Agents & Brokers Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Processing RE/MAX Service Providers 2012-02-16 Ryan Schuette in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Home sales climbed 3.4 percent year-over-year in January, hitting a stride for the seventh consecutive month, according to “”RE/MAX””:http://www.remax.com/.[IMAGE]The real estate company released a National Housing Report that shows a sudden sales jump by yearend 2011, with homes for sale down 19.3 percent month-over-month.””This positive start to the year will hopefully set the tone for a continuing housing recovery that’s drawing home [COLUMN_BREAK]buyers with low interest rates and low prices,”” RE/MAX CEO “”Margaret Kelly””:http://www.remax.com/national-corp/biographies/margaret_kelly.aspx said in a statement. “”If sales continue ahead of last year’s pace and inventory does not increase significantly, we could start to see increasing home prices this year,”” she added.The company attributed falling inventory numbers to a shortfall in foreclosed properties, with home prices declining by 0.8 percent in 53 metropolitan areas.Home prices leapt forward in 15 metro areas year-over-year, with figures increasing by 23.8 percent in Miami; 15.8 percent in Orlando; 9 percent in Phoenix; 5.5 percent in Little Rock; and 5.1 percent in Miami.Twenty metro areas went up by double digits in 2011, with sales on the rise in 36, including Albuquerque, up by 33.9 percent; Atlanta, by 26.3 percent; Chicago, by 15.3 percent; Indianapolis, by 19.6 percent; Rhode Island, by 19.6 percent; and Wilmington, by 33.2 percent.Total home inventory fell 4.2 percent month-over-month in January and 24.1 percent year-over-year, while homes sold in January averaged 103 days on market, five days higher than a 98-day average in December. Home Sales Rise 3.4% in January: RE/MAX February 16, 2012 450 Views
Demand Home Prices Home Sellers Homebuyers Housing Affordability Redfin 2014-07-09 Tory Barringer Homebuyers, Sellers Struggling to Adapt to Market Changes in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Share July 9, 2014 579 Views As the housing recovery downshifts from last year’s pace, the latest survey of real estate agents by national brokerage Redfin finds homebuyers and sellers are having trouble getting on the same page with each other and with the new shape of the market.Examining a number of markets nationwide, Redfin’s quarterly survey showed house sellers continue to lose their market advantage, with only 24 percent of agents agreeing with the statement “Sellers have all the power.” In the first quarter, that share was above one-third of agents.Most sellers don’t seem to have gotten the memo, though, with 40 percent still planning to list their homes above market value even as sales figures continue to fall compared to last year and home price increases level off.”Typically it takes seller six to nine months to adjust to a price change, but this latest shift is longer,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “Prices have moved down and then up so much over the past five years that it’s even more difficult for sellers to have a realistic baseline for what their homes are worth in the current market.”Redfin cautioned sellers against overpricing homes in May, especially as shoppers regain leverage in the market. In fact, 58 percent of Redfin agents now say sellers have unrealistic expectations about the value of their homes compared to 49 percent last year.While slowly improving inventory levels may still push some buyers into more aggressive offers, as Richardson explains, “The demand side of real estate is moving from ‘please take my offer’ to ‘take it or leave it as you please.'”Meanwhile, homebuyers appear to have traded one set of problems—low inventory and economic uncertainty—for another: affordability and financing challenges.According to survey responses, the greatest hurdle for buyers today is declining affordability, with 43 percent of agents citing that as a common challenge. Also commonly cited were problems saving for a down payment (18 percent) and difficulty and getting a mortgage (16 percent).Given these concerns, 40 percent of Redfin agents surveyed in the second quarter said now is a good time to buy a home, down from 46 percent during last year’s spring.
