first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Koetter won’t truly be judged until we see if the Falcons’ offensive success in the regular season carries over to the playoffs. With Matt Ryan at the helm in three playoff games, Atlanta’s offense has averaged under 12 points. If he is able to help the Falcons advance in the playoffs, maybe Dirk Koetter will get another shot at being a head coach. Except this time, it won’t be at the college level. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “A lot of the offense has stayed the same,” said Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. “I think that’s one of the things that’s helped us. Dirk came in and changed a lot of his terminology to the terminology we’ve had. I think that’s helped everyone in the transition.”Adjusting to your personnel instead of being stubborn and sticking with what you know is an underrated part of good coaching. The goal is to get the most out of the players even if it means leaving your comfort zone. Just because the terminology has remained the same doesn’t mean Koetter hasn’t made any changes to the Falcons’ offense. Last season, under offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, Atlanta averaged 25 points per game. Under Koetter that number has jumped up to 27 points per game through nine contests.“I think he has brought some different elements to our offense,” continued Ryan. “He’s done a great job with the vertical passing and also helped us in terms of screens.” The Falcons passing offense has improved from 262 yards per game last season to 292 yards this year. Atlanta has also increased its yards per attempt, from 7.3 to 7.9. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s time at Arizona State won’t be remembered as a golden era of Sun Devil football. Koetter was the head coach in Tempe from 2001 to 2006 and finished with a career record of 40-34. He was under .500 in conference play at 21-28, and the most wins the Sun Devils had in a single season during his tenure was nine.His first season as the architect of the Atlanta offense has gone significantly better. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories “Early on indications that you get from rookies most of the time can be, can have variances from good to bad,” Keim said. “Early indications on Jonathan Cooper through OTAs and minicamp so far have been outstanding, almost to the point where I would say better than advertised.” – / 25 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Asked again, what had changed to get Cooper into camp, Keim — serious now — said, “Once (picks) 1, 3, 4 and 6 made their decision, I think it made all of our decisions a little easier.”The Cardinals held firm in their stance the contract would contain offset language, something Cooper’s agent, Todd France, wanted left out.“I know Todd was just doing the best he could for his player and I respect him,” Keim said before adding with a smile, “He was smart enough to make the right decision in the end.”Cooper missed the first padded practice of training camp, but is expected to be in uniform when the team returns to the field Monday.“He’s a sharp kid,” said Keim, who noted Cooper spent much of the season with assistants Harold Goodwin and Larry Zierlein. “He’s already picked up the majority of our playbook. There’s obviously a few wrinkles that he’s going to have to make adjustments on, but we don’t feel that Coop is going to be far behind at all.”The Cardinals selected Cooper, a consensus All-American first-team selection out of North Carolina, with the No. 7 overall pick. He started a school-record 48 games at left guard. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE — The deal was always going to get done. It was just a matter of when.Sunday, three days into training camp and six days after rookies reported, became the when.The Cardinals and first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth a reported 14.55 million dollars.So, why the delay?“The only real reason I can think of is probably the conditioning test,” GM Steve Keim joked. “But through the art of negotiation I’ve learned to bluff and I promised him that if he came in tonight that I would run it with him. I think we all know that’s not going to happen.”last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The evolution of Deone Bucannon’s position and play for the Arizona Cardinals is something to watch for this season.Bucannon spoke during minicamp about the changes he is enduring from his rookie year to his second season in the NFL.“When I came in at this time last year I didn’t know what was going on,” Bucannon said.Bucannon’s versatility in the defense is undeniable. He was drafted as a safety, but he spent most of last season playing linebacker. Bucannon has a preference, but he’s not against either role. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img “I’m a safety,” he said. “I feel more comfortable playing safety. But at the same time, I love playing linebacker too because it allows me to get down in the box and get closer to the ball and I like being around the ball.”Bucannon had 81 combined tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in his rookie season. He is looking forward to the growth he had from his rookie season to now.“This is my second year in the defense so I’m seeing things a lot more clearly than I was my first year,” Bucannon said. “I understand the plays. I’ve seen them before.”The flexibility that Bucannon has brings more demands for his skill set on the field. He wants to improve his entire understanding of the defense.“Collectively just understanding the defense,” he said. “Instead of just knowing my position, but also other positions just in case I can help myself and help the team.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

