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first_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “This is a guy who would be a perfect fit because he already knows Ray Horton’s defense. He’d have to be brought up to speed on the terminology but playing corner is not exactly the same as playing quarterback in the National Football League if you get my drift. Ike Taylor could do it. You could bring him in. He’d be the perfect guy in this system.”The idea of a veteran cornerback to mentor Peterson and Greg Toler is a good one. The idea of one who can come in and know Horton’s system with the truncated timetable the lockout will give players and teams to get ready is a great one.Taylor’s familiarity with Horton and his durability make him a very interesting option if the club looks to deal Rodgers-Cromartie. He also could be a valuable asset for a secondary who struggled to make tackles in 2010.He’s just another name to add to the ever growing list of players the Cardinals might have interest in if the lockout ever comes to an end. The phrase ‘I like Ike’ isn’t just for 1952 Presidential campaigns anymore. It may be what the Arizona Cardinals are saying this offseason in reference to Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor.“Let’s say they deal [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] and bring in Kevin Kolb as their quarterback,” Sports 620 KTAR’s Ron Wolfley said on Doug and Wolf. “Does Ike Taylor make sense at the corner opposite of Patrick Peterson? I can tell you it makes perfect sense for so many different reasons. Number one, we’re talking about a grizzled veteran. A guy who is a true players pro. He’s a professional. A guy that would mentor a young Patrick Peterson. A guy that has been in the league nine years and he’s been durable as well. He’s missed three games in nine years.center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories ‘There’s no way to win.’That’s the response Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians gave in his post-game interview Sunday when asked what he would have said if someone had told him that his quarterback would throw four interceptions and his team lose the turnover battle by a wide margin on the road against the best squad in the conference.Yet despite all the odds stacked against them — both internally because of mistakes and externally given the elements and notoriously loud home crowd — the Cardinals found a way to win Sunday by a final of 17-10. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It’s a mindset that has allowed the Cardinals to beat up on several playoff-bound teams like the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts and Seahawks.Asked what this latest statement win should signal to the rest of the league, Arians didn’t hesitate.“They just better hope they don’t let us in the dance.”Even though the Cardinals have clinched their first 10-win season since 2009 with Sunday’s win, reaching the dance won’t be entirely up to them.Arizona can reach the playoffs with a win next Sunday and a San Francisco 49ers’ loss on Monday or a win next Sunday and a New Orleans Saints’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Still, becoming the first team since Dec. 24, 2011 to win at CenturyLink Field was pretty gratifying for the first-year head coach to say the least.“This goes up there pretty high,” said Arians on where the win ranks in his career. “I wish it was a playoff game. You wish you were going home for the second round of the playoffs having beaten a team like this on the road. “This is a huge win, and I’ve been lucky to be a part of a bunch of them.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It wasn’t always pretty, in fact for large stretches it was nothing but a battle for field position, but Arians and Co. kept their playoff hopes alive thanks to a 60-minute from the defense and a timely touchdown pass from Carson Palmer.“[This win was about] the resiliency of our football team,” Arians said. “We started off getting big plays, and then gave it away. Our defense played well the whole game. “They had been playing super and then they gave up a touchdown. It looked like, ‘Hey, here we go.’ And then the offense rebounds, goes and gets the score. The two-point play was huge to get the lead to seven. And then the turnover. It’s over when we put Stepfan [Taylor] and he busts the run. Game, set and match.”In the come-from-behind road victory, Arizona allowed 192 total yards and limited Russell Wilson to career lows in multiple categories including passing yards and completion percentage.“They were dominating,” Arians said of the defense. “It was fun to watch. And the next man steps up every week. Tony Jefferson [in place of Rashad Johnson] lit up and played great like I knew he would. Each man that plays, plays fast, hard and physical. That’s how we want to play.” – / 17last_img read more