D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share Kolb was sacked three times Friday night in the Cardinals victory, and was 3-for-6 with 22 yards and no touchdowns. John Skelton led the Cardinals with a 3-for-3, 23 yard touchdown drive, although they started with a short field on the drive. The Associated Press contributed to this report What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories While Arizona Cardinals coaches and fans all debate who should be the starting quarterback for the regular season, one opposing player wanted to put in his two cents. Oakland Raiders defensive end Tommy Kelly, who sacked Kolb for a safety Friday night didn’t seem to have a kind review for him after their game.“He is skittish. He is scared back there,” Kelly said. “Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t even trying to look at the routes no more. He is paying attention to us and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Comments Share “We knew we had a competition going in,” Larry Fitzgerald said. “It’s probably going to go down to the wire.”Waiting to make a decision on whom will line up under center Week 1 is fine if the competition were a close one based on great performance.The competition is close, yes, but it’s not because of great performance. Quite the opposite. Neither Kevin Kolb nor John Skelton have distinguished themselves.“I felt like I pushed every day. I felt like I was mentally focused every day,” Kolb said.“I mean you’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to have highs and lows but that’s the way the season is going to go as well. It’s how you respond to those and move forward. That’s the way I tried to approach it. I tried to approach everything like a 16-game season.”Kolb has struggled and in all likelihood has one more opportunity — Thursday at Tennessee — to make a move in this race.Skelton has struggled as well but has had more good moments than bad. Fewer mistakes is why some believe he is the favorite to land the job.“Well, none of that’s coming from in-house,” Skelton said. “All of that’s coming from the media outside. I think until I hear an ultimate decision come down from Coach Whisenhunt, I’m going to keep treating it the same way I have been.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories August 21, 2012: QB position still unsettledFLAGSTAFF — Following the 20th* and final practice, head coach Ken Whisenhunt declared it a “good camp”.Likely keeping their stay at NAU from being an excellent camp was the potential season-ending injury to left tackle Levi Brown and still-unresolved quarterback competition.Many hoped a starter would be named by now, but that may have been wishful thinking. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Let’s see that decision being made because someone grabs ahold of the job rather than the job being handed to them.*21 practices were scheduled but one was canceled to go to the movies
Ta’amu, 23, tore his ACL two weeks later in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Ta’amu had seven tackles and started three games a year ago for the Cardinals.By placing the players on the PUP list before training camp, the Cardinals have the option to keep them there when the regular season begins. If a player is on the PUP list when the regular season starts, he must stay there for six weeks before returning.Veterans report to training camp in Glendale Friday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals placed defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Wednesday afternoon.Mathieu, who is entering his second year in the NFL, is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL he suffered in a Week 14 win over the St. Rams last December.In his rookie season, Mathieu registered 68 total tackles and had two interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — It goes without saying that a matchup between a pair of struggling teams, like the one between the 3-6 Washington Redskins and 1-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week does not carry much intrigue. Arizona’s tilt with the Detroit Lions has no such problem.The Cardinals enter the game with an NFL-best 8-1 record; the Lions are one game behind them at 7-2. The winner will have the tiebreaker between the teams, and thus be in great position while battling for playoff positioning. “But hell yeah it does.”If the playoffs started Thursday, the Cardinals would have the top seed, a first-round bye and home field advantage in every game they played by virtue of their record. The Lions would be the second seed, thus giving them a bye week as well as home field advantage for any game they would play — except against the Cardinals. A Lions victory Sunday would put them in contention for the top seed, while a win for the Cardinals would extend their lead as well as guarantee the franchise its fifth winning season since moving to Arizona in 1988.Though they certainly hope to play in even bigger games down the road, this one has a lot riding on it.“This is a huge game for us,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “Now, from this point on, every game from this point on is going to be a huge game because now that we are the number one team not only in the NFL, but in the NFC, everyone’s gunning for us, everybody wants what we have right now, and that’s at the top of the division.