Both Goldman Sachs and Citigroup reported strong first quarters though revenues were down for Citi compared to this time last year, according to statements released by the companies Thursday.Goldman reported its highest net revenues in four years, $10.62 billion, with net earnings of $2.84 billion for Q1. The earnings were driven by strong showings in the firm’s institutional client services and investment banking sectors, which produced $5.46 billion and $1.91 billion in revenues, respectively. Client services were 23 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2014 and 73 percent higher than in the fourth quarter. Investment banking was up 7 percent compared to Q1 of 2014 and 32 percent compared to Q4, the firm announced.Fixed income, currency and commodities client execution also showed impressive gains, pulling in $3.13 billion in net revenues for Q1‒‒10 percent higher than Q1 2014. This, according to the firm, was mainly due to higher net revenues in currencies and interest rate products, partially offset by significantly lower net revenues in credit products, commodities, and mortgages, Goldman announced.Goldman also ranked first in worldwide mergers and acquisitions and for worldwide equity and equity-related offerings and common stock offerings, year-to-date, according to its statement.Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein said he was pleased with the fact that “all of our major businesses contributed” to the strong first quarter. “Given more normalized markets and higher levels of client activity, we remain encouraged about the prospects for continued growth,” he said.Citigroup reported a Q1 net income of $4.8 billion, up from $3.9 billion compared to a year ago. The bank’s 2015 revenues ($19.7 billion), however, were down compared to the first quarter of 2014, when they were $20.2 billion.Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup, said the announced sale of OneMain, the largest business remaining in Citi Holdings and which the bank sold to Springleaf Holdings for $4.25 billion in March, helped make for a profitable quarter.”We had a strong quarter overall, particularly in executing against our top strategic priorities,” Corbat said, adding that the bank grew loans and deposits in its core businesses and tightly managed its expenses.Citigroup’s operating expenses were $10.9 billion in Q1, 10 percent lower than they were a year earlier. This, according to the bank, was due to lower legal expenses and repositioning costs, as well as the impact of foreign exchange translation. in Data, Featured, News Bank Profits Citi Earnings Statements Goldman Sachs 2015-04-16 Seth Welborn April 16, 2015 510 Views Goldman Sachs, Citigroup Report Strong First Quarters Share
Five Star Government Forum Government Servicing 2016-03-28 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing Leaders from both servicing and government will join together for on Thursday, March 31, for the 7th Annual Five Star Government Forum at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to explore the effect that rules of regulation that originates in Washington, D.C. are having on the mortgage servicing industry and homeowners.The theme of the 7th Annual Five Star Government Forum, an exclusive day-long event, is “Finding Common Ground.” Participants in the Forum will engage in honest and open dialogue about the most pressing issues in the mortgage industry and the challenges that servicers and the entire housing economy are facing.Keynote speakers at the event include Edward R. Golding, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD, and the Hon. Theodore M. Tozer, President, Ginnie Mae. The panels will include representatives from government agencies such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD, Treasury, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as representatives from Wells Fargo, Equifax, Nationstar, Seneca Mortgage Servicing, Ten-X, Deloitte, Redfin, and many more.Morning panel topics will include “Changing of the Guard,” in which panelists discuss how the presidential election will shape housing policy and “Meeting in the Middle,” in which regulators and the industry discuss strategies to better work together for American homeowners. For the afternoon, discussion topics will be priorities for the single-family housing market; the economics of housing; and challenges to the community.Click here to register.Thought Leadership Forum—March 30 to April 3The 2016 Thought Leadership Forum will be from Wednesday, March 30, until Sunday, April 3, in Cabo San Lucas. The Thought Leadership Forum is an exclusive, four-day team-building event designed to bring together key executives from the mortgage industry to discuss issues that are pertinent to mortgage origination, servicing, and default. And unlike other mortgage industry events, this is a spouse-friendly event.Click here to register for the Thought Leadership Forum.What Else is Happening This Week?Monday, March 28Pending Home Sales for February 2016 from the National Association of Realtors. Buyers signed 2.5 percent fewer contracts in January to buy existing homes compared to December, largely due to tight inventory and high prices.Tuesday, March 29S&P Case-Shiller Index for January 2016. The index rose by 5.7 percent in December.Ten-X Nowcast for March 2016 will offer predictions on existing-home sales and prices for March.Friday, April 1March employment summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With 242,000 jobs added, February rebounded from January’s disappointment. March 28, 2016 609 Views The Week Ahead: Government, Servicing Leaders Pave Regulatory Path Share
