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Less Than A Quarter Of The NFL Season Has Passed, But The Arizona Cardinals Are Looking Like A Team That Will Accept Nothing Less Than A Playoff Berth And Perhaps Much, Much More — Like A Deep Run In The Playoffs?


By Wayne Schutsky
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 23, 2014 — The Cardinals are off to a 3-0 start after another impressive, come-from-behind victory. This win means much more than the others, though, because it came within the division and against the rival 49ers.

Despite the fact that they were “forced” to start backup quarterback Drew Stanton for a second straight game, Arizona managed to come up with late scores to seal the win. After looking stagnant in the first half, Stanton found rookie wideout John Brown for two touchdowns in the third quarter.

San Francisco came out with a good game plan and caught Arizona off guard. The 49ers went away from the run to take away the Arizona defense’s strength, and instead passed the ball from four and five-wide sets. The plan worked at first, letting quarterback Colin Kaepernick run and pass freely. The 49ers led 14-6 at the half.

But, give kudos to the Arizona coaching staff for making adjustments. Arizona sealed off San Francisco’s receivers and kept the running game in check to give the offense the chance to come back.  And, it did just that.

Safety Tony Jefferson led the attack with 10 tackles and a sack.

Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd had another big game, catching five passes for 114 yards.

Rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro kept his perfect season going, hitting all three of his field goals with a long of 51 yards.

And in the stands, some 49er fans tussled with Cardinal fans. Gotta love that domestic violence, eh, NFL?

On a brighter note, the Cardinals have signed former Sun Devil running back Marion Grice. He could be a good one as long as he doesn’t hit his girlfriend like Jonathan Dwyer.

Unlike the prophecy of the three-headed dragon in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Phoenix might have a two-headed dragon coming its way. At least that’ll be the case if the Suns can come to terms on a contract with point guard Goran Dragic’s brother Zoran.

Reports indicate talks are progressing between the two sides. Zoran has wanted to come to the NBA and the Suns are an obvious fit as they employ a guard-heavy offense (he’s a shooting guard) and already have his brother on the roster.

The Suns will have to pony up $600,000 to Zoran’s current team in Malaga, Spain to make the deal happen. Zoran would then have to pay the team an additional $500,000 to get out of his contract. They’d also probably have to give him a contract in the $2 million a year range.

Zoran is a 6-foot 5-inch shooting guard with a developing three-point shot. He’s also an aggressive player just like his brother. That’s the type of player the Suns love. Zoran could be insurance if the Suns can find a trade partner for Eric Bledsoe. Even in that case, it’s unlikely he’ll crack the regular rotation immediately. But, if his development trajectory is anything like his brother’s, the Suns could have a real steal on its hands.

Wayne Schutsky is a senior contributor to Modern Times Magazine.
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