“So this is a very huge game. These guys are right on our tail. These playoff implications are going to be huge at this point and time in the season because it could mean a lot in the back half of the season. We don’t want to go anywhere; we want to play at home in the playoffs.” – / 26 Top Stories Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “This obviously is a big game,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday. “They’re all big at this point in time. It’s nice to be in big games. It beats the alternative. Obviously, a lot of implications hopefully down the road. Not necessarily at the end of this week, but hopefully down the road.”Arians’ counterpart in Detroit, Jim Caldwell, has a different view of the game. He says he’s not looking at this matchup as a big one for the playoffs, saying his team does not even talk about the playoffs right now.“You don’t get any awards, anything of that nature, any locks in terms of positioning and so and so forth or even entrance into that area,” he said. “That’s something that’s earned; we haven’t earned it yet. We’ve got to keep playing.”It’s true that neither team will clinch a playoff spot or win any trophy for coming out on top in this game. However, that does not mean it is just your average game, which is why Arians had no trouble answering a question of whether or not he looks at this matchup as one that will have an impact on the standings. “Hell yeah,” coach Bruce Arians said. “It’s for the No. 1 seed in the NFC this week. Just this week now; not the rest. It’s big. I feel a hell of a lot better with those four wins against the NFC East right now if we get there. That’s a long way off.
Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. Larry Fitzgerald and Darnell Dockett joined the NFL as part of the same 2004 draft class.Neither has played for any team other than the Arizona Cardinals, and each has experienced a good amount of success in the league.However, their respective contracts led to this offseason being an interesting one for both, as their deals were going to have to be restructured if the players were to continue their careers in Arizona. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Michael Bidwill, AZ Cardinals president The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Last week, the team and Fitzgerald agreed on a deal that will keep the receiver in town for at least another two years.From there, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said the next step was to work out something with Dockett, who missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL in training camp.He is slated to make $9.5 million in 2015 with a cap hit of $9.8 million.“It’s our hope, same thing, we love Darnell,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill told Doug and Wolf Tuesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “We drafted him in the same class as Fitz; I’d love to have him retire as a Cardinal, I think that’s what he needs to do is stay in a Cardinal uniform and we’re looking forward to working with him to restructure his deal.“It’ll free up some cap space so we can be out there, being aggressive and building a team and getting a ring on his finger.”A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Dockett ranks seventh in franchise history for career sacks with 40.5. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The contract ranks listed are in relation to the other 17 quarterbacks on the list, where Palmer ranks 14th inaverage per year, 17th in guaranteed money and 16th in a three-year average per year. It’s fair to wonder if the Cardinals are overpaying Palmer, who is 35 years old, but at the same time anyone who watched the team suffer through the pre-Palmer, post-Warner days understands the kind of value the former Bengal and Raider brings.And if that means spending a little more than some think, so be it. Besides, it’s not like Palmer’s contract was the worst on the list, as that honor belongs to Chicago’s Jay Cutler. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The veteran is poised to return to the field in 2015, but until he does, and according to ESPN’s Mike Sando, in an Insider piece, that’s part of the reason his contract is the second-worst among passers earning at least $9 million annually. Contract ranks: 14th APY, 17th true guarantee, 16th three-year APThree-year Total QBR: 52.6 (21st)Palmer’s deal ranks this low from a team standpoint primarily because he is an older player coming off reconstructive knee surgery. Can he hold up? If he does, will he move well enough within the pocket to perform at a level high enough to justify his price? On November 7, Carson Palmer signed a three-year, $50 million contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals. Two days later, he tore his ACL against the St. Louis Rams. Prior to that, he had completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 1,626 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions while leading the Cardinals to six wins in six starts, looking every bit the franchise-caliber quarterback the Cardinals needed. – / 24 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 Cardinals 17, Seahawks 14Bertrand BerryThe Cardinals are deeper at every position and with a decided advantage in the Cards D-Line\Hawks O-Line matchup, the physical battle and ultimately the game will be won there. Also, with Carson Palmer in the lineup, this game will look much different than both matchups last year.Cardinals 