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A combination of news, analysis, storytelling and entertainment, Cardinals Cover 2 reaches from sideline to sideline and delivers Cardinals content to the avid fan year round. Our insiders break down the team’s performance, spotlighting its personalities and looking forward to the next matchup.


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A combination of news, analysis, storytelling and entertainment, Cardinals Cover 2 reaches from sideline to sideline and delivers Cardinals content to the avid fan year round. Our insiders break down the team’s performance, spotlighting its personalities and looking forward to the next matchup.




Cardinals Cover 2 - Daniel Jeremiah: At No. 4, Cardinals In ‘Pole Positon’

Ep. 730 - If quarterbacks go 1-2-3 as many draft analysts expect, then the Cardinals are in position to take the best non-quarterback available. Or, as Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network put it, the “pole position.” Jeremiah joined Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck from Indianapolis, site of the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine. The three had a great conversation about the Cardinals, where they’ve been (2023) and where they’re headed (2024) under general manager Monti Ossenfort and head coach Jonathan Gannon. Speaking of the Cardinals’ decision makers, Grialou and Sureck react to what they had to say – both about the draft and a handful of current players on the roster – when they met with the media.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - In The Trenches

Ep. 729 - That’s where games are won or lost, right? The Cardinals need to invest in the offensive line and defensive line this offseason. But how? Craig Grialou and Zach Gershman put the line of scrimmage under the microscope. Who’s under contract? Who isn’t under contract? And then, what’s the level of need when looking ahead to free agency and the draft? Speaking of the draft, the Scouting Combine is next week. (Programming note: Cardinals Cover 2 will be in Indianapolis.) More than 300 prospects have been invited. The Cardinals will have their eyes on a number of players. And, again, the line of scrimmage is likely to take priority, especially given the history of GM Monti Ossenfort, as limited as it may be. There is, though, a certain wide receiver out of Ohio State who may be hard to pass up.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - An Eye On Offensive Line Or Wide Receiver?

Ep. 728 - The Scouting Combine is in two weeks. Free agency begins in one month. The NFL Draft happens at the end of April. In other words, what offseason? This, though, is the time when teams look to improve their rosters. The Cardinals are no exception. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck talk about what’s ahead, first with a conversation about the needs on offense and then shifting their attention to the defense, the side of the ball where it may be best to spend to help fill many of the needs. All the above is discussed on what is the one-year anniversary of the Cardinals naming Jonathan Gannon head coach. And, oh yeah, it’s Valentine’s Day, too. Enjoy the day, Birdgang!See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - The Offseason Is Here, For All 32 Teams

Ep. 727 - Of course, the Cardinals’ offseason began more than a month ago. But with Super Bowl 58 now in the rearview mirror, the entire league is on the clock. The goal: to be where the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers were on Sunday, playing for the Lombardi Trophy. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi breakdown the big game, from the plays that were made to the plays that weren’t made and the decision to receive to begin overtime. Also, what do the guys think about the report saying former Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick has received permission to seek a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles? And the noise is getting louder - in a good way - about this year’s draft class of quarterbacks. Will the GM Monti Ossenfort listen to trade offers for pick No. 4?See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - James Conner’s Angry Run

Ep. 726 - Is James Conner’s stiff arm of Patrick Peterson in Week 13 worthy of Angry Run of the Year? Craig Grialou and Zach Gershman certainly think so. Everyone will find out on Thursday, when the Angry Run of the Year will be announced as part of NFL Honors. Budda Baker (Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award) and Jonathan Ledbetter (Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year) may also hear their names called during the league’s annual awards show. Also, the guys discuss why wide receiver has been a popular position among the Cardinals’ signings of future contracts; of course, the Super Bowl; plus Zach’s hatred for squirrels (and cats apparently), yes squirrels.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - Pro Bowl Budda

Ep. 725 - It is officially Super Bowl week. But before Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss the big game, they discuss the just completed Pro Bowl and all the event’s activities. Budda Baker was the Cardinals’ lone representative. He had a hand in the NFC’s win over the AFC. He also stopped to talk with Sureck, who was in Orlando leading up to Sunday’s game. What did Baker have to say? How does Baker feel about the Cardinals after Year 1 under Monti Ossenfort and Jonathan Gannon? Also, Kliff Kingsbury is back in the league. And he’ll be coming back to State Farm Stadium next season. Grialou and Sureck give their thoughts on the Washington Commanders new offensive coordinator.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - The Line Of Scrimmage

