Top Stories And so it shall be with the Arizona Cardinals. There will be an entire generation of fans who won’t recall with any clarity the early days of NFL football in the Valley. One of these days, and it’s not too far off, moves like the ones made by the Cards on Monday — reworking the deals of GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians to reward a job well done — will barely register on the meter. There will come a time when fans won’t be able to recall the time when the Arizona Cardinals annually struggled to do the right thing or to hire the right people.Nothing reflects this more than how Michael Bidwill and the front office handled the Larry Fitzgerald contract. Think of all the hours wasted speculating on whether it was going to get done and how the fan base would react if it didn’t. Then contrast that will how quickly and easily it did actually get done. A full year’s worth of worry wiped out within three weeks of the Super Bowl. In a way it was shocking how simple and painless it all was. It won’t always be this painless. Difficult decisions are on the horizon; Daryl Washington, Darnell Dockett. But the level of faith in this organization is at an all-time high. Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact I was born in the early ’70s but that doesn’t mean I remember much about them. I remember Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind at the Cine Capri in Phoenix. Suns games at the Madhouse on McDowell. I remember the disco albums that my parents owned and the psychedelic wallpaper in our house. I don’t recall Nixon or Ford and only a little bit of Carter. I get flashes of the hostage crisis in Iran but can’t remember the long lines at gas stations or Three Mile Island. I have no idea what I was doing when the US beat the Soviets in hockey. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Frankly it reminds me of a time when Jerry Colangelo was literally running the local sports scene. Your faith in him was so stout you quickly forgave him for the inevitable mistakes. No one will ever be as loved as Jerry, but the Cardinals are perfecting their Caliendo-like impersonation. The Cardinals have cornered the market on doing things the right way (though ASU football is starting to carve out its own niche). Older fans like me will remember the days when we used to debate which team owned this town. Soon, those memories will fade into the same shadows where the Same Old Cardinals are living out their final days.
Arizona Cardinals’ first-round draft pick Robert Nkemdiche waits to speak before being introduced to the media, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. Nkemdiche was the Cardinals’ first round, 29th overall, pick in the NFL football draft. (AP Photo/Matt York) Robert Nkemdiche is just days away from donning an Arizona Cardinals uniform and taking the practice field with his new team.The Cardinals made Nkemdiche the 29th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft last Thursday and as an organization are thrilled the talented, yet enigmatic defensive tackle from Ole Miss was available to them near the end of the first round.Terry McDonough, the team’s vice president of player personnel, is very involved in the draft process, and says the attraction to Nkemdiche was immediate. Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He’s always been ‘the guy,’” McDonough said. “Here, he’s not going to be ‘the guy.’ Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Calais Campbell — they’re ‘the guys.’ So he’s not coming in here as the alpha dog.“All those guys will take him under their wing and fit him into this culture that’s been created by Michael (Bidwill), Steve (Keim) and Bruce (Arians). We feel like we have the support system on the field and off the field. With all the great people we have here, if you’re going to take a ‘chance’ on a guy — I mean you take chances on everybody — this is the kind of guy and the talent that you do it on.”Nkemdiche, along with Arizona’s other five draft picks and 16 undrafted free agents, begins rookie minicamp Friday at the team’s training facility in Tempe. – / 35 “We put more time into him than anyone else, McDonough told Doug and Wolf Tuesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “It almost snowballed from the first time we met him.“When you meet the guy, you’re kind of taken aback by his character and his charisma and his intelligence.”Of course, one of the reasons Nkemdiche was available so late in the first round was a bizarre incident last December when he fell out of a hotel window in Atlanta. He wasn’t hurt, but was charged with marijuana possession and was suspended for the Sugar Bowl.The time the Cardinals spent with Nkemdiche prior to the draft was enough to convince them that the Atlanta hotel incident was inconsistent with the young man’s character.“Brentson Buckner, our defensive line coach, has really strong feelings about Robert,” McDonough said. “So when he was there, it was a pretty easy pick for us.”Nkemdiche was recruited to Ole Miss out of Loganville, Georgia and was the nation’s top overall recruit in the class of 2013 by Rivals.com.Despite the Cardinals’ excitement in landing Nkemdiche, he won’t be counted on to be “the man” immediately. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Terry McDonough, Cardinals VP of player personnel Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact