The Cardinals have hired Kliff Kingsbury as their new HC. He was named USC's OC last month but is bolting for a head gig in the pros. Kingsbury was a prolific passer at Texas Tech, racking up 11,937 yards and 91 TDs over his final 3 seasons. After flaming out in the NFL, he spent 5 seasons as an assistant coach at Houston and then Texas A&M. Kingsbury was named HC at his alma mater in 2013 and led the Red Raiders to top-28 finishes in total offense in all 6 seasons there. His squad never ranked worse than 8th in passing yards. Of course, it remains to be seen how Kingsbury's offense will translate to the NFL. It's an exciting but risky hire by Arizona.
Cardinals HC Steve Wilks is expected to be fired, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Wilks went 3-13 in his lone season in the desert. A defensive mind, Wilks' defense ranked 20th in yards allowed and 26th in points. The offense was even worse, finishing dead last in both yards and points. We'll see who Arizona tabs to lead QB Josh Rosen and Co. moving forward.
Cardinals HC Steve Wilks named QB Josh Rosen his new starter on Monday. The rookie entered late in the 4th quarter of Sunday's loss to the Bears, completing 4 of 7 passes for 36 yards and an INT. He can't be worse than Sam Bradford, though, who's averaged 5.0 yards per attempt with 2 TDs and 4 INTs through 3 weeks. That said, with a leaky offensive line, thin weaponry and questionable play-calling, Rosen isn't a fantasy option right now.
Cardinals QB Josh Rosen missed practice Wednesday because of a right thumb injury. HC Steve Wilks said Rosen banged the thumb on a helmet during Monday's practice and still had soreness Wednesday, according to multiple reports. It doesn't sound like a serious issue, and Rosen is reportedly considered day-to-day. He has continued to work behind QB Sam Bradford, so this should be a non-issue for fantasy owners.
Cardinals HC Steve Wilks said Monday that rookie QB Josh Rosen will get some snaps with the 1st team in Friday night's exhibition game against the Saints, according to the team website. QB Sam Bradford will start the game and play more snaps than he did in the opener, Wilks said, but the plan for Rosen is noteworthy. Wilks has talked up Bradford as the starter. We'd certainly bet on that changing at some point this season -- quite possibly in the 1st half of the year.
The Cardinals traded up from #15 to #10 to grab UCLA QB Josh Rosen. Rosen in 2015 became the 1st true freshman to start for the Bruins, completing 60.0% of his passes with 23 TDs vs. 11 INTs. His sophomore season was cut short 5 games early by a “soft tissue” right shoulder injury. He returned this past year to set career highs in completion rate (62.6%), yards (3,756) and TDs (26) — despite missing 2 games with a pair of concussions. That injury history is the biggest knock against Rosen. (We’re not buying any of the silly attitude/personality stuff.) He’s otherwise a clean prospect, though, and might just be the most NFL-ready QB in this draft class. That said, Rosen figures to start his career backing up Sam Bradford. Of course, Bradford is a poor bet to last the season. Long term, Arizona needs to add some weapons for Rosen at WR with Larry Fitzgerald turning 35 in August. The current depth chart behind Fitz: J.J. Nelson, Brice Butler and Chad Williams.
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