Ep. 724 - Teams are built from the inside out. That said, the Cardinals are in great position with the fourth overall pick. Do they go offensive line, or do they go wide receiver? Is there a right answer? Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi discuss the options. Of course, Calvisi is hoping GM Monti Ossenfort trades down, adding more draft capital. Also, they react in real time to the Cardinals’ first two moves in free agency - re-signing linebacker Jesse Luketa and offensive lineman Carter O’Donnell - as well as the reported news that the Seattle Seahawks have hired Mike Macdonald, the now former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator, as their new head coach.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - Are The Playoffs In The Cards Next Season?

Ep. 723 - The offseason is not even a month old and there is already some early buzz that the Cardinals will be a playoff team in 2024. Of course, a lot needs to happen between now and then, but it does speak to how well the team competed in Jonathan Gannon’s first season as head coach. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck talk playoffs, both next season and this season. How do they feel about the Super Bowl matchup: 49ers and Chiefs? Especially the 49ers’ presence in the big game? Also, Sureck is headed to the Pro Bowl later in the week. The game is Sunday. Budda Baker will be there. Might one of his teammates be joining him? Maybe Trey McBride?See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - And The Winners Are…

Ep. 722 - It is award season and, well, Craig Grialou and Zach Gershman didn’t want to be left out. It is time for the 2023 Cardinals Awards, as voted by the 30-person Content & Creative Team. There are six categories. Some winners were more obvious than others. Other winners faced tougher competition, most notably Offensive Player of the Year and Beyond the Box Score Player of the Year. All results have been posted on Do you agree? Do you disagree? Also, the guys look ahead to the weekend and Championship Sunday. Who do they see representing the AFC and NFC and therefore will be headed to Las Vegas and Super Bowl 58.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - The Right Choice In The First Round

Ep. 721 - No dancing, like John Harbaugh. Shirts will remain on, unlike Jason Kelce. With that said, Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi dive into the divisional round of the playoffs; the biggest stories coming from the weekend’s four games. Of course, one of the bigger stories - at least for Cardinals fans - is the Cardinals now know their second first-round pick in April’s draft will be 27th overall. That led to a discussion about positions of need plus talk of how well Paris Johnson Jr. performed in his first season in the league. Also, the guys shout-out a handful of assistants who have been selected to coach in two of the upcoming all-star games, the East-West Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - And The Nominees Are…

Ep. 720 - Ahead of next week’s announcement of the annual Arizona Cardinals Year-End Awards, Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss - after a brief conversation about Blockbuster Video, a conversation Dani started much to the surprise and enjoyment of Craig - who they voted for in six separate categories. They agreed on Newcomer of the Year, Beyond the Box Score Player of the Year and Play of the Year. They disagreed on Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Cardinal. There was also discussion about this weekend’s playoff games. Who do they see surviving the divisional round?See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - That’s A Wrap AND Just The Beginning

Ep. 719 - A loss on Sunday ended the regular season, but it did not end the good feelings surrounding the 2023 Arizona Cardinals. In fact, it’s just the opposite. There is a lot to look forward to; and, yes, a lot of work to do. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi begin the offseason discussion, first with a look back at the 21-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks - who knows, maybe come April the loss will be a blessing in disguise - and then they point to the number of positives, both individually and collectively as an organization. Also, for one final time, Calvisi hands out his weekly Angry Bird Award. The winner, based on his performance in Week 18, should not be a surprise to anyone.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - Running For History

Ep. 718 - Never has James Conner ran for 1,000 yards in a season. And only once has he eclipsed 900 rushing yards in a season. Conner has a chance to reach both milestones on Sunday when the Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks. It is the last game of the season, and what better way to go out than with a win and a career achievement. Also, a win would eliminate the Seahawks from the playoffs. A bonus if you will. Craig Grialou and Zach Gershman look ahead to the Week 18 matchup; who will, who won’t be available and what Jonathan Gannon said about the season-finale. Plus, the guys get the Seattle perspective. John Boyle, team reporter for the Seahawks, joins the show.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - Season Over For D.J. Humphries

