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Feely’s perfection and Arians under ice

Posted by Darren Urban on August 12, 2014 – 1:44 pm

Rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro didn’t have a miss in his preseason debut. He made all three field goals, all three extra points and he was excellent on kickoffs, either driving them over the end zone or creating touchbacks or returns inside the 20. It’s veteran Jay Feely’s turn in Minnesota. So what is coach Bruce Arians looking for?

“Perfection,” Arians said.

Is that all?

Arians said that means making his kicks and having decent depth and hangtime on his kickoffs. “(Jay) has always kicked off adequately, but when someone is kicking off better and all the kicks are the same, you’re going to take the guy who is kicking off better,” Arians said.

Feely will have to kick outside in Minnesota, although Arians has said Feely will get to kick inside too, the following week against the Bengals. The kicking battle will continue to be interesting.

– Arians said yet again that fighting in practice is “not tolerable,” and that’s why Darnell Dockett and Bradley Sowell were stuck doing laps the balance of practice Monday after fighting. “You get ejected from the game (for fighting), so you get ejected from practice,” Arians said. “We practice like it’s a game every day. You lose your temper and punch a guy, you get ejected.”

– S Tyrann Mathieu and DT Alameda Ta’amu are “pretty close” to being removed from PUP and returning to practice.

– Still no rush on filling the empty three roster spots right now. “There really isn’t any need,” Arians said. “The number of players we have, to get somebody ready to play in a game that’s available right now, there’s nobody out there right now who are going to make our team better. We have our eyes on a couple guys that we will potentially bring in.”

– Interestingly, Arians called cornerback Jerraud Powers “probably our most valuable player on defense” right now because of how versatile he is in the secondary. It echoed those one-time thoughts of Ray Horton on Richard Marshall back in 2011.

– The injuries that kept a handful of players out for Monday’s practice will do the same today. That means left guard Jonathan Cooper is still out, which doesn’t help. “It’s a big deal for anyone on the club right now because the competition level is high. It’s not like anything is in cement,” Arians said. The coach added a player can definitely lose his job after getting injured. “You can if someone comes in and plays better than you were playing,” Arians said. “That’s called Wally Pipp.”

– Finally, in case you missed it, Arians took part in the viral #icebucketchallenge to raise awareness for ALS. He had been challenged by Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. Arians accepted — the idea is you get ice water dumped on you on video or you donate money to the cause — and Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer were only too happy to oblige.

“At first it wasn’t too bad,” Arians said. “That second one had too much ice in it. Thought it gave me a concussion. I wanted it to be ‘bam, bam.’ They waited too much.”

Arians challenged Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. “Tomlin told me he’s not dumping water on his head so he’s going to donate money,” Arians said.


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18 Responses to “Feely’s perfection and Arians under ice”

  1. By D on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    BA is classic. He doesn’t see anyone out there to make the team better but he has a couple of players he might bring in…
    I am guessing the Cards will go with the young Kicker this year…hopefully in a clutch SF or Seattle game he has nerves of steel…

    If John Abraham for some reason can’t be relied on this year, maybe they could get James Harrison in for some more toughness and attitude on our defense on a one year minimal deal…

  2. By T. Stone on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    I betcha he donated money also. :-) Good Sport But don’t get into a snowball fight with Larry and Carson or they will be coating rocks with snow.

  3. By T. Stone on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Not the year to go with the young kicker. Keep them both.

  4. By Cody Zarr on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    It will be sad to see Mr. Feely go, if in fact he does. I will always have fond memories of his touchdown run and in general good guy demeanor. I’m not counting him out but this new kid looks like he has a powder keg in his leg.

  5. By azdesertrat1953 on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    So Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin chickened out. Wonder when an if, Big Ben will do it.

    Hey Darren, BA’s is the only one to take two bucket loads of ice / water is he not? At least he is the only one I have seen do two.
    I have to agree with T.Stone, I’ll bet he donated cash too.

    Do Not use Rocks! You need to use three or four clear marbles in the snow balls because after you hit someone the marbles are dang near invisible in the snow so they can not be found and thrown back. You gotta have an edge when it is all out snow ball war!
    Adults only of course.