First-Lien Mortgages Mortgage Performance Office of the Comptroller of the Currency 2016-03-30 Staff Writer March 30, 2016 583 Views As overall first-lien mortgage performance improves with more borrowers maintaining their monthly payments, the need for other loss mitigation actions is dissipating.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Mortgage Metrics Report for the fourth quarter of 2015 found that eight reporting banks ( (Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, CIT Bank (formerly OneWest), Citibank, HSBC, PNC, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo) serviced approximately 21.5 million first-lien mortgage loans with $3.7 trillion in unpaid principal balances (UPB) as of December 31, 2015. The UPB was 41 percent of all first-lien residential mortgage debt outstanding in the U.S.According to the data, overall performance of mortgages that were current and performing at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015 was 94.1 percent, up from 93.2 percent a year earlier and 93.9 percent the previous quarter.With mortgage payment performance continuing its upward path, foreclosure activity has steadily declined since the end of 2013. Foreclosure activity fell 15.9 percent since the end of 2014. A total of 63,387 new foreclosures were initiated by reporting servicers during the fourth quarter of 2015, down from 75,395 a year earlier.The OCC’s report also found that as mortgage performance improves, the need for other loss mitigation actions has also declined. Servicers implemented 35,118 mortgage modifications in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with 47,561 mortgage modifications the previous year. According to the data, 87 percent of the modifications lowered monthly payments for borrowers.For some time there have been questions surrounding how servicers can protect the lien rights of their investors with regard to the lien position of Homeowner Association properties, but there are ways to avoid this conflict.The problem stems from the various lienholders of a property residing in one of these communities, according to a whitepaper released by LRES on Wednesday.When an HOA forecloses on a property for unpaid association fees, the servicer faces significant risk of increased loss and even of losing its investor’s stake in the property, the report said. “Since no investor would consider this acceptable, servicers are left in need of a better method of managing the HOA lien process,” LRES stated.“Homeowner associations are very important to the housing industry as a whole, which is why it is extremely important for servicers to have a good understanding of the risks to be mitigated and the requirements for doing so,” said Roger Beane, LRES founder and CEO.Click here to view the full report. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Origination, Servicing Mortgage Scales Tip Toward Performing Share
The Week Ahead: Spotlight on AI in Lending January 18, 2019 920 Views AI AI Foundry Citizens Bank flagstar bank TD Bank technology webinar 2019-01-18 Radhika Ojha For all those who want to learn more about how artificial intelligence (AI) is shaping the mortgage industry, tune in to MReport’s webinar, “Intelligent Lending: The Rise of AI” presented by AI Foundry on Thursday, January 24, between noon and 1 p.m.The webinar will focus on how AI is helping lenders achieve a high-tech high-touch environment for their customers. At this webinar, subject matter experts will explore the use of AI in enhancing customer experience, applying it to streamlining costs and turnaround time, and future trends for this technology in the mortgage industry.With an introduction to the topic by Steve Butler, Founder and President, AI Foundry, the panel includes, Rick Bechtel, EVP, Head of U.S. Mortgage Banking, TD Bank, Robert Bush, SVP Senior Strategy Manager, Citizens Bank, Moderated by Peter Piela, Head of Solution Development, AI Foundry, and Rocky Stubbs, Head of Consumer Direct and Digital Mortgage Lending, Flagstar Bank.With real-life case-studies and insights into the way AI is already being used by the financial services industry, the webinar will give mortgage lenders insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by AI and how best they can adapt it into their practice.Click here to register for the webinar.Here’s what else is in store in the week ahead:First American Potential Home Sales Report, Monday, 10 a.m. ESTNAR Existing Home Sales, Tuesday, 10 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Apps, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTFHFA Home Price Index, Wednesday 10 a.m. ESTFreddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Report, Thursday 10 a.m. EST in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share Share
