Grimm outlook on the line

Posted by Darren Urban on April 28, 2010 – 5:33 pm

I talked a little bit to offensive line coach Russ Grimm today about Alan Faneca and the offensive line. More details tomorrow after Faneca’s press conference, but here were a couple of notes:

— No shock, but even though coach Ken Whisenhunt pointed out Faneca can play other positions, Grimm said the newcomer will definitely play guard.

— Interestingly, Grimm was throwing out some possibilities out there and mentioned Reggie Wells playing tackle. With Faneca on board, it sounds like Wells could be in the right tackle mix with Brandon Keith and Jeremy Bridges.

— Grimm smiled when asked about all the linemen at his disposal. He loves the idea of competition, perhaps even more than Whisenhunt does. Watching Grimm work his new group of guys might be the most interesting part of the offseason.

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33 Responses to “Grimm outlook on the line”

  1. By alex u on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    I think Wells has a better size to be Guard and Lutui has a better size to play tackle, then again it doesn’t matter at all. This o-line will be great.

  2. By Rich on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    remember when Wells played right tackle a couple years ago after someone was injured. he looked very good over there.

  3. By @CameraFraudAz on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Go Cards!

  4. By Steve on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Remember that Matt is left handed so the right tackle is now his blind side. Can Wells handle that?

  5. By Cards4Ever on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Hey D,
    It seems to me that you are not a fan of this Alan Faneca signing. Is this true? If so why?

  6. By darrenurban on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Cards4Ever —

    Not sure where you get that. I think, on a one-year deal, it was a good signing. I was surprised, but I do think it helps the Cards.

  7. By alex u on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    After the last couple of days, I love our offense, just think we need to re-sign Kreider and that’s it. Love our defense, just think we need to sign a CB. I still like CB Frank Walker, who play nickle for Baltimore the past 2 years, he’s only 28. Cards are lookin’ good.

  8. By BrandonO on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Our offensive line will be much improved this year. We have a number of possibilities and the competition will certainly bring out the best.

  9. By alex u on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Woah 3rd post on this one blog alone, and this one is not even about the o-line. I could also see us signing CB Hank Poteat to a 1 yr deal, another former Steeler, yep, so many options, so much we could do.

  10. By Kramer on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Starting lineup will be:


  11. By Jerry on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Still believe we need a STRONG receiver like Boldin. Not sure that Doucet can be the same WR/Leader that Boldin was. O-Line looks great! Going to need it ML doesn’t take hits well. Let’s keep his jersey clean o-line

  12. By pat farber on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    wells performed better at right tackle than any other right tackle since they moved to phoenix

  13. By Ian on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    So excited! Both lines will be awesome! Warner will be missed but Leinart will be a 10 win qb this season. GO CARDS!!!

  14. By jason on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    im loving the moves!!lets go cards!!

  15. By Chuck on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Now lets pound the ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. By Jcaswellsr on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    This what happens when you sign nothing but guards. No true tackles. GOOD LUCK CARDS YOU WILL NEED IT!

  17. By AZfAn808 on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    I hate to be pestersome but if Mawae stays in free agency until after minicamp and goes with a low price(he should he’s been in the league for 16 years). Is it then a possibility? Sorry for the hypothetical speaking

  18. By darrenurban on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    AzFan —

    I just don’t see the need, unless there is a serious injury.

  19. By Steve on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-Just wanted to thank you for all your hard work, keeping us fans updated and especially taking the time to answer our questions!!

  20. By Sittin in the Sun at Sun Devil Stadium on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t think they should let Lutui go. At least not until after training camp. There will be an injury. The Cards Off Line had their luck the super bowl season with staying healhty. Winning in the NFL is all about depth.

  21. By AndyStandsUp on Apr 28, 2010 | Reply

    Unless I’m missing something here, it’s obvious the Cards are going to rely on the OL for run blocking for Wells/Hightower.
    My question is if, heaven forbid one or both get hurt, are LaRuSH and Jason Wright capable enough backups to continue the scheme? If not, can Leinart excel in the passing game, especially with Doucet replacing Boldin? And what in the heck DID Grimm do with that hot dog?
    Sorry, more than one question.

  22. By Branch Walters on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren, Would it be safe to assume that the Faneca signing was so Matt would not have to be the star QB. (i.e. just manage the game, keep the int’s down, don’t throw the game away)

  23. By darrenurban on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Branch —

    I don’t think the Cards will do anything different than they already planned before Faneca was signed.

  24. By Eric on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply


    Do you think it’s likely that the Cardinals may approach teams about trading one of our o-linemen for a CB?

  25. By darrenurban on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Eric —

    Could be. I think they want to sort out the linemen first before they would move one. And Lutui still hasn’t signed his tender anyway.

  26. By rick on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Picking up all pro Allen Fanica was a great move. He is one of the greatest guards ever and has a lot left in his tank. A true role model both on and off the field. Great move Russ GO CARDS

  27. By KG on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    It’s still kind of a weird feeling to me that we are talking about how deep our offensive line is. I remember when we used to have guys like Trevor Canfield, Fred Wakefield, and Elliot Vallejo on the depth chart to respectively name a few. Now we are talking about moving this Pro-Bowler (Levi Brown) to this side and pairing him up with another Pro-Bowler (Alan Faneca), and a guy that kicked Jared Allen’s rear end last year (Jeremy Bridges) might not even get on the field because we have two more mauling behemoth’s chomping at the bit in Brandon Keith and Herman Johnson. Just another example of how the right mix of front office staff and coaches operating within the framework of a specific plan and philosophy can turn weakness into strength. I’m excited to see how this group comes together and the possible repercussions for the rest of the league.

  28. By brazilian fan on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    darren, I read at Luitui’s bio that he played all O-Line spots in college, excelling in all of them, even being Leinart’s blind side tackle. So why is he so locked by the coaches at G?

  29. By darrenurban on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    Brazilian —

    Just because he could play some tackle in college doesn’t mean he can do it in the pros.

  30. By Todd on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    This is the first time in all the years I have been a season ticket holder of the Cardinals since 1994 that I recall there being this much talent and depth on the O line. With Beanie and Hightower behind them, Leinart won’t have to be another Warner. I really like the thought of a more balanced offense anyway. The problem before is if Warner didn’t have a good day, the Cardinals were doomed. Now, teams can’t just focus on the QB.

  31. By The1stAZDanWilliams on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply


    If (and hopefully he does) Lutui signs his tender, could you see him possibly moving to right tackle? He played that position with Matt Leinart @ USC.

  32. By darrenurban on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply

    The1st —

    Whisenhunt has said Deuce will stay at right guard.

  33. By The1stAZDanWilliams on Apr 29, 2010 | Reply


    Thanks. 🙂

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