The Cardinals still have their accountability sheet, which Bruce Arians brought with him last year. It was a big topic of conversation last offseason as many players — especially on offense — struggled with the learning curve. This year, quarterback Carson Palmer said, “it’s gotten better.”
“It did not ever get better last year,” Palmer added.
Palmer is also thrilled with where the offense is at this point. He couldn’t say the same this time last year, and it’s a good thing right now, since the Cardinals are down to one practice Thursday before scattering for the rest of the offseason. Some other
Tuesday Wednesday notes:
— Arians was happy at the practice again, although there were plenty of moments when he or another coach were angry and you could hear it. “A lot of the hollering and screaming is at the young guys, which is normal,” Arians said. “It’s not at the vets. They are playing at a high-quality, high-paced practice.”
— Retired legendary offensive line coach Howard Mudd, who coached in Indianapolis with Arians, visited practice.
— Rookie wide receiver John Brown had a drop and a couple of mistakes, which hasn’t been the case most of the offseason as he has impressed everyone. “He was a rookie today,” Arians said, adding with a smile, “I think he’s reading his press clippings.”
— Arians said he is happy with how the Cardinals are working through the situations the coaching staff is putting them through. They did the same thing last summer, but Arians said “we didn’t have a clue what we were doing.” Now, with a season of the Cardinals running the offense and defense on video from the 2013 season, it’s easier to teach, Arians said.
— Undrafted rookie interior offensive lineman Anthony Steen is finally back on the field. Arians said he is “way back” after missing time with an injury but the coach sounded encouraged that Steen, out of Alabama, could impress once the pads go on.
— Linebacker John Abraham was still sick and sat out. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) was still out.
— Palmer, on the addition of Brown and Ted Ginn at receiver: “Pure speed, and it’s something this offense must have to be successful. They give us a dramatic change from what we had last year.”
— Palmer sounded encouraged about the progress of right tackle Bobby Massie, who was running with the first unit. “When you don’t notice a guy that’s a good thing,” Palmer said. “That’s what I have noticed about Bobby is that I haven’t noticed him. That’s exactly what you want from your tackles.”
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