International Document Services Names VP of Business Development

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Service Providers 2014-01-22 Tory Barringer New,International Document Services Names VP of Business Development Mortgage document preparation vendor “”International Document Services, Inc.””:http://www.idsdoc.com/Marketing/index.html (IDS), announced the hiring of Daniel Miller as VP of business development.[IMAGE]Miller has a deep background in sales, having worked for nearly 20 years in that field. He also has experience in mortgage document prep, working for seven years in a [COLUMN_BREAK]variety of sales and project management positions–including VP of business development–at DocuTech.Miller’s most recent position was EVP of sales and business development at @Home Valuation Management Solutions, where he was responsible for rebranding the company and developing a strategic partnership plan for loan origination system and lender portal originations. At IDS, Miller’s job is to oversee various partner integrations and new customer implementations as well as to manage and grow the company’s Western sales region.””The tremendous growth IDS has experienced in the past few years has created a need for someone internally with the right mix of sales and project management experience to oversee our customer and partner relationships,”” said Mark Mackey, EVP at IDS. “”Daniel Miller’s rich background in both of these areas will be a tremendous asset to IDS as we seek to further our growth in 2014 and beyond.”” in Technologycenter_img January 22, 2014 441 Views Sharelast_img read more

Lenders Say Mortgage Credit Standards Are Easing

first_img September 17, 2015 501 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Origination Share Lenders Say Mortgage Credit Standards Are Easingcenter_img Fannie Mae Mortgage Credit Standards Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey 2015-09-17 Scott_Morgan Mortgage lending standards continued to ease across all types of loans in the third quarter, according to Fannie Mae’s most recent Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey.The survey, released Thursday, found that a full 20 percent more senior-level lenders in Q3 reported an easing in credit standards for GSE-eligible properties compared to Q2, while 18 percent said credit standards had eased and non-GSE eligible loans.This supports Fannie’s additional findings that more lenders expect more institutions to ease credit requirements for all types of loans as the year rounds out. This is the first time in seven quarters that Fannie could report such a thing.“This is a significant result in light of public discourse on credit availability and standards,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae.Duncan said the results of Fannie’s Q3 survey reflect “multiple factors at play” in the mortgage sector. For one thing, lenders may be getting more comfortable with the GSEs’ updated guidelines, which are intended to provide greater certainty regarding representations and warranties, he said.For another thing, lenders may be getting more familiar with the regulatory and compliance environment and may be removing credit overlays. Overall, he said that the combination of low mortgage rates and a strengthening labor market seems to be what’s putting lenders’ minds at more ease, and that the sustained easing of standards will “continue to support the housing market expansion.”Bolstering Duncan’s enthusiasm is the still-good consumer demand for mortgage products, even if consumers in general do not share lenders’ optimism about what will happen with housing prices. While 60 percent of lenders expect home prices to go up in the near future, 47 percent of consumers felt the same way, according to the survey.Still, while the share of lenders reporting increased purchase mortgage demand over fell slightly between Q2 and Q3, overall demand is till higher than it was this time last year. The drop over the summer was attributed mainly to the seasonal lull in homebuying.More optimistic is that more institutions expect a more stable mortgage outlook through the next 12 moths, as more loan originations should get sold to the GSEs and Ginnie Mae and fewer mortgage servicing rights get sold to a third party.last_img read more

Real Estate Market Moves From Sellers to Buyers Favor

first_imgReal Estate Market Moves From Seller’s to Buyer’s Favor Share October 5, 2015 568 Views As the season changes, prices soften, and homes remain on the market longer, the real estate market transitioned a seller’s market to a buyer’s market in September.Realtor.com released their September First Look data Monday, finding that falling prices and more time on the market means that the housing market rests in favor of buyers. This transition means that it is easier for buyers to purchase a home compared to any other time so far this year.“The spring and summer home-buying seasons were especially tough on potential buyers this year with increasing prices and limited supply,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com.He added, “Buyers who are open to a fall or winter purchase should find some relief with lower prices and less competition from other buyers. However, year-over-year comparisons show that fall buyers will have it tougher than last year as the housing market continues to show improvement.”Median list prices continue to fall from July’s peak as housing demand is in a seasonally weaker period, the report found. Inventory has also peaked for 2015, which means that buyers will not have as many choices for the rest of the year.The national median list price is $230,000, down 1 percent over August and up 6 percent year-over-year. Inventory levels stand at 80 days, up 6.7 percent from August, but down 5 percent year-over-year. Realtor.com predicts that listings inventory will end the month 0.5 percent lower than August’s numbers.Realtor.com also ranked the 20 hottest markets in the country according to views per listing and median age of inventory in each market in its Hotness Index.San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California lead the hottest markets in September and August and the state also holds 11 cities on the list due to continued tight supply and a boosted economy.”Markets in the state have been characterized as having extremely tight supply all year, so frustrated buyers who have not been able to find a home so far remain active, supporting continued strength in sales across much of Northern and Southern California,” Realtor.com said.Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas and Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado held the second and third spots on the list.“The hottest markets are little changed in September as supply remains tight and demand remains strong,” Smoke commented. “Sellers across all these markets continue to see listings move much more quickly than the rest of the country in September, and the seasonal slow-down is not as strong in these markets.”center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News Buyer’s Favor First Look Real Estate Market Realtor.com Seller’s Favor 2015-10-05 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Looking Back and Ahead at TRID

