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Arians after further review

Posted by Darren Urban on August 11, 2013 – 10:13 am

The Cardinals are back at practice this morning at the team’s Tempe facility for the first time since playing Friday night. A few notes and thoughts from coach Bruce Arians in his first media session since the game.

– The running back situation isn’t cleared up right now, starting with the fact running back Ryan Williams (knee), who insisted last week he’d be back for the Cowboys game, might not be back yet. “I don’t know if he’ll play this week,” Arians said. Andre Ellington is still being handled with kid gloves with his neck issue (he is sitting today) and Arians said Rashard Mendenhall is still trying to get the stiffness out of his knee.

– Safety/special teamer Jonathon Amaya suffered a slight MCL sprain in the game. Arians said he’d be out a couple of days,

– Arians liked the job of the offensive line and specifically praised LT Levi Brown for his work on Clay Matthews, although he noted Brown will have to deal with DeMarcus Ware this week. All four tackles played pretty well.

– G Daryn Colledge (leg) is close to coming back, but it’s clear Arians is looking at Paul Fanaika at right guard too. “We’re solidifying (the line) without (Colledge) pretty good right now,” Arians said. “Paul played really well. Hoppefully Daryn can get back out there. There’s competition now.”

– The Cards will practice half outside and half in their new bubble today. Long-term, it’s a big deal to have the bubble, Arians said. “We’ll be able to stay on a normal practice schedule,” he said. “It will show dividends I think throughout September. We’ll have normal teaching routine as opposed to having to bus over to ASU or morning practices or things that are different.”


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29 Responses to “Arians after further review”

  1. By Cards4Ever on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    I swear Ryan Williams is trying to get himself cut.

  2. By CDJ on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    i am kind of rooting for fanaika to win the rg spot, so long as he continues to play well

  3. By Safety Guy on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Doesn’t look good for Ryan.. The knee is one issue, I think confidence is another.

  4. By Safety Guy on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    I hear Timmy wants a team

  5. By VegasCardsFan on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Me too CDJ. Never been a big believer in Colledge

  6. By rod on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Man, I think Williams is gonna be cut. I knew things were bad, but this read really makes me think he’s done.

  7. By Cards4Ever on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, who has the final say on who makes the team, Keim or Arians?

  8. By Sean on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Taking Cards4Ever statement a little further, I think that Williams has actually lost his will to play football because I don’t believe he is willing to take another hit after both of his devastating injuries. During that linebacker drill he looked as if he was terrified to make contact before the hit & then it was right after that when he claimed his knee was injured. I kind of feel for him, but if you no longer have the desire to take or give a hit, it’s time to leave the game. I don’t want to call him scared, as he has to be a tough guy to get where he is, but sometimes a couple of nasty injuries can make you question the contact.

  9. By rimrunner on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    i think its a shame that no one has mentioned how hard stefon taylor(i dont know if i spelled that right) he did what he could with what holes he had and he got stronger as the game went on an had a few good runs as he got use to the nfl game. I was very impressed with taylor.

  10. By SK on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Hey, How bout Mike Bell. He would love to play and it seems the Cards are in need. I’ve seen video of him working out and he looks good. He has never had a chance to shine. He has good stats, but has always had one or two incumbents in front of him. I have his number if you need it
    . He’s also a hometown boy

  11. By kauaicardsfan on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Love the new passion, attitude and additions to the team !
    We actually can keep the QB upright and throw down field, now the other teams defenses have to game plan different from last year instead of pinning their ears back and looking for the sack they have to respect the long ball or may get burned BIG TIME!
    GO CARDS!!

  12. By Chris on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Surprised they didn’t sign another young RB? With All these young late round RBs breaking through, you might not need high profile guys, just guys who can run. Or is William Powell still available?

  13. By Darren Urban on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Cards4Ever —

    RE: Final say

    Keim.

  14. By credit card on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Two high profile and draft pick running backs are now looking from the sideline, Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams. Both pampered from the last coaching staff, and revealed from the past coaching staff as a piece of the Cards cornerstones for future success. Today, our staff and the other 31 teams are passing over these two. Funny on how much better we can evaluate talent today vs. a year ago.

