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THE PRESEASON SERIES
The Cardinals travel to Kansas City for the 24th
preseason meeting between the two teams in a series that dates back 40 years. This week’s meeting will mark only the fourth preseason meeting between the two teams since the Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988.
The Cardinals and Chiefs have alternated three-game win streaks in the last six meetings between the two teams, with the Cardinals winning the last three contests, dating back to 1998, the Cardinals first season in the Valley of the Sun. Arizona has won the last two preseason contests in Kansas City.
The Cardinals-Chiefs series contains the last preseason game for the Cards that ended in a tie. In 1971, the Cardinals traveled to Kansas City in 1971 and left with a 17-17 deadlock.
CARDS-CHIEFS PRESEASON SERIES
Overall Preseason Series: 9-13-1
Cardinals on road at KC: 5-8-1
First Meeting: Aug. 17, 1968, @ Kansas City, L, 10-13
Last Meeting: Aug. 20, 2005, @ Kansas City, W, 24-17
THE COACHES Ken Whisenhunt Herm Edwards 8-8 Overall Record 54-64 8-8 Regular Season Record 52-60 0-0 Playoff Record 2-4 2
nd Years as Head Coach in NFL 8
Years with team 3rd
TELEVISION CARDINALS RADIO Network: ABC-15 Flagship: News Talk 92.3 KTAR Play-by-Play: Mike Goldberg Play-by-Play: Dave Pasch Analyst: Bill Lewis Analyst: Ron Wolfley Sideline: Jody Jackson Sideline: Paul Calvisi
CARDINALS SPANISH RADIO Flagship: KMIA 710 AM Play-by-Play: Gabriel Trujillo Analyst: Rolando Cantu
ARIZONA CARDINALS (0-1)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0)
2008 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
The Cardinals began the preseason last week when they faced the New Orleans Saints at University of Phoenix Stadium. They continue the preseason as they face the Chiefs, the first of three consecutive AFC opponents. The Cardinals will face the Raiders for the fourth time in the last five years and they will face the Broncos for the fifth season in a row and sixth time in the last seven years. Time/ Date Opponent Location Result
Aug. 7 New Orleans Saints U. of Phoenix Stadium L, 10-24 Aug. 16 @ Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 5:00 PM Aug. 23 @ Oakland Raiders McAfee Coliseum 6:00 PM Aug. 29 Denver Broncos Invesco Field 7:00 PM
THIS WEEK’S GAME
The Cardinals make their first road trip of the 2008 season when they travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in a preseason rivalry that dates back to 1968.
Since 1970, the Cardinals have played the Chiefs 21 times in the preseason, the most of any team other than the Chicago Bears, who they have played 27 times.
The Cardinals are coming off a 24-10 loss to New Orleans in their first preseason contest. Despite the final score, there were some important positive developments from the game. QB Matt Leinart looked impressive in his first action since separating his shoulder in October of last season. The third-year QB completed 7-of-8 passes for 91 yards, including a 34-yard strike to WR Steve Breaston, who also looked impressive as he vies for the third receiver spot.
Rookie RB Tim Hightower scored easily on a one-yard run while playing with the first team while a few other rookies such as DE Kenny Iwebema, LB Ali Highsmith and DE Calais Campbell also impressed the coaching staff with their play.
The Cardinals will face the Chiefs, who are coming off a 24-20 victory at Chicago in their first action of the season, before heading to Oakland the following week to finish their preseason road schedule.
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CARDINALS CATEGORY CHIEFS
8-8 Record 4-12
404 Points Scored 226
399 Points Allowed 335
49 Touchdowns Scored 24
45 Touchdowns Allowed 33
9 Rushing TDs 6
32 Passing TDs 17
8 Return TDs 1
13 Rushing TDs Allowed 11
26 Passing TDs Allowed 17
6 Return TDs Allowed 5
24/163 Sacked/Yards Lost 55/344
27/12 Fumbles/Lost 22/13
24 Had Intercepted 20
21/30 Field Goals Made/Attempted 19/27
344.1 Total Yards Per Game 276.8
330.2 Opp. Total Yards Per Game 319.4
90.0 Rushing Yards Per Game 78.0
97.9 Opp. Rushing Yards Per Game 130.6
254.1 Passing Yards Per Game 198.8
232.3 Opp. Passing Yards Per Game 188.9
-7 Turnover Ratio -11
30:10 Average Time of Possession 29:52
12/29/5 NFL Rank-Total Offense/Run/Pass 31/32/20
17/9/28 NFL Rank-Total Defense/Run/Pass 13/28/5
0/1 2-Point Conversions 1/3
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CARDINALS & CHIEFS IN 2007 REGULAR SEASON
CARDS WRITE RECORDS IN ‘05
TEAM RECORDS Net passing yards: 4,437 (prev: 4,262, 1984) Gross passing yards: 4,723 (prev: 4,639, 1984) Pass attempts: 670 (prev: 613, 1996) Completions: 419 (prev: 347, 1984) Completion percentage: 62.5% (prev: 61.3%, 1984) First downs passing: 224 (prev: 214, 1996) Field goals attempted: 46 (prev: 40, 1996) Field goals made: 43 (prev: 30, 1995)
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS Receptions: Larry Fitzgerald, 103
(previous: 101, Larry Centers in ’95 and Boldin in ‘03) Points: Neil Rackers, 140
(previous: 117, Jim Bakken ’67 & Neil O’Donoghue ’84) Field Goals: Neil Rackers, 40
(previous: 30, Greg Davis in ‘95) Field Goal Attempts: Neil Rackers, 42
(previous: 40, Jim Bakken in ’66) Field goal %: Neil Rackers 95.2% (40-42) (previous: 82.4%, Kevin Butler in ’96, 14-17) Consecutive Field Goals: Neil Rackers, 31
(previous: 11, Greg Davis in ’94 & Bill Gramatica in ‘01 Completion %: Kurt Warner, 64.5% (242-375)
(previous: 61.7% Steve Beuerlein in ’93, 258- 418) Most consec. 100-yard receiving games: Boldin, 5 (previous: 4, Rob Moore in ’97 & David Boston in ’01)
CARDS IN PRIME TIME IN 2008 For the second season in a row, the Cardinals appeared on a live national broadcast during the preseason, opening up at home last week vs. the New Orleans Saints in a game that aired live on ESPN.
Last season, the Cardinals played two games that were broadcast live on NFL Network, hosting the Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers.
Last week’s matchup vs. New Orleans marked the first of three nationally televised games for the Cardinals in 2008. In the next one, the Cardinals will host the San Francisco 49ers on November 10 at University of Phoenix Stadium in a game that will be showcased on ESPN’s ―Monday Night Football.‖ The third prime-time game will come later that month when the Cards head to Philadelphia for a Thanksgiving night game against the Eagles that will be carried by NFL Network. Cardinals-Eagles will be the third game of the NFL’s Thanksgiving triple-header that also includes Tennessee at Detroit and Seattle at Dallas.
It will be the franchise’s first Thanksgiving game since a 1985 contest at Dallas and this year will mark the first time since 2000 that the Cardinals will appear more than once in prime time.
CARDINALS & CHIEFS - THE LAST TIME
Chiefs 23, CARDINALS 20 October 8, 2006 – Univ. of Phoenix Stadium – (63,445)
In the debut of Matt Leinart as starting QB, the Cardinals were poised to mark the occasion with a victory over the visiting Chiefs and snap their three-game losing streak. However, the Cards surrendered a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and missed a game-tying 51-yard FG try in the final seconds to fall to 1-4. It was a very impressive start for Leinart, who hit Anquan Boldin down the middle of field with a 49-yard TD strike on the game’s fifth play. KC back Larry Johnson fumbled a handoff on the ensuing series and DE Chike Okeafor recovered at the KC 41. Seven plays later on 3
goal at the 5, Leinart found Larry Fitzgerald for a TD to put Arizona up 14-0. On the first two drives, Leinart was 5-5 for 84 yards and two passing TDs against a KC defense that had not allowed a passing TD all year and had not given up a TD in 11 straight quarters. Early in the 2
nd quarter, Lawrence Tynes made it 14-3 with a 45-yard FG. Later in the 2
nd, KC’s Bernard
Pollard blocked an Arizona punt that went out of bounds at the AZ 6 and 3 plays later Huard connected with Johnson on a 9-yard TD pass. The Cards caught a break with 1:32 to play when Johnson fumbled again and CB Eric Green recovered at the KC 33. That led to a 41-yard Neil Rackers FG that made the score 17-10 at the half. After KC went 3-n-out to start the second half, the Cards moved to the KC 27 thanks largely to a series of Edgerrin James runs and a 45-yard Rackers FG upped the lead to 20-10. A chance to add to the lead came with about 3:00 to go in the 3
rd but a 49-yard pass from
Leinart slipped through the arms of Bryant Johnson in the end zone. With 9:42 to play, the Chiefs trimmed the lead to 3 when Huard capped a 66-yard drive with a 15-yard scoring pass to WR Samie Parker. With 5:58, left and the Cards at their own 10, Leinart was INT’d by Ty Law at the AZ 22 and that led to Tynes’ game-tying FG of 40 yards. Arizona’s next drive reached the KC 41 but no further and with 2:31 to play KC took over at its own 13. On the first snap, Johnson took a short pass 78 yards to the AZ 2, leading to a 19-yard Tynes FG with 1:36 left. After the kickoff, the Cards took over at their own 9 with no timeouts. Leinart led the Cards to the KC 33 before Rackers’ game-tying try of 51 yards was wide right.
CHIEFS 0 10 0 13 23 CARDINALS 14 3 3 0 20
Team Qtr. Time Scoring Play Drive Score CARDS 1 12:19 Boldin 49-yard pass from Leinart (Rackers kick) 5-60, 2:41 0-7 CARDS 1 6:12 Fitzgerald 5-yard pass from Leinart (Rackers kick) 7-41, 3:19 0-14 Chiefs 2 12:01 Tynes 45-yard FG 8-25, 3:48 3-14 Chiefs 2 3:26 L. Johnson 9-yard pass from Huard (Tynes kick) 3-6, 0:57 10-14 CARDS 2 0:42 Rackers 41-yard FG 4-9, 0:50 10-17 CARDS 3 10:06 Rackers 45-yard FG 6-42, 3:31 10-20 Chiefs 4 9:35 Parker 15-yard pass from Huard (Tynes kick) 7-66, 4:04 17-20 Chiefs 4 5:06 Tynes 40-yard FG 4-0, 0:47 20-20 Chiefs 4 1:36 Tynes 19-yard FG 5-85, 0:55 23-20
KC AZ First Downs 18 18 Rushes-Yards 22-39 26-76 Net Passing Yards 262 222 Total Net Yards 301 298 Passing (A-C-I) 38-26-0 35-22-1 Sacked by Opp. 3-26 4-31 Punts-Average 6-50.7 8-37.4 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-0 Penalties 5-49 7-50 Time of Possession 29:31 30:29
RUSHING CHIEFS: L. Johnson 16-36; D. Brown 3-2; Kennison 1-2; Huard 2-(-1). CARDS: James 24-71; Leinart 1-4; Boldin 1-1.
