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first_imgHate to bring up a negative, but again, you did allude to it here. Phil Dawson again another missed field goal under 40 yards. How many of those missed field goals under 40 yards do you lay at the feet of Phil Dawson?Well, I mean, he’s got to be held accountable for it. It was a low snap. I don’t know the technicalities of the field goal position as well as the specialists themselves, but in my opinion, when you’re getting paid, you got to make those kicks. I don’t think that’s any secret.Again, a low snap: I thought (holder) Andy Lee got it up. I know there is some timing and some rhythm issues, but that’s something we have to look at and get fixed here very quickly.Is it one of those things where, are you bringing in a kicker this week or does the Thursday game kind of mess with that and you’ll worry about it next week?That certainly messes with it, the short period of time. Turnover is going to be an issue. The hard part is, the preseason and everything we saw out of Phil moving forward felt like he was going to be a huge addition to this team and bring consistency to that spot. For whatever reason, things aren’t clicking right now. How do you feel about Thursday Night Football?I mean, it’s certainly a challenge. But listen, anytime we’re able to play on national television in front of our home crowd, that’s exciting to me. But it is: It’s a challenge to get them ready. It’s a little more mental preparation than it is physical preparation throughout the week. Then on the other hand, you get a little mini-bye on the backend. It gives you time to rest and recover for the next game, where we’ll travel to Houston.You have a chance to get a guy healthy, or two, if there are any injuries that you incur. It’s exciting, again. Any time you can play on national television on primetime … and our guys usually play well at home under a very energetic crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium. I’m excited.I know you know a lot of people inside the San Francisco 49ers organization, high up so-to-speak. Do you sense a culture shift with that football team going forward?I think so. I think the one thing: even though they are, what? Now 0-9. I think that, number one, they play extremely hard. And number two, I have a lot of respect for Coach (Kyle) Shanahan. I think he does a lot of phenomenal things from a pre-snap standpoint, whether it’s his motions and adjustments that try to create mismatches. Nobody I respect more than John Lynch, their general manager who’s a friend of mine and a guy who just gets it. He’s a good football guy. He’s played the game and he just has a great temperament about him. I think moving forward they’ll have some success and they have the right guys in position to take them there. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It’s Keim Time.Steve, good morning. Congratulations on the win. How are you?Good morning. Always good to get a taste of a loss out of your mouth, especially when you have to go into a bye week. It takes time to marinate. Hopefully a lot of our players had taken that time to rest and relax and recover. It seemed like we played with some energy yesterday and did some good things.As a guy that played 10 years in the National Football League, I have seen many backup quarterbacks step into a huddle, and you could see the terror on their face. Talk a little bit about Drew Stanton being 7-3 as a starter in this organization.I think it just starts with the fact that he’s a pro. So many things, necessary skills, to play that position are really under-looked. Not only just the ability to regurgitate the play in the huddle, to be able to make the checks and the line calls, to be able to identify the defense, to be able to put you in the right play. All that pre-snap stuff is one thing.Once the ball is snapped and the bullets are flying, to be able to make the right reads and to confidently place the ball in the right area. And Drew’s done a nice job. Not many backups in the league I think can put you in that position. There’s no doubt that we knew that we had to run the football effectively, and I don’t think that’s a secret moving forward this season. We were able to create some balance yesterday, just like we did in Tampa. When we play with balance, good things happen. I think that as a group they’re starting to gel, they’re playing better. They have an awfully tough task this Thursday. We know Seattle’s defensive front is one of the better (ones) in the league. Again, if we can stay committed to the run, we can get some positive yards on the ground. There’s not doubt in my mind we can create balance and have some success.It seems to me just watching him over the last year and a half, D.J. Humphries might be the most improved guy on the football team right now. Have you found your cornerstone tackle?I think so. I think the one thing about him is, when we drafted him, we knew he was a very good talent that possessed all the left tackle traits with the feet, the