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The week in Sarasota just about done

Posted by Darren Urban on September 27, 2013 – 11:40 am

The Cardinals finished their final full practice of the week today. After that rocky start to the week, with a practice that could have been poor Wednesday because of the rain and the near-flooded field (pictures here) but went, by all accounts, pretty well. The sun came out Thursday (with the IMG fields remarkably dry 24 hours later) and the Cards got in all their necessary work for Sunday’s game against the Bucs.

“The adversity kind of helped make it more focused,” coach Bruce Arians said. “It was something we needed this week.”

We’ll have a “Friday Before” post in a bit, but here are a couple of quick notes:

– S Rashad Johnson was limited in practice today and will be questionable for the game. Arians sure made it sound like he would play, although Johnson said he and the team will still check it out Saturday. He tried to work a cast that would give a couple fingers freedom, but it was determined it wasn’t going to work, so if he does play, he will do so with a big ball cast on his left hand. Arians said he’d be a backup and play special teams.

– Are the Cards ready for the humidity? Sure, Arians said, deadpanning, “I think we had seven IVs yesterday. It was about what we needed.”

– Arians said Wednesday the linebackers would be Matt Shaughnessy and John Abraham and the young guys would fill in behind them. But Arians was a little less detailed Friday talking about who would start at outside linebacker, with heat and weather conditions playing factors as well.

“Depend on the packages,” Arians said. “Todd has a number of different packages. There could be any number of mix and match scenarios.”

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8 Responses to “The week in Sarasota just about done”

  1. By Mike G on Sep 27, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is cool!– I really hope the Card’s can get this game on Sunday. They have to stop Doug Martin — he has been running effectively. The Bucs are desperate and I think lacking confidence right now–but they have a pretty good defense. If the Cards can score first I think that can take some of the steam out of the Bucs. Palmer has to rebound from his sub par game last week and produce. 3rd down conversions are always a barometer of a good offense and the Card’s have to improve with this. I hope Housler can contribute this week. The D should be able to step up and handle this new QB– he seems very raw. Darren– do you think the Cards run defense will struggle without Alexander and Acho??????

  2. By clssylssy on Sep 27, 2013 | Reply

    Darren:
    Do you think that the Cards would have any interest in Freeman? He may not be Andrew Luck but with BA’s history for developing young QBs he might have potential for down the road, not necessarily as a franchise QB but possibly a good backup or trade bait. Given the internal situation with the Bucs, I have to wonder if Freeman was a victim of a franchise on the brink of imploding. From what I’ve heard on NFL Live,it sounds as if he and Glennon both have been taking reps in practice pretty much on an even basis, which according to Herm Edwards, has inhibited Freeman’s development as a starter (that has a certain familiar ring). Just a thought?

  3. By Darren Urban on Sep 27, 2013 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Missing OLBs

    I don’t know what the affect is going to be. Neither Acho or Alexander were stars. That said, they were starters and I am very curious to see how the Cards handle substitutions and schemes in their absence.

  4. By Darren Urban on Sep 27, 2013 | Reply

    Clssy –

    RE: Freeman

    I would be very careful on that. Clearly he didn’t mesh with the current coaches, but he has never been able to take the next step regardless and I am wary of any player with off-the-field maturity issues.

  5. By ored on Sep 27, 2013 | Reply

    he already has years of bad habits to change,probably better to start molding fresh from the college ranks if you’re confident in your talent evaluating and teaching acumen,besides it gives us fans more to geek out over on draft day.who would’nt want to find their own wilson or kap.

  6. By clssylssy on Sep 27, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks Darren. I’m not sure I understand what you consider “taking the next step” means, and I understand that Freeman doesn’t mesh with the current coach (who a number of other players have had difficulty adjusting to also). Personalities aside, I do know he played pretty good in previous seasons and holds a number of franchise records. I remember him playing very well against the Saints in 2009 and completing a 95 yrd pass against them in 2012. Given his accomplishments, I wasn’t aware of his “off the field” issues standing out any more than some other players and thought he seemed more accomplished than anyone we’ve had in recent years and might even excel under someone like Coach Arians. Appreciate your opinion :)

  7. By Rick on Sep 28, 2013 | Reply

    Your coach said that if he had known it would rain he would have practiced somewhere else. This is Florida and it rains like this all the time. This is the rainy season.

  8. By philiprocca on Oct 4, 2013 | Reply

    boo cards

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