Kicking the ball was an adventure for the Arizona Cardinals Sunday in a 32-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. (FOX screen capture) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s an all-too-common symptom for a second straight season.Much of the criticism, at least from the fan base, has been lobbed at special teams coach Amos Jones, who has served in that capacity under head coach Bruce Arians since 2013.General manager Steve Keim, isn’t happy, but he also won’t point the blame in one direction.“One thing you guys know about me is I’m never going to go on record or publicly bash any of our players individually or one of our coaches,” Keim told Doug & Wolf Monday morning on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.“The bottom line is — and it’s no excuse — our special teams have been unacceptable, point blank.”FootballOutsiders.com ranks all NFL special teams units on five elements: field goals/extra points, kickoffs, kick returns, punts and punt returns. The website had the Cardinals ranked 27th heading into Sunday’s matchup against the Rams.“That’s something that needs to improve, and I’ll just leave it at that,” Keim concluded. Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals GM The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 23 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact For the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams wasn’t totally due to failures on special teams, but once again, that phase of the game left fingerprints at the scene of the crime.The Cardinals had two kicks — an extra point and a field goal attempt — blocked, and had trouble in their own return game and stopping the Rams’ in a 32-16 defeat at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Twitter Join the conversation → Sponsored By: April 15, 20198:01 AM EDT Filed under News Economy What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz indicated he’s all but abandoned any bias for higher interest rates, saying officials are simply focused on keeping policy aligned with current economic conditions.Asked at a press briefing Saturday in Washington whether he’s done with hiking, Poloz said: “That’s a very data dependent question.” He also dismissed the idea the central bank has any specific target for borrowing costs, even though policy makers estimate interest rates would probably need to be higher were the economy not facing headwinds.“What matters is what forces are acting in the economy,” and what’s the level of interest rates that will bring the economy into balance, said Poloz, who was attending meetings of the International Monetary Fund. “That number is going to change every time something hits the economy, whether it’s a positive thing or a negative thing.”The comments are consistent with the central bank’s recent efforts to temper previous statements about the need to raise rates. They also bring it more into line with the dovish tilt in global monetary policy. Over the past six weeks, Poloz and his officials have highlighted the need for continued stimulus amid a slowing economy and downplayed the notion they have a precise understanding of where rates would need to settle even if headwinds dissipate.‘Stimulative’ PolicyEstimates of how high rates will eventually need to go are simply theoretical, and the actual “neutral rate” is an unknown, said Poloz. Regardless, headwinds exist and require the policy rate to remain stimulative, he said.Related Stories:Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The latest charts that matter most to the Bank of CanadaHigh-flying loonie could give Bank of Canada pause in this week’s interest rate decisionBank of Canada may diverge from dovish peers as economy reboundsAt the last rate decision on March 6, “we said pretty clearly, conditions warrant a rate of interest below neutral,” Poloz said . “So it’s obvious that we’re still working on some headwinds or things that are keeping the economy getting all the way home. That’s as far as I can go at this stage.”A good indication of how the economy is doing comes later Monday, when the central bank releases the spring edition of its Business Outlook Survey and Senior Loan Officer Survey, the institution’s last major publications before the April 24 rate announcement and quarterly Monetary Policy Report. Also this week, Statistics Canada releases data on trade, inflation and retail sales.In Washington, Poloz did provide some insight into the Bank of Canada’s recent change in tone, saying it was a case of “confidence in the outlook eroding as we got a series of data points that were on the wrong side of things.”Given the weaker data, Poloz said governing council became a “little less confident we would get anywhere close to neutral range in the near term so we better tone down that language to make sure markets understand that that’s not a destination like right away. “We’re trying to inject more conditionality into it,” the governor said.While markets are pricing in a small chance of a cut over the next year, Poloz said investor expectations seem to be consistent with a belief interest rates will be “on hold for a while.”“What’s a while, I don’t know,” he said. “Once again, that’s a data dependent notion.”Bloomberg.com Bank of Canada’s Stephen Poloz reinforces perception rates are on hold Business Outlook Survey out today will offer more clues on economy Comment Recommended For YouWall St falls as expectations for hefty Fed cut trimmedICE cotton rises 2% as market weighs trade talksU.S. net long dollars fall in latest week -CFTC, ReutersA rally and a redirect: why the markets are so focused on the FedAirbus mimics nature with ‘Bird of Prey’ concept plane Email Headwinds exist and require the policy rate to remain stimulative, said Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.Canadian Press 1 Comments More Reddit Facebook Theophilos Argitis Featured Stories advertisement Share this storyBank of Canada’s Stephen Poloz reinforces perception rates are on hold Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Bloomberg News ← Previous Next →