first_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination Looking Back, and Ahead, at TRID October 6, 2016 814 Views CalyxSoftware Compliance TRID 2016-10-06 Seth Welborncenter_img The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID), also known as the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage rule, passed its one-year anniversary on October 3.In the months leading up to the rule, lenders everywhere expressed concerns about making modifications to their systems and processes to be TRID-compliant in time for the rule’s enaction. The original TRID effective date of August 1, 2015, was pushed back by two months by the CFPB due to an “administrative error.”One year after TRID has gone into effect, the predictions of gloom and doom for the mortgage originations process did not come true, according to Bob Dougherty, VP of Business Development with software solutions provider CalyxSoftware.“I think we can all agree that the goal of TRID—making the mortgage process and closing process more transparent and easier to understand—was laudable and beneficial to consumers,” Dougherty said. “Also, predictions that the origination process would grind to a halt were certainly exaggerated.”Bob DoughertyAfter receiving some feedback from the industry on TRID in the rule’s first six months of existence, CFPB Director Richard Cordray wrote a letter in April to financial industry trades and their members recognizing the “operational challenges” the industry is experiencing as a result of TRID implementation and said that the Bureau was considering making some “adjustments” in the regulation text to provide greater certainty and clarity. In late July, nearly 10 months after the rule took effect, the CFPB issued the long-awaited proposal to adjust TRID, which some within the industry deemed “TRID 2.0.”Under the proposal, recording fees and transfer taxes may be charged in housing assistance loans originated by housing finance agencies without losing eligibility for a partial disclosure exemption; TRID’s coverage would be extended to include all cooperative units, thus simplifying compliance; and the proposal contains commentary clarifying how a lender may provide separate disclosure forms to the consumer and the seller.“The guidance from CFPB could have been more detailed and timely, and the delay created some challenges for mortgage technology providers, clients and investors,” Dougherty said. “The good news is that TRID 2.0 appears to clarify some of the issues that have been the most nettlesome. But, as was the case with the original TRID rule, the new changes will require significant revisions in technology, workflow processes and training. All of which will raise the cost of origination and eventually have the unintended consequence of pushing up the cost of getting a mortgage.”The CFPB is accepting public comments on the proposal for TRID until October 18, 2016. Click here to view the CFPB’s full proposal. Sharelast_img read more

Latest Report Shows Drop in Housing Confidence

first_img Share The Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) released on Friday by Fannie Mae showed a March slump, after gains in the previous two months.“Home purchase sentiment gave back some of the gains accumulated over the prior two months that sent the index (Home Purchase Sentiment Index) to its survey high in February,’’ said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. “Strong home price appreciation has turned into a double-edged sword for the housing market as it boosted the net share of consumers saying it’s a good time to sell to a record high, surpassing the plunging good time to buy indicator for the first time in the history of the survey.“In addition, the net share of consumers who expect mortgage rates to rise over the next year exceeded that experienced during the 2013 taper tantrum. However, the housing market could get some tailwinds from a seasonal rise in for-sale inventory, particularly as home sellers seek to lock in profits from recent rapid home price gains. The market could also get a boost from homebuyers who decide to jump into the market before rates rise further.”The Fannie Mae survey polls 1,000 households and simply asks how they feel about owning or renting a home, the economy, finances and other factors. All-in-all, the survey asks 100 questions designed to track shifts in attitude. The findings are compared to the same monthly survey going back to 2010.Those who said it is a good time to sell increased by 9 percentage points to 31 percent. That is a survey high for two straight months.High home prices were the most important reason for both the bad time to buy and good time to sell indicators, cited by 39 percent of consumers who say it is a bad time to buy (a survey high) and 24 percent of those who say it is a good time to sell. Americans who say that home prices will go up decreased by 1 percentage point in March to 44 percent. Those who foresee rising mortgage rates in the next year fell five percentage points, which is a survey low. Additionally, more Americans were concerned about losing their jobs and in the March Fannie Mae survey, fewer reported a rise in household income.Conversely, Fannie Mae’s first quarter 2017 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey showed lenders, both big, small and in between, feel hopeful about the economy and believe the economy is moving in the right direction. This particular survey began in the first quarter of 2014 and those confidence levels are at their highest. April 7, 2017 764 Views Latest Report Shows Drop in Housing Confidencecenter_img Consumer Confidence Fannie Mae Houisng Price 2017-04-07 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featuredlast_img read more