As for whether or not Floyds impending free agenc

first_imgAs for whether or not Floyd’s impending free agency has factored into his inconstency, while the receiver has said in the past it’s impossible not to think about, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer does not think it’s the reason.“I expect this second half, Mike to have as big of a year as any receiver could,” he said Wednesday. “I’m not down on his confidence; he’s not down on confidence. I was talking to somebody today. He had two unbelievable days of practice. I think he’s going to explode in the second half and people have doubted and have said negative things about a couple individual plays. But that’s not Mike.“Mike is a game-changing player. Mike’s going to make plays that win games for us. I don’t know how many, but it’s going to be a lot. We have a lot of football left. So, I like where Mike is. I like where his head’s at, I like where his practice is, I like where his focus is, his leadership. I couldn’t be happier with Mike right now.” To say Michael Floyd has struggled this season, especially when compared to what expectations were, would be an understatement.Now in his fifth season, the former first-round pick was coming off a solid campaign in which he caught 52 passes for 849 yards and six touchdowns, and figured to be even better — especially given that he is set to become a free agent in the offseason.Yet, Floyd has not been better. In fact, he has arguably taken a step back, struggling with drops as well as failing to come down with some of the contested catches he’s know for making. In eight games, he has caught just 19 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) during an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo His issues have been well documented, and because of his down year, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell put the Notre Dame product on his list of players and coaches with everything on the line in the second half of the 2016 season.The writing is on the wall in Arizona for Floyd, who has lost his starting job to J.J. Nelson and is battling another injury, this time to his hamstring. Floyd’s role with the team has decreased with the ascension of John Brown, and it appears unlikely that the Cardinals will sign Floyd to an extension before he hits unrestricted free agency for the first time this offseason. Even if Floyd isn’t staying in Arizona, he can echo the sentiments of fellow Cardinals first-rounder Beanie Wells and play the rest of the way as an audition for the league’s 31 other teams. (Floyd, unlike Wells, might want to keep that sentiment to himself.)Nobody doubts Floyd’s talent, and he has had stretches of production, including a run last year with five 100-yard games in six weeks. In a free-agent market perpetually starved for impact talent at wide receiver, Floyd could make a lot of money over the next few years. If he struggles to get healthy and has to treat 2016 like a washout season, he might have to settle for a one-year deal and rebuild his market before hitting free agency again after the 2017 season. If he does make it back into the lineup and produces, though, teams like the Eagles and Bears could rightfully see him as a target for a long-term deal this offseason.When asked about Floyd recently, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has offered support, saying he believes the receiver is going to have a really big second half.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Mentally I would struggle with that Is the chal