PASSING CHIEFS: Huard 26-38, 288 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT. CARDS: Leinart 22-35, 253 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT. RECEIVING CHIEFS: L. Johnson 6-106, TD; Parker 5-37, TD; Kennison 4-48; Hall 4-22; Cruz 2-20; Gardner 2-17; Wilson 2-13; Gonzalez 1-25. CARDS: B. Johnson 6-82; James 6-44; Boldin 4-71, TD; Walters 2-32; Fitzgerald 2-15, TD; Ayanbadejo 2-9.
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LAST WEEK’S GAME
Saints 24, CARDINALS 10 August 7, 2008 – University of Phoenix Stadium – (63,109)
The Cardinals opened the 2008 preseason with a nationally-televised home game against the Saints on ESPN. Arizona’s #1 offense and defense played just about a quarter and the Cards owned a 10-7 lead at the half. QB Matt Leinart saw his first action since a collarbone injury ended his 2007 season in week 5 at St. Louis. He looked sharp in two series of action, completing 7 of 8 passes for 91 yards and led Arizona’s lone TD drive that resulted in a 1-yard scoring run by rookie RB Tim Hightower. When Leinart exited, head coach Ken Whisenhunt opted not to send Kurt Warner in behind a back-up offensive line and instead #3 QB Brian St. Pierre guided the Arizona offense until deep into the fourth quarter. The Saints opened the game with a 13-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a Drew Brees-to-David Patten TD pass. The drive was aided by several AZ penalties and Whisenhunt noted the team’s penalty total among his biggest disappointments with the game. Among the highlights was the play of several young players including Hightower, the team’s 5
pick out of Richmond, first-round cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and free agent linebacker Ali Highsmith, who finished as the team’s leading tackler. The highlight of Arizona’s TD drive was a 34-yard Leinart pass on third-and-five to second-year WR Steve Breaston, who continued his outstanding preseason. After the Hightower TD tied the game at 7 early in the second quarter, another rookie came up big when DE Kenny Iwebema (fourth round) sacked Mark Brunell on fourth-and-one at the Arizona 33. The ensuing Cardinal drive produced a 30-yard Neil Rackers field goal that gave Arizona a 10-7 lead. New Orleans’ next drive reached the Arizona one but the Saints were again stopped on fourth down when Highsmith and safety Aaron Francisco combined to stop Pierre Thomas short of the goal-line. The second half was a battle of third and fourth teamers for the most part. The Saints scored twice in the third quarter with a 1-yard Aaron Stecker run and a 33-yard Taylor Mehlhaff FG on consecutive drives. The game’s only other points came when Saints WR Robert Meachem converted a Tyler Palko pass into a 60-yard TD that gave New Orleans a 14-point lead in the fourth that proved to be the final margin of victory. Perhaps the best news for both squads was that they emerged from the game without any significant injuries.
SAINTS 7 0 10 7 24 CARDINALS 0 10 0 0 10
Team Qtr. Time Scoring Play Drive Score Saints 1 8:15 Patten 7-yard pass from Brees (Gramatica kick) 13-80, 6:45 7-0 CARDS 2 12:06 Hightower 1-yard run (Rackers kick) 8-63, 3:57 7-7 CARDS 2 6:38 Rackers 30-yard FG 8-47, 3:15 7-10 Saints 3 6:42 Stecker 1-yard run (Mehlhaff kick) 12-76, 6:37 14-10 Saints 3 1:46 Mehlhaff 33-yard FG 7-55, 3-18 17-10 Saints 4 10:36 Meacham 60-yard pass from Palko (Mehlhaff kick) 3-64, 1:27 24-10
NO AZ First Downs 22 13 Rushes-Yards 35-98 15-63 Net Passing Yards 285 165 Total Net Yards 383 228 Passing (A-C-I) 30-22-0 32-21-0 Sacked by Opp. 2-18 5-23 Punts-Average 2-50.5 7-44.3 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0 Penalties 6-52 8-70 Time of Possession 34:11 25:49
RUSHING SAINTS: Stecker 7-39, TD; Bush 7-22; Hamilton 5-16; Thomas 9-9; Palko 4-5; Moore 1-5; Allen 2-2. CARDS: Hightower 5-23, TD; St. Pierre 2-15; Baylark 3-11; Arrington 2-8; James 2-5; Smith 1-1.
PASSING SAINTS: Brunell 10-12, 119 yds, o TD, o INT; Palko 6-11, 144 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT; Brees 6-7, 40 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT. CARDS: St. Pierre 12-18, 84 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT; Leinart 7-8, 91 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT; Morelli 2-6, 13 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT. RECEIVING SAINTS: Meachem 4-129, TD; Campbell 4-42; Patten 4-18, TD; 4-18, TD; Arrington 2-46; Thomas 2-10; Green 1-21; Copper 1-10; Hamilton 1-10; Sobomehin 1-5; Miller 1-3; Bush 1-(-1). CARDS: Rector 4-34; Urban 4-32; Breaston 3-50; Hightower 2-11; Patrick 1-16; Smith 1-15; Castille 1-10; Fitzgerald 1-6; Arrington 1-5; Morey 1-5; Baylark 1-3; Pope 1-1. PRESEASON LEADERS
Receptions: Cardinals-4, Jamaica Rector (34 yards) Chiefs-3, Bobby Sippio (57 yards)
Receiving Yards: Cardinals-50, Steve Breaston (3 receptions) Chiefs-57, Bobby Sippio (3 receptions)
Rushes: Cardinals-5, Tim Hightower (23 yards) Chiefs-8, Larry Johnson (18 yards)
Rushing Yards: Cardinals-23, Tim Hightower (5 att., 4.6 avg.) Chiefs-30, Dantrell Savage (5 att., 6.0 avg.)
Passing Yards: Cardinals-91, Matt Leinart (7-of-8 passing) Chiefs-113, Tyler Thigpen (8-of-16 passing, TD)
Touchdowns: Cardinals-1, Tim Hightower Chiefs-1, Larry Johnson, Bobby Sippio, Maurice Price
Tackles: Cardinals-6, Ali Highsmith Chiefs-4, Derrick Johnson, DeMorrio Williams, Jason
Sacks: Cardinals-1, Joe Tafoya, Kenny Iwebema Chiefs-1, T.J. Jackson
FIRST IMPRESSIONS Head coach Ken Whisenhunt was impressed with what he saw in the first action of the preseason from some of his key returning players and rookies alike. Below are some excerpts of his comments following the team’s preseason opener vs. the Saints: QB Matt Leinart going 7-of-8 for 91 yards:
"Confident, comfortable, those are the words I would use. That's what he's shown in practice and something you want to see, which we talked about before. To me, just in the way he got in and out of the huddle, his command at the line of scrimmage and his poise in the pocket, especially some of the things we worked on like moving in the pocket.‖ Rookie RB Tim Hightower’s performance:
"I thought Tim showed up a little bit, especially with some of the runs. One thing I really liked, we talked about him having good vision. He seemed to show that tonight. He looked like he was a strong runner. He got a lot of yards after contact it seemed. I'm encouraged with Tim. We still have a long way to go, but it was nice to see him run the ball a little." The play of rookies DE Calais Campbell and LB Ali Highsmith:
"Calais made a good play on the run where he broke through and made a tackle. (Highsmith) looked like he was back at LSU, all over the field making some plays. That's one reason why we were excited to get him. Our scouting staff did a good job of finding him and talking to him and getting him to sign here. It's always good to have good, young talent like that.‖
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HARD TO BEAT AT HOME
One of the biggest building blocks emerging from the 2007 season was the home field advantage the Cardinals began to establish at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The sellout crowds at the Cardinals nest provided enough support to propel Arizona to a 6-2 home record, the best home record for the team since 1976 when they finished 6-1 at home.
Since moving to Arizona in 1988, the Cardinals had never won six home games in a season.
Year Home Overall 2007 6-2 8-8
2004 5-3 6-10 1998 5-3 9-7 1996 5-3 7-9 1994 5-3 8-8 2003 4-4 4-12 1999 4-4 6-10 1993 4-4 7-9 1988 4-4 7-9
The 2008 campaign marks the Cardinals third year at University of Phoenix Stadium and the Red Birds have played in front of a sellout crowd in all 20 games (including preseason) in the first two years, establishing a franchise attendance record last year with 516,646 fans attending games during the regular season.
The Cardinals home field advantage will be soundly tested in 2008 as they host strong NFC foes in the Cowboys, Giants and Vikings and NFC West opponents in the Seahawks, 49ers and Rams.
THE STAFF REMAINS THE SAME
The key word for the Cardinals in 2008 is continuity. With all 16 coaches returning to their jobs with team, it marks the first time since 2001-2002 that the Cardinals have had the same exact coaching staff for two consecutive seasons.
Years Coach Position w/ Team
Ken Whisenhunt Head Coach 2 Russ Grimm Asst. Head Coach/Off. Line 2 Todd Haley Offensive Coordinator 2 Clancy Pendergast Defensive Coordinator 5 Ron Aiken Defensive Line 2 Teryl Austin Defensive Backs 2 Maurice Carthon Running Backs 2 Rick Courtright Asst. Defensive Backs 5 Bill Davis Linebackers 2 Freddie Kitchens Tight Ends 2 John Lott Strength and Conditioning 2 Mike Miller Wide Receivers 2 Matt Raich Defensive Assistant 2 Jeff Rutledge Quarterbacks 2 Kevin Spencer Special Teams 2 Dedric Ward Offensive Quality Control 2
Whisenhunt feels like the trust built between the coaches and players and the understanding that grows between them pays dividends on the field.
―It’s easy to think of coaches in schemes and in plays, and there is no question that helps,‖ Whisenhunt said. ―But the underestimated part of it is the relationship you build with these players. When you have been through the battles (together), you don’t have a new guy to get up to speed and that helps with the overall team chemistry.‖
WHISENHUNT AGAIN LEADS CARDS AT N.A.U.
On July 23, the Cardinals again left the Valley heat and headed north to the cool air and ponderosa pine trees that serve as the backdrop for their annual training camp, 7,200 feet above sea level.
The first practice was held on Friday, July 25. It began a schedule that will include eight two-a-days and 30 total practices at Northern Arizona University before breaking camp on Thursday, August 21.
Whisenhunt wanted to get back to focusing on the fundamentals of the game in his second training camp as head coach, fundamentals such as avoiding penalties, especially late in games.
Arizona played an NFL-high 12 games decided by seven points or less and six games by three points or less. The Cardinals also led the NFL in penalties in 2007 and, especially late in the game, Whisenhunt felt the team prevented itself from winning by making mistakes when they were mentally and physically tired.
―If you can just eliminate that one area, which we can do, that will put us in position to win some of those close games,‖ Whisenhunt said as the team reported on July 23. ―Our focus is going to be on finishing off games. In other words, making the plays when you’re tired, and that’s what training camp in so great for. Guys are sore, they’re tired, and they’re put into positions where they have to make plays.‖
WHISENHUNT ENTERS YEAR TWO
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt begins his second
season as the man in charge for Arizona. Whisenhunt will look to build on the success that he had in his first season when he led the Cardinals to an 8-8 record, a three game improvement over the team’s 2006 record. In 2007, Whisenhunt also:
Led the team to an 8-8 record in his first season in Arizona, the first coach to do so since Buddy Ryan in 1994.
The three-game improvement over the team’s 2006 record was the biggest improvement margin of any of the five rookie head coaches in 2007.
