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Arizona Cardinals waiting for Larry Fitzgerald's decision on retirement
When the Cardinals formally introduced Steve Wilks as their new head coach on Tuesday, they also handed out a news release with a collection of quotes from players and coaches from around the NFL and college football programs saying how much they love and respect Wilks and how well they think he will do in Arizona.

None, however, was named Larry Fitzgerald, who is staying out of the spotlight as he continues to contemplate whether to retire or return for a 15th season.

With so much praise being heaped on Wilks, one would assume that bodes well for coaxing Fitzgerald into staying. It certainly can’t hurt, although Fitzgerald’s decision likely never was or will be tied to the new coach.

“I know the questions are all about Larry, but I’d say let Larry go through his process,Authentic Dak Prescott Jersey,” Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said. “I’m sure he saw what we saw. There’s a great leader who’s going to do a great job. I’m excited.

“I know Larry will go through his process. Let’s not rush him. I know everybody’s anxious about it, but let’s let him go through his process and come to his own conclusion and we’ll see where he is.”

Wilks said he already has had “a very in-depth conversation” with Fitzgerald, 34. He said the star wide receiver never expressed his intentions about the 2018 season. Likewise,Authentic Jason Witten Jersey, Wilks said he never asked Fitzgerald which way he was leaning.

“But we would definitely love to have him back,” Wilks said. “He is a major part of our success, present and future. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer,Authentic Tyron Smith Jersey, our past, so we definitely want him back.”

Wilks said he viewed the conversation as beneficial, whatever Fitzgerald decides.

“I wanted Larry just to get a feel for me being the new head coach,” he said. “I just wanted to be able to talk to him about my philosophy and the direction in which I saw this team going. He didn’t express whether or not he was or wasn’t coming back. I didn’t want to try to put any pressure on him. He’s going to make that decision in time,Authentic Tyron Smith Jersey, in his time.”

Wilks began interviewing prospective assistant coaches even before his introductory news conference on Tuesday.

Former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell interviewed for that position on Wilks’ staff Tuesday morning, according to several reports.

Wilks also is interested in talking to former Chargers coach Mike McCoy for the offensive-coordinator position. Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb reportedly will come to Arizona as defensive coordinator, replacing Bettcher.

“We’re definitely trying to make sure that we get things done before the Super Bowl,” he said. “We’ve been very active this week, already,Womens Travis Frederick Jersey, so far, getting coaches in and out. There’s going to be some more coaches coming in this week, so we’re excited about the process and trying to get it done as quickly as possible.”

A story recently surfaced in which Wilks apparently introduced himself to Keim while both were vacationing at Myrtle Beach, S.C. The story is half true. Wilks approached Keim on the beach, but it wasn’t the first time they had met.

They’ve known each other for a while, having been introduced through a mutual friend in the business.

 really,“I’ve known Steve, before that situation at Myrtle Beach, but my family and I, we vacation there every year,” Wilks said. “And I saw Steve there and just went up and introduced myself again. We just started having a quick conversation. It was really brief and short, but that’s what it was.”

Vikings fans weren’t just demoralized by the team’s loss in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday in Philadelphia. They were dissed.

Eagles fans threw beer at Minnesota fans. They taunted them. They even carried a banner with an expletive taunting Millie Wall, the 99-year-old lifelong Vikings fan who is going to the Super Bowl courtesy of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Now some Philadelphia fans are trying to make amends. “A flood of donations are coming in from @Eagles fans today to the MZF,” said a tweet from the Mike Zimmer Foundation. “Most of them apologizing for how their fans treated Vikings.”

By Wednesday afternoon, more than $11, Vikki Zimmer,000 had come in to the foundation created to honor the Vikings coach’s late wife, who died in 2009. The foundation provides opportunities for Minnesota youths.

“The NFL is filled with passionate fans that just want their team to win,” said Zimmer’s daughter and foundation spokeswoman Corri Zimmer White. “We may not have gotten the warmest welcome in Philly or the outcome that we wanted, but it’s cool to see when football fans from different teams come together to do some good.”