Pavaso Partners with TRG for eClosing Services

first_img April 1, 2018 658 Views in journal, News, Technology Plano, Texas-headquartered mortgage technology-provider Pavaso is partnering with Title Resource Group’s Lender Services Division (TRGLS) to provide eClosing technology to TRGLS clients nationwide. Pavaso has created the industry’s only end-to-end digital closing platform to improve business processes, communication, and efficiency, and is continuing to focus on the improvement of the consumer experience.The partnership will deliver on TRGLS’s strategy of using technology to provide the best settlement experience possible with the aim of using this digital platform to decrease the time for the consumer at settlement, the ability to meet the ever-changing expectations of the customer, and facilitate a better execution process for lender partners. Pavaso’s technology brings all parties together into one secure portal for the transaction and delivers transparency, education, and information to everyone from beginning to end. This approach changes the way all parties to the transaction conduct closings. Scalable and flexible technology allows digital transactions ranging from hybrid closings to complete eNotes and eVault.“TRG Lender Services recognizes that the digital signing process was once thought of as the future, and is now becoming reality,” said Robert Fitzpatrick, SVP of TRGLS. “More than half of the states have pending legislation allowing for digital signatures, and our partnership with Pavaso keeps us at the forefront of these opportunities.”  TRGLS is a full-service title, settlement, and vendor management company that operates in 48 states and the District of Columbia.“Working with TRGLS is another major step forward in the digital transformation,” said Mark McElroy, CEO, Pavaso. “We’re thrilled to see another national service firm cement its position as a leader in the industry by embracing the importance of consumer and client transparency. The digital mortgage is the gateway to an industry more client-centric and consumer-centric than it’s ever been before, which will be to everyone’s advantage.” Customers Digital Mortgage eClose Lenders Lending Services Pavaso platform technology TRGLS 2018-04-01 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Share Pavaso Partners with TRG for eClosing Serviceslast_img read more

Tromberg Law Group Expands Into Virginia

first_img Share March 29, 2019 1,027 Views Tromberg Law Group, one of the largest woman-owned creditor firms in Florida, is now expanding into Virginia with a new office located in the heart of Richmond, the state capital. Firm owner Andrea Tromberg acquired Gladstone Law Group in 2017, the firm at which she had served as Managing Partner since 2011, and immediately began looking for opportunities to expand beyond Florida and Puerto Rico.Tromberg brought on Kelly Gring, an attorney based in the city of Richmond, Virginia. Gring graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2005 and earned her law degree from the University of Richmond’s T.C. William’s School of Law in December 2007. Gring has been practicing in the field of creditor’s rights since 2008.Gring is licensed to practice in the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, as well as the Eastern and Western District Bankruptcy Courts of Virginia, and became licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia in 2016. She is a seasoned litigator and has appeared in most of Virginia’s 133 state courts, the Eastern District of Virginia, and both the Eastern and Western District of Virginia Bankruptcy Courts with regularity.Gring was the founding member of the American Legal and Financial Network’s Junior Executives and Professional’s (JPEG) group, and was a Picture the Future winner for the JPEG group. Gring has served on the ALFN’s board of directors since 2013. She has spoken on numerous panels at ALFN events and other continuing legal education seminars on topics including nonjudicial foreclosure in Virginia, title curative measures, moving into management, and how to bridge the age gap between baby boomers and younger generations.In this market, which has seen great ups and downs, Tromberg believes, “There is always room for success when you have excellent lawyers, amazing staff, and a dedicated team. I could not do this without the support of my staff, Kelly Gring, and our clients that believe in our firm.” in Headlines, journal, Newscenter_img Tromberg Law Group Expands Into Virginia Andrea Tromberg Company News Tromberg Law Group 2019-03-29 David Whartonlast_img read more

Industry Veteran Retires—A Look Back

first_img 16 days ago 222 Views After more than 12 years of service, ProVest CRO Victor Draper has announced he will be stepping down, MReport has learned. Draper has spent more than 35 years in the mortgage default industry and says he will continue to support the sector in retirement. Draper recently spoke to MReport about his career, discussing his accomplishments, most important lessons learned, and how the industry has changed over the years.In a statement, Draper said, “After more than 35 years in the mortgage default industry, I am excited to see what the next chapter in life may hold. I am looking forward to spending quality time with my wife, Deanna, my four children, and my granddaughter.”Draper credits one of his most significant accomplishments as “putting together a team of people with different thoughts and ideas and watching them collaborate, respect, and learn from their differences and accomplish great things.”Prior to his time at ProVest, Draper operated Universal Default Services (UDS), a New York-based process-service and skip-tracing firm that was acquired by ProVest in January 2007. Before that, he led the default services department at Countrywide Financial Corporation. According to Draper, his time at ProVest strongly benefited from the lessons he learned earlier in his career, working in default servicing.“Understanding the entire life cycle of a mortgage default allowed me to zone in and focus on a specific and critical process within that cycle,” Draper said. “Every day a loan is in default creates a greater risk and increases potential loss. I knew that performing the service of process and skip-tracing with the utmost speed and quality would be paramount to minimizing that risk and loss.”Draper looked back on several momentous changes during his time in the industry, most notably, in the area of collaboration.“I am thankful for the enhanced collaboration between servicers, law firms, and vendors in recent years,” Draper told MReport. “Not just across these lines but also within each sector. Law firms are collaborating with other law firms on how to best represent the industry and their collective clients. While there is still aggressive competition, the spirit of cooperation is now the best I have ever witnessed.”“Victor Draper has committed more than three decades of his life to serving the mortgage industry and the American homeowner,” said Ed Delgado, President & CEO, Five Star Global. “He leaves the industry better and stronger than he found it, and I congratulate him for a noteworthy career and wish him the best in his future endeavors.” Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img ProVest Victor Draper 2019-07-17 Seth Welborn Industry Veteran Retires—A Look Backlast_img read more