CFPB: Service Members Prefer VA Loans March 1, 2019 971 Views Mortgages service members The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau VA Loans veterans 2019-03-01 Staff Writer The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released it’s latest quarterly consumer credit trends report on Friday, which focused on mortgages made to first-time homebuying service members. The data for the report came from the Bureau’s Consumer Credit Panel (CCP) providing a unique look at the mortgage choices and outcomes between 2006 and 2016. Overall, the report showed that service members chose more VA mortgages than conventional mortgages, and the increase was equal among those with prime or nonprime credit scores.When buying a house, service members have the option of taking out a home loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), or a conventional loan which is regulated by a different government agency, such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The two differ in many ways such as VA home loans allow a purchase with no down payment and without mortgage insurance and may provide unique loan-servicing protections. The report indicated that first-time homebuying service members using VA mortgages dramatically increased from 30 percent before 2007 to 63 percent in 2009. Among non-service member first-time homebuyers there was an equal increase in the use of FHA and USDA mortgages. However, non-service members’ reliance on FHA/USDA mortgages declined after 2009, while service members’ reliance on VA loans continued to increase up to 78 percent by 2016. Part of the reason for the shift towards VA loans was due to a widespread shift away from conventional to government-guaranteed mortgages between 2006 and 2009 for both servicemembers and non-service members. Conventional mortgages were about 60 percent of loans with first-time homebuying service members in 2006 and 2007, but declined to 13 percent by 2016, while with non-service members it fell from almost 90 percent before 2008 to 41 percent in 2009, and the combined share of FHA and USDA mortgages increased accordingly.Read the full report here in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Uncategorized Share
Black Knight Company News Fidelity National Finance 2019-03-29 David Wharton March 29, 2019 855 Views Fidelity National Financial Closing Experience Leverages Black Knight Tech Share in Headlines, journal, News, Technology Florida-based Fidelity National Financial (FNF) announced the launch of a comprehensive digital closing experience for consumers closing in its title operations. Developed in partnership with Black Knight, Inc., this new closing experience supports both hybrid and fully digital closing options and is tightly integrated with FNF’s title production systems. Designed to digitally engage homebuyers and sellers in the process well in advance of the closing signature ceremony, the experience brings increased transparency, flexibility, and convenience to the final steps of real estate transactions.“Today’s homebuyers and sellers have come to expect a digital experience that increases the transparency and convenience of the transaction,” said Jason Nadeau, Chief Digital Officer for Fidelity National Financial. “At FNF, we understand this. That’s why we’re committed to creating a totally redesigned real estate experience for the consumer. We’re also making sure our vast network of partners has access to the tools they need to compete effectively in an increasingly digital world.”In partnership with Black Knight and leveraging the company’s Expedite Close technology, FNF created a digital closing experience that is tailored to meet the very specific needs of the settlement community. FNF’s platform is based upon tight integrations with title production and workflow solutions, and optimized for ease of use and maximum adoption. Additionally, consumers are provided with greater visibility and transparency into their documents prior to the actual closing. Integrated eSignature technology allows for many documents to be signed in advance of the closing itself and—in jurisdictions where it is permitted—remote online notarization capabilities ensure sellers and buyers can close on a real estate transaction when and where it best suits their schedules.“We’re honored to have collaborated with FNF in developing a new closing experience,” said Black Knight President Joe Nackashi. “Black Knight is committed to our clients’ success, and we wholeheartedly support FNF’s mission to redefine the experience for the millions of consumers they work with annually.”While the digital closing platform is loan origination system (LOS) agnostic, it is currently integrated with Black Knight’s suite of solutions. FNF’s title operations will begin leveraging the digital closing platform in Q2 2019.
