The Cardinals are done with practice for the bye week. The player will get their CBA-mandated four straight off days, and, while the coaches aren’t going to be off four straight days, they will take some time away.
“You’ve got to take a break,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “If you think back two months ago when we came to camp, we were working 24 (hours) a day, seven days a week to start. We’ve been grinding away for two months now. We’ll be in the office and we will be working, but we will take some days off this weekend. It is important to step away from it, relax, spend time with your family and enjoy the weekend.”
The Cardinals’ final workout before the weekend (no, they did not wear pads, because I know someone will ask) included work again on third downs and the no-huddle. Quarterback Kevin Kolb said the team started last week to “up the intensity” in the two-minute work and the last two days “have been great work.” “It’s the most impressive two days of work we have had so far, and I really believe that,” Kolb added.
Those situations are crucial. Whisenhunt said the Cards will work on two-minute “hard” next week as well, noting that it has been an Achilles’ heel. “That’s one of the areas we got a lot of work done in training camp in years past and we just didn’t have the time for it this year,” Whisenhunt said. “But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist for us to figure out three games where we had a chance. It only makes sense for us to work on it.”
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