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center_img Have you had any conversations with Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer about possible retirement?“I know Coach is coming back and he’s excited for next year, he and I had a long conversation about the roster and the team moving forward. As far as it goes with Carson and Larry, you would have to ask those guys directly, but based on the conversations I had with both of them in training camp, I would be surprised if they didn’t play next year.”How do you go about evaluating your coaches and what have you seen this season?“It’s game-by-game and those are conversations that are private between Bruce and I. But I will say this: These guys all work their tails off. I think they’re very good teachers. I do have a concern of I’m on the field so I see them teaching our players certain technique, certain things schematically, and our players are still making mistakes. So, again, that could fall on me because we have to make sure that we’re signing and drafting smart football players who can process and retain information.”Who is stronger in holding people accountable, coaching staffs or the locker room?“I don’t think there’s any question that it’s the locker room. To me, whenever you have a championship team, you can always look and realize that locker room polices itself. But at the same time, to be an effective leader and to hold guys accountable, to me, you have to be out there making plays. It’s not just a rah-rah thing because guys will tune that out. You have to also be, not only a motivator, you have to hold your teammates accountable, but you have to be producing. There could be an issue with that factor for us. As I talked about earlier, expecting guys to be big-time playmakers this year who have fallen short.” LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Do you feel like you have a handle on what’s wrong with the team or will you need the offseason?“I have a pretty good feel. The one thing about it is I really do feel like our core talent on offense and defense is in place. There’s some guys who I still have high expectations for and look forward to moving on with. But at the end of the day, the one thing that Coach and I will sit down and do, and I can guarantee you this, after the season — and these last three games are critical, for a lot of reasons — number one, I want to identify who loves it; which guys are passionate about the game and who are our top competitors. So those are the things that we’re looking for. Because if you’re not going to compete and you don’t play with passion, you’re not going to be on this roster in 2017.”When you watch the film from Miami, how much do you consider weather conditions in your evaluation? “It would be an excuse because the other team has to play in the same conditions and they have to block and tackle and catch, just like we do. There were too many dropped balls, too many turnovers. At the end of the day, the tackling was an issue for me. I will say this: the one thing I’m proud of is there’s no doubt at one point in the game in the fourth quarter where we could have mailed it in, and our team did fight back from adversity and they gave it everything they had. It’s unfortunate we came up short.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. ErrorOK ErrorOKHow much do you think having extensive exit interviews will help figure out what went wrong?“That’s always helpful for me, the more communication I have with the guys at the end of the year can help me, again, put my finger on where some of the issues were. I’m not down in the locker room all the time. There’s no doubt that my goal is to put 53 guys in that locker room who all care and are passionate about the game. So if there are times that I find out that certain guys don’t put in the time to prepare and film study and all those things, we will certainly move on quickly. Because it’s hard enough to win in this game, let alone with guys who don’t care.”What did you see on film from Chandler Jones in Miami?“I didn’t think it was one of Chandler’s better games. I think he has had a phenomenal impact on this football team, as a whole. His ability to not only create pressure, but to make big plays for us. Sack-fumbles and those sort of things. But I didn’t think yesterday was one of Chandler’s better games.”Final thought, offered by Keim“One thing I do want to say, as disappointing as this season has been, and it has not lived up to our expectations, I do want to say thank you to our fans. Doug, I don’t think you were there, but Ron can probably share with you how many Cardinal fans made it to South Florida to support us. Through wins and losses, it truly meant a lot to me and this organization for their support.” Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) fumbles the ball as Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) attempts to recover it, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)last_img

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