Guild Mortgage Gets Fannie Mae STAR Recognition Share April 11, 2019 1,526 Views in Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Fannie Mae Guild Mortgage mortgage Servicing STAR 2019-04-11 Radhika Ojha San Diego, California-headquartered Guild Mortgage has earned a Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards (STAR) Performer recognition from Fannie Mae for 2018.Initiated in 2011, the STAR Program is a performance management and recognition program designed to define industry standards and leading practices. It seeks to understand and communicate best practices across the servicing community, provide a consistent methodology for measuring servicer performance, and identify and recognize Fannie Mae’s highest-performing servicers.Guild Mortgage received recognition for General Servicing for the 2018 STAR Program year, earning the distinction for the second consecutive year.“At Guild, we strive to provide our customers with personal relationships, open communication and guidance long after the loan closes,” said Mary Ann McGarry, President and CEO. “The growth of our servicing business at record rates is a testament to this commitment. Everyone at Guild can be proud that we have again been honored as one of Fannie Mae’s top servicers.”Guild set company records with $45.69 billion in servicing volume and 221,244 loans serviced in 2018, up 18.5% from $38.55 billion and 190,672 loans serviced in 2017. Guild’s total loan volume reached a record $16.53 billion for the year, up 3.7% from $15.94 billion in 2017. That total eclipsed the company’s previous record of $15.97 billion in total volume achieved in 2016.“Our relationship with Fannie Mae is critical to the work we do in that it allows us to help more people find the right loan and purchase the home they want,” said Jim Madsen, EVP, loan administration at Guild. “When people have a loan with us, we make sure they have the support they need throughout the life of the loan, even as things change. We are grateful to be recognized by Fannie Mae for our work in this area.”
May 06 , 2019 Argentina: Table grape exports from key region ‘lo … Argentine apple and pear exports suffer 15% price … Pears in Charts: Recent pricing pushed below previ … Argentina’s lemon export campaign has been delayed by around a month due to rains in the Tucumán area, according to an industry representative.However, Jossé Carbonell, president of Federcitrus, told PortalFruticola.com that the delays could be beneficial for exporters are they are likely to enter into markets with lower supply levels.”We have had a very intense rainy season in the Tucumán area that has delayed us greatly. We are one month behind due to the water, and it has affected not only citrus, but all of the harvests around this time,” he said.Although normally there would be significant volumes of lemons being exported around this time, Carbonell noted that Spain and Turkey still had heavy supplies in Northern Hemisphere markets. “Having cleaner markets [when our fruit arrives], could mean there is more demand for our fruit and better prices,” he said. “We should already be in the middle of our exports to Russia and the U.S. and we’re only just starting.”Export volumes are expected to be similar to last year, with a greater proportion going to the U.S. and a smaller one going to Europe, due to the large Spanish volumes.Carbonell is also concerned about the weather forecasts over the coming months, saying that could pose a challenge for the fruit industry.”It worries us that there are announcements of quite a had winter for the whole Southern Hemisphere, … very cold weather is going to affect the fruit and the production of the coming year,” he said. You might also be interested in Argentina to send increased blueberry volumes in s …
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Tourism Authority of Thailandtourism organisations The Tourism Authority of Thailand has unveiled its new marketing concept – Open to the New Shades of Thailand – this week at the World Travel Market 2017 (WTM) in London. The campaign is aimed at a range of markets including luxury travellers, weddings and honeymoons, female travellers, families and Gen Y.TAT says the WTM was the perfect platform to launch the new campaign, which reflects another kind of “Thainess” –the unique characteristic of the Thai people – to welcome visitors of all “shades” from all around the world. The United Kingdom is Thailand’s second most important European market, and many British people know Thailand intimately. From January to September 2017, Thailand welcomed 723,438 visitors from UK. Projected total arrivals from the UK are 990,000.The Thai pavilion at the WTM has been elegantly designed to reflect the new campaign, featuring superb handicrafts specially designed by the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT). These include Ko Kret pottery, Benjarong and Sukhothai silverware. This year, the Thai pavilion has a total of 35 exhibitors, including 29 Thai hotels, four tour operators, an airline and one other tourism-related agency. A number of other Thai exhibitors, including Bangkok Airways and the Sports Authority of Thailand, will be participating via independent pavilions. Now in its 37th year, the WTM 2017 London kicked off on Monday 6 November, and is expected to attract almost 5,000 exhibiting destinations, technology and private sector companies who will network with 51,000 travel professionals, key industry buyers, journalists, digital influencers, students and tourism ministers.