In a separate effort, Farmington resident Jessica Leibrock implored Vikings fans to take the high road and contribute to a GoFundMe campaign called “Vikings Brotherly Love.” She challenged fans to raise $38,000, a thousand dollars for each point the Eagles scored in their 38-7 victory. Leibrock and her husband started the page as a way to cope with the lopsided loss and the “awful behavior” she saw on the news and in social media videos. “Let’s respond with kindness, especially to people who don’t deserve it,” she said.

As of Wednesday, the effort had raised more than $12, some coming from Eagles fans. The money will go to the Eagles Charitable Foundation,000, which has served more than a million low-income children in the Philadelphia area.

“This is a great gesture by a classy Vikings fan base after a heartbreaking loss,” wrote donor Philly Skins Fan, who gave $38. “Philly is a great town with great people despite the knuckleheads who made it rough on visitors from Minnesota this Sunday. ”

In an e-mail, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney lamented the antics of “a few disrespectful clowns.”

The two campaigns come a week after hundreds of Vikings fans rallied to support a charity led by New Orleans punter Thomas Morstead after the “Minnesota Miracle” Jan. 14. Morstead was the first Saints player to return to the field for a meaningless extra point after the winning pass from the Vikings’ Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs as time ran out.

Tocho,Womens Dak Prescott Jersey, a seventh-round draft pick by the team last spring who had been on the practice squad, who had spent time on the practice squad, and tackle Storm Norton,Authentic Zack Martin Jersey, signed reserve/futures deals Monday with Minnesota. Tocho said he chose the Vikings after also weighing an offer from Houston.

“I just looked at the situation moving forward and how much I learned playing in this defense playing the safety position,Womens Jason Witten Jersey,’’ said Tocho, who was a cornerback at North Carolina State. “I felt like it was the best situation for me moving forward for my career.’’

Tocho last fall was released three times by the Vikings and then three times re-signed to the practice squad. He weighed that when considering whether to return to the team.

“It’s hard not to have a grudge toward that,Womens Tyron Smith Jersey, but I understand it’s a business and I could have made the 53-man roster and I wouldn’t have had to to through those type of obstacles,Authentic Travis Frederick Jersey,’’ Tocho said. “I have an opportunity to make the 53-man roster with the Minnesota Vikings, but that’s all in the past now, so that’s all I’m worried about now.’’

Norton,Womens Zack Martin Jersey, who was an undrafted rookie from Toledo, had been signed to the Vikings practice squad in December and was on it for a month before being released on Jan. 16.

The Minnesota Vikings became the first Super Bowl host to advance to the conference championship game, but fell one win shy of the big game, and former Vikings linebacker, suffering a 38-7 loss at Philadelphia.  South Dakota native, Chad Greenway shares his thoughts on the team's historic season.

The Vikings saw their season come to an abrupt end with last Sunday's 31-point loss at Philadelphia.  It was the team's first trip to the NFC Championship game since Chad Greenway and crew lost a heartbreaker in New Orleans nearly a decade ago.

"My wife and I have talked about it already.  What's worse, Authentic Cole Beasley Jersey,to lose in overtime in New Orleans or get beat bad in Philly?  What's the worse loss from an athlete's perspective?  I don't think there's a right answer there.  They both stink," Mt. Vernon native Chad Greenway said.

This year's loss came on the heels of a win over the Saints, and the "Minnesota Miracle".

 week to week,"In the NFL, that's why you have to move on from a win or a loss, because you have to figure out how to win that next one because everybody is so good.  So, a team where we were supposed to win and beat can get you.  It's just one of those things.  In the NFL, everybody is good," Greenway said.

As good as the Eagles were in the conference finals, Greenway says home field played a major role in the outcome.

"I think the one thing that nobody really predicted was how big that home field advantage was going to be.  We got off to a fast start, but one turnover, and before you know it things kind of get away from you, the crowd gets into it," Greenway said.

The Vikings have already lost offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, and have to settle on a quarterback, but Greenway says the best is yet come.

"Let this become part of our history, but not our future.  I think the biggest thing with Coach Zim is to find that offensive coordinator.  We lost Sherm, which is a big loss.  I thought he did a great job.  Obviously, identify who your quarterback is going to be and keep adding pieces.  This team can win right away, just got to get those pieces back," Greenway said.

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