Back with a hug

Posted by Darren Urban on July 26, 2011 – 1:51 pm

The return today by a handful of players to the team complex was a welcome change after the long, slow summer. Strength and conditioning coach John Lott was clearly happy to be back in his element, training players.

Nowhere was it more apparent, however, than this morning, while team president Michael Bidwill was presiding over the monthly staff meeting in the main auditorium. Usually empty, the auditorium serves as a thru-way for players coming from one part of the parking lot to the locker room. There are times when a player comes through the door and freezes, realizing a meeting was going on. Offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges was that guy this morning, until Bidwill waved him through.

As the affable Bridges walked down the side, the staff began to clap, bringing a smile to Bridges’ face. As he went to pass the main stage, he went to shake Bidwill’s hand — and it turned into a welcome-back hug.

“It was great to see all (the staff) and you do miss the people around here,” Bridges said. “This is our job too. We punch the clock like everyone else, and you miss your co-workers. It was funny, though. He had his arms out, and I didn’t want to leave him hanging.”

It wasn’t exactly Kraft-Saturday (at the seven-minute mark) — definitely more light-hearted — but the sentiment was the same.

It’s back to work. Back to football.

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51 Responses to “Back with a hug”

  1. By Nick Pepe on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Makes you feel are warm and fuzzy.
    Now go get ready to kick some damn ass.

  2. By Chris on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Love it!

  3. By MikeFlorio on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    AWWW how Cute!!!!! NOW LETS GO AFTER A QB…ORTON>>>kolb

  4. By D on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    AZ seems to be bidding against themselves for Kolb thanks to Seahawks. As long as Orten and Hasselback are still available, then the Cards can bring down the asking price of Kolb…unless Philly wants to keep him…

  5. By D on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    If Philly makes a run at Namdi then the DRC trade would be dead…

  6. By Jesse Robles on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Bridges HAS to make that extra step this season.

  7. By Kurt on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Love this story – the Bidwills have always been class acts.

    Can’t wait for Friday, Good luck QB shopping

  8. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Save the 1st or 2nd round pick and give up DRC for Kolb he hits nobody. Pick up the Oakland DB he is way better than DRC.

  9. By Shooter McGavin on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    What is the word on getting any of our draftees signed?

    I’d much rather see Orton this year than Kolb. Orton put up great numbers last year with a horrible supporting cast. Orton is only two years older than Kolb, not a huge difference. I’d love to see a nickel secondary of DRC, Petersen, and Toler. I just hope the DL and LBs can put them in that situation.

  10. By Javi on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    So, darren is there a possibility, fr the CARDS to get kolb and maybe sign hasselbeck or bulger to back him up?

  11. By Darren Urban on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Javi —

    RE: QBs

    Skelton will be the backup, in all probability.

  12. By seven q on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply


  13. By Keith on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Beenie for Orton and a fifth round pick. Then sign DeAngelo Williams in FA. Sounds good to me.
    Any word on undrafted FA signings?

  14. By MikeFlorio on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Leinart to Settle!!!! He is gonna come back and bite this organization in the @$$. Can’t wait till he puts up probowl numbers this year!

  15. By Scharf on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Stop it now people. DRC is a valueble asset to this Cardinals Football team and is responsible for part of the teams success. I for one am not one of those ignorant fans that just remember the bad games. Face it, we all had a bad year last year, so don’t go solely on the basis of that. Poor Quarterback play caused the Defense (Including DRC) to be on the field for most of the game! I mean really, if I asked you to cover a receiver for 75% of the game I bet you couldn’t do it every single down. I know the Cardinals are smart enough to improve without stripping away key players from this Cardinals team. A PROVEN Probowler is worth way more than an UNPROVEN Probowler.

  16. By clssylssy on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like he’s playing double Dutch in the picture! Hate the clause in the new contract/agreement relating to “reduction in off season workouts”. Don’t see how this could possibly benefit anybody unless, of course, it is a cost-cutting measure. Any real athlete that is suppose to be of an elite level knows the value of training, fitness, and being of one mind playing as a unit. High school kids in Arizona play football year round– spring Pop Warner or club football, summer camps…speed camps and fitness camps, and regular full dress, full contact practices in triple digit heat for regular season. Every year the Cards have players that have to lose massive amounts of weight because they have allowed themselves to get out of shape during the off season and that is not healthy. Glad to see everyone able to get back to work and start training. Good luck as you play “Beat the Clock.”