Although they are often ignored until they allow a sack or are called for holding, the offensive line consists of some of the most important players on a football team.Profootballfocus.com took a look at offensive tackles and rated them based upon their pass blocking efficiency in an attempt to discover the best and worst tackles in the National Football League last year.In order to determine this, profootballfocus.com used a formula that included sacks, hits and hurries. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Arizona Cardinals had mixed results as some players fared really well while others fared about as well as the team did last season.The Cardinals had one player rank in the top 10 in pass blocking efficiency, but they did have two players in the bottom 15 and one in the bottom two.Starting with the good news, right tackle Jeremy Bridges ranked as the eighth best right tackle in the league last season. Also on the right side of the Cardinals offensive line was right tackle Brandon Keith, who participated in 56 more pass-blocking snaps than Bridges.Although Keith was in on more plays, he was not the better protector as he was the eleventh worst right tackle in the NFL a year ago in terms of pass blocking.Left tackle Levi Brown also made the list and not for anything positive or noteworthy.If it were not for the Chargers’ Brandyn Dombrowski, Brown would have been the worst left tackle in the league last season.Instead, Brown ranked second.The Cardinals do need a quarterback in 2011, but having two tackles that cannot protect the quarterback will make it hard for them to win no matter who they are able to acquire.
Rumors of the Arizona Cardinals sending Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia in exchange for Kevin Kolb seem to have a shelf life longer than a Twinkie thanks to the lockout, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re accurate.Just a day after the rumors re-emerged, one national NFL insider is saying that draft picks — and not a player — will likely be what is dealt for Kolb. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Adam Schefter in the HERD: The Cardinals could get Kevin Kolb, but more likely done with a package of picks instead of a player.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyColin CowherdHerdOnESPNRadio When ESPN’s Adam Schefter speaks we tend to listen. He has his finger on the pulse of the NFL and the idea of the Eagles wanting multiple picks over a cornerback who struggled to make a tackles in 2010 seems to make sense.Then again, Schefter does hedge his bet in the quote by saying likely and nothing during the entire Cardinals quarterback saga and lockout has seemed to follow logic. Luckily it seems like the team, and the rest of us who have followed it, will have their answer as soon as Monday. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away As the Arizona Cardinals head into their final preseason game, they do so with a few position battles still yet unresolved. We are looking at what is left to be determined, including the tackle spots.Camp began with the offensive line being mostly set, with the Cardinals only needing to fill the right tackle spot. However Levi Brown tore the triceps in his right arm during the preseason, leaving the team scrambling to fill both tackle positions. Top Stories Jeremy BridgesThe veteran Bridges began training camp as the starting right tackle, and it’s possible Brown’s injury may slide him to the other side. Bridges has not received as much playing time in preseason because, as head coach Ken Whisenhunt has said, the team knows what he can do, and as it is that may be better than the other options.Bobby MassieA fourth-round pick out of Ole Miss, it was hoped Massie would eventually take over the right tackle position when he was ready, not out of necessity.However, the 23-year-old may be pressed into duty due to injuries along the line, and he’s getting a test run as a starter in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Broncos. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A three-year starter for the Tar Heels, Martin left Chapel Hill with 45.5 tackles for a loss, 19.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.The 2013 All-ACC first teamer closed his career with a tremendous senior campaign, recording a career-high 11.5 sacks — good for third-best in the conference.Martin becomes the second Tar Heel taken by the Cardinals in as many years, joining last year’s No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Cooper.“He was a great offensive lineman,” Martin said of Cooper. “I got the best of him a few times, but he’s just so technically-sound that he was hard to beat on a consistent basis.” The Arizona Cardinals addressed needs at safety and tight end with their first two selections in the 2014 NFL Draft, and they decided to fill another in the third round Friday.With the No. 84 pick, the Cardinals snagged defensive end Kareem Martin out of North Carolina. Though with Arizona, he may be asked to play the Will linebacker.“For us, the Will linebacker is really a defensive end,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. “The Sam, you’re just standing up and setting the edge of the defense, which he has good enough strength to do. I think he’s more comfortable with his hand in the dirt, but we’ll see how that goes.