Inside for the afternoon, Fitz coaches

Posted by Darren Urban on August 17, 2010 – 6:01 pm

Larry Fitzgerald can’t practice, so he was out there coaching up the young receivers during this afternoon’s workout, which once again was in Walkup Skydome because of the rain. Even afterward, he was throwing passes to safety Hamza Abdullah on the sideline (in the picture below) as Abdullah worked on his interceptions. Fitz was reminding his teammates he was a quarterback once upon a time (not sure when, he had already broken out as gifted wideout in high school).

Anyway …

— The injury list remained the same. WR Ed Gant did practice, but WR Early Doucet (abdominal) is still out. So too were TE Ben Patrick (knee), LB Reggie Walker (hamstring, although Walker was running pretty good on the side), LB Gerald Hayes (back-PUP), LB O’Brien Schofield (knee-PUP) and S Aaron Rouse (neck). Rouse is banged up from the car accident; the Cards may have to figure out if they can hang on to him while he recovers.

— There was almost another injury of the freak variety when LB Pago Togafau was undercut by WR Onrea Jones as Jones tried to come up with a catch. Togafau was slow to get up, but he turned out to be OK.

— WR Stephen Williams had another fine showing. He was open deep on one play although the ball by Matt Leinart was slightly underthrown, allowing CB Tru McBride to knock it away. Williams also caught a nice 42-yard bomb from Leinart in the back of the end zone during the two-minute drill that looked close to good (although McBride informed me via Twitter after practice Williams was out).

— CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie came in to break up what looked like a sure long gainer from Steve Breaston from Leinart a couple plays earlier.

— There were two tussles between LB Stevie Baggs and TE Stephen Spach. The first was a little more intense — facemask-grabbing and all that. At this point, it can’t be a surprise Spach gets in the middle of such things. It’s what he does (although he must do other things better too, because he started in the Texans’ game).

— Don’t forget I will be hosting a live chat tomorrow — Wednesday — at 1:30 p.m. Arizona time (4:30 p.m. EST).

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30 Responses to “Inside for the afternoon, Fitz coaches”

  1. By jwit on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply


    Did Toler do anything in practice today to help/hurt his chances for the starting job?

  2. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    jwit —

    I think Toler will be the starter when it is all said and done.

  3. By mikeso on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    cant wait for the live chat darren keep up the good work!

  4. By jeremy on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    darren, since spach started and appeared to do well how come do you think the depth chart didn’t change? just too cumbersome for the time being or what are your thoughts?

  5. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Jeremy —

    I think sometimes, the coaches prefer to leave the depth chart as is until things are more permanent. And even then …

  6. By Deveau on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply


    No mention of Toler today, slow day for him, or was his game off? How does the competition for that side look, and that being said whoever is named starter, do the Cards feel they have a more than solid backup in whoever is not? Speaking of CB, any word on Jorrick Calvin?

    Keeping with the defensive scheme, How about the play of Washington at ILB, is he still running with the third string? And, who is running first string ILB currently?

    Last bit on the D, any word on the “Iron Sheik”? I know he’s injured, but I’m still pulling for him to claim a spot, somehow, someway.

    Now to the offensive. The O-line, what feeling do you get from the group as a whole? Do you foresee any switches to the starting unit, or is this version what we’re going to see come game one?

    I notice the tweet about fumbles, was it relegated to one back, or spread out? Fumblitis does not bode well for a more balanced offensive attack.

    Last mention of the O, receivers. Williams running with first team, does that place him ahead of Gant, Jones, and Roberts? Speaking of that, who doesn’t make the cut if Williams does grade out better than the latter three? I know Roberts was a 3rd round pick, and he does punt return, but…the clock is ticking.

    Kind regards,


  7. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Deveau —

    Making more work for me here …

    1. Toler was fine. He’s playing solid and I think he’ll end up as starter. Calvin needs to show up more to have a chance at the roster.
    2. First string hasn’t changed right now — Beisel and Lenon. They aren’t changing the depth chart. Yet.
    3. Muhtadi is rehabbing out in the cold, cruel world. Don’t see anything happening with him for a while if at all.
    4. I think Lutui has a shot to end up starting over Wells, but otherwise, this will be the line.
    5. It was spread around. One was a shotgun snap that QB Max Hall dropped.
    6. Yes, I’d say Williams is ahead of those guys right now.

  8. By Scott H on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not real happy that Doucet is injured again ( don’t we go through this every year at this time??? ) and isn’t really doing much of anything these days. With all of the question marks in the mix with this team this year, it would be nice to be sure about Doucet. But how can we be? The one thing we CAN be sure of with him at this point is that he seems to have a hard time staying healthy! I really wanted to see him break out this year – and maybe he will – but at this point, it’s becoming less about hoping to see him break out and more about paying more attention to the guys that are getting a chance to make an impression now. Like Stephen Williams, perhaps? I have no problem with someone bumping Doucet down on the depth chart if they earn it.

  9. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Speaking of Fitz being a high school QB, has anyone seen which player will replace Rolle/Boldin in the “Wildcat”?
    I could see Steve Breaston becoming the “Woodland Hill”. (Pennslyvania Gatorade Player of the Year at QB)

  10. By Ron D on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, could you see coach Whiz using Justin Miller as the primary return specialist for kickoffs and punts? We need someone that hits the holes instead of dancing around.

  11. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Ron D —

    I think Miller will have to show a lot more at CB. And Miller isn’t a punt returner.

