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Some notes before the rainy practice

Posted by Darren Urban on September 25, 2013 – 9:13 am

The Cardinals are heading out to their first day of practice for the week and it is going to be a very wet one. The rain has not let up.

“Anybody got a boat we can borrow,” coach Bruce Arians said to open his press conference.

In a perfect world, it wouldn’t be raining. Not like this. But Arians said the Cards will make the best of it. In the meantime, here are some notes before I head out myself and try to take a few pictures:

– The Cardinals officially put LB Alex Okafor on season-ending IR with his torn biceps tendon. LB Kenny Demens has been promoted from the practice squad. The Cards also added WR Devon Wylie to the practice squad.

– Okafor said he possibly could’ve played with the injury but decided he has too much football left in his career to risk something like that, so he decided to get it taken care of.

– NT Dan Williams will not play Sunday. His father’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

– Arians said he doesn’t plan on using any inside linebackers on the outside. We’ll see if that can hold up given the circumstances.

– The Cardinals will face a rookie QB Sunday. The Buccaneers benched starter Josh Freeman today for draft pick Mike Glennon. That should benefit this injury-ravaged defense.


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30 Responses to “Some notes before the rainy practice”

  1. By zach on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Condolences to the Williams family, that must be very tough on them.

  2. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Blitz, blitz, blitz.

  3. By clssylssy on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like the Bucs are imploding on schedule and they are starting a rookie QB with Freeman out. Could be the Cards are catching a break here although I don’t know that Freeman was a difference maker and their defense will no doubt have Palmer throwing “air balls” from a horizontal position once again. If the Cards can’t win this one with all the “gimmees” the Powers at be need to go back to the drawing board as, this has all the feel of a long “dry spell” before the possibility of a win against the Jags presents sometime down the road.

  4. By LG on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    I could be wrong but i feel like we got this game in the bag. they think they can beat us with they rookie? bring it on. with all we have been thru they are facing a mad BIRDGANG! we lost the super bowl in tampa but we wont lose this game i feel it.

  5. By Nor cal cards fan on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Did Mark Anderson sign..? It was reported he was working out..?

  6. By William Nielsen on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    How is Larry doing? Do you think he will be 100% healthy on sunday?

  7. By Wnycardfan on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Can you say screwed?
    Bucks are crappy, but our def is in big trouble. Very worried about the def and the season. I know at colts he had to do the same thing but this is the cards, typically that kind of miraculous thing happening doesn’t. It’s going to be a long season folks, and more and more it doesn’t look like a good one. O line is still scary. Hopefully they can at least be competitive.

  8. By UK cards fan on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Are you anticipating full practices from FItz this week darren?

  9. By ES on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    I was kind of hoping the Cards would pick up Glennon in the draft. Let’s hope I was wrong about him, because if he’s awesome, I will be very sad.

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Nor Cal —

    RE: Transactions

    http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/transactions.html

  11. By Darren Urban on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    William —

    RE: Fitz

    I think Fitz is fine.

  12. By LadyBird04 on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    We have had 11 inches of rain in SW Fl in the last two days – still suposed to rain today, tonight and tomorrow. What a wonderful week to enjoy sunny Florida. The Sarasota area got plenty of rain but probably not as much. The ground should be super-soaked so everyone be carefus not to have more injuries in the muck there in Bradenton.

  13. By LG on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    that’s funny i wanted mike glennon to but i dont think he is ready for our def hit him BIRDGANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By LG on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    The key to winning is protecting the QB please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. By Hammy on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Wnycardfan are you serious??? Yeah we have injuries but who doesnt? That is why its the next man up! Look I agree that we have suffered the injury bug, but the season has just begun and we are still in this, just have hope my brother, have hope! We are tied for 2nd place in our division. With the coaches we have in place, and leaders on offense and defense, we will right the ship and steer it in the direction of a successful season. Im talking playoffs YES PLAYOFFS!!!!