27, Seahawks 14Dan BickleyThe Cardinals will contain Russell Wilson, control the line of scrimmage, and exorcise many demons in the rain. Cardinals 27, Seahawks 20Vince MarottaI think the Cardinals have the better team, something that was proven (at least record-wise) over the first half of the season. There’s one thing I can’t dismiss, however. The Seahawks are 28-3 (including playoffs) at CenturyLink Field with Russell Wilson at quarterback. I’ll take the ‘Hawks on a late Steven Hauschka field goal.Seahawks 20, Cardinals 19John GambadoroI just think the Cardinals have way too much talent. I think they’ll be able to score on this Seattle defense and I don’t think the Seahawks’ offense will be able to put up the necessary amount of points on the Cardinals defense to win the game.Cardinals 24, Seahawks 17 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Yes, it’s only Week 10 in the National Football League, but this is a big one.It’s so big, it’s been branded as the “Battle of the Birds”. The two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks (4-4) host the division-leading Arizona Cardinals (6-2) in a game featured on NBC’s “Football Night in America” Sunday night.There’s been plenty of build up to this contest, and we’ve asked our Arizona Sports 98.7 FM hosts to chime in on what they think will go down at CenturyLink Field. Comments Share Ron WolfleyIn protest, as I affront the athletic process, I predict the Seahawks win the game 23-19. Yeah, that’s what I GUESSED, 23-19.The Seattle Seahawks have one of the most talented rosters in the league and they are going to be desperate to win this game. They cannot afford to go three games down within the division. Unlike most other sports, where desperation may be a negative, desperation in the game of football usually increases a player’s intensity level, significantly. Intensity breeds focus and concentration. Focus and concentration has been an issue for the Cards from time-to-time this season and until they prove they can consistently bring the requisite levels of intensity to the field on a consistent basis, it may be the difference in this game. If they do play with great intensity for four-quarters, everything I just set is moot. Doug FranzThe Cardinals’ biggest issue: focus, which shouldn’t be a problem in a matchup of this magnitude.Seahawks’ biggest issue: pass protection, which is hard to solve but the bye week came at a perfect time for them.I think it will be close but since the Cardinals’ issue is easier to solve in this game, I take Arizona. Top Stories Dave BurnsI’m trying really really hard not to look at this game with homer-tinted glasses but I just don’t see how the Seahawks have enough talent to keep up with Arizona offensively. A healthy Carson Palmer and a running game that can keep a defense honest will be the difference for the Cards. Cardinals 23, Seahawks 17 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, and general manager Steve Keim discuss the upcoming NFL football draft, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Still, with the six additions over the three-day draft, the Cardinals’ roster stands at 79, leaving 11 openings for undrafted free agents to reach the 90-man offseason limit.A quarterback, maybe two, is expected to be signed after the Cardinals elected not to draft the position.“There were some guys that we liked, but at the end of the day, nobody that overshadowed those players that we drafted at those particular selections,” Keim said. – / 23 Once again, leadership played an important factor in whom the Cardinals drafted.Both third-round pick (92nd overall) Texas A&M cornerback Brandon Williams and fourth-round pick Missouri center Evan Boehm (128th overall) were voted team captain in 2015.Of the Cardinals’ 29 draft picks since Keim became general manager in 2013, 19—65.5 percent—served as a team captain during their college careers.Another consistent theme with Keim is not limiting the Cardinals’ talent pool to the traditional Power Five conferences.Twice Keim dipped into the small-school ranks in the fifth-round with Midwestern State safety Marqui Christian (167th overall) and Harvard offensive guard Cole Toner (170th overall); and then again in the sixth-round with Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Harlan Miller (205th overall).Previous Keim small-school selections included receiver John Brown in 2014, as well as defensive tackle Rodney Gunter, running back David Johnson and receiver J.J. Nelson in 2015.“Sometimes they’re overwhelmed and sometimes they come in with a chip on their shoulder,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “If they come in with a chip on their shoulder you love them; if they’re overwhelmed they get lost, quickly.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It speaks volumes of Steve and our staff when you take back-to-backs guys from Midwestern State and Harvard. They cover everything, everybody. Our staff does such a great job; all our scouts of finding every single guy that’s out there.”Keim has always preferred more picks, but he had said a week before the draft that “we’ve gotten significantly better as a roster” thus likely making it more difficult for rookies to make the team, especially those drafted in the later rounds.Though there were discussions about possibly moving up, and even back from their current draft-slots, the Cardinals held firm.The draft ended without the Cardinals being involved in at least one draft-day trade, a first in Keim’s four years.