  17. By Darren Urban on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Offseason reduction

    Not cost cutting. Teams didn’t want change, players did. Health reasons.

  18. By Austin on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you Scharf, I’m glad I’m not the only one who understands that.

  19. By Bill L on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    ESPN reports that Matt has a deal with the SEAHAWKS. He will compete with Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst. My Money is on Matt. It will be very interesting if he is the starter against the Cardinals…….

  20. By Scott H on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply


    Scratch Hasselbeck…I’ve been hearing him linked with the Titans all day. But I really didn’t want him, anyway. Wouldn’t mind if we ended up with Orton but ONLY if a deal for Kolb cannot be made.

  21. By Fatdog on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Darren do you know how much do the cards have under the cap?

  22. By Darren Urban on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Fatdog —

    RE: Cap room

    I do not. It is a significant number.

  23. By brad oneill on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    well its really good news that Seattle took Tavaris and probably lienart. that makes Kolb’s value has just dropped down into a range we may pay. We are either using the hell out of Orton to make philly sweat or someone in the cards values a quick delivery over long term potential.

    Personally i think we have our pick of the two at the moment and our management is showing their trademark cheapness in not grabbing one. It is not necessarily a bad thing to hold out for value but one of our dates is going to be picked off as we hmm and haw and the price on whoever is left will probably go up. We need to get the qb in and working now, quit fooling around and grab one I don’t care which.

    as for the hugs, save those for the superbowl party. there is work to be done!!!!

  24. By cardsalltheway on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Terrelle Pryor is who I like, he can back-up John Skelton
    He played in 39 games, stands 6’6″ and runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds. He was Big 10 MVP Runner-up. Last year he threw for 2772 yards, 27 TD’s, and 11 interceptions. Throughout his college career he threw for 6177 yards, 57 TD’s, and 26 interceptions(60.9%).
    Career Passing: 477 Cmp, 783 Att
    Career Rushing: 436 Att, 2164 Yds, 5.0 Avg, 17 TD

    In comparison to John Skelton’s college career…
    Skelton started 41-of-43 games, completing 802-of-1,363 passes (58.84%) for 9,923 yards, 69 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

  25. By AndyStandsUp on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    And the first FA signed is…
    Jeff King???
    Certainly seems to point to Patrick and Spach won’t be back with Housler used more as a 4th WR.

  26. By Darren Urban on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Tight ends

    I expect Spach to return. Patrick is a lot more iffy after the King news.

  27. By Bill L on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Backing off of ESPN report that Matt has a deal with the SEAHAWKS. It sounds like Matt is deciding between Seattle and Washington. Shanahan liked Matt during the draft, but not as much as Cutler. Having the decision maker on your side would be good and Wash will spend to add talent. In Seattle the OC is from Minn and Jackson could be HIS guy. I would like 2 Games a year against AZ, but if Wash is interested, it may be the better situation for Matt.

  28. By pipapiko on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Cardinals are back to square 1. Which is a losing legacy! Too many guys to resign and searching for a new qb = Losing season once again! The only great thing the cards did was re-sign Darnell Dockett for dirt cheap a year ago! You guys are a bunch of clowns!

  29. By Motavaysean on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    I wold love to see Lienart start for the peehawks . PP and DRC would have a field day with that BUST .To bad he will be behind clip board jesus and T. Jackson. So it’s unlikely it will happen . Would be funny tho .

  30. By D on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    We’re on the board with a blocking TE…

  31. By Bill L on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Final(for a while) thoughts on Matt….I have little doubt that Matt is better than Jackson and Whitehurst….but, Jackson is the new SEA OC’s GUY. It could be a fixed competition. If WASH/Shanahan is making an offer, you can bet any competition would be fair. Shanahan liked you in the draft……his former OC, and I assume confidant still, has these kind of things to say about you;

    “It’s huge,” Kubiak said about Leinart’s upside. “He’s got the ‘it’ factor. People follow him and just watching him come here with us, where he was when he walked in the door, what he had been through and watching the confidence that he’s walking around this building with this past week as we prepared to play our last game, either we’re going to get him or somebody else is going to get a hell of a quarterback. I think he is going to be a fine, fine player.”

    Both teams have good owners, but personnel decisions at SEA are still suspect, while Shanahan should straighten out WASH……..Matt, if you have a WASH and SEA offer……go to WASH.

  32. By Peter in Canada on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Leinart Jackson and Whitehurst. I’m sure they won’t scare the s**t out of Whiz.

