ and it’s just like, ‘OK.’ It just speaks volumes about the type of professional that he is. For guys that are able to sustain success over a long period of time in this career, it doesn’t happen just out of dumb luck. He takes care of his body. He’s meticulous with everything that he does, and he’s also been blessed with really good fortune and good genes.” On how he felt with his timing with his receivers:“I felt good. I think that you get a chance to watch it, and you can’t hesitate at all. You have to make split-second decisions, and obviously, the interception, I overthought it. I was thinking about trying to take J.B. on the outside and had a good matchup out there, but didn’t, and tried to take the safety in. There’s so many nuances that go in to every single play, and that’s what the course of the week and the preparation takes. I played that first play in my head about 20 different ways. So, you try and mentally get prepared and envision everything that’s going to go on, and then go out there and just play. That’s the one thing that I’ve tried to do is put all the time and effort in throughout the course of the week and the preparation and the communication. All of the little small details, because as it’s talked about time and time again, there are three or four plays – you either make that play or you don’t, and that’s going to decide the game. But, you just don’t know when they’re going to show up.”On how important it is for him to buy time by using his legs:“Yeah, I think being able to extend plays, the biggest thing that I’m trying to do when I’m out there is create stuff, and if it’s there, great. If not, get rid of it. I had a handful of throwaways and trying to do stuff. We’ve got some guys that can create space and get open, and sometimes things breakdown. Everybody on our offense knows that things don’t go according to plan when I’m out there. So, being able to adapt to that is some of the things we can use to our advantage.” The Arizona Cardinals are coming off their first win with Drew Stanton under center since starter Carson Palmer went down with a broken arm in Week 7.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters.On how he can get his body prepared to play on a short turnaround:“Luckily, we’ve got a really good sports science program here with (Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach) Anthony Piroli and (Strength and Conditioning Coach) Buddy Morris. Our training staff has everything mapped out for what we need to do. We’ve got everything at our disposal, which is a luxury to have, that ownership takes that much pride in trying to help the players recover. And, I think it’s very intentional with the way this week’s prepared with B.A. (Bruce Arians) and how he’s trying to structure it – get in, get our work, mentally get ourselves prepared to play, but physically also. That’s the biggest thing with these Thursday night games and seeing that quick turnaround. Just trying to get as healthy as you possibly can until Thursday night comes.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories On whether the play where he ran for the first down was a read-option:“Yes, it was.”On his thoughts when that play was called:“I knew there was a potential of it coming up. You’re seeing that a little bit more in the league, because people are getting to it. It’s not just athletic quarterbacks now; there are guys like me trying to do it and read ends and get down. Especially the element of surprise is probably the greatest thing. If they weren’t anticipating that, and that’s one extra guy they’re not accounting for. We had Troy (Niklas) come around to seal the block, just in case and pick up the extra defender. So, it’s not something that we’re going to feature each and every week, but within that scheme of what we were trying to accomplish, and at that point in the game, it was a great call.”On if that’s a play that he lobbied with Coach Arians:“I don’t lobby with B.A. I know better than that.”On Arians allowing players to have input:“No. He picks the play. He puts the scheme in, and then we pick which ones we like. We don’t get to pick what we want. Believe me. I’ve already tried that before, many times, and he goes, ‘No, we can’t do that.’ But, of the plays he has in, we can say if we like it. There’s a big difference.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgCOMO Hotels and Resorts is offering half price seaplane transfers and complimentary nights to give travellers even more reasons to book its stunning southern Maldives resort, Maalifushi by COMO.Until December 25 2015, Maalifushi by COMO is offering four nights for the price of three or seven nights for the price of five.Point Yamu by COMO, the new design oasis on the tranquil east coast of Phuket, is also offering four nights for three or seven nights for five until October 31 2015.Complimentary nights are on a bed and breakfast basis at each hotel.In addition, book a minimum of four nights at Maalifushi before 31 October 2015 and clients will also receive 50 per cent off the cost of shared seaplane transfers.Alternatively, receive complimentary shared round-trip seaplane and boat transfers between Male International Airport and each resort for bookings of three paid nights at both Maalifushi and its sister resort Cocoa Island by COMO until 25 December 2015.last_img read more