June 25 2018

first_imgJune 25 , 2018 Q&A: Westfalia Fruit on EU avocado market’s i … You might also be interested in U.S.: California storms won’t damage avocado crops … “He is a tremendous addition to Naturipe Avocado Farms and we are excited to see Dustin take the program to the next level.”Hahn said: “Naturipe continues to grow and I am thrilled to take on this role and be part of the journey with such a great organization.”Prior to joining Naturipe Avocado Farms, Hahn was with Frieda’s. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing, and brings over ten years of business development and retail marketing experience.www.freshfruitportal.comcenter_img Leading U.S. green-skinned avocado importer says n … U.S.: LGS enhances summer citrus, Peruvian avocado … U.S.-based Naturipe Farms has appointed Dustin Hahn as West Coast sales director for Naturipe Avocado Farms. In this newly created role, Hahn will be responsible for leading the development and management of the Western half of the U.S. and Canada.“We are excited to have Dustin join the Naturipe family. His sales and marketing background will be instrumental in driving avocado sales and expanding campaigns with retailers,” says vice president of marketing CarrieAnn Arias.last_img read more

US Michigan Apple Committee funds new research

first_img U.S.: Michigan Apple Committee funds new research … You might also be interested in “But there are good expectations with respect to the apple season,” he added.However, he noted the country was facing issues with competitiveness and uncertainty around exchange rates.The value of the Argentine peso has fallen in half over the past year, and while this ought to help exports in theory, the sector still depends on agricultural inputs from overseas.Last year inflation reached a whopping 47.6% in the South American country.”Day to day, the issue of profit margins doesn’t allow…that the activity of producing and trading fruit is profitable…except for a few special cases and for certain markets,” Loyarte said.”There are growers that have stopped producing and are dedicating themselves to other crops, like alfalfa and in some cases corn.”The industry representative said work would continue on opening up new markets, but the core focus would be on strengthening Argentina’s position in markets where fruit is already traded.Part of this includes improving the viability of the sector through the adoption of technology, such as anti-hail systems.  A representative of Argentina’s apple industry is optimistic for a good season this year, although concerns abound around profit margins.Argentine Chamber of Integrated Fruit Growers (CAFI) executive director Marcelo Loyarte told Fresh Fruit Portal fruit quality has been good with the help of weather conditions, while a similar volume is expected to last year’s crop.”The season kicked off very well,” he said, noting the sector shipped to 42 markets worldwide including the EU, Russia and the United States. Loyarte said the season started of in February and would run until July as far as non-Latin American markets are concerned, but within the region trade takes place 12 months a year.Closer to home, in February Brazil blocked imports of Argentine apples due to interceptions of fruit with codling moth larvae, but the problem has been addressed and the situation is reportedly getting back to normal.”As everyone knows we had an interruption of 10 days for exportation to Brazil, but now it’s slowly returning to normal and we’ll see how the other markets develop from here on,” Loyarte said. NZ: T&G Global’s profits drop despite revenue …center_img Apples in Charts: With prices at four-year high, h … Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for … March 26 , 2019 last_img read more

The South African citrus industry has been greatly

first_img The South African citrus industry has been greatly affected by numerous issues in the country’s ports over recent weeks, but with the port operator taking action against its employees and meeting with government representatives today, it is hopeful that a resolution is near.Problems, including congestion, low container availability, and more recently, a port worker ‘go-slow’, have severely impacted the two terminals at Port Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth Container Terminal (PECT) and Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT). Over the past few days there have also been issues at the Port of Durban and Cape Town.”Our concerns in the past have already been around Durban Port, which takes around 70% of the [citrus], so the issues at Port Elizabeth sort of caught us a bit off guard,” said Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA).He said the PECT and NCT – which collectively handle almost a quarter of citrus shipments – have not kept up with the rapidly growing volumes coming from the Eastern Cape.”Very early on in the season we alerted Transnet, the port operator, to the fact that they needed to make sure there was sufficient infrastructure available,” he said. But he emphasized that this has not happened.In addition, one of the two cranes that recently blew over has not been replaced.The situation worsened a few days ago when port workers started to go on a ‘go-slow’, with work moving forward at a “snail’s pace”. This has led to an even greater build-up of containers waiting to be shipped, lower container availability, and significant delays, which impacts fruit quality and sales.Hannes de Waal, CEO of the Sundays River Citrus Company, estimates the “enormous delays” are costing the region around 50-100 million rand (US$3.5 – 7 million) per week.”There are always six, eight, nine vessels outside the port. We’ve had containers sitting in the terminal for more than 20 days now, and you just can’t afford it,” he said.He added that in the Sundays River Valley and nearby regions, this year’s crop has been a good one thanks to some rains after the drought. But he said that “it’s been a mess” since these port problems began.Some South African citrus is being diverted to Cape Town and Durban, but there have also been problems at those ports more recently too. EU to consider activating South African citrus saf … Avocado, coffee and citrus ‘threaten global food … You might also be interested in In a statement on Thursday, Transnet said that along with the “protracted ‘go-slow'” by workers at the NCT, operations at the Durban Container Terminal have “also been affected by equipment failure and a high-level of absenteeism”.”Furthermore, a decline in performance levels at the Cape Town Container Terminal has been noted,” it said.However, it also said that it has “suspended a number of employees at [NCT] for engaging in illegal industrial action” and that “discussions are also being held with labor with a view to normalize port operations”.And according to de Waal, Transnet’s management was due to meet with representatives of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (AgBiz) on Thursday to try and find a solution to the crisis.”We caught the attention of the presidency and a number of cabinet ministers, so as far as political pressure is concerned we’ve done everything we could,” he said. “We’ll hopefully see a positive result soon, [but] if this continues for a very long time we’re going to have a lot of damage.”Chadwick added that the CGA is engaging with Transnet and the port’s custodians to ensure that they understand the urgency of the situation.High citrus volumes in EuropeAside from the port issues, de Waal commented that this campaign has been “a very different year for us than last season”, with generally more challenging market conditions.He said that Spain’s bumper crop of oranges and lemons has led to fruit lingering in the market for longer than normal, with prices overall tending to be lower than last year. But he didn’t expect it would be a bad year.”Until now things have been fine, although we expected Europe to have started clearing by now. I think the success of the South African citrus season is very much going to depend on what happens in the next month,” he said. “If Europe clears of orange and lemons we should have a very good season overall.”Chadwick commented that it seemed as though grapefruit shippers had enjoyed relatively strong market conditions in Europe, amid a significant decline in forecast exports. The grapefruit industry is now expected to export 15.7 million cartons, down from the estimate of 17.1 million.Meanwhile, the lemon forecast is down from 22 million to 21.4 million and Navel oranges are down from 26.9 million to 24.5 million, while the soft citrus estimate remains steady at 18.3 million.The total citrus forecast is down from 137.2 million cartons to 131.7 million. Last year 136 million were packed and passed for export.center_img California: Decision to ban chlorpyrifos based on … California citrus: “A lot of unusual dynamics” in … July 11 , 2019 last_img read more