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories – / 22 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Good offensive football provides a team with hope. Bad offensive football breeds despair, and despair is not conducive to fighting off 330-pound butt-guts. Acceptable, as a football player? Never. Understandable, as a human being? Yes. Thank you, Mr. Pope. – / 50 Comments Share And this was the undoing of the Arizona Cardinals. Their rush defense, something that had been their strength all season, suddenly collapsed in December. The Seattle Seahawks won the #1 seed in the NFC and the division by rushing for 267 yards; the San Francisco 49ers followed that game by running over the Cards for 206 yards; and the Carolina Panthers rushed for 188 yards in their Wild Card victory over Big Red. I believed coming into this season that the Cards rush defense was a fulcrum to the entire season. I believed if the Cards could remain a top-10 rush defense, they would be a better defense despite losing Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington — because of the addition of Antonio Cromartie. They were a better defense this year but…not in December…and not on Saturday in Charlotte. And the carnage was evident.The question is why? This is something I’m having a hard time determining.It’s not like the rash of injuries they had suffered early in the season were perpetuated. The Cards actually started to get healthier on defense heading into December. Matt Shaughnessy — Grand Master, Guru of the edge and setting the edge — came back, Honey Badger was back (with a cast), and it seemed like things were only going to get better on defense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Hope is a powerful emotion. Many incredible things have been accomplished and endured simply because a human being had the unmitigated temerity to hope. But, unfortunately, hope is not something you choose to do consciously; hope lives in the soul because “hope springs eternal,” does it not? Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never is, but always to be blessed: The soul, uneasy and confined from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come. – Alexander PopeAlexander Pope may have the answer as to why the Cards defense suddenly stumbled down the stretch. The subconscious is where the Cards may have lost hope and, by so doing, doomed their season. Tyrann Mathieu said the defense relaxed, lost their edge and suffered because of it. Lorenzo Alexander concurred and said if you watched the film you would say, “he’s right.” Although this is completely unacceptable, the fact remains: you can’t tell a human being how to feel about something; they either feel a certain way about something or not. And having difficulty at the quarterback position severely limited the Cards offense, which in turn made it very difficult to score points and not being able to score points fills a football team with despair. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires If you want to know what happens when you leave a group of boys on an island without adult supervision, read Lord of the Flies — William Golding, 1954. If you want to know what happens to a playoff team whose strength becomes their weakness, read the NFL stat sheet of the Carolina Panthers game. What happens to an entity when its strength becomes its weakness? It creates an atmosphere of chaos. Chaos is not conducive to winning football games. Consistency in execution is conducive to winning football games and that consistency — wherever it manifests itself — becomes your identity. What happens to a person that loses his identity? Many times they become unstable, volatile.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling New York Jets running back Chris Johnson warms up before an NFL football game between the Jets and the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Comments Share Tuesday, the Cardinals are reportedly ready to pounce.According to Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN, Arizona has made an offer to former Tennessee Titans and New York Jets RB Chris Johnson.The Cardinals are pursuing RB Chris Johnson. They have offered him a 1 year deal per sources. Stay tuned to see if he says yes. #Cardinals— Dianna Marie Russini (@diannaESPN) August 11, 2015Although Johnson himself might be a bit wary of the offer and the Cardinals’ roster situation.I’m told Johnson’s hesitation is making sure he goes into a situation that will allow him to make the team #Cardinals— Dianna Marie Russini (@diannaESPN) August 11, 2015 Top Stories …with Ellington & Johnson that might not be the case in Arizona. He is in the best shape of his life.— Dianna Marie Russini (@diannaESPN) August 11, 2015Johnson, 29, played last season with the Jets, gaining 663 yards on 155 carries. It was the first time in his seven-year career that Johnson hasn’t run for 1,000 or more yards.In 2009 with Tennessee, Johnson led the league with 2,006 yards on 358 carries, becoming just the sixth player in NFL history to eclipse the 2,000-yard plateau. Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson became the seventh by running for 2,097 in 2012. Monday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians voiced displeasure with the team’s running back position through the first 10 days of camp. A combination of hamstring injuries to Andre Ellington, David Johnson and Marion Grice and some shoddy ball security over the weekend led Arians to say that the Cardinals might be in the market for another back.“I am not pleased we are missing so much time with the top two guys and we may be looking to bring somebody in,” Arians told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