first_img“Mentally I would struggle with that.”Is the challenge then figuring out when to walk away knowing you can still play?“It’s not something that you wake up in the morning and say, ‘Oh, I’m done.’ It’s something that kind of is bubbling for awhile and I think you just know. When I talk to guys — because that’s one thing I always do. I always reach out to guys, players, and I pick their mind and ask them questions about the transition and when did they know. I kind of want to understand their thought process going into it so I’m a bit more informed; just trying to gather as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision when that point comes.”Have you thought about what you want to do next?“I have a plethora of things that I’m involved in but right now I’m still very passionate. I love to play. I enjoy being out there with the guys. That part of it is not a struggle. It’s not like pulling teeth.”How much do you weigh the quest for a Super Bowl ring?“That’s huge. That’s the only reason I’m playing at this point. From the personal standpoint and things I’ve accomplished, they’re fine but the thing that you will say is out of your control because you’re in a team sport is a championship. I love the fact that you can influence the play of other guys around you, motivate them, inspire them. I like that aspect of team sports.” 0 Comments   Share   “Surprised? No. I can still play at a high level. You have to that confidence and you have to have that ability to compartmentalize what’s going on; good, bad or indifferent and never lose your confidence. And that never happened. I never felt like I couldn’t play any more. I knew if my number was called I could still make the play. I’ve proven that over the last few years, again, and that’s the way I still feel.”Now that Carson Palmer is on a new throwing program, do you notice a difference in his arm strength?“I never saw really a difference last year. I don’t run too many routes past 20 yards so his arm strength looked great to me. Those are questions for ‘Smoke’ (John Brown) and J.J. (Nelson) and them guys like that. All of his throws to me always hit me right in the face. I mean, they’re always accurate and on time. I never personally saw anything that was off.”Is it important to you to be able to walk away (whenever that may be) still playing at a high level?“Yeah. The end is never really pretty for elite athletes. It never looks good for the most part. You watch Michael Jordan in a Washington Wizards uniform or see Tony Dorsett playing for the Denver Broncos or Shaquille O’Neal playing for the Boston Celtics. It’s weird because you’re used to seeing them when they’re at their most dominant stage. Willie Mays running around with bad knees. It’s not pretty. For me, I really want to be able to play and do things at a high level and be able to walk away and still be someone who can play at a high level. That’s something that I pride myself on. I don’t want to be a stealer, I don’t want to steal like that.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling How much will Arians’ and Palmer’s decisions after this season affect your own decision?“I don’t really make any decisions based off anybody else. I never have. I don’t know what the future holds, that’s why this year is just so much more important because we don’t have to think about what we’re going to be doing after February 4th. It doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is from today until then and how we can improve and get better and do what we need to do to give ourselves an opportunity just to get into the playoffs and possibly win the division and try to win the NFC Championship Game and get to the Super Bowl. That’s really what’s important. The long-term doesn’t mean anything at this point.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter (AP Photo/Matt York, file) GLENDALE, Ariz. – In the offseason, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he would address his future one time in training camp.That time was Sunday, Day 2, following the morning walk-through.As expected, there was no big announcement.Fitzgerald is entering his 14th season, and last under contract with the only team he’s played for in the NFL.Over the course of a nearly 13-minute press conference, Fitzgerald addressed a number of topics, mostly about his future, with reporters. Is 2017 going to be it for you and your playing career?“I feel good right now. When that changes, I’ll let you know. But it will never be in front of a podium and there will be no tears and none of that stuff. That’s not how it ever will be. That’s not how I am. I’m just one player out of 1600 in the National Football League. It’s a lot bigger than me. It’s never going to be like that.”Is there a player you’ve watched walk away that maybe you’d like to emulate?“Calvin (Johnson) for different reasons. Calvin was still playing at a really, really high level when he decided to say he was finished. Tim Duncan was still a 20-10 guy when he walked away from the game. Did it with no fanfare. There’s a lot of guys who just for some reason they say they want to move on and it’s time, not because they can’t play or they were showed the exit. Most times athletes don’t have the chance to retire. They get retired, so when you do have the chance to retire I think it’s a privilege and you have to understand that if you hang around too long, you will eventually get retired. I think you have to be honest with yourself and always kind of assess where you are.”Could you still be apart of this team even if you weren’t at the highest, highest level? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires You’ve said that training camp isn’t your favorite thing, has anything changed or feel any better about it?“No. It is what it is. We finished the season in a position that we all didn’t want to be in, so it’s a week earlier to get back to try to replicate what we were able to do two years ago and it starts with this. We have to have a better camp. We had a good start yesterday. We’re just going to have to keep stacking those kind of practices and when we finally get to gametime situations, we have to be better and it has to start earlier.”How excited were you when Coach Arians told you that you weren’t playing in the Hall of Fame Game?“He didn’t tell us anything. Somebody texted me and said, ‘Fitz, you’re not playing in the game.’ I said, ‘I didn’t hear anything about it’ and that’s how I found out. As a player you play when you’re told to play and you play as long as you have to play and once you get out there on the field, it’s ball, the same game I’ve been playing since I was 6 years old. You play hard and play as long as you need to play, that’s how I look at it.”Were you thinking you were going to get back to a point where you were going to have a couple of 100-catch seasons when Arians arrived? Are you surprised by that? Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 11 Comments   Share   Now, the Cardinals’ depth at cornerback remains thin with only third-year pro Brandon Williams having a start under his belt.Related LinksFree agent CB Robert McClain visiting Cardinals on Thursday, per reportIn addition to Tramon Williams, Arizona could also lose backup cornerback Justin Bethel in free agency. He began 2017 as the Cardinals’ starter before Williams was inserted into his spot in the middle of the year.Arizona reportedly was meeting Thursday with free agent corner Robert McClain, a 29-year-old who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 29-year-old appeared in 14 games for Tampa Bay in 2017, finishing the year with 50 tackles and a career-high three picks.After Williams’ tenure with Green Bay, he played for the Cleveland Browns in 2015-16 and then signed with the Cardinals on July 30. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tramon Williams, left, runs past safety Budda Baker (36) after making an interception against the Tennessee Titans during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) The Arizona Cardinals are expected to lose starting cornerback Tramon Williams in free agency to the Green Bay Packers, reports former Green Bay receiver and current NFL Network analyst James Jones.Williams spent the first eight years of his NFL career with the Packers (2007-2014).The 35-year-old played in 13 games for Arizona last season, recording 41 tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defensed on the opposite side of the field from Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals traded their third- and fifth-round picks to move up to No. 10 overall to take quarterback Josh Rosen.One season later, he now faces possible uncertainty for his future with the team, approaching the 2019 draft.The glaring question from now until April 25 will be: will Rosen stay or will he go?With speculation growing of prospect Kyler Murray going No. 1 overall to the Cardinals, talks have begun about where Rosen could end up — and for what price. 234 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Related LinksPeter King: 3 reasons to believe in Kyler Murray the NFL quarterbackArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Nick Bosa: Cardinals would be making ‘big mistake’ passing on meNBC Sports’ Peter King cited two sources who’ve said that Rosen’s trade value is worth a third-round pick.One of his sources is former Cardinals quarterback (2005-09) and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.“I would give a three for Josh,” Warner told King.The other source, an anonymous NFL GM, said, “Probably a three,” which is “not what the Cardinals would think his value is.”NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that free agent quarterback Tyrod Taylor was traded for a third rounder, saying that Rosen should be worth more.In 13 starts, the 22-year-old Rosen threw for 2,278 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He was sacked 45 times and posted a 66.7 quarterback rating, the lowest of any rookie.Cardinals general manager Steve Keim’s decision with the No. 1 overall pick is critical in Arizona’s future as a franchise, and possibly his job security.“Is Josh Rosen our quarterback? Yeah, he is, right now, for sure,” Keim said at the NFL Scouting Combine last week. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cardinals QB Josh Rosen, left, and Oklahoma prospect Kyler Murray, right. (AP photos) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Coco Collections Co

