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Posted by Darren Urban on April 15, 2013 – 2:09 pm

On a day where most of the NFL was just starting their offseason work (and on a day when football seems a little trivial given the tragic events at the Boston Marathon), the Cardinals were entering Phase II of the offseason schedule thanks to their new coaching staff. That meant on-field work for about an hour today with coaches. The main restriction is no offense-versus-defense work, which meant once the defensive players finished with their various position drills and gathered as a group, they were limited to lining up against trash cans to walk through various defensive calls without much else to do. The offense didn’t get to do a ton more, but at least there were snaps and handoffs and passes, even if it was against air.

The most noticeable thing on this initial day of coach/player work on the field: The tangible evidence of the larger coaching staff. When players are working with individual units, they had smaller groups thanks to the extra coaches. That was Head Coach Bruce Arians’ plan all along (and there is Arians below checking out his team). Arians wanted more coaches so that it was easier to teach (and with my wife being a teacher, I understand the desire for smaller class sizes). That extended on to the field when assistant offensive line coach Larry Zierlein worked with the edge blockers (tight ends and tackles) while offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin worked with the centers and guards. Or linebackers coach Mike Caldwell working the inside linebackers with outside linebackers coach James Bettcher working with that group.

The crowd was also good. This is all voluntary remember — including next week’s minicamp — but the Cardinals had almost everyone on hand. A story on the homepage and a photo gallery coming later today.

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24 Responses to “On the field, with coaches”

  1. By Eazy E on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Big Belly Bruce!!!#LOL

  2. By djjackson81 on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    60 and sexy baby…

  3. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Ok Darren,

    Where did the olineman line up when going against trash cans? For instance, was Brown outside or inside? Potter? Ect?

    Did you see anything?

  4. By aaron on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    This is the main source for optimism when it comes to improved OLine play.

  5. By PotAsh on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    My thoughts to all the victims and their families. This is such needless bloodshed and innocent people getting hurt.

    But, it’s that time of the year again when optimism grabs a hold of you with a vigor you didn’t think was possible after such a dismal season.

    I’m excited for this draft. One, because we get to see what kind of talent we add to the pretty talented Cards roster. But, two, to see how the Cards think tank actually thinks and acts. Their moves in Free Agency seem pretty well thought out even though some “pundits” bequeathed terrible grades.

    I can’t wait for football season to start.

  6. By Darren Urban on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Lineup

    I saw a lot.

    Right now, the five offensive linemen are exactly how you’d predict coming off last year, with the same four starters along with Levi at LT.

  7. By Andy Kw on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    If this team is truly going to be a legitimate team, we need to address the pass rush and pass protections first:
    1.) OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)
    -Assuming that Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher gets drafted first, Lane Johnson is the most logical choice due to the fact that we have a small chance on getting the others first. Johnson has the athleticism and strength. He can solidify our offensive line.
    2.) ILB Arthur Brown (Kansas St.)
    -He was projected to not be drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has the capabilities to help this team on the run stopping game, he is a good pass rusher as well.
    3.) QB Landry Jones (Oklahoma)
    -He has the size and strength that Bruce Arian’s is looking for. He might not be a day 1 starter but with the right coaches and a year or two of development, he will be one of the most decent and consistent Quarterbacks in the NFL.
    4.) RB Kenjon Barner (Oregon)
    -His speed and intelligence on the field is crazy. If we don’t end up signing Josh Cribbs, Barner would be a nice Kick Returner and could end up being a starting running back in the future. This selection could improve our running back tandem.
    5.) DE Devin Taylor (South Carolina)
    -He had an impressive combine and could end up being a steal in the 5th round. Many analysts fear that Taylors size will decrease his agility and athleticism but all of that can be easily fixed and changed. Taylor has the potential of being a day 1 starter no matter what NFL analysts say and could end up being a nice contributor to special teams and the defensive line.
    6.) SS Drew Frey (Cincinnati)
    -He might be prone to injury but his size and aggressiveness makes him an intriguing pick in the 6th round. His injuries will scare other teams away making him a really risky pick. But when healthy, Frey has proven to be one of the decent safeties in college football history. His health can be easily fixed and addressed.
    7.) OG Theo Goins (Central Florida)
    -What can I say, our team is really thin at Offensive Guard. He will be one of the only guards left in the 2013 draft in the 7th round that is good enough to play and start at the next level.

  8. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,

    With what you saw and as you get to know the new staff, what is your feeling about the draft?

    With Brown at LT and Massie at RT along with Potter backing up, do you see the cards going tackle at 7?

    Interesting enough, the colts had a bad oline and they went QB, TE, TE.
    But Palmer is here and he has weapons. (could add an inline TE). The defense was pretty good but could add a pass rusher , safety, and DE. But that could be addressed in round two.

    It almost seems it has to be tackle. Of course one has to be there at 7 and the browns and raiders are looking to trade down. If Miami and SD come up, goodbye tackles.