  12. By MikeG on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren, Nice blogs the last couple days. I think
    just touching on Matt Leinert a bit, the biggest thing he needs to do is to speed up his game. Make
    quicker reads, quicker releases, be quick in the pocket. Hopefully with more playing time this will happen. Do you see any evidence of this??? Do you
    see the coaches at practice addressing this???

  13. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    MikeG —

    I could see that. Wolf addressed that in today’s Cardinals Underground podcast. I am sure coaches have brought it up.

  14. By John M on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    How has Stevie Baggs looked ? You can’t help but root for the guy. Does he have a shot at making the team ?

  15. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    John M —

    I think Baggs has work to do to make it. He is practice-squad eligible.

  16. By LUKE on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    gettin your team pumped up and maybe gettin in a scrap now and then i can see but it seems spach gets into a fight every he just a jerk or what?

  17. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Luke —

    Actually, I think Spach is a really nice guy and hard worker. He just is chippy on the field.

  18. By Jcaswellsr on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    So if everybody thinks Toler and Washington are gonna start, why not let them get the reps with the first team to build chemistry, trust, and experience?

  19. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Jcaswellsr —

    That’s not how this coaching staff operates.

  20. By Jesse Robles on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Spach is in the middle of everything all the time in practice, grabbing peoples facemasks?? Hopefully he brings that intensity on Sundays, minus the penalties.

  21. By John on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    My son and i went to watch the practice today.
    It was awesome!! If anybody has not been able to go, you should really make time and make the trip. Well worth the time.
    Feely kicked a ball into the stands and I was fortunate enough to catch it. I gave it back to Ben Graham and he sent over a brand new one for me. (That I gave to my son).
    Anyways just wanted to share my story and recommend everyone to check out a practice!!

  22. By Mr. Know It All on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    I think that a rookie should be brought along with caution. Shorter season in college plus major jump in talent and speed to the NFL. I look at OLB C Brown and he got hurt in preseason but most certainly would have been brought along slowly.. He was not physically ready for the NFL level. He was’nt strong enough and now he looks like a Pro. This is a weight lifting league you do it or you get pushed around, maybe out the door.

    Then look at USC great QB Matt L he came in was made the starter from day one. Went from Pampered at PED’s USC to a not very good 2006 Cardinals Team.
    HC D Green had a philosophy of you get paid to do this so go do it. With all that money comes ego’s and you have to nurture it or tear em down and rebuild. The sad part is HC D Green tore QB Matt L down but did’nt build him back up. Sure one season is not enough time but Matt L is playing like he is trapped in 2006, honestly he sure looks the same skinny, clumzy, thinkin too much. It’s 2010 LETS GO MATT better get er done. Matt L has a tough hill to climb but it starts with leading this team to the win column.

    CB DRC was very raw when he got here and needed some development and when he got his chance he never looked back. The same goes for CB G Toler whom I think will shine this year as he brings hard hitting and blanket coverage, further strengthning our Defense that by the way has given up the least points in the Div. preseason, nice turnaround.

    What’s up with WR E Doucet I mean is he plastic man or what. I expect him to have a breakout season or I will consider him a bust.

    DE C Campbell stepped right in after DE A Smith left for Houston and the Cards made a good decision.

    (“That was cold when DD90 Dockett stomped on A Smith HsTxn’s hat during post game hubub.”

    Darren Tell me you saw that. Any one else see what happened.

    Whiz has a great system and he is crankin out some talent. Just not sure if he really is trying to build Matt L up. Whiz said about Qb J Skelton “It’s one game and it’s in the fourth quarter of the first preseason game, Now, if he has a repeat performance this week, then it is something we have to take a look at.”

    We will soon see.

    Go Cards !!!!!!

  23. By RED BIRD 66 on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, maybe Fitz can show Whineart how to throw passes without getting his WR’s hurt. Its just a matter of time until Coach pulls the plug and goes with Skelton. Buy your #19 jersey now as he will be the starter by the 3rd game or maybe even before. Just because he went to Fordham doesn’t mean he isn’t ready, same stuff they said about Big Ben when he was drafted. Hopefully he will get some time with the 1st string monday and if all goes well either anderson or whineart will be gone.

  24. By Darren Urban on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Red Bird —

    I will wager you a large sum of money Skelton will not be starting anytime soon.

  25. By John M on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    When are casual fans going to start realizing that the only way to keep a WR from getting hurt in the game of football, is to not take up playing in the first place ???

    IT’S FOOTBALL PEOPLE – These guys aren’t made of balsa wood.

    Leinart hit Fitzgerald in the hands (Fitzgerald might not have even had to jump on the play) and fans are acting as if Leinart himself told the Texans defender where Fitz was going to be in the huddle.

    It’s amazing.

  26. By Ben on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    That “training camp live chat” on the main page has a sweet picture. Is there anyway to get a better “bigger” quality of that photo? I want to put it as my background!!!


  27. By Darren Urban on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Ben —

    Not sure how that works. I don’t know if we sell our pictures (and yes, I know you just want it as a background, but …)

  28. By clssylssy on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    It’s PRESEASON folks, doesn’t mean anything, doesn’t count, it’s tryouts to make the cut. Can’t believe so many “fans” are blaming Leinart for Fitz’s injury.
    I’ve see him take harder hits and be up ended more than once when Warner was throwing the pass. Fitz it an elite athlete and will be fine. Seems like we have a wealth of talent this year and am happy we will have some depth. Leinart is accurate which I like and looks better than some other QBs around the league. If that had been a real game coach would have done alot of things differently so a little premature to get worked into a tiz!

  29. By 98CardsFan on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    i think our starting QB (Leinart) will do great this season. What we need is the defense to get to a fast start this season, first two games are on the road.

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