Led the Cardinals to a 6-2 home record, their best home mark since going 6-1 in 1976.
Guided a passing offense which was ranked fifth in the NFL in 2007 after throwing for 4,065 net yards.
Led the offense to a franchise record 32 touchdown passes and their 404 points scored on 49 total touchdowns was the second highest total in team history.
In scoring 404 points on the season, the team scored 20+ points in 12 games and 30+ points in six contests.
The Cardinals scored five more points than they allowed this season (404-399), the first time the Cards have scored more points than they allowed since 1993 under Joe Bugel when the team scored 57 more points than it allowed (326-269).
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HALEY CALLING THE SHOTS
Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley was handed the
play-calling duties in the offseason, taking over full-time the duties that he began to share during the 2007 season.
Haley took over a portion of the play-calling duties during the 2007 season and the Cardinals offense improved steadily towards the end of the season, culminating in a 48-19 defeat of the St. Louis Rams in the season finale, the most points scored by a Cardinals team since 1977.
―He (coach Whisenhunt) really loosened the leash and gave me a lot of say-so, which was great,‖ Haley told the press after signing the new contract. ―That was a big part of staying and not doing any of the Miami stuff.‖
A candidate for the Dolphins head coaching position in the offseason, the Cardinals moved to lock up Haley, signing him to a new three-year contract and giving him the majority of the play-calling responsibility, something Haley relishes.
―That’s what you do the job for,‖ Haley said. ―You prepare all week, design the game plan and when you get to game day, it makes it that much more fulfilling to do that. It’s obviously as close as you can get to the game.‖
Whisenhunt sees it as the next step in Haley’s career, an opportunity he was given while with Pittsburgh. ―I feel an obligation to do that because I was given that opportunity to grow in that capacity,‖ Whisenhunt said.
GRIMM RETURNS FAMILIAR FACES
As is the case with the coaching staff, the offensive line will achieve some continuity in 2008 if the starters can stay healthy. Russ Grimm’s crew returns all five full-time
starters from 2007. Center Al Johnson injured his left knee in the first week of training camp this year but is expected to regain his starting spot when he returns for the regular season.
Cardinals Starting Offensive Line
LT Mike Gandy LG Reggie Wells C Al Johnson RG Deuce Lutui RT Levi Brown
Despite a rash of injuries and setbacks, the line enjoyed a successful season under Grimm in 2007. The Cardinals ranked sixth in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass play with only 24 sacks allowed for minus 163 yards in 2007. The NFL average was 34.4 sacks for minus 223.4 yards.
The 24 sacks allowed is the lowest total since 1978 when the team allowed just 22 sacks.
The Cardinals offensive line did not allow a sack in the final two games and had five sackless games in 2007. It marked the first time since the opening two games of the 1989 season (9/10 @ Det; 9/19 @ Sea) that the Cards have not allowed a sack in back-to-back games.
Edgerrin James rushed for 1,222 yards on the season, the fifth highest total in franchise history and his second consecutive 1,000-yard season in Arizona.
PENDERGAST AGAIN LEADS DEFENSE
With the addition of a few free agents and draft picks as well as the return of numerous key players from injury, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is ready to lead
the defense back to being one of the league’s best.
One of two coaches retained by head coach Ken Whisenhunt when he took over last season, Pendergast is in his fifth year in Arizona. He has accumulated an impressive resume since joining the Cardinals as the defensive signal caller.
In his first season at defensive coordinator in 2004, improved the team’s overall defensive ranking from 26
to 12th. In 2005, Pendergast’s defense improved to 8
overall, the unit’s first top ten ranking since 1994 (3rd
Helped guide defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to his first Pro Bowl selection in 2008, strong safety Adrian Wilson to his first Pro Bowl selection in 2007 and defensive end Bertrand Berry to an NFC leading 14.5 sacks in 2004, earning the free agent acquisition his first Pro Bowl appearance.
In 2005, strong safety Adrian Wilson collected a team high eight sacks setting an NFL record for the most sacks in a single season by a defensive back.
The Cardinals defense set a new franchise record with 551 interception return yards and six interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2007.
The 2007 defense also set a modern NFL record by holding the Detroit Lions to -18 rushing yards on eight attempts in Week 10.
A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE
The most well-publicized story line of the Cardinals preseason is the quarterback battle between third-year pro Matt Leinart and 11-year pro Kurt Warner.
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt named Leinart, the 10th overall selection in the 2006 draft, the starter heading into training camp but pressing him every step of the way will be the veteran Warner, who took over the quarterbacking duties in 2007 after Leinart went down with a broken collar bone. Warner excelled despite playing most of the season with a torn ligament in his non-throwing arm, suffered in his first start of 2007 vs. Carolina in week six.
Despite the injury and only starting in 11 games, Warner threw 27 touchdown passes, one shy of the franchise single-season record and amassed 3,417 passing yards.
Completely healed from the injury that cut short his second NFL season, Leinart is anxious to put to use the knowledge and understanding he gained while returning from his injury.
―I’ve said it over and over again, but being hurt was a blessing in disguise,‖ Leinart said in his first training camp comments. ―It helped to really focus and learn what we’re trying to do as an offense. Just going into this camp, I know where I’m going with the football, and that’s a big part of being a quarterback.‖
For Warner, a legitimate shot at the starting position is all he is looking for.
―That is all you ask for, is to put the best player on the football field, whoever that is at whatever position,― Warner said as training camp got under way.
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IMPORTANCE OF THE RUSH
The Cardinals have been primarily known as a passing team over the last couple of years, especially with the emergence of Pro Bowlers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. The duo has combined for 34 100-yard
receiving games, with both going over 100 yards five times. The team’s passing attack has finished in the league’s top 10 for the last three years (5
th in 2007, 10
th in 2006 and 1
However, the Cardinals are looking to rely more on the rushing game in 2008, using running back Edgerrin James
to lead the attack. It is hard to dispute the rationale.
Since James joined the team in 2006, he has rushed for 100 yards six times, with the team winning all six games. Five of those wins came against NFC West foes.
Looking back, since 1998, the Cardinals have had 17 100-yard rushing games and the team has a 16-1 record in those games.
Around the NFL, those stats hold true. In the last five years, teams with backs that go over 100 yards rushing in a game win almost 75 percent of their games.
Below is the win percentage of teams with a 100-yard rusher since 1993:
Year W-L Win Pct.
2007 102-37 .734 2006 107-47 .695 2005 112-23 .830 2004 134-44 .753 2003 107-44 .709
Total 562-195 .742
WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
In his team meeting with the players on the opening day of training camp, Ken Whisenhunt emphasized to the team the importance of winning close games and the work they must do in camp, both mentally and physically, to prepare themselves to close out games.
Looking back over the 2007 season, Whisenhunt’s first as head coach, it is easy to see why he wants to make this point a priority for the season.
Arizona played 12 games that were decided by eight points or fewer in 2007, more than any other team in the NFL. Six of those games were decided by three points or less. Of the Cardinals eight wins, six were decided by eight points or fewer.
Opponent Score Pt. Dif
9/16 vs. Sea W, 23-20 +3 9/30 vs. Pit W, 21-14 +7 10/7 @ StL W, 34-31 +3 11/18 @ Cin W, 35-27 +8 12/2 vs. Cle W, 27-21 +6 12/23 vs. Atl W, 30-27 (OT) +3
Of the team’s eight losses, six were decided by seven points or fewer.
Opponent Score Pt. Dif
9/10 @ SF L, 17-20 -3 9/23 @ Bal L, 20-23 -3 10/21 @ Was L, 19-21 -2 11/4 @ TB L, 10-17 -7 11/25 vs. SF L, 31-37 (OT) -6 12/16 @ NO L, 31-24 -7
Five of the Cardinals games in 2007 were decided by a made or missed field goal at the end of regulation.
The Cardinals have 13 undrafted rookie free agents in camp in 2008, all trying to make the team facing one of the toughest uphill climbs in sports—the 53-man roster.
If they beat the odds and make the roster, they would join the 13 players currently on the Cardinals roster who have made their way onto an NFL team after joining the league as an undrafted free agent.
Below are the Cardinals players who have appeared on a 53-man roster after not getting drafted.
CB Mike Adams-Appeared in seven games as a rookie in 2007.
FB Tim Castille-Made the roster in 2007 as a rookie.
S Oliver Celestin-Appeared in 48 games with four starts since entering the league in 2004.
S Aaron Francisco-Entered the NFL with the Cardinals in 2005 and has played in 37 games with five starts.
LS Nathan Hodel-Has handled the long snapping duties in 96 consecutive games with the Cardinals.
CB Rod Hood-Appeared in 78 games with 28 starts in his career, including starting all 16 games for the Cardinals in 2007.
P Dirk Johnson-Has punted in 57 games in his six years in the NFL.
WR Ahmad Merritt-Has appeared in 29 games with four starts after entering the league in 2000.
WR Jamaica Rector-Has played in three games in his two NFL seasons.
DE Bryan Robinson-In his 12th NFL season, has appeared in 159 games with 124 career starts.
C Lyle Sendlein-Appeared in 12 games and started two in his rookie season of 2007.
WR Jerheme Urban-Entered the league in 2003 and had 329 receiving yards and two TDs for the Cardinals in 2007.
QB Kurt Warner-One of the most celebrated stories in the NFL, is a two-time NFL MVP and was named the MVP of Super Bowl
XXXIV as a member of the St. Louis Rams. Entered the NFL in 1994 with Green Bay before being out of football until 1997 when he signed with St. Louis.
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Anquan Boldin should make some huge strides up the
Cardinals career lists in 2008 if he continues on the pace he has set through the first five years of his career.
Boldin needs just one more 100-yard receiving game to tie Hall of Famer Jackie Smith for the most in franchise history.
Games Player (Years)
22 Jackie Smith (1963-77) 21 Anquan Boldin (2003-)
Roy Green (1979-90) 18 Rob Moore (1995-2001) 17 Mel Gray (1971-82) 16 David Boston (1999-02)
Boldin has averaged 82.6 receptions per season since entering the NFL in 2003 and sits in the seventh spot on the Cardinals career list with 413 receptions. If he continues on pace this season, he would pass Frank Sanders for third place all-time.
Catches Rnk Player (Years) Rec. To Pass
1. Larry Centers (1990-98) 535 123 2. Roy Green (1979-90) 522 110 3. Frank Sanders (1995-02) 493 81 4. Jackie Smith (1963-77) 480 68 5. Pat Tilley (1976-86) 469 57 6. Bobby Joe Conrad (1958-68) 418 6 7. Anquan Boldin (2003-) 413 -
FITZGERALD REPEATS IN 2007
Larry Fitzgerald’s 2007 totals of 100 catches for 1,409
yards and 10 touchdowns were almost identical to his 2005 totals when he caught 103 passes for 1,409 yards and 10 touchdowns. In repeating his 2005 Pro Bowl season, Fitzgerald became the youngest receiver in NFL history to have two 100-catch seasons, reaching the milestone at the age of 24 years and 121 days.
His record breaking play in his first four seasons with the Cardinals earned him a four-year contract extension during the offseason that will keep him with the team through 2011.
In 2007, Fitzgerald
Led the NFC in both receptions (100) and yards (1,409).
Joined teammate Anquan Boldin as the only receivers in NFL history to record 100 catches twice in their first four seasons.