“Every opportunity that we had to pick there were trade options, like there always are,” he said. “But you have to weigh that versus the player and the grade that you have on the board, and really the compensation wasn’t worth it at the time.”Remember, the Cardinals had traded two of this year’s draft picks; dealing their second-round selection (61st overall) as part of the package to New England to acquire linebacker Chandler Jones and their seventh-round selection (251st overall) to Philadelphia for quarterback Matt Barkley last year. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. – For the first time under General Manager Steve Keim’s direction, and not since 2007, have the Arizona Cardinals drafted fewer than seven players as they did in the 2016 NFL Draft.Six selections were made, split four on defense—three involving the secondary—and two on offense.“This is not always the goal because we said we’re going to trust our board, but we filled needs with players we’re excited about; and sometimes that’s not always the case when you walk away from the draft,” Keim said on Saturday.
Top Stories Comments Share Losing defensive back Tyrann Mathieu to a torn ACL toward the end of 2015 had a visible impact on the Arizona Cardinals.Coming off his second major knee injury, there’s a reason the Cardinals find themselves negotiating with the hybrid safety and cornerback as he continues his rehab. He’s darn valuable.That’s because he’s unique. Mathieu’s ability to play against speedy, small slot receivers while also finding success against the NFL’s best tight ends makes him hard to sideline. For that reason, the Cardinals used him in the slot on 70.6 percent of his pass coverage snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. That skillset produced 89 tackles, five picks and 17 passes defended during the 2015 regular season is rare enough that Pro Football Focus ranked him as the top slot weapon in the NFL on either side of the ball.He is the defensive version of the matchup problem players that offenses have been exploiting for years to get favorable matchups in the slot, and he may be the first player to tilt the balance the other direction.To that point, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — himself too fast for lumbering linebackers but too big for most cornerbacks to handle — ranks No. 2 on Pro Football Focus’ ranking of slot weapons.Rounding out the top-5 best slot weapons are Broncos defensive back Chris Harris Jr., Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin and Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s only preseason… But David Johnson is already making defenders look silly. #OAKvsAZ https://t.co/XyLyewcuUO— NFL (@NFL) August 13, 2016It didn’t take long.Even in limited playing time in the preseason opener, second-year running back David Johnson still had enough time to fool a defender.On the Arizona Cardinals’ first drive of the preseason against the Oakland Raiders, Johnson looked for room to the outside and saw Oakland cornerback David Amerson. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Johnson shuffled his feet and juked quickly to the right, giving Amerson the lone option of diving at the 6-foot-1, 224-pound running back and trying to hold onto his legs. As one would expect, that didn’t work.Johnson would gain 23 yards on the play. He had three carries for 31 yards on the drive and like the rest of the first-team offense except for D.J. Humphries, he was done for the night.The 24-year-old is looking to prove his 13-touchdown rookie season last year was no fluke. He’s been raved about in training camp, with running backs coach Stump Mitchell saying he has “all the tools to be — given longevity — one of the best backs ever to play that game.” – / 12 Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 38-8. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
In many cases, the aftermath of Super Bowl celebrations hasn’t even been cleaned up, but some are already looking forward to next season.One of those people is ESPN writer Kevin Seifert, who placed the Arizona Cardinals 16th in his pre-draft, pre-free agency “2017 Way-Too-Early Power Rankings.”Why they’re here: No glance at the Cardinals can begin without noting the dramatic weakening of their explosive passing game. Their team average of yards per attempt dropped from No. 1 in the NFL in 2015 (8.5 yards) to No. 23 in 2016 (6.85). That’s the meat of coach Bruce Arians’ offense. As quarterback Carson Palmer approaches his 38th birthday — or possibly retirement — it’s fair to wonder if personnel and schematic tweaks alone can produce a bounce-back year in 2017. Also, can the Cardinals really count on much more than they got from tailback David Johnson, who led the NFL in yards from scrimmage (2,118)?What could change: The Cardinals could inspire longer-term confidence by demonstrating a plan beyond the Palmer-Larry Fitzgerald duo. Fitzgerald, who turns 34 in August, caught 107 passes in 2016 but ranked 84th among receivers with an average of 9.6 yards per catch. Adding a big, downfield target will help the Cardinals re-establish their schematic roots.If Seifert’s rankings were to hold true, the Cardinals would end up behind the Seattle Seahawks (ranked fifth) for the NFC West crown and would fail to make the playoffs, with the New York Giants (ninth) and Carolina Panthers (11th) securing the NFC wild card spots. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, and general manager Steve Keim watch practice at the NFL football team’s training camp, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Comments Share The Cardinals rank ahead of five teams who finished with a better record than their 7-8-1 mark from last season in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7), Minnesota Vikings (8-8), Indianapolis Colts (8-8), Tennessee Titans (9-7) and Miami Dolphins (10-6). The Panthers (6-10) are the only team that finished with a worse record than the Cardinals and ranks ahead of them.Arizona missed the playoffs last season despite fielding the No. 9 offense and No. 2 defense based upon yards per game.Even with Fitzgerald returning for another season, the Cardinals still have a lot of uncertainty on both sides of the ball going into the offseason, as they lean heavily a couple aging stars on offense in the veteran receiver and Palmer and have a bevy of talented defensive free agents, including outside linebacker Chandler Jones, strong safety Tony Jefferson and defensive end Calais Campbell.
– / 26 Arizona took a 7-0 lead with 11:14 to play in the first quarter, and it came after the Cardinals offense put together a six-play, 19-yard drive on the first possession of the game that ended abruptly on Palmer’s interception.Palmer’s pass on 3rd-and-12 at the Cardinals’ 42-yard line appeared to be a miscommunication, as no Cardinal was in the vicinity.But there was Bethel, taking advantage of a Lions receiver getting caught up in traffic and using a few key blocks that allowed him to find the end zone. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Justin Bethel 82 yard pick 6. 7-0 #AZCardinals #AZvsDET #BirdGang #BeRedSeeRed pic.twitter.com/bhGRi95KsI— 🚨 Ronnie Laybold 🐾 (@YotesHereToStay) September 10, 2017Justin Bethel allowed Carson Palmer a mulligan.Minutes after the Cardinals quarterback threw a pass right to Lions defensive back Tavon Wilson, who returned it 23 yards deep into Arizona territory, Bethel picked off Matthew Stafford’s pass and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown, swinging the momentum back in his team’s favor. Justin Bethel works against Jumal Rolle during Arizona Cardinals OTAs Tuesday, May 16. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Justin Bethel is 1st @AZCardinals player with an INT return TD in consecutive games since Marcus Turner (1990) #AZvsDET— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) September 10, 2017 Top Stories 1 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Williams impressed during the NFL Draft Combine, running a 4.83-second 40-yard dash and recording a 30.5-inch vertical jump. 8 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Williams joins Bosa and quarterback Kyler Murray as the potential options to be selected first overall.The MMQB’s Albert Breer reported Monday that Bosa was visiting Arizona on Thursday and Friday after he had met with the team for dinner in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., last week. Murray met with the Cardinals on the Oklahoma campus following the Heisman winner’s pro day last month.Related LinksArizona Cardinals to host draft day partyRapoport: Undecided Cardinals could draft Kyler Murray, keep Josh RosenIf Cardinals buy Kyler Murray’s potential, there’s only 1 decisionDT Quinnen Williams skips drills at Alabama pro day, to visit CardsAlabama HC Nick Saban gives praise for Kyler Murray, Quinnen WilliamsAs much as the rumor-mill connects the Cardinals to Murray because of first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury’s affinity toward the Oklahoma product and Heisman winner, they could also use some help on the defensive line. Arizona returns veteran tackle Corey Peters and signed free agent Darius Philon, but who becomes the third starting lineman in defensive coordinator Vance Joseph’s scheme isn’t clear.Tackle Robert Nkemdiche is the top candidate but will enter 2019 coming off knee surgery.Williams, who reportedly visited the 49ers (No. 2 pick) and Raiders (No. 4 pick) this week, is widely viewed as the second-best prospect in the draft behind Bosa.During his redshirt junior season in 2018, Williams broke out after Alabama converted him from defensive end to tackle. He followed up a 20-tackle campaign a year prior by producing 71 tackles (19.5 for loss) and 8.0 sacks for the Crimson Tide this year as Alabama went 14-0 before falling to Clemson in the national title game. Ohio State pass-rusher Nick Bosa isn’t the only potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick visiting the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. He’ll be joined by Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams as one of the 30 prospects allowed to visit team headquarters, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Previously, Rapoport reported that Williams was expected to take visits to the top seven teams picking in the 2019 draft.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has once again been awarded the highest honour in the Northern Territory winning a Brolga Award for Indigenous Tourism at a gala event in Alice Springs on Saturday night.“To be awarded the highest accolade in the Northern Territory in such an important category for the third year in a row is a fantastic endorsement of the success of the entire team,” said Voyages Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Williams.