Air VanuatuairlinesMelbourne

first_imgAir VanuatuairlinesMelbourne Air Vanuatu has announced non-stop flights between Melbourne and Port Vila commencing 18 June 2019. The new route will be the onlydirect connection between Melbourne and Vanuatu.Tickets are now available to book.The airline will operate three direct flights per week between Melbourne and the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila, using the airline’s Boeing 737-800. Onward connections are available to 28 destinations across the country.Derek Nice, Air Vanuatu’s Managing Director and CEO, said he is thrilled to be offering the only direct service between Melbourne and Vanuatu.“The arrival of this new route will be particularly exciting for people living in Melbourne who have already discovered the wonders of Vanuatu and can’t wait to go back. They can travel non-stop, on conveniently timed flights, giving them more time in our island paradise,” said Mr Nice.“Subject to regulatory and government approval, we are also pleased to add code-sharing with Qantas on the new service,” he concluded.When operations commence, Air Vanuatu flight NF7 will depart Melbourne (MEL) at 07.00 (local time) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays arriving in Port Vila at 12.30 (local time), with a flight time of just over 4 hours. The return flight NF8 will depart Port Vila at 16.15 (local time) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Melbourne at 20.15 (local time), with a flight time of just over 5 hours. Flight schedules are subject to change.last_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories “His scheme works, we all trust it and we’re ready to go,”Washington said regarding Horton.Horton was hired in February of 2011, but because of thelockout was not given much time to implement his defensivescheme going into last season. “I’m a lot more confident with the defense. I think a lotof guys are more confident with the defense,” Washingtontold media after the final practice of the offseason. “Nowwe can just play rather than think so much.”The team will now go their separate ways until late Julywhen they regroup in Flagstaff for the start of trainingcamp.“It’s still a progression, obviously. I think OTAs andminicamp gave us a little help in getting to that point oftraining camp,” Washington said. “I think when trainingcamp comes we’ll be a lot more confident.”Washington plans to visit with family during the break andlet his body rest before training camp and another taxingseason. After a strong finish to last season the defensive unithopes to build on that momentum going into training camp,but Washington knows it won’t come without struggles. “It’s going to be a challenging year for us with theoutside linebackers and a lot of new guys but I thinkthey’ll pick it up as we go along with training camp,”said Washington. “Having this time off will definitelyhelp rest the body, so we’ll be fine.”center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Rookie-only minicamp, OTAs and the two-a-day-practiceminicamp are all officially over for the ArizonaCardinals.While most of the focus for the Cardinals this off-seasonhas been on the quarterback battle between Kevin Kolb andJohn Skelton, third-year linebacker Daryl Washington knowsjust how crucial it was for the defense to get its firstfull off-season completed under second-year DefensiveCoordinator Ray Horton. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