“A lot of people had a part in the development of me as a person and a player,” Wilson told Doug and Wolf Thursday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “This award speaks volumes about the people that helped me along the way.”Wilson hasn’t played an NFL game in three years, and has officially retired as a Cardinal. But that doesn’t mean he still doesn’t have the sport coarsing through his veins.“I still miss the violence,” he said with a laugh. “I can’t lie about that. I still miss the violence. Obviously, being out there at practice every day and seeing those guys prepare, you know, just keeping your mind sharp and keeping your mind focused on the things you need to focus on leading up to a game — I think I miss that more than anything else.”During his career, few players in the NFL cut a more intimidating figure on the field. That will not be the case Sunday, as he expects to be overwhelmed by the moment and the honored bestowed upon him.“I’m definitely going to cry. It was a few years ago when I wasn’t in touch with my emotional side, so to be able to break out of that shell and show your emotions and just be thankful for everything that you’ve been through and everything you’ve accomplished in your career — those things are emotional, and there’s no need to hide that,” Wilson said. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Adrian Wilson, Former Cardinals safety Your browser does not support the audio element. Arizona Cardinals’ Adrian Wilson announces his retirement, Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Cardinals team facility in Tempe, Ariz. The five-time pro bowler played 12 seasons for the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Matt York) “I think my numbers are very comparable to a lot of the guys that are going into the Hall of Fame,” he said. “I think the only thing that I don’t have is obviously the Super Bowl championships and the team success. That’s some of the things that the voters look at.”There haven’t been a lot of safeties honored in Canton. In fact, the last two — Rod Woodson in 2009 and Ronnie Lott in 2000 — spent good portions of their careers playing cornerback. “If it happens, it happens,” he said. “Sunday, I think that’s my Hall of Fame, the Ring of Honor. So, I’m going to take that and be very happy and grateful for it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Wilson was released by the Cardinals in March of 2013. He would sign with the New England Patriots, but spent the season on injured reserve before getting cut. In 2014, he landed in Chicago with the Bears, but was released during training camp, meaning he never played in a regular-season game wearing another uniform. When Wilson was drafted in the third round out of North Carolina State, the Cardinals were far from a model franchise. In fact, they were coming off a wretched 3-13 season in 2000. But Wilson became one of the key figures in turning around a long suffering team and his presence was a big factor in the Cardinals winning an NFC championship and playing in their first Super Bowl in 2009. He’s proud of being a factor in that organizational turnaround.“That sticks out to me — we turned the corner as a franchise in terms of how people look at us,” he said. “I think, more so than anything, perception is reality.”There could be more honors in the future for Wilson, namely the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After all, Wilson is one of only six players in NFL history with 25 interceptions and 25 quarterback sacks in his career. While he’s hopeful to get that Canton call some day, he’s not necessarily expecting it. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor is getting its newest inductee.Former safety Adrian Wilson, who played for the Cardinals from 2001 to 2012, will become the 15th member of the franchise’s exclusive club when he’s inducted at halftime of Sunday’s game against San Francisco at University of Phoenix Stadium.Wilson doesn’t think this is an individual achievement. He credits the many people in his life that help shape him to make the honor possible. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
(AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The two broadcasts were the most-watched programs in the Phoenix market during their week. – / 44 The Arizona Cardinals set records for local television viewership in each of their Week 1 and Week 2 games.In a 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots, Arizona reached 562,000 homes and had a 30.4 rating, both club records. That game ranks eighth all-time for viewership of a Cardinals regular season broadcast.When Arizona beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-7 on Sunday, it set the record for the most-viewed Week 2 game. According to the NFL and The Nielsen Company, the Cardinals appeared in 435,000 homes in the Valley, a 6-percent increase from the previous record set in 2015, a 48-23 win against the Chicago Bears. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling