OTAs start Tuesday

Posted by Darren Urban on May 21, 2012 – 9:24 am

There has been a little bit of on-field work for the veterans the last couple of weeks, but it was very limited. Each position went out on its own to work with position coaches on technique for a short time, and then the offensive skill positions got together for a little while so quarterbacks could throw some routes to the receivers, tight ends and running backs.

But the offseason officially shifts again tomorrow, when the first of 10 organized team workouts will be held at the team facility in Tempe. In year’s past, the OTAs came after the full team minicamp. With the new collective bargaining agreement, minicamp is now the last thing the veterans will do before breaking up for the summer prior to training camp. Minicamp will be June 12-14. In the meantime, the Cards will have their OTAs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, May 29-31, and June 4-7. (Sorry, the OTs aren’t open to the public, and only one minicamp practice will be open — the June 13 Fan Fest event out at University of Phoenix Stadium, with details still TBA.)

In OTAs, players are allowed to wear helmets (they have not been able to in the on-field work up to this point) but no shells or pads. Offense and defense can go against each other, but “live contact” isn’t allowed. As always, don’t look to deep into OTAs — or minicamp, for that matter — for answers to lineup questions. I keep thinking back to the comment from coach Ken Whisenhunt during rookie minicamp: “You’re not going to make the team this weekend. If you want to make a good impression, don’t make mistakes and do it right from a technique standpoint.”

Obviously vets have to show a little more than that, but that first line — “You’re not going to make the team this weekend” — rings true. No one is making the team because of OTAs. No one is winning a job (starting with Kolb v Skelton.) It takes a lot for anyone not to look good in shorts and t-shirts. Training camp and preseason games ultimately will be from where those decisions are made. But coaches will pay attention to effort and focus. This is where the offense and defense is installed for the first time. This is what the Cards were missing last season from a mental standpoint. That’s what this will be about.

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13 Responses to “OTAs start Tuesday”

  1. By Stephn Baldetti on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Darren do you have any information on the progress of getting Fleming and Floyd signed to their contracts?

  2. By Darren Urban on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Stephn —

    RE: Last two rookie deals

    It will happen. No reason to worry about it.

  3. By MoJo on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    When will you have the next Underground episode?

  4. By Darren Urban on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    MoJo —

    RE: Underground

    Trying to work something out.

  5. By Julio on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Who do you think will win the NBA championship and why?

  6. By John Garcia on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    what do practices begin in flagstaff and are the practices at the Tempe facility open to the public and when are those… just wanted to see when we can meet the players and get autographs been wanting to for a very long time

  7. By Darren Urban on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    John —

    RE: Questions

    I appreciate the questions but I’ve answered both those already — one of which in the above blog post. It’d be good if you read over what’s there first.

    The other one was covered last week:

  8. By cardsalltheway on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    “K. Kolb missed out on OTA’s last year – like ALL other players and teams BTW – has been the big and constant excuse, ha! Yet, he is our unannounced “Guy.”

  9. By BLN7 on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    A new QB who needs to learn a new system missing out on OTA’s is much more significant than the other players I would think

  10. By cardsalltheway on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    “A new QB who needs to learn a new system missing out on OTA’s…” Exactly, only if our head coach/GM would’ve considered that in K. Kolb’s salary. Foolish! John Skelton contract – $490 thousand dollars ~ 2012
    K. Kolb contract – $8 million dollars ~ 2012
    Yet, Ken W. says…”So it’s going to start out as even as it possibly can, and we’re going to let the best player take it from there. We did that many years ago when we had Kurt Warner and Matt Leinart,”

    Even? Hardly! The difference is about $7.5 million dollars. As far as K. Warner and M. Leinart go, they were both earning about the same amount in 2007/08. Apples and Oranges.

  11. By Eazy E on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad Coach Whiz said the Skelton v. Kolb match starts evenly, thank goodness. So when Kolb gets beat, we can let his behind go or trade him to another fool.

  12. By JohnM on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb remember missed OTA’s AND the first week or so of Training Camp because of the new deal last year as well, and as a QB going into a brand new, already established system.. that was farily significant.

    Obviously… he has to be WAY better than he was last year, and this year is make or break for him, but missing that time for a QB is pretty hard.

  13. By Anthony B on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    people come on…for those still complaining about the kolb vs skelton thing. there is a reason the coaches are there and we are fans. let them do what they feel is best. yes we are paying a lot of money for kolb.. the obviously saw something that we may not. a pay check does not always mean a starting roll. that just means while he sits on the sideline with a headset on, he will stil be making more money than skelton. or if kolb is the one to start then the coaches obviously feel he is the one for the job. the season is still a few months away and a lot can be accomplished in that time. until you start getting paid by the team to make the decisions for our team, DONT try

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