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Friday before the Titans

Posted by Darren Urban on December 8, 2017 – 3:49 pm

Patrick Peterson is the Cardinals’ Man of the Year for a second time, but his time as a punt returner, well, “that stage of my career is over,” he said. Not necessarily because he thinks he can’t do it anymore, but it’s not like the Cardinals are going to put him back there that much. He’s too valuable as a cornerback.

Now, if you asked to go play offense? “That chapter is not over,” Peterson said with a grin. “I’m going to leave that open, and I have a couple of blank pages for coach.”

Peterson said he wishes he could play offense. “I’m an offensive guy at heart,” he said. He wouldn’t even mind quarterback, although that’s not going to happen.

Catching a pass or two would be interesting. The Cardinals will be down John Brown Sunday against the Titans, and J.J. Nelson is nursing a sore knee. Chad Williams should get a little more work.

“(Patrick) used to be in the book, when we didn’t have any speed,” coach Bruce Arians said. “He may be back in there soon.”

*Editor’s Note: Peterson isn’t playing offense this weekend. Or this year, I’m guessing.*

— The other Peterson isn’t playing Sunday, but that isn’t a surprise any longer. Adrian Peterson still hasn’t practiced since suffering the neck injury and his road to return is vague, to say the least. Arians has no answers and Peterson has not yet spoken to the media since getting hurt. More chances for Kerwynn Williams.

— On the good side, having left tackle Jared Veldheer is crucial, especially when weighed against the fact the Titans are without pass rusher Derrick Morgan.

— Quietly, money linebacker Deone Bucannon returned to full practice this week from his ankle injury. Arians already said Josh Bynes – who is playing very well – will get snaps. It’ll be interesting to see how playing time is parceled out to Bucannon, Bynes and Karlos Dansby.

— Don’t forget that the Aeneas Williams episode of “A Football Life” is tonight.

— Also, there is a toy drive Sunday at the stadium, if you would like to contribute. Monetary donations or new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at the gates.

— Marcus Mariota is not Russell Wilson, not even close. Maybe someday, but not today. Still, there are some similarities in terms of mobility in the pocket. The one thing Mariota has (surprisingly) not done well this season (that Wilson absolutely does) is throw on the run. The Cardinals don’t want Mariota escaping for long runs, but if they can get him to move and still try to throw, maybe that is something they can exploit.

— Former Cardinals head coach Dave McGinnis is spending this season as the color analyst for the Titans’ radio network. Mac was a great personality to cover back in the day, and that final locker room speech he made after the famous McCown-to-Poole touchdown – knowing he’d be fired as coach – is as emotional as they get.

— The Titans visit University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday and that will complete the league – Tennessee is the only team not yet to have played in the Cardinals’ “new” stadium, which is in its 12th season. The Cardinals would prefer to be lousy houseguests – Arians is 6-1 against the AFC South since coming to Arizona.

— Larry Fitzgerald needs 26 yards to pass Randy Moss. I’m gonna guess he has that in the first quarter. No, I’m not putting any money on it.

See you Sunday.

 


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16 Responses to “Friday before the Titans”

  1. By joe holst on Dec 8, 2017 | Reply

    meaningless game, terrible year.

  2. By joe holst on Dec 8, 2017 | Reply

    I hope they claim Kenny Britt.

  3. By CARDS62 on Dec 8, 2017 | Reply

    Your thinking is the same as mine that Mariota is the key and he also reminds me of R. Wilson more as a runner than a passer. Wilson has destroyed us so many times that it gives me nightmare.

    Do you think we should put a spy on him? I think we should, but I just do not know who we have who can do it. We could use Chandler Jones, but then who else can put pressure on Mariota in the pocket?

    Same plan as the Jags stop the run first and hope their passing game is off. With that said Bortles still almost beat us with his legs.

    I think another physical game so hopefully our boys show up and play hard.

    Will be nice if Gabbert has his best game. Will need TEs help blocking and catching now that our WR corps have let us down for two years in a row, excluding FItz of course, but all teams need more than 1 wide receiver.