    GO CARDS!!!

  6. By Ben on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Urb…

    off topic but the new sideline reporter in the TM interview on the home page did a great job.

  7. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Aug 13, 2014 | Reply

    Arains told us a LOT about roster composition with this on Teddy Williams: ” “He’ll make the team on special teams and continue to improve as a press corner. He has the length and speed to be a good man-to-man corner.”

    With PP, Cro, Powers (the D’s MVP per BA), Bethel, Mathieu as a swing S and Nickel CB…and with so many other good S (Deone, Rashad,Jeff).. maybe they can carry 4RB, 4TE and 6 WR? And still have room for 1 more DB, like Curtis Taylor?

  8. By Big Ken on Aug 13, 2014 | Reply

    Jay Feely needs a good realtor.

  9. By jason on Aug 13, 2014 | Reply

    Man, the problem with your team playing such an efficient first preseason game; it makes the week prior to game two drag on. I’m dying over here waiting to see this team perform again.

  10. By Dr. G. on Aug 13, 2014 | Reply

    Here we are with BA …”ready, fire, aim,” again… Doubt not, I love this guy…our new great, blue collar coach. Like, kicking guys out of practice for fighting…just like game consequences…good teaching… But, making a prediction on the kicker tends to skew the fans’ perspective, and shows little respect for Feeley, a long-term fan favorite. Explaining a concept? Not how he is quoted here. He is doing the right things, but it would serve him better to announce things in their appropriate time frame. There is no accountability issue here for Feeley… Cards’ Fans are best!

  11. By T. Stone on Aug 13, 2014 | Reply

    azdesertrat1953

    RE Marbles

    Nice tip, I’ll try that out in a couple of months. I hope my kids don’t read this blog. :-)

  12. By br in nc on Aug 13, 2014 | Reply

    T-stone, Azdesertrat1953,
    First though that came to mind was he probably took the ice for a good PR picture for the charity to use and sent the money along with it, something tells me Tomlin does neither! He just doesn’t have that charitable,look, or personality. (Don’t ask, because I’m not sure what a charitable “look” is even supposed to look like! LOL)

    Probably quite a few Posters on here that had the same first thought!

  13. By NYCardinals212 on Aug 13, 2014 | Reply

    Snowballs —

    If it aint broke . . . No need for rocks and marbles. Since the beginning of time, the best way is to simply dip the snowball in water right before you throw it. The ice covered shell will be more than enough for a good sting — and your friend won’t lose an eyeball. There’s nothing worse than the temporary agony of getting hit with a stinging snowball in the ear.

  14. By Dr. G. on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    This side story has descended into Ernest T. Bass throwing rocks at the house of his want-to-be girlfriend. T. Stone, your kids? Barney simply said, “You’re a nut.” Jason is correct…this week is a drag…

  15. By CC on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    Does BA remember the game where 25 points scored came from Jay? Don’t want to think it is a personal vendetta about BA’s son, Jake, losing to Jay as placekicker with the Atlanta Falcons, but you don’t ask for “Perfection”. Is BA going to give us the same he is expecting from Jay? Doubt it!

  16. By Darren Urban on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    CC —

    RE: Feely

    First, Arians was not coaching this team in the game Feely had 25 points. That was 2010.

    And there is no “vendetta.” Feely was the kicker last year. If there was truly anything personal here, he wouldn’t have been.

  17. By CC on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    Darren,

    good point about 2010. what is your thought about BA giving the same perfection he is asking from Jay? not realistic from either of them or any other member of the team, so why even put that out there?

  18. By Darren Urban on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    CC –

    RE: “perfection”

    My thought is that is typical Arians. I know it, I’m sure Feely knows it by know. Obviously, I don’t think Feely has to be perfect, although who knows? Maybe that’s the bar Catanzaro set in the first game.

    These are all big boys that are involved. It’s not like we’re talking about a Pop Warner coach or even a college coach. The stakes are high and the pressure is intense.

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