“Excellence in Indigenous Tourism is core to our vision at Ayers Rock Resort and to receive recognition for the achievement of this once again is very gratifying,” said Andrew.“Following last year’s Brolga win Voyages went on to be awarded a Gold Award for Indigenous Tourism at the Australian Tourism Awards and it will be great to compete at the highest level in the country again this year,” said Andrew.The Brolga for Indigenous Tourism was awarded not only for the creation and delivery of a daily suite of free Indigenous guest activities that include cultural dance performances and garden walks but also the significant achievements made in Indigenous employment training and development.In a further endorsement of the destination, an additional 7 Brolgas were awarded to local operators. Uluru Camel Tours scored a hat trick with Brolgas for Tourist Attraction, Tour and Transport Operator and Adventure and Adventure Tourism; AAT Kings for Major Tour and Transport Operator, Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services for the Uluru BBQ dinner as well as the Chairman’s Choice Award and Maruku Arts were awarded for Business Growth.“We work together with our business partners to ensure an overall excellent guest experience at the destination, and we would like to extend our congratulations to them for being recognised as the best in the Northern Territory in so many categories,” said Andrew.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletter >Luxperience is once again offering its early-bird exhibitor deals. However, with registrations closing on 11 December 2015, interested parties should act fast.Luxperience invites both international and local suppliers to meet coveted travel curators through pre-scheduled appointments and valuable networking events throughout the three-day event. These local and global buyers are qualified through stringent criteria before being invited to attend, with over 50% being new buyers for the 2016 show.“Luxperience 2016 is set to be our biggest and the most innovative show ever,” said Eric Lewanavanua, Director of Sales and Partner Alliances.“We have revamped our Thought Leaders forum, will offer an enriched creative culinary experience onsite as well as increased the networking opportunities and areas for education while maintaining our commitment to delivering quality appointments throughout the event.“Registrations have increased in anticipation of our fifth-year anniversary with enhanced presence from destinations like Bhutan and Tahiti as well as welcoming the Cook Islands for the first time in 2016,” continued Lewanavanua. “We are also delighted to see newcomers Par Avion joining us in 2016 along with a number of returning clients such as Abercrombie & Kent South America/Asia and the award winning Saffire Freycinet to name a few.”As an invitation-only event, members enjoy the following benefits:Appointment stream with a minimum of 42 appointmentsDirectory Listing within the 2016 LuxGuideThe opportunity to nominate for the Luxperience AwardsInvitation to the Thought Leaders ForumInvitation to the Welcome Cocktail ReceptionInvitation to the Gala Dinner and Awards CeremonyInvitation to the It’s a Wrap PartyInclusive morning and afternoon tea breaks365 days’ exclusive access to the LuxConnect private online communityGo back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterIf you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Now you can turn fantasy into reality as Cathay Pacific puts the World on Sale with special deals on flights to 65 cities across Hong Kong, China, Asia, North America, the UK and Europe. You have to act now as special fares are for new bookings made from now until 17 June 2016.Cathay Pacific believes that travelling well is an important part of living well, and to encourage Australians to live a Life Well Travelled, it has special return Economy Class fares for travel between October and November 2016. Flights start from $1642 return to London, $1456 return to New York, $643 return to Shanghai and $688 return to Tokyo.Those who want to travel in ultimate luxury and style can take advantage of special return Business Class fares to select destinations across Hong Kong, China, the UK and Europe, for travel between June and August 2016. Fares from Brisbane to Hong Kong start from $5396 return, Paris from $7290 return and Rome from $7211 return.With a vast network of 190 destinations around the world, some of the best deals can be found on destinations where the airline and sister airline Dragonair fly direct, including 10 destinations in Europe and seven destinations in North America, and over 70 destinations in Asia.