  16. By Chuck 1 on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Too bad that Erlacher isn’t an OLB.

  17. By Mark Moreno on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with Dan Williams Family…May god bless them

  18. By joe67 on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think we have had a lot of success rattling rookie qb’s in the past. Lets hope. WE NEED THIS WIN!

  19. By joe67 on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    God bless Dan Williams and his family.

  20. By infitzwetrust on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Whats the status of Rashad?? Out for a few days? Few weeks?

    I hope fitz man-handles revis!

  21. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    Mike Glennon???

    Man, Did Whiz take over as head coach in Tampa. Freeman produced till the new coach got there and he had a pretty good year minus a couple of games last year.

    Revis vs Fitz – cant wait

    Peterson vs Vincent Jackson

    Looking forward to Moch playing. I thought he was a guy we should have targeted in the second round a couple years ago. Pure speed off the edge. As soon as he was cut, I wanted the cards to get this guy. Hopefully he gets on the field in passing situations.

    Dockett woke up for the first time in 3 years. Can he put together 2 games and go get a young QB? It may be tough. If I were Tampa I would have a healthy amount of runs and then quick passes. Occationally mixed in with a deep shot with max protection. But we will see.

    A tough game just became a game we should win. 2-2 after 4 games is right where we should be.

  22. By UK cards fan on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    This will be an interesting situation for bowles, any D coordinator should be salivating at the idea of facing a rookie QB in his first start, especially a rookie QB that struggled with the cerebral aspects of his position in college. I expect exotic blitz packages and coverage schemes. If there is any hint of vanilla this weekend I’m jumping off the Bowles bandwagon like it’s on fire heading off a cliff.

  23. By cardsalltheway on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    John The Draft Guy,
    “Revis vs Fitz – cant wait”

    Why? Fitz ain’t 100% and we have one of the worst QB’s because we still have one of the worst OL’s. The free agent Eric Winston was a wash since he ain’t no better than Massie. Let’s sum up, we had a miserable OL last year thus we only drafted 2 OL. A wise man MUST plan that one of them could get injured which is EXACTLY what happened. So, we’re left with 1 OL(Earl Watford) from the draft to improve our OL and he ain’t even playing. That’s very very sad, it’s going to be a LONG season for Carson Palmer if he survives. The question remains, why did we only draft 2 offensive lineman?
    1st Round pick = Out for season
    2nd Round pick = injured no tackles
    3rd Round pick = 22 tackles
    4th Round pick = Out for season
    4th Round pick = Bench
    5th Round pick = 1 rushing attempt/2 yards
    6th Round pick = Out for season
    6th Round pick = 7 rushing attempts/39 yards
    7th Round pick = 0 receptions
    With our depleted D-fence expect the Tampa’s rookie QB Mike Glennon and any of his WR’s(insert name here) to do better than Palmer/Fitz. Oh, and our # 1 draft pick from 2012 sure hasn’t done much either has he(despite ALL the preseason hype)?

    Our D-fense will get much playing time this week, I’ll be looking at the ratio of Off/Def plays and time of possession. You’ll be able to vote for Mike Glennon next week for “Rookie of the Week.”

  24. By georgiebird on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    If Cards play well against Glennon then Freeman will start the 2nd half. Schiano is stubborn but he won’t buck the fans for a long time in a home game.
    And if the Cards do poorly against Glennon, then it’s ‘wait ’til next year’.
    The old Brooklyn Dodgers’ baseball team was known as “Dem Bums” and the rallying cry was “Wait Till Next Year.” There is a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin (an old Brooklyn Dodgers’ fan) titled “Wait Till Next Year” -I recommend it to all AZ Cardinals’ fans- it will hit very close to home.

