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Walter Mitchell

NFC West: Nuances of “Hog Ball” Offenses

In Tuesday’s article about the “Hog Ball” offenses in the NFC West, I asked my ROTB members to describe each of the 4 offenses. Plus, I asked you which offense, as a Cardinals’ fan, do you fear the most?

Well, much to my delight, the response that Josh_4291 wrote was extremely accurate—-so much so that I would like to paste it here so that I can get right to what I perceive are the nuances of each offense. Thank you, Josh! What he wrote is in italics:

Seattle: West Coast System (?)...

Revenge of the Birds

Seth Cox

Nike drops the new Air Zoom Pegasus 37 Cardinals shoe!


Not going to lie... I am a shoes guy.

The NFL and Nike have teamed up to release limited edition shoes for each NFL team and the Arizona Cardinals are part of that release.

I have a couple of pairs of the Air Zoom Pegasus and they are great shoes by themselves, but I also have shoes I wear specifically for football games, and those are just straight reds, so getting a pair of Arizona Cardinals shoes is something I have been interested in.

So, when Nike decided to release the Air...

Revenge of the Birds

Seth Cox

Arizona Cardinals DeAndre Hopkins, Devon Kennard on initial injury report for Carolina Panthers game

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The Arizona Cardinals are heading into their matchup with the Carolina Panthers limping, and I am not just talking about their first loss to the Detroit Lions.

The Wednesday injury report for the Cardinals was maybe their most worrisome of the 2020 NFL season.

We know Budda Baker will likely not play after having thumb surgery, but the fact he was not placed on IR means the team likely expects him back in the next couple of weeks.

What about the...

Bleacher Report - Arizona Cardinals

DeAndre Hopkins Says He Hopes to Buy SC Plantations That Bear His Family Name

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be close to home Sunday when his team takes on the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina, and he opened up about something he faces whenever he returns to South Carolina...

Revenge of the Birds

John W. Buckley

Slow starts: Four big-name Cardinals who need to step up

Chandler Jones celebrating after his lone big play so far this season. | Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Cardinals are 2-1 even after Sunday’s disappointing loss. But there are a few big-name players who need to pick it up for the team to avoid more losses like that moving forward. Who are they?

Sunday sucked.

I was going to write about how frustrating the loss was, try to figure out what went wrong, explore what could have been.

But you know what? Like the team is doing,...

Yardbarker: Arizona Cardinals

Giants add two-time Pro Bowl RB Alfred Morris to practice squad

This will bring a former Jason Garrett player to New York.

Revenge of the Birds

Seth Cox

Arizona Cardinals defensive snaps in loss to Detroit Lions

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The Arizona Cardinals had their worst performance of the season on offense and had some of their worst series on defense.

What did the snap counts look like?

Let’s take a look.

Defensive Line

Corey Peters - 47 snaps (70%)
Jordan Phillips - 42 (63%)
Angelo Blackson - 25 (37%)
Rashard Lawrence - 15 (22%)
Zach Allen - 17 (25%)


Chandler Jones - 67 (100%)
Devon Kennard - 40 (60%)
Haason Reddick - 35 (52%)

Off Ball

De’Vondre Campbell - 67 (100%)

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Robert Ban

Week 4 Power Rankings Round Up: How badly does an home upset knock the Cards?

Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

After being roughly ranked as a top 10 team in last week’s power rankings, several of you exercised caution with the hype. And... you were right to do so.

Surprisingly, most in the media did not drop the team too harshly despite dropping to a previously win-less underdog. Yahoo Sports even, uh... moved the Cards up? It seems mostly to dropping the Saints 6 whole spots. I’m not sure I quite get the reasoning there but I won’t get into that.


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Blake Murphy John Venerable

Revenge of the Birds Podcast #98: A Lions Loss, Isabella’s Big Day & Safety Help On The Way?

Staff Writer Walter Mitchell from Revenge of the Birds joins to share his personal experience as a fan of Larry Wilson & break down the Cards’ chances versus Detroit on Sunday

Episode 98: (streaming below or at one of the links near the bottom)

Blake & Johnny from SBNation’s Revenge of the Birds break down Kyler Murray’s 3 interceptions & the Cardinals’ first loss of the season.

Where does the team go from here? How much is Kliff or the players around Kyler to blame? Can Andy...

Revenge of the Birds

Seth Cox

Arizona Cardinals offensive snap counts in loss to Detroit Lions


It feels a bit different coming off of a loss, but what did the Arizona Cardinals snap counts look like in the game against the Detroit Lions?