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterSands China Ltd the majority-held subsidiary of global integrated resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp, has announced that its elegant French-themed property, The Parisian Macao, will open its doors on Tuesday 13 September 2016.The launch of the newest addition to the Sands China Ltd portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip marks yet another major milestone in the company’s efforts to support Macao’s development as a world centre of tourism and leisure. The Parisian Macao brings Sands China’s total Macao investment to more than US $13 billion (MOP 104 billion) to date.Inspired by the magic and wonder of the famed City of Light, The Parisian Macao prominently features a half-scale authentic recreation of the Eiffel Tower. The property’s full array of integrated resort facilities includes 3000 guestrooms and suites, convention and meeting space, international restaurants, spa, kids’ club, health club, pool deck with themed water park, 1200-seat theatre, among other amenities. Its retail mall, Shoppes at Parisian, will offer the latest in fashion and couture in a setting reminiscent of the streets of Paris, with an eclectic mix of street artists and entertainers heightening the authentic experience.Set to become a skyline-redefining landmark on the Cotai Strip, The Parisian Macao fulfils the original vision of Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands and Sands China Ltd.“Our goal to create a large-scale leisure and business destination in Macao, which started with the opening of The Venetian Macao nearly 10 years ago, will be fully realised when The Parisian opens its doors in a matter of weeks,” Adelson said. “It’s unlikely another tourism development with the size and scope of the Cotai Strip will ever be achieved again. I am grateful for the hard work and determination of the countless people involved in this amazing development and the unwavering support of the people and government of Macao. Together, we have truly made history.”Sands China President Dr. Wilfred Wong said: “The Parisian Macao is a property that will help cement Macao’s position as one of the region’s must-see business and leisure destinations. With the launch of The Parisian Macao, Sands China remains committed to providing unforgettable experiences for our many guests and visitors – from around the world and from right here in Macao. We thank the Macao government for their continued support of our company, and our team members for their dedication and professionalism which bring our properties to life, day in and day out.”Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterAvani Hotels & Resorts has announced the development of a new hotel in Melbourne – its second property in Australia.Due to be fully completed in August this year, the 456-room Avani Central Melbourne Residences further strengthens the group’s footprint in Australia, having launched its first property, Avani Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences, last December.The 55-storey building will draw inspiration from the brands distinct, contemporary design. Strategically located in the northern part of Melbourne’s central business district (CBD), Avani Central Melbourne Residences will be situated close to the Melbourne Central railway station and a short distance away from the Queen Victoria Markets.Melbourne’s exceptional public transport network also places Avani Central Melbourne Residences within easy reach of all city fringe areas including the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Etihad Stadium, St Kilda Road, Southbank and Docklands.Commenting on the development, Alejandro Bernabé, vice president of operations for Avani Hotels & Resorts, said: “We are quite pleased with our growth in the region and debuting the first Avani in Melbourne, and having opened AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences in Australia, as well as AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences in New Zealand complements our mission to grow the brand’s footprint globally.”Avani Central Melbourne Residences will feature an indoor swimming pool, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city skyline and two outdoor spas, set adjacent to three outdoor entertaining areas with barbecues and inbuilt seating.During their downtime, guests can also enjoy a game of ping-pong or billiards in one of two games rooms, relax in the sauna or steam room and participate in a bit of yoga in the dedicated yoga room.Additional amenities include:Two game rooms for families to enjoy a game of ping-pong or billiardsGym with treadmills, elliptical machines and a small weights areaTerrace with inbuilt seatingLarge outdoor area with sun loungesTwo movie theatres with seating and smart TVsLibrary with study areaConservatory with seating and balcony access.Two communal dining roomsCommunal kitchen and lounge area with a fireplaceGo back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterOn this brand new 20-day adventure, guests will discover the unspoiled mountain landscapes and remarkable living traditions of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, two of Central Asia’s least-known countries.Highlights of the tour include experiencing the exciting World Nomad Games with contests in eagle hunting, stick wrestling, archery and traditional horse games; exploring the jagged mountains of the remote Pamir Highway in Tajikistan; enjoying dinner with a family of Muslim Uighurs; spending time with semi-nomadic shepherd family; discovering the art of traditional Kyrgyz felt-making; overnighting in a yurt near Son Kul Lake; visiting UNESCO-listed Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain; experiencing an evening service at an Ismaili Muslim prayer house; and exploring the 18th century Hissar Fortress.The tour is slated for 3-22 September 2018 and starts at $7295 per person. For more information, click here.Days 1-3: Bishkek, Cholpan-Ata, World Nomad Games at Lake Issyk-KulExplore the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, with visits to the main square, the