  25. By clssylssy on Sep 25, 2013 | Reply

    It seems that many Cards fans don’t pay that much attention to the fire power of other teams or watch them in action even when they are on the schedule. Revis and Vincent Jackson aren’t the only playmakers to be worried about with the Bucs; Carl Nicks has a pretty impressive resume of his own. Also, remember that the Bucs came up just 3 yards shy of a first down that would have allowed them to run out the clock and win the game against the Saints. After last week, rather than salivating, I would be sweating bullets if I were Bowles!

  26. By jonnyb on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    Bruce Arians needs to lay into this team and let them know that they have to play with heart wrap up when you tackle and Carson Palmer needs to look in the pocket longer watch Kurt Warner film he did fine with Levi Brown I understand he’s not doing good now but it also comes down to quarterback calling options

  27. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    cardsalltheway

    Step off the ledge.

    The best WR vs the best CB. that is why.

    Im lost with “fans” like you. Did you think this team was a 16-0 team?
    Did you think we would win in NO ?
    We play a desperate team in Tampa that spent huge money and are grasping at straws with Glennon. If we end at 2-2 after 3 road games,we are in good shape. 7-9 wins would be a successful year in a head coaches first year who has salary cap issues and a new system.

    As for the draft, anyone who knows me knows I would have moved down and taken Kenny Vaccaro in the first, taken Menelik Watson and OLB Jamie Collins in the second.(extra pick due to trade down)
    I thought last year we should have moved up to get Ryan Tannehill, you know, the QB of the 3-0 Dolphins.
    So, yes, I am not always on board with the cards drafts.

    But……Injuries don’t equal bad picks. It happens. In reality, the cards landed two starting guards for next year. They got a starting inside LB for next year,
    The honey badger has created turnovers and will become a better playmaker over time. A sixth round RB who has contributed huge so far.

    Could the draft have been better? sure. But it wasn’t a bad draft.

  28. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    clssylssy

    What nonsense are you trying to say? Wow, with all your knowledge of the Bucs you come up with Carl Nicks. The guy since signing a huge contract with the bucs has been injured most of the time. Thanks for teaching me about the firepower of the bucs.

    Bowles long day? Just stop the run of Doug Martin with 8 in the box. Glennon is terrible.

  29. By ored on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    remains to be seen if glennon is terrible or not,but time for 21 and HB to assume the role of dynamic duo,if ever the secondary shines,this is the time,who knows maybe we finally come together this game,qb rush happens,stall the run,and secondary gets it together.with the wet field,maybe we ground and pound for awhile,could be a very nice game for us,would be really comforting to go home 2-2.

  30. By clssylssy on Sep 27, 2013 | Reply

    @John the Draft Guy?
    Actually, Carl Nicks missed preseason and the first regular season game this year because of MRSA he got at the training facility in Tampa. Prior to that he had never missed a game since playing in the NFL with some 69 starts out of 72 games played. This is his first year with the Bucs after having a stellar career with the Saints (part of their Superbowl Team) , He was ranked #76 in the NFL top 100 for 2012. He was All Pro x2 (2010, 2011) Pro-Bowl x2 (2010, 2011), 2xMadden Most Valuable Protector Award…not too shabby and a little more accomplished than anybody we have at Guard!…I don’t know who you are thinking of, must be someone else!
    And, no, injuries don’t always indicate bad picks EXCEPT when the player has a history of serious concussions and never even is healthy enough to make it to training camp…that is a swing and a miss, or a COSTLY error.
    I do agree with you about Ryan Tannehill and have been impressed with him as a”sleeper” throughout his rookie year and was especially with his performance when we played Miami here. Cardsalltheway, does make a good point, and although Glennon may look like Napoleon Dynamite, he wouldn’t be playing in the NFL if he was a dufus and, like Tannehhill, may be another sleeper…appearances can be deceiving. The fact remains that with all of the internal issues going on within the Buccaneer organization, if the Cards can’t pull out a win here, we’ve got some issues of our own (unresolved for the nearly 20 years I’ve been a fan) and it’s going to be a long season:)

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