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Coco Collection’s Coco Bodu Hithi returns this year with Savour 2016 from 21 February to 4 March, experience the exclusive opportunity to indulge in award-winning creations with renowned chefs. Leading this signature event are three celebrated personalities we are proud to welcome back. From France, Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Doucet from Restaurant Frédéric Doucet; from the UK, Michelin-starred chef Nigel Haworth from Northcote Restaurant in Lancashire; and Aktar Islam from Lasan Restaurant in Birmingham.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img

Go back to the enewsletter The historic Pera Pala

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe historic Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah has unveiled a selection of special dishes in homage to the stars of yesteryear including Ernest Hemmingway and Greta Garbo who once graced its rooms and lobbies with their presence.Since the hotel first opened its doors in 1892, the hotel has welcomed an impressive list of guests and the Historical Dinner Menu, offers four courses, each devoted to a famous personality.The starter, Demoiselle de l’Océan, is inspired by the White House’s menu of 1961 as selected by Jacqueline Onassis during her time as First Lady. The combination of pear pickles, avocado and fennel sauce takes you to the eclectic Amalfi Coast; renowned as one of Jacqueline Onassis’ favourite spots on earth. The widow of US President, John F. Kennedy, stayed at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in 1983.The antipasti is named after renowned movie star Greta Garbo, who stayed for 50 days in 1924. Salmon a’la Garbo mixes salmon in tagliatelle with a truffle cream sauce, and will be a perfect company for a glass of crisp white wine.The main course, Lamb Duo, is influenced by Ernest Hemingway from one of his favourite meals in 1923. In 1922 Hemingway arrived at The Pera Palace Hotel as a war correspondent, and wrote his famous novel, The snows of Kilimanjaro, during his stay.Sarah Bernhardt provided the inspiration for the strawberry crumble dessert. As a master of French cuisine and an expert in cooking techniques, she was familiar with glamorous suppers. She gave her custom for weeks at The Pera Palace in 1912 while performing a play at the Yildiz Palace Theatre.With summer approaching, guests at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah can indulge in a selection of cocktails with a Havanan twist inspired by Cuba’s great friend, Josephine Baker.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Banyan Tree Hotels  R

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBanyan Tree Hotels & Resorts makes its Moroccan debut with the opening of Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay on 1 September 2016, the first Banyan Tree property on the Mediterranean coast, and the first all-pool villa resort in Morocco.Located on the north west coast of Morocco in Tamouda Bay, the luxury resort exudes captivating Moroccan charm and a refreshing Mediterranean spirit. Each of the luxury villas offers a private refuge that pays tribute to the region’s Andalusian-Moorish legacy and heritage.Guests will find a range of onsite luxuries such as the rejuvenating spa session at the award-winning Banyan Tree Luxury Spa in Morocco, thrilling leisure activities in and around the resort, a hammam, a beach club, a state-of-the-art gym, library and kids’ club.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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