Crowne Plaza London Heathrow to offer guests helicopter tours of the city

first_imgGuests of the Crowne Plaza London Heathrow can arrange to be taken away on a private helicopter on a tour of the capital, taking in sights such as London Bridge, HMS Belfast, the Palace of Westminster and Tower Bridge.Departing directly from the hotel, guests can fly above the city for 45 minutes to enjoy an exciting bird’s eye view of London’s landmarks, or arrange a tour of their own choosing.Crowne Plaza London Heathrow, which is managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels, is the only hotel in London to offer guests the chance to explore the skies from its grounds.The flights, which cost £250 per passenger, would soon be available subject to availability and weather conditions. While, bespoke tours of London can be arranged for a price of £2,800 per flight.Martin Vann, General Manager of Crowne Plaza London Heathrow said, “Being so well-situated for the airport, our guests usually don’t have a lot of time to spare to get out and explore London on foot. We understand this, and decided that our guests should not miss out on the stunning sights of our beautiful capital city.”last_img read more

Holland launches taxi branding campaign in Mumbai and Delhi

first_imgIn its bid to promote tourism in Holland, Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions (NBTC), in association with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Jet Airways, has branded 200 radio taxis in Delhi and Mumbai.The branding campaign was launched by H E Alphonsus Stoelinga, Ambassador of the Netherlands to India; Jos Vranken, Managing Director, NBTC; Wilco Sweijen, Director Aviation Marketing, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; and Gaurang Shetty, Wholetime Director, Jet Airways, at the Amabassador’s residence in New Delhi.Jet Airways, Schiphol and NBTC have jointly invested in the promotion of Holland in 2016. The campaign is a measure to drive demand within the Indian market to travel to and experience the Holland tourism product.last_img read more

Industrys first Smart Watch Wear App launched by Yatracom

first_imgMarking first for the Indian travel industry, Yatra.com has launched ‘Smart Watch Wear App’ for Android devices. By this, the app will allow users to access the booking flow of flights, hotels, buses, trains, homestays, activities and cabs along with various ongoing offers.Users need to create their profile in the app and then they will be updated about their upcoming trips, flight details and other bookings.The application is curated in sync with the growing demand of travel industry to inculcate technological advancement. It also enables users to do web check-ins and keep a track of real-time flight status. Additionally, it will also direct travellers to their accommodation location via maps. Commenting on the development, Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C), Yatra.com, said, “With the ever-evolving landscape of technology, the Android smartwatch wear app will be an easy to use solution for all travellers. Catering to the needs of the modern day traveller, the app is built to literally help them wear their travel schedule on their sleeves. We believe that this app will help Yatra in reaching out to a wider and more diversified audience, and are confident that it will be well received by all.”last_img read more

MATTA aims tourist arrivals from Ahmedabad Pune and Mumbai

first_imgThe Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) organised its MATTA Sales Mission to India, to cities of Ahmedabad, Pune and Mumbai from August 6 to 10 with the support of Tourism Malaysia to grow arrivals from India, with the market showing strong promise last year. India is one of the most important markets to the Malaysia tourism industry as it is strategically closer to the country. According to Tourism Malaysia, tourist arrivals to Malaysia in 2017 from India was at 552,739. The MATTA Sales Mission to India is participated by 23 delegates consisting of 17 travel agents and six hotelier and theme parks together with Tourism Malaysia. The demand for better knowledge and information on tourist destinations in Malaysia from the Indian market has been encouraging. Through the sales mission, MATTA aims to allow its operators to develop strategic alliance and promotion of their services to local travel and tour companies in India. This includes updating on the latest development on new destinations and products in Malaysia. With over 230 weekly flights offering more than 41,000 seats from India to Malaysia, the Malaysian tourism promotion efforts are multi-pronged and target all segments of potential travellers throughout cities of India.Since January 2018, MATTA has been looking into aggressive overseas promotion through sales mission, trade show, hosting overseas travel agents and online marketing influencers to create awareness on local destinations amongst other initiatives.MATTA believes that the sales mission is among the perfect platform to showcase and promote Malaysia’s new destinations and products to boost tourist arrivals from India while creating more business opportunities to members.last_img read more