Ata-Beyit Memorial Complex, and the Manas Monument, dedicated to the legendary Kyrgyz folk hero. Stop at one of Kyrgyzstan’s last remaining Silk Road watchtowers, then continue to Chon-Kemin, where you’ll get to know the locals and learn how to set up a yurt at a special demonstration.Days 4-7: Tepke village, Karakol, day trip to Jyrgalan Valley, Jeti Oguz, Son Kul LakeStop near little Tepke village to visit a working Kyrgyz farm, then drive to Karakol on the eastern end of Issyk-Kul. Admire the sky-blue mosque and the Orthodox church, and enjoy dinner with a family of Muslim Uighurs. Take a day trip to Jyrgalan Valley, and experience Kyrgyz hospitality over lunch and conversations with local villagers. Venture to Jeti Oguz Canyon, known for its trademark red sandstone cliffs. Overnight in a yurt near alpine Son Kul Lake.Days 8-9: Kochkor, Chon-Kemin, Karakol, BishkekIn Kochkor, visit a handicrafts cooperative where women produce high-quality handcrafted goods. Spend time with a local semi-nomadic shepherd family and discover the art of traditional Kyrgyz felt-making, a craft that has survived the centuries. Continue to Chon-Kemin, where you’ll get to know the locals and learn how to set up a yurt at a special demonstration. Return to Bishkek for a performance of selections from the Kyrgyz tale, the Epic of Manas.Days 10-12: Osh, Sary Tash, MurghabFly to Osh and visit UNESCO-listed Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain, one of Central Asia’s holiest Islamic sites. Head south and pick up the Pamir Highway near Sary Tash, climbing 14,000-foot Kyzyl-Art Pass into Tajikistan. Enjoy commanding mountain views on the breathtaking drive over 15,200-foot Ak-Baital Pass, descending into Murghab for an overnight stay.Days 13-16: Langar, Ishkashim, Khorog, KalaikhumbContinue along the Wakhan Corridor, an ancient branch of the Silk Road, stopping at Buddhist stupas, Ismaili shrinesand ruined forts. In Khorog, capital of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, sit in on an evening service at an Ismaili Muslim prayer house, and chat with a representative from a local Tajik NGO.Days 16-20: Kalaikhumb, DushanbeJourney overland along the Panj River, overnighting in the village of Kalaikhumb. Arriving in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, explore the 18th century Hissar Fortress, and meet with young locals to discuss the city’s history, culture and current affairs as seen through their eyes.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterHawaiian Airlines marked 15 years of continuous service between Honolulu and Sydney on the night of Friday 17 May 2019, when HA451 landed at Sydney International Airport.Since Hawaiian Airlines launched flights in 2004, the number of other carrier services between Australia and Hawaii has increased by nearly 75%. In 2014, there were 686 departures, compared to this year when the frequency jumps up to 1,193.Hawaiian Airlines’ Regional Director for Australia/New Zealand, Andrew Stanbury, said the airline has played a pivotal role in introducing Hawaii as a leading holiday destination for Aussie travellers, as well as providing onward connections to outer islands and the USA mainland. The airline itself has carried 1.71 million guests between Sydney and Honolulu since the route’s launch.Hawaii also continues to be an extremely popular stopover destination for Australians. The most popular Hawaiian ‘neighbour islands’ beyond Oahu are Maui, the Island of Hawaii (The Big Island) and Kauai, while the leading US Mainland connections include Los Angeles, New York City (JFK) and Las Vegas.The occasion was marked with hula dancers, a ukulele player and cupcakes for Hawaiian’s outbound passengers about to depart on HA482 to Honolulu.The festivities rolled onto Monday this week, with Hawaiian Airlines’ luring the cream of the crop from the Australian travel industry to a function at Nola Smokehouse at Barangaroo.Stanbury, who has been with Hawaiian for six months, thanked the trade for its ongoing support of the airline. He said that Sydney was a very important part of HA’s strategy to become a “true international carrier”.He said that being a “destination carrier” makes a huge difference between it and competitors flying to the Aloha State, enabling Hawaiian to focus its attitude towards guests, from the food service to the lie-flat beds in Business, to the authentic style of service that is delivered.Stanbury also announced to the packed audience of industry heavyweights Hawaiian Airlines’ plans for its new fleet of state-of-the-art Boeing aircraft. Hawaiian Airlines has 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners arriving from 2021. It will feature the Aspire Economy class seat offering more comfort and “wiggle room” and lie-flat Business class seats made by Adient Aerospace.“The big question is, whether or not this will actually come to Australia. And the answer to that is, yes it will.”Stanbury stated the 787-9 “will be servicing Sydney sometime in the future”, but was unable to specify an exact launch date at this time.And to mark the 15th anniversary, Hawaiian Airlines bestowed all guests attending the trade event with an American Tourister carry-on suitcase of their very own, featuring a limited-edition luggage tag.Lead image: Hawaiian Airlines’ Karen Macmillan, Andrew Stanbury and Keiryn Osbourne, with Kathy Mainerd, HA’s Station Manager at Sydney Airport.Go back to the enewsletter