Tied a franchise record with touchdowns in five consecutive games.
Recorded 10 receiving touchdowns, giving him 34 for his career, the most by a Cardinal since the team moved to Arizona in 1998.
Led the Cardinals in receptions for the third time in his four seasons with Arizona.
Caught nine touchdown passes in the final seven games he appeared in.
Became one of 39 receivers in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl twice in their first four seasons.
WHO WILL BE NUMBER THREE?
Much of the talk in the offseason surrounded the question of who was going to fill the third receiver spot vacated when Bryant Johnson left in free agency. The Cardinals have their Pro Bowl tandem of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin in the first two slots but who would it be to fill the void at number three?
That is a question that will be answered as training camp progresses but here is a look at the front runners early on in camp:
Steve Breaston: The second-year pro had a terrific
offseason and has been continuously praised by the coaching staff for his hard work and improvement in the offseason where he routinely made difficult catches during mini-camp and OTA’s.
Jerheme Urban: Urban played valuable minutes for the
Cardinals in 2007, appearing in 10 games with two starts, and finished the season with 22 catches for 329 yards and two touchdowns. Last season at Seattle, he became the first receiver for the Cardinals other than Boldin and Fitzgerald to have 100 yards receiving in a game since 2002.
Ahmad Merritt: After being out of football the previous
three seasons, Merritt made a strong push for playing time during the preseason in 2007 before an ankle injury landed him on injured reserve.
Jamaica Rector: A third-year pro, Rector begins his
second season with the Cardinals after appearing in two games last year for Arizona.
Early Doucet: Arizona’s third-round selection in the 2008
draft (81st overall), Doucet led the Nation Champion LSU
Tigers in receiving as a senior. He was one of only three receivers in LSU history with 20+career touchdowns, finishing with 20.
EDGE AIMS FOR TOP 10
Currently 13th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list, Edgerrin
James enters the 2008 season poised to enter the top 10.
With 11,607 yards on the ground coming into the season, James needs 636 yards to pass Marcus Allen, who currently sits in 10
With another 1,000-yard season, James would move as high up as the number eight spot, currently held by the legendary Jim Brown.
All-Time NFL Rushing Leaders: Yds. to Rk Player Yrs/NFL Yds. Pass
1 Emmitt Smith 15 18,355 6,749 2 Walter Payton 13 16,726 5,120 3 Barry Sanders 10 15,269 3,663 4 Curtis Martin 12 14,101 2,495 5 Jerome Bettis 13 13,662 2,056 6 Eric Dickerson 11 13,259 1,653 7 Tony Dorsett 12 12,739 1,133 8 Jim Brown 9 12,312 706 9 Marshall Faulk 13 12,279 673 10 Marcus Allen 16 12,243 637 11 Franco Harris 13 12,120 514 12 Thurman Thomas 13 12,074 468 13 Edgerrin James* 9 11,607 -
14 John Riggins 14 11,352 - 15 Corey Dillon 10 11,241 - 16 O.J. Simpson 11 11,236 - 17 Fred Taylor* 10 10,715 - 18 Ricky Watters 11 10,643 - 19 LaDainian Tomlinson* 7 10,487 - 20 Tiki Barber 10 10,449 -
* Denotes active players
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LEINART STARTS YEAR THREE
Matt Leinart returns from a 2007 season that saw him land
on injured reserve with a broken collarbone he suffered in the fifth game of the year.
In his rookie season, Leinart showed the promise that made him the 10
th overall selection in 2006. After taking
over as the starter in place of Kurt Warner in the sixth week of the season, he threw for 2,547 yards, 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. As a rookie starter, Leinart:
Completed 60 percent or more of his passes in five of his last six games.
Became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for over 400 yards in a game.
Became the first Cardinals quarterback since Jake Plummer in 2001 to have three games in a season with a 100+ quarterback rating.
Broke Plummer’s rookie record of 2,203 passing yards, throwing for 2,547 yards on the season.
As he continued to adjust to Whisenhunt’s new system, Leinart suffered a collarbone injury @ St. Loius that forced him to miss the rest of the season.
After Warner’s success as Leinart’s backup, some questioned whether Warner should start. Whisenhunt emphasized that, along with his dedication to learning the game in the offseason, Leinart was getting better before the injury.
―One thing that seems to be forgotten is that Matt was growing and doing a pretty good job for us, too, when he got hurt, ― Whisenhunt reminded reporters in training camp. ―I think you’ve got to be pretty careful in not overlooking that.‖
INJURED PLAYERS RETURN
The Cardinals were hit hard by injuries in 2007, especially late in the season, as 13 Cardinals starters or significant role players missed a total of 82 games due to injuries.
Arizona was hit hardest on defense, missing a total of 44 games by starters. Among them were Pro Bowlers Adrian Wilson and Bertrand Berry, who missed a combined 14 games after both left the game vs. Detroit in week 10.
In all, the Cardinals had six starters finish the season on injured reserve, four of them starters on the defensive side of the ball.
Among the players missing time last year who are returning in 2008:
Player Injury Games Missed
DE Chike Okeafor Bicep (IR) 16 QB Matt Leinart Collarbone (IR) 11 S Aaron Francisco Knee/Calf 7 S Adrian Wilson Heel (IR) 7 DE Bertrand Berry Triceps (IR) 7 CB Eric Green Groin (IR) 5 WR Anquan Boldin Hip/Toe 4 TE Leonard Pope Ankle 3 LB Karlos Dansby Knee 2 WR Larry Fitzgerald Groin 1 RG Deuce Lutui Knee 1 64
One of the things the Cardinals lost last season on defense when many of their highest profile defenders went down to injuries was their ability to put consistent pressure on the quarterback.
With the return of Bertrand Berry, Chike Okeafor and Adrian Wilson from injuries sustained in 2007 and the addition of free agents such as LB Clark Haggans and DE Travis LaBoy, the Cardinals figure to turn up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks in 2008.
The Cardinals now field an impressive list of accomplished pass rushers on their roster. Below are some of their accomplishments.
DE Bertrand Berry-Has 54.0 career sacks, 29 of those
coming with the Cardinals since joining the team in 2004, a year he recorded 14.5 sacks and a Pro Bowl nod.
LB Chike Okeafor-Has 45.0 career sacks, 16 coming in
his first two years on playing with Arizona (missed all of 2007 with a torn bicep). Has sacks in the last five consecutive games he appeared in.
DT Darnell Dockett-Had a breakout season in 2007,
leading all NFL defensive tackles with 9.0 sacks in a season that earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl.
LB Clark Haggans-Recorded 31.5 sacks in his first eight
season with Pittsburgh, good for 13th on the Steelers all-
DE Travis LaBoy-Despite playing most of his 54 career
games as a reserve, has become a sack specialist, collecting 19.5 in his first four seasons in the NFL.
LB Karlos Dansby-Has 20.5 sacks in his first four seasons
in the NFL, good for 10th
on the Cardinals career-list.
SS Adrian Wilson-A feared all-around defender, redefined
the safety position when he collected eight sacks in 2005, the most by an NFL safety since sacks became an official stat in 1982. Has recorded 16.0 sacks for his career.
WARNER RETURNS TO FORM Kurt Warner proved he was still very capable of being an
effective quarterback when he took over for Matt Leinart last season when Leinart went down with a broken collarbone. In fact, Warner managed numerous feats that brought back the memory of his 1999 and 2001 seasons when he was the NFL MVP.
Among the things that Warner accomplished in 2007:
Threw for over 3,000 yards in a season for the first time since 2001.
Had back-to-back games with a passer rating of 100+ for the first time since 2001.
Threw for multiple TDs in eight consecutive games for the first time in his career.
His 10 multi-TD games this season are the most since he recorded 10 in 2001.
Threw for over 400 yards in a game for the first time since 2001.
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SKY HIGH HOPES
The expectations for 6-8 tight end Leonard Pope entering the 2008 season are as elevated as his stature.
Before landing on the injured reserve list suffering a broken ankle at Seattle on 12/9, causing him to miss the last three games of the season, Pope had become a go-to-guy in the redzone for the Cardinals, scoring five touchdowns, including two touchdown receptions against the Lions, a first for a Cardinal tight end since Doug Marsh in 1983.
The Cardinals tight ends scored more touchdowns for the Cards (8) in 2007 than any tight end unit since 1988 when Doug Awalt and Jay Novacek each scored four times. Ben Patrick, pushing Pope for playing time this preseason, performed well last season, scoring two touchdowns as a rookie.
Production from the Tight End Year Total TDs Player (TDs)
1987 9 Rob Awalt (6), Jay Novacek (3) 1967 9 Jackie Smith (9) 2007 8 Pope (5), Patrick (2), Bienemann (1)
1988 8 Rob Awalt (4), Jay Novacek (4) 1983 8 Doug Marsh (8) 1971 6 Jackie Smith (4), Jim McFarland (2) 1984 5 Doug Marsh (5) 1976 5 J.V. Cain (5)
Of the eight touchdowns scored by Cardinals tight ends in 2008, seven came inside the redzone, making them primary targets once the Cardinals got inside the 20-yard line and helping the team to the second best redzone scoring percentage in the NFL at 94.0 percent, trailing on New England’s 94.4 scoring percentage.
2008 ROAD WARRIORS
The Cardinals will certainly earn their frequent flyer miles as they make five East Coast trips during the 2008 season. Arizona is looking to improve their road record this year just like they did last season with their home record, going from 3-5 in 2006 to 6-2 in 2007. The task will not be easy as the five trips out east measure a total of 16,621 miles.
On top of that the Cardinals will also have to adjust to the time change as three of the team’s trips will include a three hour difference and two just a two hour difference since the state of Arizona does not adjust their clocks during daylight saving time like the rest of the country.
Another challenge the Cardinals will have to deal with is a long trip on a short week. Arizona plays the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants on Sunday, November 23
rd at home and then travels to Philadelphia to
play the Eagles four days later on Thanksgiving night, November 27th.
Destination Miles traveled
Phoenix, AZ to Washington D.C. 1,980 Washington D.C. to East Rutherford, NJ 204 East Rutherford, NJ to Phoenix, AZ 2,137 Phoenix, AZ to Charlotte, NC 1,782 Charlotte, NC to Phoenix, AZ 1,782 Phoenix, AZ to Philadelphia, PA 2,081 Philadelphia, PA to Phoenix, AZ 2,081 Phoenix, AZ to Foxborough, MA 2,287 Foxborough, MA to Phoenix, AZ 2,287 Total 16,621
Chiefs VP of Player Personnel Bill Kuharich’s father Joe
was the head coach of the Chicago Cardinals in 1952.
Cardinals Strength and Conditioning Coach John Lott served in the same capacity under Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards with the N.Y. Jets (2001-04).
Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Cedric Smith
played fullback for the Cardinals from 1996-98, starting five of 31 games played and registering three touchdowns.
Cardinals linebacker Monty Beisel was drafted out of
Kansas State in the fourth round by the Chiefs, playing for Kansas City from 2001-04.
Chiefs kicker Nick Novak played for Arizona for five games
in 2005, connecting on all three of his field goals and serving as a kickoff specialist.
Cardinals defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast served
as defensive assistant/quality control/linebackers coach for Dallas while Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was
the head coach from 1998-99.
