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What stood out in the Cardinals 18-15 win over the 49ers?

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In the ugliest game so far in this young season, the Cardinals somehow managed to eek out a win. Like, I literally had this entire article ready to go, assuming the Cards were going to lose (because that’s what I’ve been conditioned to after 20 years of Cardinals football).

With that shameful admission, I deflect with this: Larry Fitzgerald, I am so glad the Cardinals drafted you. The greatest Cardinal to ever wear the uniform.

The Good:

Well somehow they won. Phil Dawson was perfect on the day.

The J. Browns had a fantastic day. Having John back was huge for the passing game, and Jaron had an incredible day. Tough catches and forcing penalties are a big reason the Cardinals won today.

Andre Ellington should have had a TD, and if the offensive line wasn’t an assembly of bums off Van Buren, he would have had a career day. The 9 receptions (including a sick 1 hander), 86 yards in the air, plus a paltry 18 on the ground got the re-surging Ellington over a 100 yards on the day.

The Bad:

The offensive line is going to get a lot of hate this week. I really like my “bums from Van Buren” comment so I want to highlight that. They aren’t in the ugly column because they had a first time starter at LG and a backup LT and somehow did enough to give Palmer enough time to hit Larry for the game winning TD.

The secondary looks good on paper, but if you add in all those easy drops the 49ersWRs/TEs/Rbs had, it could have been an even uglier day. The defense is too predictable at times but did enough, against a better QB they would have been spit roasted.

The run game. Read: Offensive line, bums, etc, above.

Palmer taking that many hits is scary. Just what else is there to say.

The Ugly:

Markus Golden’s injury. I really hope it’s a sprain and not what we all dread. He hasn’t been racking up sacks, but he’s been getting pressures and solid in the run game. Would be a big loss.

Penalties: Almost cost the Cardinals the game in overtime. Just too many dumb penalties.

The Cardinals chances at a winning season. If they can barely squeak by an 0-3 team at home, then what hope is there to win against the EaglesBuccaneers and Rams in the next three games? The offensive line needs to be figured out, but with the injuries, it doesn’t look good.

What was your good, bad and ugly this week?

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Despite the continued presence of Amos Jones, the Arizona Cardinals’ special teams unit could be vastly improved this season

The Arizona Cardinals knew what they had to do. The club’s brass had watched the special teams portion of their football team squander winnable games in 2016. Losses that more than likely cost the Cardinals a postseason appearance.

With it painfully obvious that changes were needed, the front office went into action. Problem areas have been addressed this offseason. Reinforcements were brought in, and some pretty good ones at that.

SEATTLE, WA – JANUARY 19: Kicker Phil Dawson #9 and punter Andy Lee #4 of the San Francisco 49ers sit on the bench during the 2014 NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The first piece to be sent packing was placekicker Chandler Catanzaro. His eleven missed kicks were a major contributor to Arizona’s troubles last year. Another year of the “Catman” trotting onto the field to attempt important field goals or extra points would not have been a comforting sight.

His replacement just happened to be one of the NFL’s most-reliable kickers. Phil Dawson, a veteran of 18 campaigns in the league, was welcomed with open arms. The 42-year old will provide a calming presence that was sorely needed.

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Arizona Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson (4) attempts a field goal as punter Matt Wile (6) holds during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Bears recovered the missed field goal and ran it back for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

New kicker. New punter. New holder. New kick and punt returner.

The Arizona Cardinals special teams underwent a major renovation since the end of last season, and for good reason: The unit was directly responsible for three losses with an argument to be made for as many as two more in 2016.

Gone is kicker Chandler Catanzaro, replaced by Phil Dawson; punters Drew Butler, Ryan Quigley and Matt Wile were swapped out for Andy Lee, who will also do the holding; and the combination of Andre Ellington, Brittan Golden and J.J. Nelson plus Patrick Peterson, at times, in the return game have all stepped aside for one individual, Kerwynn Williams.

The only familiar face is long snapper Aaron Brewer, though he joined the Cardinals after Week 3 last season.

In other words, there are no players returning in 2017 in the role they had at the start of 2016.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever gone to training camp in 34, 35 years, whatever the heck it’s been, where I had nobody that had ever been to training camp with me. So I was looking at four new faces, from a training camp standpoint,” special teams coordinator Amos Jones. “Obviously, Matt and Brewer had been with us to finish the season but from a training camp standpoint, just the regiment of getting them acclimated to how we do things, everything was new in that respect.”

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The Arizona Cardinals have not made a move yet, but it seems like the team has an eye on improving the punting position.

After a fierce competition between Matt Wile and Richie Leone during the preseaon, which seemed to look like Wile took the job, the Cardinals are rumored to have eyes on a different punter.

Cardinals will pursue P Andy Lee, cut by the Panthers today. Seems a good fit for both sides.

Andy Lee has been one of the best punters in the NFL over the past decade, with three Pro Bowl appearances and three All Pro nods.

Last season, the 35 year old Lee averaged 49.1 yards per punt with a net average of 40.1 yards per punt.

He also had 18 of his 36 punts land inside the 20 yard line.

Lee has a history with Phil Dawson as well, so there won’t be much in the way of needing to get used to working together.

What do you think? Bring in Lee or roll with the winner of Wile or Leone?

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The Arizona Cardinals head to training camp in just 26 days to start their long journey back to the postseason

With a lot of roster turnover this offseason, that means just one thing for the Arizona Cardinals.  It means there will be plenty of competition for certain spots on the 53-man roster.

There are some positions that are set.  We know of course that Carson Palmer will be the starting quarterback.  David Johnson will be the starting running back.  Larry Fitzgerald will be the number one receiver.

There are a number of new faces and some familiar ones that too will need to prove themselves worthy of a roster spot come September.  You can start with special teams.

Punter:

Matt Wile and Richie Leone will be fighting it out for the punter job.  Wile finished out the 2016 with the Cardinals.

Kicker:

The Cardinals have tabbed Phil Dawson as their kicker after sending Chandler Catanzaro packing. As of right now Dawson has no one else to compete with on the roster.  Don’t be surprised if the Cardinals bring another kicker in to push Dawson a bit in camp.

 

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TEMPE, Ariz. — A breakdown of the first week of free agency for the Arizona Cardinals:

Most significant signing: More so than signing linebacker Chandler Jones to a long-term deal that will keep him in Arizona for the next five years, the Cardinals’ most significant signing was kicker Phil Dawson. Yes, a kicker. And everyone who follows the Cardinals knows why. Last season, kicker Chandler Catanzaro contributed to three losses because of misses. Had he made all three, Arizona likely would have gone to the playoffs. Adding a veteran such as Dawson, who has made his share of pressure-packed kicks in 18 seasons, will likely help the Cardinals win close games down the stretch, and that could be the difference between another playoff run or January on the couch.

Phil Dawson, 42, should provide a steady leg for the Cardinals. He’s made 84.5 percent of his field-goal attempts in 18 NFL seasons. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Most significant loss: The loss of Calais Campbell will have the most significant impact on the Cardinals, more so than safety Tony Jefferson, because of how he played so well when Jones and Markus Golden were rushing the passer on the edges. Campbell’s play has consistently improved over the past few years and he was flourishing with Arizona’s improved pass rush. Without the singular focus of the offensive line on him, Campbell was able to consistently push the interior of offensive lines back and pressure quarterbacks enough to force them one way or the other and right into the hands of Jones or Golden.

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