length, the athleticism. Unfortunately, when we drafted him he was 20, 21 years old and a third-year junior, and he was naive and immature. So once we got him in our system, worked with him for a year — we redshirted him so-to-speak — (he) grew up a lot and has really matured. The one thing about him that you like is he’s ultra-competitive and he likes playing the game.The one thing that he brings to the table is a physicality in the run game that we had not had. His natural ability to bend his knees and his hips, and to roll in the run game and create movement at the point, he is very, very explosive through his hips — which again is very hard to find in left tackles. Usually those guys are finesse guys who are better on their feet in pass protection. He’s got the ability to be both. He’s just got to continue to keep working his technique, his footwork, his sets, his hand placement, and I think he’s going to be a fine player for many years to come. What impressed you the most when you looked at the film?Probably the ability to create a run game and do it consistently. I thought that Alex Boone and D.J. Humphries did an excellent job with the double teams and creating movement in the line, giving Adrian a chance to use his eyes and physicality between the tackles. The guy continues to impress me at his age with his footspeed, acceleration, his abilty to finish runs. Thirty-seven carries is unheard of. I think that’s the most in his career.Like (offensive coordinator) Harold Goodwin said earlier in the week, the more you feed him, the better he gets.What’d you see that’s gotta get cleaned up?There’s a lot of things. (It) starts with, you got to score in the red zone when we’re down there, so there continues to be red-zone issues. Field goal unit to me is a major disappointment, not only from a kicking standpoint, but for blocking and technical standpoint. There’s some things that really need to be cleaned up. The pass protection I thought was solid — we didn’t give up a sack, there were a few hits.Defensively, you know, I just think we need to play with more consistency. Consistently become better tacklers, and then whenever it’s third down conversions, get off the field where we’re not giving up seam routes and some of those easy throws. Continue to challenge receivers and get off the field. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals GM – / 28center_img A 20-10 road win over the 0-9 San Francisco 49ers didn’t have the Arizona Cardinals screaming for attention as NFC West contenders, but the Week 9 performance was at least stabilizing for a team that has lost two of its key offensive players for the foreseeable future.So what’d general manager Steve Keim think about it?Keim joins Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station every Monday morning during the season. After a record-setting day for running back Adrian Peterson and a win in backup quarterback Drew Stanton’s first full game replacing the injured Carson Palmer, Keim reviewed the improvements he saw as the Cardinals look ahead to a Thursday meeting with the Seattle Seahawks. 5 Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories We just have to go back to the basics and really dig in and see what’s going wrong and see if we can fix it. Again, it cannot happen again.You brought back Karlos Dansby of course — Karlos’ third stint with the organization — and he got number 20. He’s part of the 40-20 club. Forty sacks, 20 picks. There are five guys in the history of the National Football League that have done that. Talk about Karlos Dansby and the impact he’s made on this defense.Just being with Karlos several times here over the years, you knew his leadership was infectious. He’s a great locker room guy. He’s extremely intelligent, great getting our defense lined up. Forty sacks and 20 interceptions, what a tremendous accomplishment, there’s no doubt about it. Really does, to me, cap off a great career he’s already had.Now, I will say this: After the game, B.A. gave him an opportunity to give a speech, and he may be one of the worst speech-givers I’ve ever heard.Do you feel like after watching the film of the last couple weeks … how do you feel about the O-line coming together with a little more stability in the actual personnel?Slowly but surely, it’s starting to improve. Again, we have to help them. I don’t think there’s any offensive lineman in the NFL that’s equipped to pass-protect every snap. Defenses tee off and there are talented rushers on most teams. You just can’t win like that. We have to stay committed to the run, create that balance and give those guys a chance. Once we’re able to establish a little bit of the run game, it really diminishes our pass protection problems. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

What Normal Aging is Like – Part 1 of 2