Cardinals defensive line coach Ron Aiken served in the
same capacity at Iowa (1999-2006) while Chiefs defensive assistant Michael Ketchum was a graduate assistant (2003-05) and Cardinals defensive end Kenny Iwebema
Chiefs wide receivers coach Eric Price served in the same
role at Northern Arizona University, the training camp home for the Cardinals, from 1996-97.
Chiefs offensive assistant/quality control Kevin Patullo
served three years (2004-06) as an offensive graduate assistant working under head coach Mike Stoops at the University of Arizona.
Cardinals tackle Levi Brown (2002-06) was teammates with Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali (2002-05) and running back Larry Johnson (1998-2002) at Penn State. Johnson is
the fifth all-time leading rusher in Nittany Lions history with 2,953 yards and his 5,045 all-purpose yards are the most in school history.
Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet (2004-07) and linebacker Ali Highsmith (2004-07) were teammates at LSU with Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (2004-06) and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (2004-07). Doucet,
Highsmith and Dorsey helped the Tigers win the 2007 BCS National Championship. Doucet ranks third in school history in career receiving TDs (20) and fourth in career receptions (160) while Bowe is the school’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 26 and his 154 career receptions ranks fifth. Chiefs center Rudy Niswanger (2002-05) and linebacker E.J. Kuale (2004-05) were also teammates with
them at LSU for a short time.
Cardinals wide receiver Jamaica Rector played at NW
Missouri State from 2001-04, leaving as the most productive receiver in school and conference history with 4,497 yards on 289 receptions.
Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein (2002-06) played at the University of Texas with Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson (2001-04), running back Jamaal Charles (2005-07) and defensive tackle Derek Lokey (2004-07). Sendlein, Charles
and Lokey helped the Longhorns win the 2005 BCS National Championship.
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A NEW ROLLE The Cardinals newest free safety is not a recently signed free agent or a 2008 draft pick but converted cornerback Antrel Rolle.
Rolle convinced coaches to make the move with his play as a nickel back in 2007. Playing the extra defensive back, Rolle swiped five interceptions, returning an NFL-high three of them for touchdowns with an additional one errantly called back due to a penalty. In returning those interceptions, Rolle amassed an NFL-high 283 return yards, averaging 56.6 yards per return. Since joining the Cardinals as the eighth overall selection in the 2005 draft, Rolle has proven a tough player and sure tackler. Combined with his ability to cover the middle of the field, Rolle seemed a natural choice to fill the role at free safety, the defense’ last line of defense. ―He’ll have to look at things inside-out instead of outside-in, and that’s always a challenge for guys,‖ defensive backs coach Teryl Austin said. ―There are some things he might struggle with early but I am sure by the end of the day he will be pretty good at it.‖
Since being drafted in 2005, Rolle has started 28 of the 37 games he has appeared in at corner and nickel back. He has collected 156 tackles, seven interceptions and 20 passes defensed, three times collecting 11 tackles in a game.
ADRIAN RETURNS Strong safety Adrian Wilson returns in 2008 after missing
the final seven games of 2007 with a heel injury which required surgery, forcing him to miss most of the Cardinals offseason work leading into the season. Wilson arrived at camp on July 23 ready to resume his position as one of the most feared defenders in the NFL and the anchor of the Cardinals secondary. Before missing the Cincinnati contest in 2007, Wilson had made 59 consecutive starts and appeared in 73 straight games for the Cardinals, landing on injured reserve last season for the first time in his career.
Earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2006 after collecting four interceptions, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and five sacks. Returned both an interception and a fumble 99 yards for touchdowns, the only player in NFL history with two 99+ yard TDs in the same season. The 99-yard interception return was the longest in franchise history.
Collected 8.0 sacks in 2005, the most in NFL history by a defensive back since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
Was selected as one of five team captains by his teammates for the 2007 season.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS
Below is a look at the teams the Cardinals will face during the regular season and their record in 2007. Home 2007 Away 2007
St. Louis 3-13 St. Louis 3-13 San Francisco 5-11 San Francisco 5-11 Seattle* 10-6 Seattle* 10-6 Dallas* 13-3 Philadelphia 8-8 NY Giants* 10-6 Washington* 9-7 Minnesota 8-8 Carolina 7-9 Buffalo 7-9 NE Patriots* 16-0 Miami 1-15 NY Jets 5-11
The teams the Cardinals face in 2008 finished last season with a 119-137 regular season record.
Aside from their normal NFC West opponents, the Cardinals will play the AFC East and the NFC East this season.
The Cards will also play the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings, who finished with the same position as the Cardinals in their division in 2007.
The Cards will face five teams that made the playoffs in 2007: Seattle, Dallas, NY Giants, Washington and New England. The Cards will face three of those teams on the road.
The Cardinals will also face the New England Patriots, who became the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0.
*2007 playoff team
POSITION BATTLES TO WATCH
Cornerback-Starters Eric Green and Rod Hood will be
pushed by the Cardinals 2008 first round draft pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who the Cardinals took with the 16
th overall selection.
Defensive End-Veteran and 2005 Pro Bowler Bertrand
Berry will compete with new arrival Travis LaBoy for the starting spot at defensive end. LaBoy signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in 2008 from Tennessee, where he spent his first four NFL seasons while Berry, in his 11
NFL season, has 54.0 career sacks.
Tight End-Leonard Pope, coming off a season that saw
him emerge as a significant red zone presence, scoring five TDs, returns from an ankle injury that ended his 2007 after only 13 games, will try to fend off hard charging and much improving second-year player Ben Patrick for the starting tight end spot.
Fullback-Terrelle Smith, in his ninth NFL season will be
pushed by second-year player Tim Castille for the starting fullback spot. Smith comes off a year in which he helped block for Edgerrin James, who rushed for 1,222 yard in 2007 while Castille has been one of the Cardinals most promising young players in the offseason.
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QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE DRAFTEES
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: 1st Round (16
overall)-Rodgers-Cromartie had four career interception returns for TDs at Tennessee State and added a kickoff return for a TD, a fumble return for a TD and eight blocked kicks on special teams.
DE Calais Campbell: 2nd
played in 36 games (25 starts) with the Hurricanes before entering the draft following his junior season.
WR Early Doucet: 3rd
Round (81st overall)-Doucet was the
leading receiver on LSU’s National Championship team in 2007, catching 57 passes for 525 yards and five TDs, despite playing most of the year with a groin injury.
DE Kenny Iwebema: 4th
blocked two field goals in a game on two occasions while at Iowa and started in 30 of the last 31 games he appeared in.
RB Tim Hightower: 5th
broke 18 school, game, season and career rushing records at Richmond, including 1,924 rushing yards as a senior.
LB Chris Harrington: 6th
earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors as a junior despite playing the season with a torn rotator cuff.
T/G Brandon Keith: 7th
overall)-Keith was the
third player drafted by the Cardinals in 2008 that did not attend a Division 1-A college.
ROOKIE FREE AGENTS
DE Jason Banks: (Grambling)-Registered 29 career
starts in 44 games, collecting 27 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks. CB Marcus Brown: (McNeese State)-An athletic
cornerback, used speed and athletic ability to guide him into becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the Southland Conference. OT Peter Clifford: (Michigan State)-A versatile lineman,
appeared at both guard and tackle in his 19 career starts for the Spartans. DT Keilen Dykes: (West Virginia)-Leader of West
Virginia’s 2007 senior class that compiled a school best four-year record of 41-9 and made four bowl appearances, winning three. LB Ali Highsmith: (LSU)-Appeared in 52 games for the
Tigers, including starts in the final 28 games of his career while helping lead the Tigers to the 2007 BCS National Championship. Named after Muhammad Ali, who his grandfather once sparred with. FB Dionte Johnson: (Ohio State)-Is the son of Thomas
―Pepper‖ Johnson, the former NY Giants linebacker who is now an assistant coach with the New England Patriots. FS Dennis Keyes: (UCLA)-Started 34 of the 45 games
he appeared in for the Bruins and was named honorable mention All Pac-10 as a senior. While in high school, played safety and also running back where he rushed for 1,692 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior. WR Lance Long: (Mississippi State)-Began his collegiate
career at the University of Toledo before transferring to Mississippi State where he started seven of the 35 games he appeared in. G Carlton Medder: (Florida)-Helped lead Florida to the
National Championship when they defeated Ohio State at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2006 while helping lead the way for QB Tim Tebow to become the first sophomore Heisman winner. TE Brent Miller: (Arizona State)-Signed on 7/29/08,
Miller is an Arizona native who played at Arizona State with his brother, fellow tight end and Oakland Raider Zach Miller. QB Anthony Morrelli: (Penn State)-Once fired a 50-yard
pass at Three Rivers Stadium to win the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick Competition when he was 10 years old. DE Bryan Robinson: (Wesley College)-Started all 51
career games played at Wesley College and established school records with 96.5 tackles for a loss and 47 career sacks. G Hercules Satele: (Hawaii)-Is the cousin of current
Miami Dolphins center Samson Satele. Blocking for Heisman candidate QB Colt Brennan, helped Hawaii to its first ever BCS Bowl bid in 2007.
THE VETERAN NEWCOMERS
LB Clark Haggans: In his ninth NFL season, Haggans
comes to the Cardinal after having spent his first eight seasons with the Steelers where he collected 31.5 sacks in 107 games.
DE Travis LaBoy: The fifth-year pro comes to the Cardinals
from Tennessee where he collected 19.5 sacks in his first 54 games (20 starts).
TE Jerame Tuman: Entering his 10th NFL season, Tuman
spent his first nine seasons with Pittsburgh where he appeared in 120 games and was used as a blocking specialist.
DT Bryan Robinson: The most seasoned player on the
Cardinals team, Robinson enters his 12 NFL season having come to the Cardinals from Cincinnati, where he spent the previous three seasons. Robinson has appeared in 159 games with 124 starts for his career.
P Dirk Johnson: Johnson begins his seventh season in the
NFL having previously punted for the Saints, Eagles and Bears over the course of his career.
QB Brian St. Pierre: St. Pierre enters his sixth NFL season
and served as a backup and third quarterback during his first five seasons with Pittsburgh.
LB Matt Stewart: In his eighth season as a pro, Stewart
comes to the Cardinals having spent three years in Cleveland after spending his first four seasons in Atlanta.
THE NEW FACES
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Mon, Aug. 4 Signed G/C Jasper Harvey to a one-year contract and released RB Marcel Shipp.
Fri, Aug. 1 Awarded the waiver claim on C Pat Ross and placed G/C Scott Peters on injured reserve (left
Thur, July 31 Signed T Kelly Butler to a one-year contract and released T Thaddeus Coleman.
Tues, July 29 Signed TE Brent Miller to a one-year contract and
released TE Troy Bienemann.
Sat, July 26 Released RB Chris Vincent.
Fri, July 25 Signed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (first
round, 16th overall, Tennessee State, to a six-year
Mon, Jul. 21 Signed DE Calais Campbell (second round, 50th
overall, Miami, to a four-year contract.
Tues, Jul. 15 Signed WR Early Doucet (third round, 81st overall,
LSU) to a three-year contract.
Thur, Jul. 10 Signed LB Chris Harrington (sixth round, 185th
overall, Texas A&M) to a three-year contract.