    I am thinking a surprise at 7. Maybe even a trade down. With the buzz on Tavon, could someone want to come get him at 7.

    What is your gut telling you?

  9. By CHEM DAWG on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    eazy-e…..more like Beer Belly Bruce !!!lol

    cant wait to see his coaching revamp and refresh the team and how we respond on the field.

    GO CARDINALS !!!!!!

  10. By Darren Urban on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Draft

    I don’t think coaches approach it that way. They put the guys they have now in the positions they will play assuming no more additions. If a team drafts someone, they fit them in then. It’s not like there isn’t time to adjust.

  11. By Dynosoar on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    johnybluenose,

    Haven’t seen Richard Greene, but my kids watch Guy Williams as Zoro. Captain Scarlette is an interesting tital, may have to check Greene out.

    As to my favorite Greene, definately Roy and my favorite Williams, Ryan. Hope Ryan stays healthy this season. Hom, Mendenhall and Powell should be a backfield to be reckoned with.

  12. By andystandsup on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Why the sudden change on number of coaches?
    Was it because of Arian’s demand or Whisenhunt’s reluctance?
    Micheal Bidwill’s acceptance or his ignorance?
    Doesn’t count against salary cap but does come off the bottom line – so if obviously beneficial now, why not before?

  13. By Darren Urban on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Coaches

    Arians wanted more coaches. I think Michael Bidwill was willing, but I would also bet the salaries devoted to coaches was split up at lower levels — you do have a few guys just getting started in the business — in order to help make it happen.

  14. By johnnybluenose on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Dynosoar. maybe i’m the old one. Richard Greene, 1950’s Robin Hood. How about Errol Flynn or Douglas Fairbanks.

  15. By Credit Card on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    The Denver Post had an article,that GM John Elway, did not see the blue-chip type players in this year’s draft. I still say, if the Cards can draft down — they should. the player going at #23 will have an equal level of talent as #7. Cards need more picks than other teams.

  16. By Scott H on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hey…who is this O-lineman and what is his jersey number?

  17. By Credit Card on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Trade down for two 2nd rounders. Pick-up Larry Warford, G, Kentucky, and Terron Armstead at Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Go defense with the other 2nd round pick. Third round pick up Barrett Jones, C, and T from Bama. That group along with Massie, and Potter — Cards have a young OL group for years. They would play behind Brown and Sendlien and company for a season … but watch out afterwards.

  18. By cards4sb on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    I sure do like this approach A LOT!!! I sure hope it works.

  19. By Jason on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    You can only coach/plan with the players you have so it makes sense that the tackles are the same. I don’t think you can read anything into that.

    @JTDG….it seems to me like we’re in a great position with this draft. Even if teams trade up and we miss out on the top 3 tackles one of the top defensive players fall to us or we will be in a position to trade down and target Cooper or Warmack.

  20. By aaron on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    Andy Kw–

    Gross

  21. By ored on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    maybe helps also that some specialty coaches are now not so overpaid?

    if levi returns to form before his injury,he gave up 1 sack in his last 8 games,potter ended up averaging less than one sack a game his rookie year and clearly saw the need to muscle up in the off season,and massie gave up no sacks his last 8 games,as a team we went from almost 40 sacks allowed in the 1st 8 games and less than 20 the last 8 games.i think either the guard position or linebacker is more pressing.while i would love to see a dbl.digit sack stud,we still did well as a team in getting after the qb,so even help from the inside would be good.but even though the guard position is’nt seen as high profile,in our case it would (1.protect the qb up the middle and hold the pocket.(2.give our running game a chance to be a difference maker also.i guess what seems to be the best for us is the least glamorous position,a stud at guard,either cooper or warmack(i have this ridiculous image of warmack the incredible hulk on rampage)even though i think cooper has more upside,is a better pass blocker and might be the future at center.but depending on what’s left at 7 i would also be ok with bpa elsewhere,just don’t thinl it’s gonna be lft.tackle,then we could go for a very good guard in the 2nd,this is looking to be one of the more exiting drafts ever.

  22. By Coach Kevin on Apr 16, 2013 | Reply

    I am sticking to my guns on the draft. 1. Lane Johnson, 2. Justin Pugh, 3. Jamie Collins, 4. Nico Johnson, 5. Josh Evans, 6. Zac Stacy, 7. Keelan Johnson. There is a possibility they could take Sean Renfree the QB from Duke in round 7, but I’m sticking with Keelan. Taking a tackle and guard in round one and two would give us the deepest offensive line in the league. In today’s NFL, its all about building depth.

  23. By Chris on Apr 16, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe its an overvalued question, but who´s actually missing?

  24. By AzDesertRat1953 on Apr 16, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t care what the man Looks like, Just Teach Them How to WIN!!!

    Don’t care who they draft, just pick some Winners!!!

    Come on pre-season.

    GO CARDS!!!

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