LISTEN Steve Keim AZ Cardinals GM

first_imgLISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals GM Keim added that while the offensive line needs to protect Palmer better, starting with left tackle Levi Brown, he thought guard Daryn Colledge, center Lyle Sendlein and right tackle Eric Winston played hard. With Winston in particular, Keim praised how well he battled against Rams defensive end Chris Long, one of the best in the league at his position.“The thing about Eric Winston, not everything he does may be pretty, but he’s a guy that’s just savvy and understands how to get things done,” Keim said.Another standout on offense for the Cardinals was wide receiver Andre Roberts, who had a great day with eight receptions for 97 yards. “(Roberts) made some clutch catches in some contested situations,” Keim said. “It was nice to see him come through (Sunday) and really put it all together.”Other players that Keim felt good about were wide receiver Michael Floyd and running back Rashard Mendenhall, who Keim thinks can be the team’s answer at the position going forward.“I think Rashard Mendenhall with his ability to break tackles, his foot speed and his elusiveness, I think he’ll do some good things for us this year,” Keim said. Though clearly disappointed by his team’s loss, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim thought there were a lot of positives to take away from Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.On Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Show Monday, Keim said that there were plenty of good performances to build on going forward for the Cardinals, namely the play of new quarterback Carson Palmer.“I thought Carson did a nice job and it was nice to see a real NFL quarterback out there spinning the rock,” Keim said, referring to last year’s mess at the position. He wasn’t entirely satisfied with the team’s defensive performance though, pointing to blown coverages and missed tackles and stressing they were going to be working on fixing that before their next game this Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories – / 27 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It looked as if just taking a knee in the end zone for a touchback would have been the prudent play, but Cromartie thought otherwise. “Honestly, I’ve always been told I’ve had a green light. I was just trying to make a play,” he said. “When you look back on it, we got the ball I think at the 40-yard line — I’d rather have it there than the 20 to try to get the offense on the short side of the field.”Foles gave the credit to Cromartie.“(Cromartie) just fell off, and I was a split-second late,” he said. “He made a good play.”The second pick came in the fourth quarter. With the Eagles leading 17-14, Foles couldn’t hook up with receiver Riley Cooper, and once again, Cromartie was there — this time for his 30th career interception.“He threw the ball behind. They weren’t on the same page,” the ninth-year veteran said. “When you have an opportunity like that, you have to make sure you capitalize on the opportunity, and that’s something we did as a whole defense.”The Cardinals were able to capitalize, getting a 28-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro to tie the game at 17-17. Comments   Share   – / 22 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw two interceptions all of last season.He threw that same number Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium — both snared by Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie in Arizona’s 24-20 win.The first came in the second quarter. In a 7-7 tie, the Eagles were driving for what would have been a go-ahead score, but Cromartie picked off the pass intended for rookie Josh Huff in the end zone and weaved through would-be tacklers out to the 38-yard line. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img“So I said, ‘You know what, Mr. B., I’m looking for a raise, actually. I think that I’ve played well, blah blah blah,’” Green recalled. “And he looks at me and he says, ‘Roy, you’re overpaid right now.’”Green said he wanted to laugh at the time but had to keep a straight face because, you know, he was negotiating.“In a few minutes when I got outside the office, man, I was dying — I couldn’t wait to tell the guys what he had told me,” Green recalled.Now 58, Green said there are plenty of fond memories from his time in the NFL and with the Cardinals. On Wednesday, he seemed to enjoy talking about them all.Aside from a Week 17 loss to the Washington Redskins in 1984 that kept the team out of the playoffs, Green said his biggest disappointment is not winning a championship in Arizona.“I love it. I love the way the fans received us when we came here, they gave us everything we needed,” he said. “The support — they’re very, very good to me. I love being in this community. There’s no other place I want to be, and this is the place to be, for sure.”Come Oct. 2, he will never leave. TEMPE, Ariz. — Few sports-related press conferences are filled with as many smiles and as many memories as the one held Wednesday at the Arizona Cardinals’ training facility when Roy Green was formally announced into the team’s Ring of Honor.There were also laughs. Lots of laughs.It was a celebratory occasion, just as it will be at halftime on Oct. 2 when the Cardinals host the Los Angeles Rams. That’s when Green will join 15 other Ring of Honor members at University of Phoenix Stadium. One memory was playing on the team as it made the move from St. Louis to Arizona. Green will be the first player who played for the team in both locales to enter the Ring of Honor.“It’s very special to me to have a lineage there in St. Louis and to be a part of the first National Football League team here in Arizona,” Green said. “To know that as long as football is played here my name is going to be in the rafters there.”Green admitted his youngest granddaughter is a big Larry Fitzgerald fan but even though she wears No. 11 to games, he will be able to point to the rafters and show her that he used to be pretty good, too.Ironically, it is Fitzgerald who erased Green’s name from the top of the Cardinals’ pass-catching record books. As of now Green is second in total receiving yardage as well as touchdown catches. He ranks fourth in career receptions — behind Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Larry Centers — and is third in individual combined yardage behind Fitzgerald and Stump Mitchell.Not bad for a fourth-round pick out of Henderson State who said he wasn’t supposed to be in the NFL.Green told a story about how his college coach had to convince NFL scouts to check him out, calling every team in the league in order to make it happen. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo His coach, apparently, told the scouts that he had a player they needed to see. If he was not good enough, then they would never have to visit the school to scout prospects again.“From that I got my opportunity, thankfully, with the Cardinals,” Green said, noting 2016 Cardinals draft pick Robert Nkemdiche’s comments about Arizona being the right place for him. “I was meant to be here and I felt like that throughout my entire career and I feel like that now.”Green went on to play two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles after leaving the Cardinals, but there is no question about which bird he relates to more.What accomplishment is he most proud of?Being told he was a great teammate tops Green’s list. But he was more than that for the Cardinals, which is why Bidwill said he had been thinking about getting Green’s name into the Ring of Honor for a while.