Pending Home Sales Dip by 13 in July

first_imgPending Home Sales Dip by 1.3% in July August 29, 2011 467 Views Agents & Brokers Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2011-08-29 Ryan Schuette in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Fewer homebuyers signed contracts for home purchases over July, casting the housing recovery as one still in flux for pending home sales. The “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR) released an index Monday that found signed contracts falling off from June, with a 1.3-percent decline from 90.9 recorded that month.[IMAGE]NAR reported the information it found in the “”Pending Home Sales Index””:http://www.realtor.org/press_room/news_releases/2011/08/phs_july, a monthly listing of signed contracts, which it compiles by pooling information for contracts that have not closed. According to the index, overall signed contracts dipped to 89.7 in July, remaining 14.4 percent over a weak 78.4 recorded by the index for the same month last year.Regionally, only the West showed signs of health, with pending home sales going up 3.6 percent to crest at 110.8 over July. The other regions reflected declines in contracts for new homes, with figures for New England falling by 2 percent to hit 67.5 over the month, still 9.7 percent above figures recorded last year. The Rust Belt fared marginally better, finding that contracts opened by Midwesterners dipped by 0.8 percent to 79.1, still remaining 18.8 percent above data from last year. Pending home sales in the South failed to rise again, with contracts slipping by 4.8 percent to hit 94.4, still 9.5 percent more than figures reported last year.[COLUMN_BREAK]In a statement, Lawrence Yun, chief economist with NAR, described sales activity as underperforming by normal standards.””The market can easily move into a healthy expansion if mortgage underwriting standards return to normalcy,”” he said. “”We also need to be mindful that not all sales contracts are leading to closed existing-home sales. Other market frictions need to be addressed, such as assuring that proper comparables are used in appraisal valuations, and streamlining the short sales process.””Yun added that “”contract activity over the past three months is fairly comparable to the first three months of the year, and well above the low seen in April. The underlying factors for improving sales are developing, such as rising rents, record high affordability conditions and investors buying real estate as a future inflation hedge.””It is now a question of lending standards and consumers having the necessary confidence to enter the market,”” he said.Speaking to _MReport_ for a past story, Walter Molony, a spokesperson with NAR, underscored the role played by wobbly appraisals and still-tight underwriting standards in cancelled contracts.””It’s hard to imagine a better time affordability-wise,”” he said, referencing still-low purchases, home prices, and mortgage rates. “”The big monkey wrench is tight credit. Lenders have only been willing to lend to creditworthy buyers.””Molony cited a NAR report that found 16 percent of all contracts failing somewhere between the initial signature and closing. He attributed the hard path for contracts to “”mortgages [falling] apart in the underwriting process when appraisals come back less.””””_Bloomberg News_””:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-29/pending-sales-of-previously-owned-u-s-homes-dropped-in-july.html quotes Ian Shepherdson, a chief U.S. economist with New York-based “”High Frequency Economics””:http://hifreqecon.com/contact.html, as publishing a note that said he felt concerned about “”the chaos in the stock markets,”” which “”might have persuaded a greater proportion of buyers to walk away after signing contracts.”” Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers Treasury Yields Underwriting Standards Zillow 2011-11-22 Ryan Schuette Thirty-Year Loan Falls Lowest in Seven Weeks: Zillow November 22, 2011 427 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img With the global economy overshadowed by debt crises, fleeing investors keep mortgage rates at record lows, as “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ reaffirmed Tuesday.[IMAGE]The real estate Web site polled its online audience, reporting that the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit 3.8 percent, the lowest rate in seven weeks.””Continued instability in Europe in addition to the uncertainty caused by the ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôsuper committee’s’ failure to reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan has pushed the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate down this week,”” Erin Lantz, director of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, said in a statement. [COLUMN_BREAK]A dearth for the 30-year fixed-rate loan reflects a fall by 10 basis points, down from 3.9 percent last week. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage likewise hovered around 3.16 percent, with rates for the 5-year and 1-year adjustable-rate mortgage reaching 2.57 percent.Among states, mortgages fell by five basis points to crest at 3.86 percent in California, down from 3.91 percent last week.Colorado and Florida tied this week with mortgage rates in both states falling to 3.77 percent, down from 3.88 percent and 3.82 percent, respectively.Mortgage rates in Illinois fell to 3.84 percent from 3.9 percent, reflecting a 6 basis-point plunge for the state.New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington saw the steepest fall in their mortgage rates, with numbers falling to 3.79 percent from 3.91 percent, 3.76 percent from 3.89 percent, and 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent, respectively.Zillow listed New York as one state that saw a marginal increase in its mortgage rates, with numbers climbing from 3.93 percent from 3.87 percent.””Mortgage rates will continue to stay historically low through Thanksgiving week,”” she added. Sharelast_img read more

