Adrian Wilson has his moments when he isn’t going to say much. Not if you are in a regular conversation, or in an interview setting, or even on the field. But when he does talk — the man has been to multiple Pro Bowls and is in his 12th season — you are darn sure going to listen. So it caught my attention when, during a SiriusXM NFL radio interview on the “Movin’ the Chains” show Monday, Wilson noted that “what we were going through last year is starting to creep back into this year.”
If that’s not a red flag, I don’t know what is.
“I was pretty pissed last game,” Wilson said. “It’s because (the mistakes) are things we know and it’s things that come from veteran guys. When things like that happen you start to say, ‘OK, is this guy starting to get too comfortable?’ Are you going to have to pull the guy to the side and really say something to him? That’s what I feel I have to do now. Starting (Monday morning) through the rest of camp is those veteran guys, you can’t be comfortable making those small mistakes. They will turn into big problems for the whole team.”
The Cardinals have had a newfound intensity at practice this week. No one is going to talk a lot about it, but the week in Missouri was a drain, probably moreso than had been expected. Between coming back to Arizona and the urgency this team was forced toward after a pair of disappointing games, the vibe has shifted. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has been encouraged — to a point.
“Until we do it in a game I’m not going to say we’ve done anything,” Whisenhunt said. “We haven’t played to our standard.”
After Monday’s practice, which was moved inside because of rain, Wilson and Larry Fitzgerald were at midfield for close to 30 minutes talking. Now, Andre Roberts was there too, and for all I know, they were discussing good places to take their children in their off time. But for the two leaders on this roster– as mentioned in Cardinals Underground this week, Fitz wouldn’t have to say much in front of teammates to get their attention — to talk for a while in the aftermath of last week, I could see them discussing the state of the team. The comment from Wilson about veterans having issues dovetails with defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s concern that his third-stringers are more fundamentally sound right now than his starters.
The Cards need to stop the creep.
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