“Look at that Ring of Honor as a special place and you want to put special players in there,” he said. “And you look at Roy’s complete body of work and offense, defense; back in the day when we had a 45-man roster limit, he was our emergency quarterback and also ran the scout team as the quarterback in practice. “And he’s somebody that I grew up around with, my sister is here in the back, she grew up around him. It was before free agency when players were with you for their whole career, virtually,” Bidwill added. “You think about the great competitors, the great people, the great players that we had that you had great confidence that you could throw the ball to them and they’d make a play and that they were giving it their all, and there’s no doubt that Roy Green earned that right to be in the Ring of Honor, and I was excited to share the news with him and it was a great moment that we shared as I shared the news with him.”In less than five months, Green will be the 16th name in a list of players to be enshrined at UofP Stadium. As a member of the Cardinals’ broadcast team, he will have ample chances to see his name in the rafters, and every fan who enters the building after Week 4 will have an opportunity to learn more about one of the franchise’s best players.But for all the things Green was good at, there was apparently one thing he was not: negotiating.For six years of his career, Green was his own agent and once as his contract was running out, he went to speak with Bill Bidwill about not playing out his option and instead signing a new contract. Comments   Share   Roy Green (left) and Michael Bidwill share a laugh during a press conference to announce Green will be inducted into the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor on Oct. 2. Top Stories On Wednesday, Green and team president Michael Bidwill reminisced about the latter’s time as a Cardinals ball boy and Green’s fondness for his teammates, including Arizona Sports 98.7 FM personality Ron Wolfley.But center to it all was Green, who in 12 seasons with the St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals caught 522 passes for 8,496 yards and 66 touchdowns. He added another 1,932 yards and one touchdown as a kick returner and intercepted four passes.There’s a reason he’s going into the Ring of Honor, though the news came as a surprise to Green.“I found out a few weeks ago, had no idea what was going on,” said Green, who now works on the Cardinals’ broadcast team. “All I knew was I was called up to the offices, and in my experience that’s always been a bad thing. So all these thoughts were going through my head, and I got up and Michael and I, we visited for a moment, talked about a couple of things, and he told me the plan, that I was going into the Ring of Honor.“I was overwhelmed, first and foremost, had no idea it was happening.”Green said he felt “like a baby” at that point as moments from his career flashed before his eyes. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img 2 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That, in turn, leads to this:Biggest worry: Field mentioned it, but Palmer turns 38 in December and the Cardinals still don’t have his presumed replacement on the roster. Every hit Palmer takes could be his last, and he took a beating in 2016, getting sacked 40 times and hit countless others. The Cardinals’ decision-making team should be worried sick about the future of the QB position in the short and long term. — Louis RiddickMost of the pre-draft conversation surrounded the idea of finding the quarterback of the future, with GM Steve Keim going so far as to say he is always thinking about finding that guy. They did not choose one in the draft, however, as three passers were chosen ahead of their No. 13 overall pick.On the bright side, though:What could change for the better: The longer-term coaching outlook could improve if Bruce Arians’ health issues subside. It has been speculated in the league and media over the past couple seasons that Arians might be forced to walk away, but what if that is not the case? At age 64, there is still a chance Arians could provide some solid seasons if his health stabilizes. — Mike SandoOne of the most successful coaches in franchise history, Arians in 2016 dealt with a couple of health-related issues, with diverticulitis during training camp and then chest pains following a loss during the season, but whenever asked about his future the fifth-year coach maintained he has no plans on calling it quits anytime soon. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians calls out from sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) However, according to the latest edition of ESPN’s future power rankings, that’s exactly what is going to happen.The annual piece gauges the thoughts of a panel that includes Louis Riddick, Mike Sando and Field Yates, with the goal being to rank the teams in terms of how they will fare over the next three seasons. Roster, quarterback, draft, front office and coaching all factor into it, with each being weighted differently in making up the final score.According to the panel, add it all up and the Cardinals come in at No. 22 overall.Broken down, the Cardinals are tied for 10th in front office and 13th in roster, but sit 18th for draft, are tied for 24th in coaching and are a pretty dismal 28th in quarterback.Why they’re here: It seems at least plausible that the Cardinals could undergo a major shift following the 2017 season. Carson Palmer will be a free agent and there’s no succession plan presently in place. Larry Fitzgerald also enters the final year of his contract. Their importance to the franchise — Fitzgerald is perhaps the greatest player in its history — cannot be overlooked. — Field YatesOutside of the fact that Palmer’s contract runs through the 2018 season, the idea that both QB and receiver could be entering their final season in the desert is well understood. The Cardinals have some talented receivers on the roster but none that could replace Fitzgerald, and unless Blaine Gabbert develops into a franchise QB, don’t really have someone to take over for Palmer, either. Top Stories Though the prognosis for the Cardinals appears bleak, some consolation may be found in two of the team’s NFC West rivals — the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers — are ranked below them, at 28 and 30, respectively.The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, are second.For those wondering, the Cardinals were ranked sixth in last year’s future power rankings after coming in at 26 the previous season. Last week, John Clayton proposed that 2017 will be the final season of the Cardinals’ Super Bowl window.He might be right, of course, with QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald both nearing retirement and other key players’ contract situations needing to be resolved.But unless you are the New England Patriots, nothing in the NFL is certain from year to year, so to say the Cardinals will undoubtedly slink back to mediocrity following this season or, perhaps, are already there, might be a bit premature. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img(AP photos) 1 Comments   Share   “The running game goes as he goes,” Martin said.As a team, the Eagles attacked the Chargers for 214 yards on the ground.Dating back to last season, the Cardinals have held each of their last six opponents under 100 rushing yards. In addition, they have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 17 straight games. Both marks represent the longest active streaks in the NFL.“No edge, no chance is what we like to say,” Martin said. “If we don’t seal off the edge, Chandler and everybody, then he’s going to run all day. That’s something we take week-in and week-out is setting that edge so that we can get the ball back to our interior guys so ‘Los (Dansby) and those guys can play free because when you make that short edge, it’s just make for tackles for losses and makes defense a lot easier.” Top Stories Reddick, too, will see some time at outside linebacker. The question is how much time.“That’s up to the coaches,” he said this week. “I was asked to help out there, which I’m willing to do but how much I play and how often I’m there that I don’t know.”The Cardinals drafted Reddick, the 13th overall pick, to play inside because of the ability, including dropping into coverage. But it was outside, as a defensive end, where he excelled at Temple.The plan was to bring Reddick along slowly, to have him learn from starters Deone Bucannon and Karlos Dansby. That plan, however, changed when Bucannon underwent offseason ankle surgery, costing him nearly all of training camp and the first three games of the season.Now that Bucannon is healthy, and obviously the need with Golden sidelined, the Cardinals will use Reddick some at outside linebacker, while still having some packages for him inside the box.“It’s part of the job,” Reddick said, admitting he’ll be doing a lot of learning on the fly. “This is the task that I was handed with this week, and it’s my job to be able to know everything and what I have to do come Sunday. Rushing the passer will always be the same. There’s some differences but nothing that’s too different. It was Martin who replaced Golden after Golden hurt his right knee in the fourth quarter against San Francisco. Golden has since been put on injured reserve with a torn ACL.“I’m ready for that opportunity to showcase what I can do,” said Martin, who has been known more for his special teams prowess. “This type of opportunity, it doesn’t come around often and so I got to take advantage of it, grasp it and make the most of it.”Already the Cardinals have seen Martin take hold of an opportunity. Back in training camp and the preseason, he won the No. 3 outside linebacker competition, putting him in position to spell Golden or Chandler Jones when needed.Now Martin is needed.At 6-foot-6 and 272 pounds, Martin certainly has the size to be successful. More importantly, he’s grown into the position after being drafted — third round (84th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft — out of college as a defensive end.“Stronger, being a standing-up player now for a couple more years than he was,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “When he first got here, he always had his hand in the dirt. That’s hard to do. But, he’s getting more physical.”So, while Martin possesses the size, rookie Haason Reddick possesses the speed. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “We’ll have to see what J.B. (defensive coordinator James Bettcher) comes up with, what creative packages he comes up with for this weekend. How everything works out.”Bettcher wouldn’t get into specifics about his plans for Reddick, and really, what coordinator is going to reveal the game plan just days away from kickoff? He did, though, express confidence in Reddick, who unlike Martin, stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 235 pounds.“Robert Mathis (former Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker) was — I had him on the scale one time it was like 212 pounds. He’d probably wrestle with me if he knew I told somebody that but that’s what he really was. He was 212 on the scale in season but no one could block him and he could power and bowl anyone,” said Bettcher, who was Mathis’ position coach in 2012. “(The size) doesn’t matter. When you got speed and you have power, you can rush on the edge. And it’s just learning how to use the speed and how to use the power will be the next thing for (Reddick).”Both Martin and Reddick will be tested Sunday in Philadelphia.Not only do the Eagles have a quarterback in Carson Wentz who can be difficult to contain within the pocket, they also have a running back, LeGarrette Blount, who last week against the Los Angeles Chargers rushed for a season-high 136 yards on just 16 attempts. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – Once again, the Arizona Cardinals are asking someone to step up their game in the absence of an injured starter. And much like with the loss of running back David Johnson, it’s likely going to take more than a single player to replace the production of outside linebacker Markus Golden, who led the team in sacks last season.To begin with, Kareem Martin will move from his backup role to that of starter. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img“I’m sure he was calling to (explicit) with me,” said GM Steve Keim after missing a phone call from Cleveland.Related LinksKeim: Cardinals got ‘5th-best player’ when drafting Byron MurphyRookies feel the Kyler Murray buzz at Cardinals mini-campLike Kyler Murray, Cardinals’ Andy Isabella is an undersized underdog“You told me to go dark, was I dark enough?” Keim said to Dorsey when he called the Browns GM back. “You joking? You trying to reach me at a fragile moment? Holler at me if anything comes up.”This isn’t exclusively a Keim and Dorsey thing.Apparently, Dorsey has a habit of ringing the GMs he knows well during the draft.The Indianapolis Colts’ draft-day look-in also includes their general manager, Chris Ballard, taking a meaningless phone call from Dorsey.“I’m working,” Ballard said while on the clock, slamming the phone down and laughing about hanging up on Dorsey.“John’s like a brother,” the Colts GM explained in a post-draft interview. “Every year during draft day, when we get on the pick I always get this call from Dorsey. I always know if it’s on the pick that … he’s joking and trying to get me riled up in the middle of making a decision.”Dorsey helped Cleveland turn things around last year, yet it was Ballard who earned the NFL Executive of the Year award. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 1 Comments   Share   For his draft-day efforting in fun, we think Dorsey deserves more consideration for such honors. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories It’s always fun to see the guts of an NFL Draft war room.In-house media teams have given us quite the insight into the biggest moments of the most exciting three days of the offseason. While watching players learn of their pro destinations tug at our hearts and off-the-cuff trade calls allow fans to witness the drama, mini-documentaries have also showed the lighter side of NFL executives.Namely, the pranks.On the latest episode of Cardinals Flight Plan, the Arizona Cardinals kicked off the picking, but they didn’t select Kyler Murray No. 1 before receiving a very unimportant phone call from Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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