    Go Cards beat those Titans!

  4. By georgiebird on Dec 8, 2017 | Reply

    “And Josh Bynes will get snaps”- are you kidding me? It should read “and Bucannon may see some action”.

  5. By NJAzCardsFan on Dec 9, 2017 | Reply

    If Garrapalo (spelling?) was available…. I am still trying to figure out why Keim didn’t go after him???

  6. By Jon on Dec 9, 2017 | Reply

    NJAzCardsFan – –

    Re:Garoppolo

    One reason why the team likely didn’t go after J. Garoppolo is because the ghost of Kevin Kolb still haunts this organization.

    Sometimes you learn from the past, other times you think you’ve learned but you’re really just making a whole new mistake.

    The jury is still out on which of these things are true, just as the jury is still out on Garoppolo himself

  7. By CardsNation on Dec 9, 2017 | Reply

    Gabbert doesn’t seem like a future QB for me anymore. He missed way too many throws that could potentially result in multiple TDs or long gains. He also had 5 ints, which is unacceptable in just three games. Maybe we should draft a QB. I do not like Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen. And Lamar Jackson just doesn’t fit into this offense. Luke Falk has good stats but I think he will be a third-round pick. Sam Darnold and Mason Rudolph are the two guys I would take in the first round. Nevertheless, it’s too early to say this until the combine.

  8. By georgiebird on Dec 9, 2017 | Reply

    Glad the Cards didn’t pick up Garoppolo- his draft weaknesses:
    1) Tad undersized
    2) small hands
    3) short arms
    4) spread offense in college
    5) throws to main option
    6) not a real strong arm
    A GM like SK- who has struck out a few times trying to bring in a QB- would have been second guessed for giving up the equivalent of the 32nd player in the draft to get JG. And the chances of this iffy bet working out for SK would have been slim. But for a lot of fans- Any Port in a Storm.

  9. By dieselbomb on Dec 9, 2017 | Reply

    By CardsNation on Dec 9, 2017 – Said :

    ” Gabbert doesn’t seem like a future QB for me anymore. He missed way too many throws that could potentially result in multiple TDs or long gains. He also had 5 ints, which is unacceptable in just three games. Maybe we should draft a QB. I do not like Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen. And Lamar Jackson just doesn’t fit into this offense. Luke Falk has good stats but I think he will be a third-round pick. Sam Darnold and Mason Rudolph are the two guys I would take in the first round. Nevertheless, it’s too early to say this until the combine. ”

    Out of all of the above-named college players, Josh Rosen fits Arians’ scheme and preferences the best.

    Rosen can –

    * chuck the ball deep
    * hit the small windows ( including small windows which are in motion )
    * make necessary adjustments on any single attempt MID-THROW

    … and do each of the above with accuracy.

    * can absorb a difficult playbook speedily with great retention and understanding

    And he’s a coach’s player; and has a very capable mind.

    Rosen needs –

    * a stout O-Line
    * a meaningful Run Game
    * at least one capable Receiver, but more would be gravy ( and we have that )

    He DOES have some negatives; however, he’s been playing with a team that has deficiencies beyond Rosen’s area of control, and these deficiencies have hurt the team. His negatives can be managed-out with true established professionals all around him.

    .
    You supplied a good Post.

    I disagree a bit regarding Gabbert – I think they turned to him too late in the season where we’re in desperation mode. True enough, he has made a couple Doink decisions, however he’s got good poise, accurate delivery (if players catch the ball), good ‘Bail Out’ speed in extending plays. I could see him as a starter next season if Arians remains with us.

  10. By Scott H on Dec 9, 2017 | Reply

    Man, I STILL love me some Dave McGinnis. He was just such a good guy. One heck of a D-coordinator when he was here, too. The story of how he backed away from the Bears job to remain here will ALWAYS stand as one that makes him a Cardinals guy for life. It’s right up there with Pat Tillman turning down more money from the Rams to stay here. RIP, Pat.