first_imgby, Ronni Bennett, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesIf you spent any time at all with an assortment of media, you can be forgiven for believing that getting old is a disease. (Some scientists and others believe that’s all it is and are working hard, spending billions of dollars, to “cure” aging. But that’s a topic for another time.)All day every day we are bombarded with ads for pills and potions and treatments for a phenomenal number of ailments that, from the appearance of actors involved, afflict only old people.There is so much of it, you have wonder if there is any such thing as normal aging. Or, to put it another way, what should we expect, barring big-time diseases, from our bodies and well-being as we age into the upper decades of life?Aging happens as a result of varying combinations of genes, health and dumb luck and in time, certain things will happen no matter how heathily you have lived. In addition, as we often mention here, people age at different rates and in different ways so what happens to one person at 50 may not affect another until age 70. Or, maybe, not at all.Working to satisfy my curiosity about normal aging didn’t take long – there’s not much but what there is, is in agreement. Here is an overview of some of the things I’ve tracked down to expect as we get into our fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond.VISION: By age 40 almost everyone needs reading glasses. By 60, many have cataracts. It is normal for clarity and peripheral vision to decline along with sensitivity to glare and decreased ability to judge distance.HEARING: One-third of people 60 and older will suffer some amount of hearing loss. Acuity declines, particularly sounds in the high registers. It commonly becomes difficult to hear close-up sounds when there is ambient noise such as conversation at the table in a loud restaurant.As one source advises, if you are not hearing as well as you did years ago, you’re probably okay. If your hearing is worse than a week ago, see your doctor.TEETH AND TASTE: The number of taste buds declines so flavors are not as strong as in the past. The amount of saliva declines resulting in vulnerability to tooth decay and infection along with receding gums.TOUCH AND SMELL: The sense of smell and touch both decline. Fingerprints flatten out and sometimes cannot be read.SKIN: Nails grow more slowly. Skin is drier because less oil is produced so we get lines and wrinkles and sags. Cuts and abrasions heal more slowly.CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM: The heart may enlarge, the walls become thicker and arteries stiffen. Your heart rate slows. With age, we become more vulnerable to hypertension which affects 50 percent of people 60 and older – hypertension defined as blood pressure reading of 140/90 or higher.LUNGS: Elasticity of lungs begins to decline some time in our 20s and ribcage muscles shrink progressively over time. Overall breathing capacity diminishes with each decade.STAMINA AND STRENGTH: Changes in the heart and lungs along with other factors, affect stamina and strength. Although exercise, stretching and weight training can help, you will lose muscle mass. Walking regularly can help keep up stamina.BONES AND JOINTS: Most of us are aware that we can become shorter as we age because the discs between our vertebrae become thinner. Recently, a friend told me she is two inches shorter than she used to be.All during adulthood, our bones become become less dense and therefore lose strength. Risk of osteoporosis (loss of bone density) increases in all elders but especially women.According to a page at WebMD, most people reach their peak functioning at about age 30. Continuing,‘We shouldn’t think of aging as a failure of our bodily systems,’ says Kenneth Minaker, MD, chief of geriatric medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.“’Aging is a life-saving process,’ he says. ‘It is a process of lifelong adaptation to prevent us from developing cancers that would kill us.’”Obviously, that doesn’t always work out well. Tomorrow in Part Two of normal aging, I’ll continue with what else to expect as the years roll on.This post was originally published at www.TimeGoesBy.net, all rights reserved.Related PostsThe Manifesto Against Ageism is HereAbout eight years ago, Ashton Applewhite began interviewing people over 80 for a project called “So when are you going to retire?” It didn’t take her long to realize that almost everything she thought she knew about aging was wrong. So she wrote a book to set the record straight.Restraining AgingAs children we welcomed the aging process excitedly, wondering when we would grow and what we would look like. We quickly lose this wonder as we become seduced by an anti-aging culture into disavowing, denying and resisting aging. We’re pressured to see aging as a villain to be stopped, to…Analog Aging in a Digital WorldIt seems that as a society we keep throwing out the traditional baby with the bathwater every time a new cultural development occurs, just because it’s new. Here are a few examples of analog values we should retain that relate directly to aging.TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Aging health wrinkleslast_img read more