  15. By NYCardinals on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Wow Sean, you really have an insight into a player’s intentions and desires. Are you the Oracle? I sure have a lot of questions about my girlfriend.

  16. By ored on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    i think with the improved passing game we’ll be ok with the RBs,we really need better o-line push if anything,but i think that will come also once they get comfortable with the new scheme.we have the type of players that can break off a big play,just need enough to keep their defense honest to allow air cards to fly.

    i am also a little concerned with TE play,but maybe that stays under wraps until the play really counts.maybe give jefferson a few hand offs until he starts catching the ball.

    really excited for our recieving corps,gonna be really hard to cover everybody.can hardly wait to see a screen pass executed properly or a play action that actually misdirects.once all the vanilla plays are down pat we can open up the arsenal.

    worst case,we trade a reciever or db for another rb or te since we are heavy in those areas.

  17. By Sean on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Hey NYCardinals, I have an update on your GF after dropping her off from our weekly motel meeting. She confided in me how she needed something more fulfilling that she just wasn’t getting at home. She thinks you’re a nice guy, but doesn’t subscribe to the thought of good things come in small packages!….Sorry for the bad news, but now your questions have been answered.. Let me know if you have anymore!

  18. By dieselbomb on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Had high hopes for RWilliams.

    3 seasons with crummy bad injuries and only Five games showing mediocre stats tells me he won’t be here after game day Saturday.

    I wish you very, very well Ryan. I hope you find something that fits like a glove. God Bless -

  19. By mothertrucker on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    thought the game went pretty well, the depth receiving core played good as well as the defense. There were mistakes but all in all, a 0 is a 0 so well done defense.

    I was happy with Carson Palmer too. I felt that he went out and proved that with a receiving core that wasn’t well, Oakland’s, he could preform and preform well. Not only him, but the other QB, Colts backup last year, can’t remember the name. They both proved themselves showing that they could spread the ball around. But I HAVE to mention the blocking with Levi doing amazing guarding Clay Matthews! I can’t believe this was the same team that finished 32nd in sacks allowed last season.

    All in all, it’s only been one preseason game and I can’t wait to see how our Cards do this season

  20. By sbrown on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    @ Sean, I agree with you about Williams, just looks like he is thinking about the next hit. Remember back in old Sun Devil days, in 2005 Cards took J J Arrington RB in the second round. He was to be “all that and a bag of chips”, for the Cards as the premier RB, took a huge hit in his first game ( I think, maybe it was first pre season game ) , anyway he never ran the ball with authority after that hit.

  21. By stevenanimator on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,

    Do you have any inside knowledge as to what exactly is wrong with Ryan William’s knee besides tendinitis? It just seems that if he’s waiting until there’s no more pain, he might as well pack his bags and call it quits. He should know RB’s have a very short shelf life – even the ones who are more durable. It’s unfortunate, but this league isn’t really geared for RB’s to have a long career as teams toss and turn them rather quickly.

  22. By NYCardinals on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    You ARE the Oracle.

  23. By Eazy E on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Arians and delusional cardinal fans need to stop it with the cheering and praising of Levi Brown.. On a side note though, if Keim has the final say on the roster, that ain’t right. Arians should have the final say because he is the damn head coach, not Keim. Keim helps make the moves with Arians, but he makes the decisions.

  24. By Louisville Card on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Great game Friday, but Smith wasn’t very impressive. It wasn’t all his fault, but he still looked like he could only gain 2 yards at a time. With Williams looking to get himself cut as well by not being available, what are the chances that Keim looks into Turner as the 4th back?

    Also with Faniaka playing so well do you see Keim parting ways with Colledge to take the cap hit this year?

  25. By Darren Urban on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: RB/Colledge

    Arians said today they aren’t looking to add a back.

    As for Colledge, I doubt it right now. But I never say never.

  26. By sbrown on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Darren –
    I thought that Colledge is in his last year of his contract, which if he is cut, the Cards would take the full salary cap hit this year. I also thought it was 3.5 – 4 Million, which I think would about suck up the last of the cap space this season, not smart if they need to make a roster move due to injury early in the season.

  27. By Darren Urban on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    sbrown —

    RE: Colledge

    Colledge is under contract through 2015.

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