    Dave was a hard working guy. Maybe being a head coach just wasn’t his thing. But he also didn’t have a real good team, either. I just love the guy. And that win against the Vikings was an all-timer!! I still remember seeing pictures of Nate Poole in the stands at the Packers playoff game the following week. They were only there because of the Cardinals pulling off that miraculous play and the Packers brought him to Lambeau as a special guest. Pretty cool!

  11. By Greg L on Dec 9, 2017 | Reply

    I wish this team was better coached

  12. By John S. on Dec 10, 2017 | Reply

    Hey.. why not let Patrick Peterson run a few routes in the last couple of games somewhere in there. What’s it going to hurt? Besides, it will give the fans a nice boost to cheer for, and might even help perk up the Team some… need to have fun too ya’ know, or why even play..?

  13. By clssylssy on Dec 10, 2017 | Reply

    I have to agree that Gabbert is not the future but, sorry to say, don’t see any improvement regardless of who’s under Center as long as we don’t make the necessary changes in GM and coaching staff. It’s really hard to imagine anyone being successful in our current situation and it would be sad to see a young talent waste their shot at a career here where our GM can’t draft and the entire playbook is antiquated and no longer works but more importantl, this front office has demonstrated they are unable to adjust to change and be competitive in the market place recruiting and developing players.
    Of the QBs coming out of college, I am not impressed with anyone really when trying to insert them into this system. Even though Mayfield won the Heisman and there is no question about his talent, I don’t see him being anything but a liability in this setting where one of our main difficulties has been a lack of disciplined play. Put him in an Organization like the Broncos(a la Aquib Talib) and he’ll probably develop into another Tom Brady; this isn’t a plug’n play league where one size fits all. The Cards are an old team with an old mentality and old souls trying to get into a race against modern philosophy/technology.
    I too liked Dave McGinnis but I also like Ken Whisenhunt and feel that much of the time the best guys with x’s and o’s don’t necessarily translate to HCs because they are all about the game and their players and not so good with the other stuff.
    Sometimes it’s best to stick with what you do best and are happiest doing, in the longrun it’s better for everyone.
    Right now, it doesn’t seem that change is in sight and I can only assume that as long as there are seats being filled, we will continue another year just like the last two.

  14. By clssylssy on Dec 10, 2017 | Reply

    Comparing these teams, it all starts up front & anyway you cut it, the Cards are seriously outmatched by the Titans. Whether it’s the linemen or a he fact that we have a shaky third string QB against one of the smartest young QBs in the league who is playing at a high level, added to the fact that we don’t play the Titans that often and consequently don’thave any kind of feel for their chemistry (whereas we play good teams like the Seahawks & Rams x2 a season), this game could be worse than anticipated even w HFA. I fear that the Titan’s are being seriously underestimated.
    Hopefully our players will understand that they are playing for a job at this point and we will see increased motivation from some of our younger & backup players. While the odds are against the Cards, we have always been a team that seems to thrive against the odds, and a home win here would go along way in renewing faith & be a great gift for the fans.

  15. By Brett Colorado on Dec 10, 2017 | Reply

    Mayfield is a Johnny manzel, Rosen is a Ryan leaf, I say draft Josh Allen out of Wyoming that kid has the arm and the mind of a nfl player, plus is already playing in a pro style offense

  16. By dieselbomb on Dec 10, 2017 | Reply

    Brett Colorado on Dec 10, 2017 – Said :
    ” Mayfield is a Johnny manzel, Rosen is a Ryan leaf, I say draft Josh Allen out of Wyoming that kid has the arm and the mind of a nfl player, plus is already playing in a pro style offense ”

    Like each one of the other College QB’s, He hasn’t played against any Pros. The Pros will school each of the College players – whether they’re drafted or not.

    He’ll fold as bad as any College player against seasoned professional Defense. And if he gets drafted and plays on a team with a weak O-line, the likelihood of survival as pretty much zero to none.

    Pro teams have adopted College style plays to make the College-to-Professional transition easier. Many such College players still can’t cope.

    You’re too quick to dismiss the other players; and too slow to come down to reality about your favorite.

    He ain’t done nothin’ yet … Let’s check back in, say, three years and see how he’s doing then.

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