Let’s take a look.Quarterback

Kyler Murray - 65 snaps (100%)

Running Back

Kenyan Drake - 44 snaps (68%)
Chase Edmonds - 21 snaps (32%)

Wide Receiver

DeAndre Hopkins - 61 (94%)
Larry Fitzgerald - 56 (86%)
KeeSean Johnson - 46 (71%)
Andy Isabella - 26 (40%)
Trent Sherfield - 1 (2%)

Tight End

Darrell Daniels - 38 (58%)

Revenge of the Birds

Seth Cox

Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals exploring options at safety, Cardinals look to rebound on road, DeAndre Hopkins big numbers and more


Happy Wednesday one and all.

We are halfway through the week and the Arizona Cardinals will travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers.

We have all the news from around the web to help you get ready for that game.

Let’s get to it.

Cardinals May Try Isaiah Simmons At Safety
Injuries to Budda Baker and others causing shortage at the position

You've Got Mail: Panthers Week
Topics include the No. 8 patch, Simmons at safety and Johnson's targets

Passing Attack...

Yardbarker: Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Pro Bowl safety Budda Baker to have surgery on injured thumb

Kliff Kingsbury expects the high-priced safety to undergo surgery soon.

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Seth Cox

Arizona Cardinals sign Evan Baylis to practice squad

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The Arizona Cardinals continue to make moves on their expanded practice squad, and you have to wonder how serious the Maxx Williams injury may be with this one.

The team has brought in tight end Evan Baylis.

From the team:

The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has signed tight end Evan Baylis to the practice squad.

Baylis (6-5, 250) played in five games with the Packers last season and had three special teams tackles. The 26-year...

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Andy Kwong

Cardinals will be tempted to start Isaiah Simmons at safety but have plenty of free agent options


Pro Bowl safety Budda Baker will reportedly have thumb surgery this week

With the injuries to Budda Baker (thumb), Chris Banjo (hamstring), and Jalen Thompson (ankle), the Cardinals are now left searching for replacement options at the safety position.

Second-year safety Deionte Thompson is expected to make the start in the upcoming Week 4 matchup against the Carolina Panthers in place of Baker, who will have thumb surgery this week and will miss at least a...

Revenge of the Birds

Seth Cox

Arizona Cardinals have a chance to show you where they are in their development after disappointing loss to Lions

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For the first time in 2020 there are questions the Arizona Cardinals need to answer.

They fell flat against an Detroit Lions team that had lost 11 straight games, some of the issues that plagued them in 2019 came up in the game against the Lions.

Now, they go on a three game road trip where they play two really bad teams, while the Dallas Cowboys sit at 1-2 on the season.

They have a chance to show where they are in the development of their team...

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Seth Cox

Arizona Cardinals may need to play Isaiah Simmons at safety due to injuries at the position

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One of the key question marks heading into this season was why Steve Keim and the Arizona Cardinals were so comfortable with their safety position.

Not because there was not talent, but instead because they seemed woefully thin at the position.

Jalen Thompson and Budda Baker are two emerging stars, but going in with Chris Banjo as your third active safety with Deionte Thompson cooling his heels as inactive just seemed like a bad plan.

Well, three...

Revenge of the Birds

Walter Mitchell

NFC West “Hog Ball” Offenses

They say that the best defense—-is a highly efficient, ball control offense.

In the Wild Wild NFC West, “Hog Ball” offenses are the rage.

First of all, let’s give credit where credit is due—-the NFC West boasts 4 of the most innovative and brilliant offensive play callers in the NFL in Kyle Shanahan (49ers), Sean McVay (Rams), Brian Schottenheimer (Seahawks) and Kliff Kingsbury (Cardinals).

In truth, the offensive philosophies of all 4 teams in the NFC West are, at the core, very...

ESPN.com - Arizona Cardinals

Hot start for Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins coincides with decline for Larry Fitzgerald

Hopkins is off to the best start of an already decorated career, while Fitzgerald was held without a receiving yard in Week 3.

Revenge of the Birds

Seth Cox

Bird Droppings: Kyler Murray takes the blame, Arizona Cardinals defense can’t close, DeAndre Hopkins fast start and more

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Happy Tuesday one and all.

Coming off the first loss of the 2020 NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals will travel east and look to rebound.

We have all the information you need to help you get ready, so let’s get to it.

Cardinals May Try Isaiah Simmons At Safety
Injuries to Budda Baker and others causing shortage at the position

DeAndre Hopkins Is PFF’s Highest-Graded Receiver Through Three Games
All-Pro wide receiver off to blazing start with...

Yardbarker: Arizona Cardinals

Isaiah Simmons might play safety for Cardinals

Coach Kliff Kingsbury admitted Monday that playing Simmons at safety might be a consideration in light of multiple injuries at the position.

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