BY THE NUMBERS
7,200 Elevation of the Cardinals training camp in
104, 78 Average high temperature in Phoenix and
Flagstaff during August.
81 Number of players on the Cardinals roster,
including Eduardo Castaneda, a Mexico native who is part of the NFL’s International Practice
21 Combined number of starters returning from the 2007 squad, 11 of offense and 10 on defense.
114.1 Matt Leinart’s QB rating in the first preseason
game vs. New Orleans after going 7-of-8 for 91 yards.
13 Number of players currently on the Cardinals roster that made it onto a 53-man roster as an
25.8 Average age of a player on the Cardinals
19 Number of times in the last 21 years that the
Cardinals opening game of the regular season will be an away game when the team opens at
San Francisco on Sept. 7.
2008 SEASON SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Location Time
Aug. 7 NO+ Univ. of Phoenix Stadium L, 24-10
Aug.16 @ KC Arrowhead Stadium 5:00 PM
Aug. 23 @ Oak McAfee Coliseum 6:00 PM
Aug. 29 DEN Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 7:00 PM
Date Opponent Location AZ Time
Sep. 7 @ SF Candlestick Park 1:15 PM
Sep. 14 MIA Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 1:15 PM
Sep. 21 @ Was FedEx Field 10:00 AM
Sep. 28 @ NYJ Giants Stadium 10:00 AM
Oct. 5 BUF Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 1:15 PM
Oct. 12 DAL Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 1:15 PM
Oct. 19 BYE
Oct. 26 @ Car Bank of America Stadium 10:00 AM
Nov. 2 @ StL Edward Jones Dome 11:00 AM
Nov. 10 SF # Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 6:30 PM
Nov. 16 @ Sea * Qwest Field 2:05 PM
Nov. 23 NYG * Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 2:15 PM
Nov. 27 @ Phi & Lincoln Financial Field 6:15 PM
Dec. 7 STL * Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 2:15 PM
Dec. 14 MIN * Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 2:05 PM
Dec. 21 @ NE * Gillette Stadium 11:00 AM
Dec. 28 SEA * Univ. of Phoenix Stadium 2:15 PM
+ Thursday night on ESPN
# Monday night on ESPN
& Thanksgiving night on NFL Network
* Subject to flexible scheduling decisions
The Cardinals added another hometown piece to the puzzle in training camp when they signed free agent tight end Brent Miller, a 2007 graduate of Arizona State University and Desert Vista (PHX) High School alum.
Miller, the brother of Raiders tight end Zach Miller, joins right guard Deuce Lutui and center Lyle Sendlein as Valley natives now on the Cardinals roster.
Lutui, the cousin of former Cardinal return man Vai Sikahema, was drafted by the Cardinals in the second round in 2006 and grew up a Cardinals fan in Mesa, AZ and attended Mesa High School.
Sendlein, a 2007 rookie free agent signing, is a Scottsdale, AZ native and attended Chaparral High School before going on to play his college ball at the University of Texas.
Like Sendlein did in 2007, Miller will try to make the team as an undrafted rookie. If Miller makes the opening roster, he will become the 15
Arizona native to play for the Arizona Cardinals.
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2008 KEY DATES
Below are some important dates for the 2008 NFL season. Arizona kicks of the regular season on Sept. 7 at San Francisco.
Date Occasion 8/26 Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 8/30 Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 8/31 Clubs may establish practice squad 8/23 Cardinals at Raiders (Preseason Game 3) 8/29 Cardinals vs. Broncos (Preseason Game 4) 9/4-8 Kickoff Weekend 9/7 Cardinals at 49ers
THIS WEEK IN THE NFL All times MST
Thursday, Aug. 14
Pittsburgh at Buffalo 4:30 PM Carolina at Philadelphia 5:00 PM – FOX
Friday, Aug. 15
Oakland at Tennessee 5:00 PM – FOX
Saturday, Aug. 16
Washington at NY Jets 4:00 PM Indianapolis at Atlanta 4:30 PM Minnesota at Baltimore 4:30 PM Miami at Jacksonville 4:30 PM Houston at New Orleans 5:00 PM San Diego at St. Louis 5:00 PM Arizona at Kansas City 5:00 PM Dallas at Denver 6:00 PM Chicago at Seattle 6:00 PM Green Bay at San Francisco 6:00 PM
Sunday, Aug. 17
Detroit at Cincinnati 4:35 PM New England at Tampa Bay 5:00 PM – NFLN
Monday, Aug. 18
Cleveland at NY Giants 5:00 PM – ESPN
CARDINALS ROSTER FACTS AND FIGURES
Oldest Cardinals player — Kurt Warner, 37, Born 6/22/71
Youngest Cardinals player — Calais Campbell, 21, Born
Most seasons as a Cardinal — Adrian Wilson, 8th
Most NFL seasons — Bryan Robinson – 12th NFL season
College with the most Cardinals — Michigan – 4
Largest Cardinal — T Brandon Keith, 6-5, 343
Tallest Cardinal – TE Leonard Pope, TE Alex Shor and
DE Calais Campbell — 6-8
Shortest Cardinal — CB Michael Adams, 5-8
-round draft picks — 6, Dominique Rodgers-
Cromartie, Levi Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Antrel Rolle, Edgerrin James, Matt Leinart
Pro Bowlers — 8, Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin, Bertrand
Berry, Larry Fitzgerald, Neil Rackers, Edgerrin James, Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett
Coaches who played in the NFL — 6, Maurice Carthon,
Russ Grimm, John Lott, Jeff Rutledge, Dedric Ward, Ken Whisenhunt
Furthest away from home — SS Aaron Francisco, Laie,
Hawaii – 2,898 miles
Closest to home — G Deuce Lutui, Mesa, AZ and Brent
Miller, Phoenix, AZ.
Cardinals not from NCAA Division I-A schools — 17,
Travarous Bain, Jason Banks, Steve Baylark, Marcus Brown, Tim Hightower, Dirk Johnson, Brandon Keith, Sean Morey, Ben Patrick, Jamaica Rector, Bryan Robinson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Marcel Shipp, Jerheme Urban, Elliott Vallejo, Kurt Warner, Reggie Wells
2008 Rookie Free Agents — 13, Jason Banks, Marcus
Brown, Peter Clifford, Keilen Dykes, Ali Highsmith, Dionte Johnson, Dennis Keyes, Lance Long, Brent Miller, Hercules Satele, Anthony Morelli, Bryan Robinson, Carlton Medder
Cardinals with Playoff Experience – 20, Monty Beisel,
Ralph Brown, Oliver Celestin, Clark Haggans, Roderick Hood, Edgerrin James, Al Johnson, Dirk Johnson, Travis LaBoy, Ahmad Merritt, Sean Morey, Chike Okeafor, Bryan Robinson, Bo Schobel, Brian St. Pierre, Matt Stewart, Joe Tafoya, Jerame Tuman, Matt Ware, Kurt Warner
Average Age – 25.8
Travarous Bain tra-VAIR-us Monty Beisel BYE-sull Calais Campbell kuh-LAY-us Oliver Celestin SELL-us-teen Jemalle Cornelius juh-MALL Early Doucet doo-SETT Keilen Dykes KEE-len Clark Haggans HAY-gins Ali Highsmith ah-LEE Nathan Hodel HOE-dul Kenny Iwebema ee-WEB-eh-mah Dionte Johnson dee-AHN-tay Chike Okeafor chee-kay oh-KEY-for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie dah-muh-NEEK Antrel Rolle AHN-trel Hercules Satele sah-TELL-ay Lyle Sendlein SEND-line Jerame Tuman Jeremy Jerheme Urban Jeremy Elliot Vallejo vuh-LAY-ho
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE Saturday, 8/9/08 Players off Sunday, 8/10/08 3:45-5:30 PM Monday, 8/11/08 9:05-10:30 AM 3:05-5:15 PM Tuesday, 8/12/08 3:05-5:15 PM Wednesday, 8/13/08 9:05-10:30 AM 7:05-9:15 PM (Lumberjack Stadium) Thursday, 8/14/08 3:05-5:15 PM Friday, 8/15/08 9:00-10:00 AM (Walk-Thru) Team returns to Phoenix
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Arizona Cardinals / Week 2 / Through Thursday, August 07, 2008 / Preseason
Won 0, Lost 1
8/7/2008 L 10- 24 New Orleans Saints
Total First Downs 13 22 Rushing 4 6 Passing 8 13 Penalty 1 3 3rd Down: Made/Att 2/11 9/14 3rd Down Pct. 18.2% 64.3% 4th Down: Made/Att 1/1 0/2 4th Down Pct. 100.0% 0.0% Possession Avg. 25:49 34:11 Total Net Yards 228 383 Avg. Per Game 228.0 383.0 Total Plays 52 67 Avg. Per Play 4.4 5.7 Net Yards Rushing 63 98 Avg. Per Game 63.0 98.0 Total Rushes 15 35 Net Yards Passing 165 285 Avg. Per Game 165.0 285.0 Sacked/Yards Lost 5/23 2/18 Gross Yards 188 303 Attempts/Completions 32/21 30/22 Completion Pct. 65.6% 73.3% Had Intercepted 0 0 Punts/Average 7/44.3 2/50.5 Net Punting Avg. 31.9 48.0 Penalties/Yards 8/70 6/52 Fumbles/Ball Lost 1/0 2/1 Touchdowns 1 3 Rushing 1 1 Passing 0 2 Returns 0 0 Score By Periods Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Pts Team 0 10 0 0 0 10 Opponents 7 0 10 7 0 24 Scoring TD Ru Pa Rt PAT FG 2Pt Pts T.Hightower 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 N.Rackers 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0 4 Team 1 1 0 0 1/1 1/1 0 10 Opponents 3 1 2 0 3/3 1/1 0 24 2-Pt. Conversions: Team 0/ 0, Opponents: 0/ 0 Sacks: J.Tafoya 1.0, K.Iwebema 1.0 Team: 2.0, Opponents: 5.0
Rushing No. Yds Avg Long TD T.Hightower 5 23 4.6 9 1 B.St. Pierre 2 15 7.5 9 0 S.Baylark 3 11 3.7 7 0 J.Arrington 2 8 4.0 6 0 E.James 2 5 2.5 4 0 T.Smith 1 1 1.0 1 0 Team 15 63 4.2 9 1 Opponents 35 98 2.8 19 1