CoreLogics Directorship Initiative Delays Stockholder Meeting

first_img March 22, 2012 412 Views Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-03-22 Abby Gregorycenter_img Prompting the delay of the company’s annual meeting, “”CoreLogic””:www.corelogic.com/ has announced its intention to add new, independent members to its board of directors. [IMAGE]The decision represents the continuation of CoreLogic’s initiative to bolster its board, which the company previously put on hold in order to conduct a strategic review process.CoreLogic’s nominating and corporate governance committee retained international executive search firm “”Spencer Stuart””:www.spencerstuart.com/ to[COLUMN_BREAK] facilitate the selection of new candidates. Additionally, the company will seek input from CoreLogic’s largest stockholders. Company chairman, D. Van Skilling, said of the changes to CoreLogic’s board, “”We have resumed our search for qualified board members which had been put on hold while we conducted our strategic review process. We anticipate that two candidates will be selected.├âÔÇÜ├é┬á We believe that these new independent board members will complement our board with additional expertise, capabilities and perspectives.””Giving the company’s nominating and corporate governance committee sufficient time to consider the potential additions to the board, CoreLogic will postpone its annual stockholders meeting until the summer of 2012. In the interim, the committee will examine qualified individuals for board membership before holding a vote on their election later in the year. President and CEO of CoreLogic, Anand Nallathambi, noted, “”Our business continues to perform well and the market reaction to the successful execution of our business plan and most recent results has been extremely positive.├âÔÇÜ├é┬á We appreciate the strong support we have received from our stockholders during this period, and we welcome their input as we embark on the director search process.””├âÔÇÜ├é┬á CoreLogic’s Directorship Initiative Delays Stockholder Meetinglast_img read more

Donovan Servicer Competition Prevents More Refinancing

first_imgDonovan: Servicer Competition Prevents More Refinancing Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Bailouts Fannie Mae FHA Freddie Mac HARP Home Prices Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan-to-Value Ratio Politics Processing Refinance Regulation Senate Banking Committee Service Providers Underwriting Standards 2012-05-08 Ryan Schuette May 8, 2012 488 Views Solvency issues re-emerged for the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory in a hearing convened Tuesday by the “”Senate Banking Committee””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/, with HUD Secretary “”Shaun Donovan””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/about/hud_secretary calling for lower loan-to-value thresholds and more servicer competition to expand refinance opportunities.[IMAGE]The hearing follows a bill by Sens. “”Barbara Boxer””:http://boxer.senate.gov/ (D-California) and “”Robert Menendez””:http://www.menendez.senate.gov/ (D-New Jersey) to roll back refinancing barriers for homeowners with GSE-held mortgages and featured the legislation prominently as lawmakers discussed solutions to the housing crisis.Donovan praised the bill and identified three barriers to refinance opportunities for a broader swath of homeowners, including lower fees, streamlined underwriting practices, and manual appraisals for borrowers even in communities with few recent home sales.The hearing quickly turned to servicer competition, which the HUD official said is lacking in part because of strict underwriting guidelines under “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, inflating home prices and keeping refinance[COLUMN_BREAK]opportunities out of reach for many homeowners.””Servicers who don’t service that loan are being discouraged from competing to refinance those loans,”” he told lawmakers, citing a “”number of changes”” that legislators and regulators could make to remove barriers to homeowners.He faulted existing loan representations and warranties for discouraging servicers from allowing borrowers to refinance at historically low interest rates.””Frankly, we think it doesn’t make a lot of common sense that a homeowner who actually has more equity in their home is a lower-risk borrower… [than] homeowners who may be underwater on their homes,”” he said. “”It’s a question of fairness to make sure refinancing is available across the board.””Sen. “”Richard Shelby””:http://shelby.senate.gov/public/ (R-Alabama), a frequent critic of the FHA’s failure to stay above its 2 percent capital ratio buffer, reiterated concerns about the overcommitted housing agency in his opening remarks and later in questions during the hearing.””Do you share my overall concern about the solvency of FHA?”” he asked Donovan.The HUD official answered by highlighting recent “”substantial premium increases,”” as well as a new rule on lender indemnification that he billed as a measure to protect the FHA’s cash-strapped Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund.””I do think we’re taking series of a number of broad steps to protect the fund,”” he said.The FHA remains a political hotspot for the housing industry, with a recent paper by Joseph Gyourko, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, claiming last fall that it would need anywhere from $50 billion to $100 billion in Treasury draws, if trends persist.center_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

