In a scorcher, Cards resume

Posted by Darren Urban on June 7, 2010 – 1:05 pm

The Cards just got through their hottest OTA today as they begin their final week of offseason work prior to breaking for the summer. There were fewer reps than normal to account for the heat. Everything wasn’t exactly clicking and it may have been because of the weather. A couple of plays I noticed: Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie dropped an easy interception on an underthrown bomb by Derek Anderson and Anderson missed a wide-open Tim Hightower on a wheel route down the field. Then again, Darren Mougey used his height advantage to snag a pass above cornerback Tru McBride and Stephen Williams made a beautiful diving catch on on play.

Guard Rex Hadnot, who tweaked his knee last week, was back as expected, as was linebacker Gerald Hayes (back). The Cards are scheduled to work out every day through Thursday.

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25 Responses to “In a scorcher, Cards resume”

  1. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Derek’s accuracy was his biggest problem his last two years in Cleveland. It doesn’t matter how big your are or how strong your arm is, if you can’t consistently hit the broad side of a barn with your passes, you’re not going to start for a coach who’s cornerstone is competition.

  2. By Dan Zink on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Please tell me why we don’t have an indoor practice facility when ASU already does? We should be having productive practices, not walk-throughs due to the heat! This is infuriating to many fans who want to move forward, not backward!!!

  3. By Travis on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Who knows maybe we can rent out the SD bubble, bring back the SDS days er SDB… 🙂

  4. By Casey on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply


    Have there been any more conversations about ownership paying for a climate controlled practice bubble or fieldhouse similar to what many other NFL and College teams are using across the country (from the Jets’ beautiful new fieldhouse to ASU’s bubble)?

    It just seems counter productive to continue to subject these guys to extreme heat in the summer OTAs and early season practices given how far the sport has progressed with the use of modern practice facilities. Is it really just an issue of cost or is there some other factor that we’re not thinking about?

    I know Whisenhunt has gone on record as being a proponent of an indoor facility.


  5. By darrenurban on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Casey —

    I think that’s on the list of things to consider by the franchise. But until the current labor situation is resolved, that’s the kind of the thing that is going to be on hold.

  6. By moe on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply


    i wanted to see your input on how the team chem is going and how is the fullback situation dont see why we let kreider go he was pretty consistent

  7. By darrenurban on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Moe —

    I think team chemistry is fine. As for fullback, Kreider had some physical issues that were a factor in him not returning.

  8. By aaaaudio on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Dan, didn’t ASU’s indoor place blow away or something? I think there are so few practices outdoors that it would be a huge waste of funds to do that. Flagstaff is nice and that is where the hitting is done. I do agree however it is uncomfortable to play in this heat but HEY my kids play in this heat and don’t complain. Is it football season yet?

  9. By Joe-B on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    This is why I want Leinar over Anderson. Sure, Leinart doesn’t have the cannon arm, but he can be accurate, and I would rather see someone that can anticipate where their receiver will be and get the ball into that opening than someone who just tries to rifle the ball into a certain spot on every play.

  10. By cody on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    what have the Sun Devils done since they got their indoor stadium??? nothing. the heat toughens up the players, i actually prefer them practicing outside, it builds up their endurance.

  11. By Travis on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    That’s the thing though, if you can’t practice as hard as other teams in this heat, and you never play a game in this heat, how does it make you stronger and what advantage does it bring?

  12. By Dan Zink on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply


    What does the collective bargaining agreement have to do with protecting your investment (the players and their health?? Extreme heat will either cause injury, or you will go so soft on practice that it will be unproductive. Either way, it is an unwise decision not to move forward with this. I thought we were past the cheap “same ‘ol Cardinals”!

  13. By Donnie on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    When do they head up to flagstaff Darren?
    i will be going to some of that in the cool pines…lol

  14. By darrenurban on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Donnie —

    Camp dates will likely be released later this month.

  15. By CMacyn on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Darren- Seeing as how we have five TE s on the roster I was wondering how many we could keep, and who do you think is progressing or showing you the most effort?

  16. By darrenurban on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    CMac —

    It’s going to take training camp to know who is progressing the most. At most they keep three tight ends. Dray is a practice squad candidate if he doesn’t make the team.

  17. By CMacyn on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks D, I was also wondering how Wells, Hightower, Wright, Howlings and Smith were looking, and out of them who is moving around the best? Thanks D

  18. By darrenurban on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    CMac —

    Again, they are looking fine. Beanie has dropped some weight but the backs, on the whole, always look in fabulous shape.

  19. By AndyStandsUp on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    The more I think about it, the OTAs and minicamps were held at the team facility to prepare for the early games at SDS, but now they have the climate controlled stadium. No team needs another Korey Stringer incident.
    Is there any discussion about holding these practices in Flag all offseason, or perhaps at a higher elevation such as Prescott, were they trained a few years ago?
    I know your talking about a freakish June week and logisitics would be a problem, but a potential lawsuit and the negative media onslaught would outweigh the costs.

  20. By darrenurban on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    The guys are only out there for less than two hours. And it’s only going to be for about four OTAs; the weather was fine for the rest. And you’re right, the logistics would be a nightmare.

  21. By Dustin D on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Dan Zink,
    Just curious, how will the heat cause an injury? Sunburn maybe? These guys are pro football players. They stay hydrated and ota’s are repetition not with pads hitting each other all day.

  22. By kingdiamond on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply


    Dan Zink is correct! What does the CBA have to do with an indoor practice facility? For that matter, why don’t they use the UoP?

  23. By darrenurban on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    King —

    Everything has to do with the CBA. Don’t forget, ultimately, this is about a business, for both players and owners. The possible work stoppage threatens income. If you were an owner of a business — or a worker for that matter — and you knew labor unrest could bring a halt to your income, you’d probably try to limit your expenditures leading into that uncertainty. The players are already being told to set aside a certain percentage of their salaries in case of a work stoppage. It can’t surprise anyone to think the owners might do the same.

    As for the stadium, again, it’s logistics.

  24. By BigMike on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply


    when will preseason/regular season tickets go on sale??

  25. By darrenurban on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    BigMike —

    Single-game seats usually don’t go on sale until late July.

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