Ep. 717 - Very unfortunate news on Wednesday. Starting left tackle - and the longest-tenured Cardinals player - D.J. Humphries will miss the season finale on Sunday, and he will likely miss a good chunk of the start of next season due to torn ACL. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss what that means moving forward for the offensive line, a position that has been a pleasant surprise this season. Other pleasant surprises this season: running back Michael Carter and wide receiver Greg Dortch. Both, it appears, have solidified their roster spots in 2024. And maybe it didn’t need to be said, but Jonathan Gannon said it anyway. Kyler Murray is his franchise quarterback, answering the biggest question going into the season.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - Fly Cardinals Fly

Ep. 716 - No question it was the best win of the season. And for head coach Jonathan Gannon, it had to have been the most satisfying win of the season. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi look back at Sunday’s come-from-behind 35-31 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. So many contributors - Gannon does like to say “it takes all 11 on the field.” Kyler Murray played his best game of the season; James Conner highlighted a rushing attack that totaled better than 200 yards - shout-out to the offensive line and center Hjalte Froholdt who earned Calvisi’s Angry Bird Award for the week - there was production from the wide receiver position; and let’s not forget about the defense, which started its 16th different lineup in as many games. Not a bad way to begin 2024.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - Jonathan Gannon Heads Back To Philadelphia

Ep. 715 - When the schedule was released in May, this was among the more anticipated matchups. And it had nothing to do with the players themselves. No, it had everything to do with the two head coaches and the location. On Sunday in Philadelphia, head coach Jonathan Gannon faces good friend and the man he worked under for two years with the Eagles as defensive coordinator, Nick Sirianni, in the city whose fanbase still harbors resentment about Gannon’s departure. It should be a fun one in Week 17. Craig Grialou and Zach Gershman look ahead to the game, which will see Kyler Murray play quarterback despite an illness earlier in the week. Plus, the guys get the Philadelphia perspective. Dave Spadaro, team reporter for the Eagles, joins the show.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - Defense Hopes To Avoid Getting Hurt By Jalen Hurts

Ep. 714 - The Cardinals haven’t faced a ton of dual-threat quarterbacks this season. Lamar Jackson comes to mind back in Week 8. But here the Cardinals are, for the second straight week, preparing to face a quarterback who is as good with his arm as he is with his legs. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss what to expect from Jalen Hurts and what the Cardinals defense may have learned from just playing Justin Fields. A different challenge, yes; yet the goal is the same: keep the quarterback in the pocket, something they did not do last week. Also, the latest from practice. No Kyler Murray or Hollywood Brown, but there was a Leki Fotu sighting as he has been designated to return from injured reserve.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - The Night Before Christmas In Chicago

Ep. 713 - And here’s hoping the Cardinals deliver what every fan wants: a win. The Cardinals will be spending Christmas Eve day in Chicago, the first of back-to-back road games to close out the calendar year. Craig Grialou and Zach Gershman discuss the matchup. Who is and who isn’t available? Plus, the guys get the Chicago perspective. Kevin Fishbain, Bears beat writer for The Athletic, joins the show. The Bears have the No. 1 run defense, and we know what happened the last time the Cardinals faced the league’s best against the run; they ran for a season-high 234 yards. The key, though, may be Trey McBride. He’s on every team’s radar now coming off a second 100-receiving yard game.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - Not Enough Rush In The Pass Rush

Ep. 712 - The number is zero. As in zero sacks over the past three weeks. And it’s not just about the sacks. The Cardinals aren’t doing enough to affect the quarterback, and the defense has suffered as a result. The solution? Find what the Chicago Bears, this week’s opponent, found with the acquisition of Montez Sweat. He has almost single-handily turned around that defense. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck go over some of the numbers. Plus, there is news - and not good news - in the tight end room; how do the Cardinals get more production out of their wide receivers; and why Sureck is keeping her fingers crossed the weather stays rain-free on Sunday.See for privacy information.


Cardinals Cover 2 - The Fight Was There, The Win Was Not Against 49ers

Ep. 711 - One thing is guaranteed about the 2023 Arizona Cardinals: They will compete. And they will compete until the clock shows triple zeros. Unfortunately, when that happened on Sunday, the Cardinals were on the wrong end of a 45-29 decision to the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi - yes, he’s back - look back at the Week 15 loss. The offense was good, at times, i.e., James Conner and Trey McBride, but field goals were not going to beat the 49ers; though Matt Prater did earn the coveted Angry Bird Award for the week. Defensively, just too much Brock Purdy and too much Christian McCaffrey. Too much of the time it just looked too easy for the, once again, NFC West division winners.See for privacy information.