LendingQB Launches Consumer Web Portal

first_img January 28, 2014 466 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers LendingQB Service Providers 2014-01-28 Tory Barringer “”LendingQB””:http://www.lendingqb.com/ unveiled on Monday its latest innovation: a consumer Web portal designed to keep pipelines flowing with lucrative leads.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The new portal allows borrowers to apply for a loan approval online at any time, giving them the power to initiate the application even after the business day is done. The portal also streamlines the process, reducing the lender’s burden to find and collect new consumer information.Among other things, the portal also promises to deliver safe storage of documents and immediate, real-time results, expediting the pre-approval process.””Our consumer portal allows lenders to issue pre-approvals 24/7,”” said LendingQB president Binh Dang. “”Given how important pre-approval letters are for purchase transactions, this new portal positions lenders to be constantly accessible to consumers and their real estate agent partners.”” in Origination, Technologycenter_img LendingQB Launches Consumer Web Portal Sharelast_img read more

RedVision Names EVP for Sales Marketing

first_img RedVision, an independent, nationwide provider of real property title data, search examination, and curative-ready solutions, appointed Leanne Zinn-Cox as EVP of sales and marketing.Zinn-Cox brings to her new position a wealth of knowledge and experience stemming from more than 20 years spent in the industry. Prior to joining RedVision, she was president and founder of Red Dart Consulting, a specialty consulting firm focused on the real estate and title industries.Her past leadership positions also include stints as SVP with First American Title and president and COO for Sunbelt Title Agency.”Leanne brings a rich combination of client-facing business development and leadership experiences that makes her a natural fit for this position,” said RedVision CEO Brian Twibell. “Her extensive experience, consultative approach and understanding of the marketplace will help shape RedVision’s market development to further strengthen our customer value proposition.”Zinn-Cox’s responsibilities at RedVision include providing leadership, motivation, and strategic and tactical direction for the company’s sales and marketing team as the firm continues to grow.”I am thrilled to join RedVision’s leadership team and am especially impressed by the company’s customer-focused culture,” she said. “I see a bright future for RedVision with increased gains in market share and revenue growth, but more importantly by providing customers with the solutions they need to be successful.” in Headlines, News, Technology Movers & Shakers RedVision 2014-10-07 Tory Barringer October 7, 2014 489 Views center_img Share RedVision Names EVP for Sales, Marketinglast_img read more

Report Says Buyers Can Break Even on a Home Purchase in Less

first_img The real estate market has shown that timing matters when purchasing a home. Zillow’s Breakeven Horizon analysis determined that homebuyers who made the biggest financial gains over the last decade entered the market at its lowest point. The analysis found that homeowners can still break even on a home purchase in less than two years, even while many buyers who bought 10 years ago have not broke even.The analysis reviewed how buyers can expect the market to perform and how buyers fared at different points in the housing crisis and recovery. Many buyers lost money in the housing market simply by buying before the market had bottomed out.”For example, millions of buyers took advantage of the federal homebuyer tax credit in 2009 and bought a home before the market had fully bottomed out,” the Zillow report said. “In most of the country’s 35 largest housing markets, those buyers would have been better off financially if they had rented and put their money anywhere else – stocks, bonds, or even in their bank account. On the other hand, buyers who bought in 2012 fared much better and made more in the housing market than they would have even if they had rented and invested their savings in the recently bullish stock market instead.”According to Zillow, the wide variety of outcomes is a result of the U.S. economy’s boom, bust, and recovery over the past decade. The first time homebuyer tax credit was part of a government effort to push economic recovery as the country exited the Great Recession, but it came before the market had fully hit bottom. Buyers looking to purchase in the country’s hardest hit housing markets found the greatest opportunities if they bought at the right moment.The breakeven horizon for the U.S. remained flat from the previous quarter in the first quarter of 2015, Zillow says. This was mostly due to rising rents, which made it advantageous to buy rather than rent. Currently, homebuyers can break even on a home purchase in two years or less in 23 of the top 35 housing markets and the national average is 1.9 years. Dallas-Fort Worth buyers can break even the fastest, in 1.1 years. Breaking even takes the longest in Washington D.C. at 4.5 years and Los Angeles at 4.3 years.”It’s very clear that when it comes to maximizing gains from an investment in real estate, timing really does matter a great deal,” said Dr. Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. “However, timing isn’t everything, and trying to time the market perfectly is incredibly difficult, even for professionals. There are any number of factors to consider when purchasing a home, only one of which is the potential for financial gain. Potential buyers should always place their personal needs and their family’s needs first, and make the decision to buy only when they are ready to make a significant investment of both their time and money. Just because the math might say to buy or rent in a given area, personal preferences and situations vary greatly, and there is no one answer that is right for everybody.”Click here to view Zillow’s Breakeven Horizon report.  Breakeven Horizon Homebuyers Two Years Zillow 2015-07-09 Staff Writer Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Newscenter_img July 9, 2015 475 Views Report Says Buyers Can Break Even on a Home Purchase in Less Than Two Yearslast_img read more

