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No reason for Cards to put up a fight

Posted by Darren Urban on August 19, 2015 – 9:06 am

Bruce Arians mentioned early in training camp he would have liked to have a joint practice with another team in training camp, to break up the monotony and to raise the level of practice that inevitably comes with going against another team rather than teammates. Given how averse Arians is to training camp fights, however, maybe it’s good that the Cardinals never did work that out.

The Rams-Cowboys joint practice donnybrook Tuesday was just the latest in joint practice battles. The Redskins and Texans got into it earlier this month and last training camp, it was the Cowboys and Raiders. The two this month were bad enough that the joint practices were called off and the teams went to practice on separate fields.

It would be interesting to see what Arians would do if his players got into a training camp tussle with another team. He’s made no bones about it happening with his own team — last summer’s Darnell Dockett/Bradley Sowell laps and then a separate abrupt end to practice underscored the head coach’s feelings on the subject. (The apple doesn’t fall far from the coaching tree either. Todd Bowles made the Jets run because of a practice fight recently.)

And while there are plenty that feel there is good that can come out of a camp scrap — ask Ron Wolfley — there is tangible evidence the downside is too great. The Cardinals know about injuries. Back in 2003, guard Leonard Davis broke his hand punching defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch. (Amazingly, my story at the time is still floating around on the internet.) That’s never good.

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7 Responses to “No reason for Cards to put up a fight”

  1. By don on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    it’s all fun . until someone looses an eye LOL
    my mom loved that 1

  2. By Jimbowan on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    Now cut Stanton to make room for contributors.

  3. By jaime on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    jeez i hope Mike lupati is alright!!! Sick and tired of hearing about “KNEES”!!!

  4. By Big Ken on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    So Dockett is gone and Sowell never played a snap last year. Probably coincidence, after their little rumble.

  5. By clssylssy on Aug 19, 2015 | Reply

    I really liked what Sean Payton told his team about fighting, that he had zero tolerance and if they wanted to fight they could pack their bags! Don’t know that BA has sounded quite that strong but I know he has sent the message that he wanted none of that on his team. With practice time so limited, it seems childish and self-defeating to see grown men behaving like school boys when we have bigger goals for February. In any other work place fighting would be grounds for immediate termination. Let’s keep a tight ship on course towards reaching that Lombardi!

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