Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals president Michael Bidwill knows something about coach Bruce Arians that few others know. Arians actually has a filter.“The staff meetings are much funnier than what you (media) guys get because I think he cleans it up a little bit when he’s on camera,” Bidwill said, laughing. “I love our staff meetings.”Bidwill is loving life these days. The Cardinals are coming off a franchise record 13-win season, they are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl and they are the darlings of national TV, having appeared five times in prime time. He leaned on his closest advisors within the Cardinals senior staff. He sought the counsel of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, whom he calls “a father figure,” and he took “bits and pieces” from other members of the fraternity like Giants president and CEO John Mara, late Steelers owner Art Rooney and Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey.“We communicate over and over because I don’t think our philosophy is a static situation here,” Bidwill said. “It has to grow and evolve as the organization and game changes.”When the Cardinals won the NFC West in 2008 with a 9-7 record and came within seconds of a Super Bowl title, the effect was that of a drug whose ingredients Bidwill couldn’t completely identify. When Warner retired the following season and the Cardinals sank back to the bottom of the division, that’s when Bidwill reached a higher plane of understanding.“What it taught me is what we needed to be successful: a fantastic QB, a culture in our locker room, great leadership from our head coach and great leadership from a great GM,” he said. “It sounds like a cliché, but it needed to be a team effort; no one person that was carrying it.” “I’m happy for my dad,” Bidwill said. “It’s exciting to see the big smile on his face and sure, I’m sitting here a little bit satisfied but also with the expectation that we have to go play well (Saturday) and make sure we take care of business.“We’re not at the goal yet so I’m not ready to sit back and have the emotions you might have at the finish line. We’re still three games away from that.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter Nobody within the organization would describe Bidwill as background owner, content to sit in his suite and occasionally be caught on camera, stifling a yawn. He is competitive, he is engaged, he is involved and he is opinionated. Contrary to owners who take that to unhealthy levels, however, he is balanced enough to let his experts run their fiefdoms.He gives Keim a budget and trusts that his GM’s penchant for rolling over the roster will produce results. He lets his colorful coach be himself because he recognizes Arians’ ability to command a locker room and command a media room.He doesn’t meddle in the day-to-day operations, but when the occasion arises where he needs to honor something more esoteric — something that transcends the economic plan — he steps in to make sure Fitzgerald remains the happy and integral face of the franchise.“It’s true that we’re willing to spend but I think people tend to focus too much on spending,” Bidwill said. “We’ve seen time and time again that spending doesn’t always equal winning. You have to have great attention to other details; to making sure you secure the right players but also great leadership and a great culture. If you put a dollar value on that it would be at the high end of your economic budget.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact When Arizona faces the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium, it will mark the team’s fourth playoff appearance in the past eight years, equaling the franchise total from the previous 42 years of the Super Bowl era.It would be hyperbole to credit one man with altering the perception and trajectory of a franchise. Arians, general manager Steve Keim, quarterback Kurt Warner, receiver Larry Fitzgerald and many others have played important roles, but a quick glance around the league underscores the importance of committed, competent ownership to the success of a franchise.“I’ve spent a lot of years here next to my dad, seeing how he did things — what things worked and what things didn’t work,” Bidwill said. “I think it was a surprise the first time around that we made it to the Super Bowl, but I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that we fought our way back to this place the second time around. We’re a good football team; a good organization and people recognize us for that now.”Bidwill has always possessed the competitive drive to reach this lofty perch, and he was far more than an observer while his father, Bill Bidwill, ran the show. When he took over as team president in 2007, however, there were experiences he still needed to live and knowledge bytes he needed to download to complete the puzzle. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, right, puts his arm around Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill, left, after an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 47-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Few outsiders would care about the Arizona Cardinals if they weren’t winning, but the team’s success has exposed a company of characters who couldn’t have been better cast for their roles. Arians is the “cool uncle” coach. Fitzgerald is the consummate pro. Carson Palmer is the heart-warming comeback story and Patrick Peterson is the uber-talented kid.“With the amount of national TV games we were awarded over the last couple seasons, more people have seen us and they’ve gotten to know our players, our GM and our coach,” Bidwill said. “We have an opportunity to expand our fan base, not just in Arizona but throughout the country. You see more and more red in the stands when we go on the road now. I want to keep my foot on the gas and build upon that.”Long before the Cardinals kick off against the Packers, Bidwill will take part in a playoff rally, he’ll conduct more media interviews than he normally does and he’ll prepare for the biggest game day at University of Phoenix Stadium since the 2009 NFC Championship. As he watches the game from his suite with Keim, team executives and family members, however, his sentiments will be a mixture of pride, patience and anticipation. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   last_img

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