Genworth Mortgage Insurance Partners with Roostify

first_img March 16, 2016 589 Views Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corp. Roostify 2016-03-16 Staff Writer Genworth Mortgage Insurance , a subsidiary of Genworth Financial, Inc., recently announced an exclusive partnership with Roostify, a web and mobile platform that streamlines and accelerates the home buying process.According to a release from the companies, Roostify’s platform gives consumers the power to submit a complete and accurate application in under 20 minutes. This allows loan officers to spend more time focused on closing loans rather than searching for information and documents. In addition, it also serves as a networking tool, allowing for interaction among loan officers, real estate agents, underwriters, and consumers all in one digital hub.“The mortgage origination space is really just starting to benefit from technology advancements and Genworth is laser-focused on staying ahead of the technological curve,” said Kevin McMahon, SVP Strategy & Business Intelligence, Genworth Mortgage Insurance. “Being the first mortgage insurance provider to integrate with a partner like Roostify greatly enhances Genworth’s existing offerings. We’re focused on helping our customers grow their business and drive origination process efficiencies. A platform of this scale is particularly timely and valuable given demand for new homes is steadily increasing.”Loan officers using the Roostify platform can also process originations via their mobile devices with the new technology. Furthermore, the platform can be white-labeled and customized with each lender’s branding, style, and product offerings.Genworth’s partnership with Roostify is a sign of the changing mortgage origination landscape, which Roostify has been instrumental in advancing.“Roostify is answering the call to simplify the consumer home lending experience, as streamlined, cutting-edge mortgage origination solutions become a necessity rather than a luxury,” said Rajesh Bhat, Co-Founder and CEO, Roostify. “Our partnership with Genworth aims to address a sizeable need for innovation and improved efficiencies in the housing industry.”Here are some additional benefits to using Roostify’s platform via Genworth’s partnership:Lenders: Lenders are provided with the ability to automate loan documentation and closing activities to reduce costs and increase conversion of apps into closed loans.Loan Officers: Loan officers can seamlessly share and track critical information with their homebuyers and partners to create a positive customer experience.Homebuyers: Homebuyers receive a better, faster and less stressful experience with step-by-step guidance in the loan application and closing process. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology, Uncategorizedcenter_img Genworth Mortgage Insurance Partners with Roostify Sharelast_img read more

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first_img50 Degrees North will present a National Arctic, Antarctica & Nordic Cruising Roadshow with Hurtigruten in August 2019, covering 12 events in six cities – Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.Both agents and clients are invited to attend the sessions and enjoy tales from the world’s most beautiful ocean voyage, the Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage along the stunning Norwegian coastline. The sessions include a presentation on Antarctica and the Arctic and an opportunity to learn about the revolutionary hybrid powered and eco-friendly ships, MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Roald Amundsen, as well as Hurtigruten’s other new sustainability innovations.The events feature two guest speakers: Dominic Barrington, a Polar Expedition Photographer for Hurtigruten, will regale stories on the Arctic and Antarctica while Tietse Stelma from 50 Degrees North will detail the ultimate coastal itineraries for travelling in his motherland of Norway. Participating agents will have the chance to be selected for an exclusive Hurtigruten & 50 Degrees North Educational tour ‘Aurora Highlights’, along the Norwegian Coast this December. Members of the general public have the chance to win a voyage for two along the Norwegian Coast on a northbound voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes.Numbers are limited for the free events and bookings are essential. Bookings can be made via the links below, or directly at info@fiftydegreesnorth.com. Agents are welcome to attend both sessions and to bring clients along to the evening sessions. Breakfast Sessions for agents, bookings HERE. 14 Aug 8 – 9.30am Newcastle – Noah’s on the Beach15 Aug 8 – 9.30am Sydney – QT Sydney16 Aug 8 – 9.30am Brisbane – Ovalo Brisbane21 Aug 8 – 9.30am Melbourne – 50 Degrees North office22 Aug 8 – 9.30am Perth – QT Perth23 Aug 8 – 9.30am Adelaide – Glenelg Surf ClubEvening Sessions for the public, bookings HERE. 13 Aug 6 – 8pm Newcastle – Noah’s on the Beach14 Aug 6 – 8pm Sydney – QT Sydney15 Aug 6 – 8pm Brisbane – Ovalo Brisbane20 Aug 6 – 8pm Melbourne – Denmark House21 Aug 6 – 8pm Perth – QT Perth22 Aug 6 – 8pm Adelaide – Glenelg Surf ClubIMAGE: Hurtigruten/Hege Abrahamsen 50 Degrees NorthagentscruiseeventsHurtigrutenroadshowlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Big Red’s training camp might be the most physical camp since the turn of the century. Whether the Cardinals are in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) or full gear, they are practicing at a high tempo and the intensity level is bellicose.These practices remind me of old school football. Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson are guys that allowed piles to form on the field; live tackling would occur from time to time and rarely would coaches object. Practice was physical. Bruce Arians (BA) has taken a page from the Old School manual. BA continues to set the tone for the carnage. And I saw something on Monday I haven’t seen in over a decade: 1-on-1 Perimeter Blitz Pickup. Running backs and tight ends are lined up in the backfield and OLB, slot corners and safeties fire (rush the Q) from the perimeter. It’s the RB’s job to keep the blitzer from getting to the Q. The problem is there is no line, no point of reference, no help for the back; by design, it’s a very unfair drill to the back. The theory is if the back can do it there, he can do it anywhere.Theory aside, it’s brutal and not for the faint of heart. If you want to know what Perimeter Blitz Pickup feels like, go into your garage, take the lid off your steel trash can and put it over your head. Have your neighbor point you toward your block wall; then, with a mouth guard in, run as fast as you can into that block wall! Your neighbors will think you’re crazy, which might be useful, but you’ll know what it feels like to pickup a SS Fire as a RB.This drill, and many like them, establishes a certain expectation and attitude about the kind of football that is going to be played in Arizona. And the best thing is it has nothing to do with saying and everything to do with doing. BA doesn’t need to talk about being a physical team because everybody feels what it means to be a physical team. The drills and practices speak volumes to the players. Top Stories Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 13 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Needless to say Peterson has improved since then

first_imgNeedless to say Peterson has improved since then. Coming off a game in Tampa where he intercepted two passes and earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors, the former LSU star is now considered to be one of the best cover corners in the NFL.Set to face Newton, Smith and the Panthers again this Sunday, the third-year pro said the game brings no extra motivation to the table.“Obviously we want to go out there and win a game, but I’m treating this game just like any other game,” he said. “We want to go out there and play well as a defense and ultimately get the W.”Peterson, like the rest of the Cardinals, understands that the Panthers present some pretty difficult choices as far as what to focus on. One one hand you have Newton, who can air the ball out to guys like Smith, Ted Ginn and Greg Olsen, but then there’s also the running game featuring Newton and veteran back DeAngelo Williams. Though inconsistent, the weapons are there.“It’s kind of pick your poison with those guys,” defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. “We really got to do a good job of studying.”Peterson, who will likely spend most of the afternoon shadowing Smith, said he believes the Cardinals have the necessary pieces to slow down a potentially potent offense. Patrick Peterson’s first game in the NFL, which came on Sept. 11, 2011, will be remembered for his game-winning 89-yard punt return in the fourth quarter of Arizona’s 28-21 win.But while the cornerback shined in the return game, he struggled mightily in coverage.Fellow rookie Cam Newton torched Peterson and the Cardinals’ secondary to the tune of 422 yards and two touchdowns. He found receiver Steve Smith eight times for 178 yards and both scores, one of which came despite Peterson’s coverage. But for Peterson, who has spent the last few weeks matching up with big receivers like Calvin Johnson, Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham and Vincent Jackson, the 5-foot-9 Smith presents a different, if somewhat familiar, challenge. The 34-year-old has caught 14 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown this season, and is still one of the game’s more dangerous wideouts.“Steve Smith is a shifty guy, especially at the line of scrimmage,” Peterson said. “It’s hard to get your hands on him. “I’ve respected his game for many, many years, but I think that I’m more than prepared and ready to go Sunday than I was two years ago.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more