    It doesn’t matter who we sign at QB provided DA goes. We will at least be better than Seattle.

  33. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Kyle Orton

    1. There is a reason all the Broncos want is a 3rd round draft pick. That is a high asking price, they will take less.

    2. The Bears made him a starter and then decided they needed a new quarterback, they did not even want him as a backup.

    3. The Broncos picked him up as the Cardinals did with DA. They started him and now they are willing to go with an unproven rookie and they do not even want him as a backup.

    4. Another DA, Orton is a backup at best.

    5. If you want Orton, wait until after the preseason and pick him up off the waiver wire, as a backup.

    6. If the Cards put their money on Orton and then go 6-11(like Chicago and Denver) somebody needs to be fired because that will be two years in a row.

    7. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Twice! Somebody will be fired.

  34. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    DRC – If I remember correctly, DRC was a last minute addition to the NFC Pro Bowl team after several drops. If he plays this year as he did last year then next year he will be worth nothing. Get rid of him while he still has some value.

  35. By Darren Urban on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    ProSports —

    RE: DRC Pro Bowl

    The year DRC made the Pro Bowl, it was as an “official” member of the roster and not after someone dropped out.

  36. By brad oneill on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    I would just like to take this moment now that Donovan is semi sort of officially a viking to be the first to ask darren if he is relieved that there most likely will never be speculation on donovan mcnabb coming to phoenix ever again?

    Ha ha ha .

  37. By rio on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply


  38. By GACardFan on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    According to to Mike Sando @ ESPN the Cardinals are sitting on $37.3 million in cap space. As teams are now required to spend at least 90% of their cap on players, expect significant signings.

    However, do not forget that we still have our rookie draft picks to sign and we will look to resign some of our own free agents as well.

  39. By cardsalltheway on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Never was impressed much with Kolb(unknown) or Hasselbeck(too old?). Orton and Bulger-(if Pryor isn’t possible) are different stories. If we can’t get either of the later two(since Kolb and Hasselbeck are out), then get Terrelle Pryor! Is anyone questioning that missed 2nd round pick, Ryan Mallet yet?

  40. By Marlon Skrusinski on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    ProSportsPhoenix –

    Sometimes is more intelligent to just be quiet.

  41. By cardsfan007 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Darren if we do lose Breaston, would the Cardinals potentially look at Sidney Rice or something once the more important need positions get addressed

  42. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Cardsfan —

    RE: WR

    I do not see them going after a high-profile receiver.

  43. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


    Thanks for the correction on DRC’s pro bowl.

    I was a big believer in DRC after his first year. Watching him avoid contact last year changed my view and I think the coaches view as well. That is why they drafted a CB and are willing to trade him in my view.

    Get the Kolb deal done! Big arm and mobility, pro bowl potential with the right team.

    Every other team has already sealed their guy, get going Cards.

    Lets Roll.

  44. By Wampag on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey D long time no talk glad to be back but I am wondering what are we doing, and yes I am a fab that says I when refferring to the CARDS, it seems every other team has made big moves especially in our division what are we waiting for???

  45. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Wampag —

    RE: “Big” moves

    Working on a quarterback, for one.

  46. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    By Marlon Skrusinski on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    ProSportsPhoenix –

    “Sometimes is more intelligent to just be quiet.”

    Marlon this is a place where fans can post their opinions, without those opinions it does not exist.

    Proof read what you write before posting and you will sound more intelligent.

  47. By VoiceofReason on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    The love fest for Spach has got to end. He is just terrible. Right now, they have Dray, Hausler and King. I would still go after Todd Heap and plan to cut Dray (or place on the practice squad).

    When you consider that in six weeks a new quarterback with no experience in our offensive system is going to be starting a regular season game for us, a safety valve like Todd Heap would be invaluable.

  48. By cards62 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    How the Cardinals love to tease me with tight ends.
    Miller and Heap available and Jeff King is our priority to sign.
    Go Cards land some players today

  49. By D on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Can you pop your head in the room to make sure they are working on addressing sooo many other holes other than QB….only so many decent CB, LB and OL available

  50. By Anthony on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Derek anderson is a good quarterback he is better than all the quarterbacks currently on the roster and he is better than kolb and orten so they should pay him the 4 million dollars and sign him to a 2 year contract because if they get kolb they will be as bad as last season I think even worse

  51. By meg on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    agreed, need a qb

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