Receiving No. Yds Avg Long TD J.Rector 4 34 8.5 23 0 J.Urban 4 32 8.0 10 0 S.Breaston 3 50 16.7 34 0 T.Hightower 2 11 5.5 8 0 B.Patrick 1 16 16.0 16 0 T.Smith 1 15 15.0 15 0 T.Castille 1 10 10.0 10 0 L.Fitzgerald 1 6 6.0 6 0 S.Morey 1 5 5.0 5 0 J.Arrington 1 5 5.0 5 0 S.Baylark 1 3 3.0 3 0 L.Pope 1 1 1.0 1 0 Team 21 188 9.0 34 0 Opponents 22 303 13.8 60t 2
Interceptions No. Yds Avg Long TD
Punting No Yds Avg Net TB In Lg B D.Johnson 7 310 44.3 31.9 2 0 56 0 Team 7 310 44.3 31.9 2 0 56 0 Opponents 2 101 50.5 48.0 0 0 51 0
Punt Returns Ret FC Yds Avg Long TD S.Breaston 1 0 8 8.0 8 0 A.Rolle 1 0 -3 -3.0 -3 0 Team 2 0 5 2.5 8 0 Opponents 4 0 47 11.8 15 0
Kickoff Returns No. Yds Avg Long TD J.Arrington 2 47 23.5 26 0 J.Urban 2 45 22.5 23 0 S.Breaston 1 19 19.0 19 0 Team 5 111 22.2 26 0 Opponents 1 58 58.0 58 0
Field Goals 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ N.Rackers 0/ 0 0/ 0 1/ 1 0/ 0 0/ 0 Team 0/ 0 0/ 0 1/ 1 0/ 0 0/ 0 Opponents 0/ 0 0/ 0 1/ 1 0/ 0 0/ 0
Fumbles Lost Opponent Fumble Recoveries: K.Dykes 1 Total: 1
Passing Att Cmp Yds Cmp% Yds/Att TD TD% Int Int% Long Sack Lost Rating M.Leinart 8 7 91 87.5% 11.4 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 34 1/ 4 114.1 B.St. Pierre 18 12 84 66.7% 4.7 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 16 2/ 10 77.1 A.Morelli 6 2 13 33.3% 2.2 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 10 2/ 9 42.4 Team 32 21 188 65.6% 5.9 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 34 5/ 23 81.3 Opponents 30 22 303 73.3% 10.1 2 6.7% 0 0.0% 60t 2/ 18 127.5
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ARIZONA CARDINALS 2008 DEPTH CHART
WR 11 Larry Fitzgerald 85 Jerheme Urban 87 Sean Morey 86 Ahmad Merritt 19 Lance Long LT 69 Mike Gandy 65 Kelly Butler 60 Pete Clifford LG 74 Reggie Wells 72 Brandon Keith (66 Carlton Medder) C (50 Al Johnson) 63 Lyle Sendlein 70 Pat Ross 67 Hercules Satele RG 76 Deuce Lutui 61 Elton Brown 79 Jasper Harvey RT 75 Levi Brown 68 Elliot Vallejo 72 Brandon Keith TE 82 Leonard Pope 89 Ben Patrick 84 Jerame Tuman 49 Alex Shor 83 Brent Miller WR 81 Anquan Boldin 15 Steve Breaston 10 Jamaica Rector 80 Early Doucet 18 Jemalle Cornelius QB 7 Matt Leinart 13 Kurt Warner 2 Brian St. Pierre 12 Anthony Morelli RB 32 Edgerrin James 28 J.J. Arrington 33 Steve Baylark 34 Tim Hightower FB 45 Terrelle Smith 46 Tim Castille 44 Dionte Johnson
LDE 94 Antonio Smith 91 Kenny Iwebema 71 Bryan Robinson NT (98 Gabe Watson) 97 Bryan Robinson 78 Alan Branch 73 Keilen Dykes DT 90 Darnell Dockett 93 Calais Campbell 62 Jason Banks RDE 92 Bertrand Berry 55 Travis LaBoy 96 Joe Tafoya SLB 56 Chike Okeafor 53 Clark Haggans 59 Chris Harrington MLB 54 Gerald Hayes (52 Monty Beisel) 57 David Holloway 43 Eduardo Castenada WLB 58 Karlos Dansby 51 Matt Stewart 95 Ali Highsmith LCB 26 Rod Hood 29 D. Rodgers-Cromartie 27 Michael Adams 41 Travarous Bain RCB 25 Eric Green 20 Ralph Brown 23 DeMario Minter 36 Marcus Brown SS 24 Adrian Wilson 47 Aaron Francisco 35 Oliver Celestin FS 21 Antrel Rolle 22 Matt Ware 38 Dennis Keyes
K 1 Neil Rackers P 9 Dirk Johnson
KO LS 48 Nathan Hodel 51 Matt Stewart H 9 Dirk Johnson 87 Sean Morey KR 15 Steve Breaston 87 Sean Morey 28 J.J. Arrington 85 Jerheme Urban PR 15 Steve Breaston 21 Antrel Rolle 26 Rod Hood
NOTE: Rookies are underlined; Injured players in parentheses
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No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. AgeNFL
1 Neil Rackers K 6-1 202 32 9 Illinois FA-03 16-0-0-0
2 Brian St. Pierre QB 6-3 230 28 6 Boston College UFA-08 (Pitt) 0-0-1-15
7 Matt Leinart QB 6-5 232 25 3 USC D1-06 5-5-0-0
9 Dirk Johnson P 6-0 210 33 6 Northern Colorado FA-08 1-0-0-1
10 Jamaica Rector WR 5-10 187 27 3 NW Missouri State FA-07 2-0-0-3
11 Larry Fitzgerald WR 6-3 220 24 5 Pittsburgh D1-04 15-15-0-1
12 Anthony Morelli QB 6-4 231 23 R Penn State FA-08 N/A
13 Kurt Warner QB 6-2 218 37 11 Northern Iowa UFA-05 (NYG) 14-11-2-0
15 Steve Breaston WR 6-0 189 24 2 Michigan D5-07 16-0-0-0
18 Jemalle Cornelius WR 5-11 185 24 1 Florida FA-07 0-0-0-0
19 Lance Long WR 5-11 186 23 R Mississippi State FA-08 N/A
20 Ralph Brown CB 5-10 185 29 9 Nebraska UFA-07 (Clev) 16-0-0-0
21 Antrel Rolle S 6-0 208 25 4 Miami D1-05 16-8-0-0
22 Matt Ware S 6-2 215 25 5 UCLA WV-06 (Phi) 15-0-0-1
23 DeMario Minter CB 5-11 199 24 2 Georgia FA-07 0-0-0-0
24 Adrian Wilson SS 6-3 230 28 8 North Carolina State D3-01 9-9-0-2
25 Eric Green CB 5-11 196 26 4 Virginia Tech D3a-05 11-11-0-0
26 Roderick Hood CB 5-11 198 26 6 Auburn UFA-07 (Phi) 16-16-0-0
27 Michael Adams CB 5-8 178 23 2 Louisiana-Lafayette FA-07 7-0-0-0
28 J.J. Arrington RB 5-9 212 25 4 California D2-05 16-0-0-0
29 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB 6-2 182 22 R Tennessee State D1-08 N/A
32 Edgerrin James RB 6-0 219 30 10 Miami UFA-06 (Ind) 16-16-0-0
33 Steve Baylark RB 6-0 226 25 1 Massachusetts FA-07 0-0-0-0
34 Tim Hightower RB 6-0 224 22 R Richmond D5-08 N/A
35 Oliver Celestin SS 6-0 207 27 5 Texas Southern FA-07 15-4-0-1
36 Marcus Brown CB 6-2 200 22 R McNeese State FA-08 N/A
38 Dennis Keyes FS 6-2 199 23 R UCLA FA-08 N/A
41 Travarous Bain CB 6-0 182 24 1 Hampton FA-07 0-0-0-0
43 Eduardo Castaneda LB 6-3 253 25 1 Monterrey Tech NFL-International 0-0-0-0
44 Dionte Johnson FB 6-0 238 22 R Ohio State FA-08 N/A
45 Terrelle Smith FB 6-0 250 30 9 Arizona State UFA-07 (Clev) 16-10-0-0
46 Tim Castille FB 5-11 242 24 2 Alabama FA-07 0-0-0-16
47 Aaron Francisco FS 6-2 207 25 4 Brigham Young FA-05 10-3-0-6
48 Nathan Hodel LS 6-2 238 30 7 Illinois FA-01 16-0-0-0
49 Alex Shor TE 6-8 255 25 1 Syracuse FA-07 0-0-0-0
50 Al Johnson C 6-5 305 29 6 Wisconsin UFA-07 (Dal) 14-14-0-2
51 Matt Stewart LB 6-3 239 28 8 Vanderbilt UFA-08 (Clev) 0-0-0-0
52 Monty Beisel MLB 6-3 244 29 8 Kansas State FA-06 16-2-0-0
53 Clark Haggans LB 6-4 243 31 9 Colorado State UFA-08 (Pitt) 16-16-0-0
54 Gerald Hayes MLB 6-1 249 27 6 Pittsburgh D3-03 16-16-0-0
55 Travis LaBoy DE/LB 6-3 250 26 5 Hawaii UFA-08 (Tenn) 13-0-0-3
56 Chike Okeafor LB 6-5 247 32 10 Purdue UFA-05 (Sea) 0-0-0-0
57 David Holloway LB 6-2 230 24 1 Maryland FA-07 0-0-0-1
58 Karlos Dansby LB 6-4 250 26 5 Auburn D2-04 14-14-0-2
59 Chris Harrington LB 6-5 264 23 R Texas A&M D6-08 N/A
60 Peter Clifford T 6-7 312 24 R Michigan State FA-08 N/A
61 Elton Brown G/T 6-5 332 26 4 Virginia D4-05 9-5-1-6
62 Jason Banks DE 6-5 300 23 R Grambling FA-08 N/A
63 Lyle Sendlein C 6-2 300 24 2 Texas FA-07 14-2-2-0
65 Kelly Butler T 6-7 320 26 5 Purdue FA-08 0-0-0-4
66 Carlton Medder G 6-5 319 23 R Florida FA-08 N/A
67 Hercules Satele C/G 6-2 308 23 R Hawaii FA-08 N/A
68 Elliot Vallejo T 6-7 312 24 1 Cal-Davis FA-07 0-0-0-0
69 Mike Gandy T 6-4 316 29 8 Notre Dame UFA-07 (Buf) 16-16-0-0
70 Pat Ross C 6-3 300 25 1 Boston College WV-08 (Car) 0-0-0-0
71 Bryan Robinson DE 6-3 297 22 R Wesley FA-08 N/A
72 Brandon Keith T 6-5 343 23 R Northern Iowa D7-08 N/A
73 Keilen Dykes DT 6-3 294 23 R West Virginia FA-08 N/A
74 Reggie Wells G 6-4 308 27 6 Clarion (Pa.) D6a-03 16-16-0-0
75 Levi Brown T 6-5 322 24 2 Penn State D1-07 13-11-0-3
76 Deuce Lutui G 6-4 332 25 3 USC D2-06 15-15-0-1
78 Alan Branch DT 6-5 332 23 2 Michigan D2-07 11-0-0-5
79 Jasper Harvey G/C 6-3 305 25 1 San Diego State FA-08 0-0-0-0
80 Early Doucet WR 6-0 211 22 R LSU D3-08 N/A
81 Anquan Boldin WR 6-1 217 27 6 Florida State D2-03 12-11-0-4
82 Leonard Pope TE 6-8 258 24 3 Georgia D3-06 13-11-0-0
83 Brent Miller TE 6-5 237 24 R Arizona State FA-08 N/A
84 Jerame Tuman TE 6-4 253 32 10 Michigan FA-08 6-0-0-3
85 Jerheme Urban WR 6-3 207 27 5 Trinity WV-07 (Dal) 10-2-0-6
86 Ahmad Merritt WR 5-10 197 31 5 Wisconsin FA-07 0-0-0-0
87 Sean Morey WR 5-11 193 32 7 Brown UFA-07 (Pitt) 15-0-0-1
89 Ben Patrick TE 6-3 260 23 2 Delaware D7-07 8-3-0-1
90 Darnell Dockett DT 6-4 285 27 5 Florida State D3-04 16-16-0-0
91 Kenny Iwebema DE 6-4 274 23 R Iowa D4-08 N/A
92 Bertrand Berry DE 6-3 260 33 11 Notre Dame UFA-04 (Den) 9-9-0-0
93 Calais Campbell DE 6-8 282 21 R Miami D2-08 N/A
94 Antonio Smith DE 6-4 285 26 5 Oklahoma State D5-04 16-13-0-0
95 Ali Highsmith LB 6-1 223 23 R LSU FA-08 N/A
96 Joe Tafoya DE 6-4 258 29 7 Arizona UFA-07 (Sea) 13-7-0-3
97 Bryan Robinson DT 6-4 304 34 12 Fresno State UFA-08 (Cin) 16-4-0-0
98 Gabe Watson DT 6-3 332 24 3 Michigan D4-06 16-16-0-0
ARIZONA CARDINALS NUMERIC ROSTER
Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt.
