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Arians talks Lions, Megatron before practice

Posted by Darren Urban on September 11, 2013 – 1:37 pm

It’s easy to think of the Lions and wide receiver Calvin Johnson and get locked in on him, but Bruce Arians tried to zoom out a bit when talking Wednesday about the Cardinals’ Sunday opponent.

“Everybody that they have is capable of beating you,” Arians said. “You can’t just look at one guy.”

Of course, Johnson is the guy people think of first. Patrick Peterson will not cover Johnson one-on-one all the time, Arians said, but he will do it some. That will likely work for Peterson, who cherishes these matchups (Peterson was not available during the media session today, so we’ll have more on this tomorrow.) Arians smiled with that assessment of Peterson, though. “You have to watch what you wish for sometimes,” Arians said.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz did say, if officials hadn’t overturned two touchdowns in the opener, Johnson would have come out much better than his four-catch-for-37-yard day. “If he has those two, it’s a Megatron game.”

– The ability of Detroit DTs Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley will mean the pressure this week will be on the Cardinals’ interior line of Daryn Colledge, Lyle Sendlein and Paul Fanaika, as opposed to the pressure the tackles were under in St. Louis, Arians said.

– This from Arians, which was important to note: He said newcomer tackle Bradley Sowell can play both sides. But he said Bobby Massie cannot play left tackle — which would be a reason, for all of you who have asked, why he has not been tried there. Arians did say he thinks Massie “has all the talent in the world.”

– Arians, asked for his evaluation of Suh’s reputation as a dirty football player, said he only thing he goes off of is the video. “When I watch tape I see a great football player,” Arians said. “All the rest of the stuff, I don’t have to deal with.”

– Arians said the only player sitting out of practice was tight end Rob Housler, whom Arians already said would probably miss the Detroit game. Some players will be limited today. We will see the official injury report later today.


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14 Responses to “Arians talks Lions, Megatron before practice”

  1. By Bryan on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren.

    When Arians was talking about Massie, did he say “has all the talent in the world”? I think your missing as h.

  2. By Bryan on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply

    Crap. Now I’m doing it.

  3. By Chuck 1 on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply

    Did BA put the kiss of death on Massie by saying “he has all the talent in the world.” as he did with Levi when he called him an “ELITE tackle”?

  4. By procen on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply

    I feel sorry for Carson Palmer who ever going to be against Levi will have a field day.

  5. By georgiebird on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply

    It’s interesting how all the “Levi” talk is taking the focus away from the real culprit in last week’s loss- “THE DEFENSE”. An 11 point lead in the 4th quarter and we lose- now blame Levi- The Defense must have a good PR Dep’t.
    Most Cardinals’ fans like the past coaching staffs’ are so clueless when it comes to analyzing a football game.

  6. By NJAZCardsFan on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply

    It really won’t if Levi has a good game or not, if the Cards pass defense doesn’t get alot better quickly and all of the defense learns how to tackle instead of trying to “arm tackle” everyone…..

  7. By clssylssy on Sep 11, 2013 | Reply

    Peterson covering Megatron…hmm, yep Peterson has the speed but Megatron has the size and power to make a greese spot out of Peterson should thehir worlds collide. I have a really bad feeling about this game and hope it doesn’t result in a bunch of injuries to our players. I watched the Vikings game and the Lions totally ran over them; from what I saw of our defense against St. Louis, Todd Boyles is going to need some kind of magic wand to transform our D into an aggressive, explosive unit in one week. In addition to Calvin Johnson, there’s Reggie to worry about and Matthew Stafford is no chump (5000 yards x2 years) as well as David Akers, Suh and others. It’s only week 2, GOOD LUCK CARDS, STAY HEALTHY & FOCUSED! (Is it just me or does their seem to be a lot of unsportsmanlike conduct that is not being called?)

  8. By red bird of death! on Sep 12, 2013 | Reply

    We gotta beat these clowns physically all day or they will whup us, GO CARDS!!

  9. By Gary on Sep 12, 2013 | Reply

    I have to disagree with Arians about Massie. He has better feet than Levi. Massie should start at LT and Levi should move inside to guard. Levi has always been a good run blocker. Why not move him inside where his slow feet won’t be an issue. It’s not that complicated. Anyone watching him can see that he is going to get beat by speed rushers. Personally I think Levi could be a pro-bowl type guard or maybe even a RT ,but he doesn’t have the feet to be a LT. Arians is trying to put the square peg in the round hole and it’s not going to work no matter how many times he tries it.
    The only other options are for Eric Winston to be moved to LT or for Arians to give Levi help on passing downs all year.

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 12, 2013 | Reply

    Gary —

    RE: Massie

    Not sure how you would be better equipped to judge what Massie can do over a coaching staff who watches him every day.

  11. By azdesertrat1953 on Sep 12, 2013 | Reply

    Anyone ever think that it is Massie who says he can’t play LT?

    GO CARDS!!!

  12. By Flgfan on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    Clssy…. Please stop with the poorly typed, unfounded comments. Worst cards fan ever. I agree that Levi had a bad game against Quinn (who had 3 sacks last year sans Levi) but he was not the reason we lost. If Carson keeps hold of the football on all 3 sacks, we’re looking a lot better. The defense was tough following turnovers, but allowed the rams to mount a fairly easy comeback win. Feely’s miss hurt as well, however I think he’ll make more of those than he misses this season. The lions outside rush is not nearly as formidable as that of St. Louis, and I think Levi will have a much better game this week. If pp can cover megatron and we have a hat on bush, I think we have a good shot this week. I’ll be watching the game in Prescott with my grandpa, and I wanna here you guys in attendance. Get the nest LOUD this week all!

  13. By Big Ken on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, Will Ryan Williams suit up? Or is he being book shelved, by BA/Kiem in hopes of being traded? You know don’t want to get him banged up or anything.

  14. By Darren Urban on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    Big Ken —

    RE: Williams

    I’d think Ryan will be inactive this week, for the same reason he was inactive last week: The three guys in front of him on the depth chart play special teams and he does not.

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