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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — One year ago, Bruce Arians was making the rounds at Radio Row leading up to Super Bowl XLVII between Baltimore and San Francisco.This year, the Cardinals head coach is making the rounds at the TPC Scottsdale leading up to the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open.Arians was among the headliners at the CBS Outdoor Special Olympics Open Tuesday.“This is a fantastic day,” he said of the putting challenge that matched up a Special Olympian with a celebrity or sports star and local business leader. “It’s so special to be with these kids because they work so hard at their craft; had to win a lot of tournament to get into this. You respect all their work they put in. They work as hard as the Arizona Cardinals, I promise you.” Speaking of his day job, Arians is well into an offseason that has him and his staff re-examining 2013 and looking ahead to 2014.“Just continue to see our team improve in all phases fundamentally and add new pieces, which is new every year,” he said of his offseason goals. “Watch them gain cohesiveness and just watch us improve because I think our guys are coming back with a great taste in their mouth.”The Cardinals ended the season winning seven of nine, but missed out on the playoffs despite a 10-6 record, which doubled their win total from 2012.“We finished strong,” Arians said. “We know what we need to do. It’s just which pieces do we add and how we fit them in.”Both the Cardinals’ offense and defense showed dramatic improvement over last season. The offense ranked 12th compared to 32nd a year ago, while the defense was the sixth-best in the league (up 15 spots from 2012) and number-one against the run, allowing only 84.4 yards per game.The latter statistics earned defensive coordinator Todd Bowles head coaching interviews with the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings. He was not hired by either team.“Glad of it,” Arians said with a smile. “Wish he had gotten a head coaching job, but I’m really happy he’s still here.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires At least for the immediate future, football has been put on the back burner. Arians is scheduled to return to the TPC course Wednesday to participate in the Annexus Pro-Am; however, he’s unsure about his golf game at the moment.“Not like I’d like to have it right now. I’ve got a sore back from practicing,” Arians said laughing. – / 8last_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   Cleveland Browns cornerback Jamar Taylor (21) lines up against the Jacksonville Jaguars during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Cleveland. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) Seeking a second cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals reportedly worked out Bashaud Breeland on Thursday. The four-year NFL vet had a strong resume with at least 14 games played in the past four years but suffered a foot injury that required a skin graft — the injury led the Carolina Panthers to rescinding a three-year contract with Breeland in March.Related LinksReport: Free agent CB Bashaud Breeland to visit CardinalsBreeland had also visited the Indianapolis Colts. It’s unclear if he was leaning toward signing with them over the Cardinals, or if Arizona decided trading for Taylor was the better option.Taylor, a 2013 second-round pick, played the last two seasons with Cleveland, compiling 119 tackles, three interceptions and 23 passes defensed over 31 games played.The 27-year-old played his first three NFL seasons for the Miami Dolphins, appearing in 33 games with them.Taylor, who played college football at Boise State, has compiled 201 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and 27 passes defensed over five years in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals announced they acquired cornerback Jamar Taylor from the Cleveland Browns.The Cardinals will send the Browns a 2020 sixth-round pick in return.Taylor had two years remaining on his deal but 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro reports that the corner agreed to drop his 2018 base salary from $4.25 million to $975,000 to help Arizona’s cap situation.Arizona and Cleveland had discussed a deal during the 2018 NFL Draft in late April but remained in contact after not coming to an agreement, Rapoport added. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more