Assistants: Russ Grimm (assistant head coach/offensive line), Clancy Pendergast (defensive coordinator), Todd Haley (offensive
coordinator), Ron Aiken (defensive line), Teryl Austin (defensive backs), Maurice Carthon (running backs), Rick Courtright (assistant
defensive backs), Bill Davis (linebackers), Freddie Kitchens (tight ends), John Lott (strength and conditioning), Mike Miller (wide
receivers), Matt Raich (defensive assistant), Jeff Rutledge (quarterbacks), Kevin Spencer (special teams), Dedric Ward (offensive
2008 Coaching Staff
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No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birth Date
Exp. College Hometown
27 Adams, Michael CB 5-8 181 6/17/1985 2 Louisiana-Lafayette Dallas, TX
28 Arrington, J.J. RB 5-9 212 1/23/1983 4 California Nashville, NC
41 Bain, Travarous CB 6-0 182 10/15/1983 1 Hampton Miami, FL
62 Banks, Jason DE 6-5 300 5/8/1985 R Grambling Baton Rouge, LA
33 Baylark, Steve RB 6-0 226 7/28/1983 1 Massachusetts Apopka, FL
52 Beisel, Monty MLB 6-3 244 8/20/1978 8 Kansas State Douglass, KS
92 Berry, Bertrand DE 6-3 260 8/15/1975 11 Notre Dame Houston, TX
81 Boldin, Anquan WR 6-1 217 10/3/1980 6 Florida State Pahokee, FL
78 Branch, Alan DT 6-5 332 12/29/1984 2 Michigan Rio Rancho, NM
15 Breaston, Steve WR 6-0 189 8/20/1983 2 Michigan North Braddock, PA
61 Brown, Elton G/T 6-5 332 5/22/1982 4 Virginia Hampton, VA
75 Brown, Levi T 6-5 322 3/16/1984 2 Penn State Norfolk, VA
36 Brown, Marcus CB 6-2 200 4/2/1986 R McNeese State Tangipahoa, LA
20 Brown, Ralph CB 5-10 185 9/16/1978 9 Nebraska LaPuenta, CA
65 Butler, Kelly T 6-7 320 7/24/1982 5 Purdue Grand Rapids, MI
93 Campbell, Calais DE 6-8 282 9/1/1986 R Miami Aurora, CO
43 Castaneda, Eduardo LB 6-3 253 1/19/1983 1 Monterrey Tech Acuna Coachuila, Mexico
46 Castille, Tim FB 5-11 242 5/29/1984 2 Alabama Birmingham, AL
35 Celestin, Oliver SS 6-0 207 2/25/1981 5 Texas Southern New Orleans, LA
60 Clifford, Peter T 6-7 312 4/3/1984 R Michigan State Salem, NH
18 Cornelius, Jemalle WR 5-11 185 8/10/1984 1 Florida Fort Meade, FL
58 Dansby, Karlos LB 6-4 250 11/3/1981 5 Auburn Birmingham, AL
90 Dockett, Darnell DT 6-4 285 5/27/1981 5 Florida State Burtonsville, MD
80 Doucet, Early WR 6-0 211 10/28/1985 R LSU St. Martinville, LA
73 Dykes, Keilen DT 6-3 294 9/6/1984 R West Virginia Youngstown, OH
11 Fitzgerald, Larry WR 6-3 220 8/31/1983 5 Pittsburgh Minneapolis, MN
47 Francisco, Aaron FS 6-2 207 7/5/1983 4 Brigham Young Laie, HI
69 Gandy, Mike T 6-4 316 1/3/1979 8 Notre Dame Dallas, TX
25 Green, Eric CB 5-11 196 3/16/1982 4 Virginia Tech Clewiston, FL
53 Haggans, Clark LB 6-4 243 1/10/1977 9 Colorado State Torrance, CA
59 Harrington, Chris LB 6-5 264 1/19/1985 R Texas A&M Houston, TX
79 Harvey, Jasper G/C 6-3 305 4/8/1983 1 San Diego State New Orleans, LA
54 Hayes, Gerald MLB 6-1 249 10/10/1980 6 Pittsburgh Paterson, NJ
95 Highsmith, Ali LB 6-1 223 1/20/1985 R LSU Miami, FL
34 Hightower, Tim RB 6-0 224 5/23/1986 R Richmond Alexandria, VA
48 Hodel, Nathan LS 6-2 238 11/12/1977 7 Illinois Fairview Heights, IL
57 Holloway, David LB 6-2 234 12/4/1983 1 Maryland Stephentown, NY
26 Hood, Roderick CB 5-11 198 10/3/1981 6 Auburn Columbus, GA
91 Iwebema, Kenny DE 6-4 274 2/6/1985 R Iowa Arlington, TX
32 James, Edgerrin RB 6-0 219 8/1/1978 10 Miami Immokalee, FL
50 Johnson, Al C 6-5 305 1/27/1979 6 Wisconsin Brussels, WI
44 Johnson, Dionte FB 6-0 238 6/28/1986 R Ohio State Columbus, OH
9 Johnson, Dirk P 6-0 210 6/1/1975 6 Northern Colorado Montrose, CO
72 Keith, Brandon T 6-5 343 11/21/1984 R Northern Iowa McAlester, OK
38 Keyes, Dennis FS 6-2 199 3/26/1985 R UCLA Canoga Park, CA
55 LaBoy, Travis DE/LB 6-3 250 8/20/1981 5 Hawaii San Rafael, CA
7 Leinart, Matt QB 6-5 232 5/11/1983 3 USC Santa Ana, CA
19 Long, Lance WR 5-11 186 5/4/1985 R Mississippi State Macomb, MI
76 Lutui, Deuce G 6-4 332 5/5/1983 3 USC Mesa, AZ
66 Medder, Carlton G 6-5 319 12/1/1984 R Florida Clermont, FL
86 Merritt, Ahmad WR 5-10 197 2/5/1977 5 Wisconsin Chicago, IL
83 Miller, Brent TE 6-5 237 6/25/1984 R Arizona State Phoenix, AZ
23 Minter, DeMario CB 5-11 199 2/20/1984 2 Georgia Stone Mountain, GA
12 Morelli, Anthony QB 6-4 231 5/21/1985 R Penn State Pittsburgh, PA
87 Morey, Sean WR 5-11 193 2/26/1976 7 Brown Marshfield, MA
56 Okeafor, Chike OLB 6-5 247 3/27/1976 10 Purdue Grand Rapids, MI
89 Patrick, Ben TE 6-3 260 8/23/1984 2 Delaware Savannah, GA
82 Pope, Leonard TE 6-8 258 9/10/1983 3 Georgia Americus, GA
1 Rackers, Neil K 6-1 202 8/16/1976 9 Illinois St. Louis, MO
10 Rector, Jamaica WR 5-10 187 8/10/1981 3 NW Missouri State Celeste, TX
71 Robinson, Bryan DE 6-3 297 1/25/1986 R Wesley Dover, DE
97 Robinson, Bryan DT 6-4 304 6/22/1974 12 Fresno State Toledo, OH
29 Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique CB 6-2 182 4/7/1986 R Tennessee State Bradenton, FL
21 Rolle, Antrel S 6-0 208 12/16/1982 4 Miami Homestead, FL
70 Ross, Pat C 6-3 300 3/16/1983 1 Boston College Reading, OH
67 Satele, Hercules C/G 6-2 308 7/18/1985 R Hawaii Honolulu, HI
63 Sendlein, Lyle C 6-2 300 3/16/1984 2 Texas Scottsdale, AZ
49 Shor, Alex TE 6-8 255 1/29/1983 1 Syracuse Panama City, FL
94 Smith, Antonio DE 6-4 285 10/21/1981 5 Oklahoma State Oklahoma City, OK
45 Smith, Terrelle FB 6-0 250 3/12/1978 9 Arizona State West Covina, CA
2 St. Pierre, Brian QB 6-3 230 11/28/1979 6 Boston College Salem, MA
51 Stewart, Matt LB 6-3 239 8/31/1979 8 Vanderbilt Columbus, OH
96 Tafoya, Joe DE 6-4 258 9/6/1978 7 Arizona Pittsburg, CA
84 Tuman, Jerame TE 6-4 253 3/24/1976 10 Michigan Liberal, KS
85 Urban, Jerheme WR 6-3 207 11/26/1980 5 Trinity Victoria, TX
68 Vallejo, Elliot T 6-7 312 5/17/1984 1 Cal-Davis Salinas, CA
22 Ware, Matt S 6-2 215 12/2/1982 5 UCLA Los Angeles, CA
13 Warner, Kurt QB 6-2 218 6/22/1971 11 Northern Iowa Burlington, IA
98 Watson, Gabe DT 6-3 332 9/24/1983 3 Michigan Southfield, MI
74 Wells, Reggie G 6-4 308 11/3/1980 6 Clarion (PA) Library, PA
24 Wilson, Adrian SS 6-3 230 10/12/1979 8 North Carolina State High Point, NC
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate
Exp. College Injury/Date Listed
64 Peters, Scott C/G 6-3 308 11/23/1978 3 Arizona State Knee/August 1
ARIZONA CARDINALS ALPHA ROSTER
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No. Name Pos. College Ht. Wt. Age
78 Alan Branch DT Michigan 6-5 332 23 2
90 Darnell Dockett DT Florida State 6-4 285 27 5
73 Keilen Dykes DT West Virginia 6-3 294 23 R
97 Bryan Robinson DE Fresno State 6-4 304 34 12
98 Gabe Watson DT Michigan 6-3 332 24 3
62 Jason Banks DE Grambling 6-5 300 23 R
92 Bertrand Berry DE Notre Dame 6-3 260 32 11
93 Calais Campbell DE Miami 6-8 282 21 R
91 Kenny Iwebema DE Iowa 6-4 274 23 R
55 Travis LaBoy DE Hawaii 6-3 250 26 5
71 Bryan Robinson DE Wesley 6-3 297 22 R
94 Antonio Smith DE Oklahoma State 6-4 285 26 5
96 Joe Tafoya DE Arizona 6-4 258 29 7
52 Monty Beisel MLB Kansas State 6-3 244 29 8
43 Eduardo Castaneda LB Monterrey Tech 6-3 253 25 1
58 Karlos Dansby LB Auburn 6-4 250 26 5
53 Clark Haggans LB Colorado State 6-4 243 31 9
59 Chris Harri