Bring the noise

Posted by Darren Urban on November 16, 2012 – 10:43 am

Every week, the Cardinals — like most teams in the NFL — pump in crowd noise at practice in order to prepare for the upcoming game. It’s done before home games as well as the road, but obviously, it means more when a team is about to play a road game. And to play a road game in a dome, like the Cardinals will do Sunday in Atlanta, the importance grows that much more.

“It makes it smoother for us to operate when we simulate it in practice,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “You can’t ever make it exactly how it’s going to be. It’s hard. But you have to practice with it because you have to get used to the mechanics of operating that way. We’ve gotten a lot better and I think teams in the NFL in general have gotten a lot better with that. They understand how to operate and work with it. It’s not easy.”

That rings true to me, that teams have gotten better dealing with crowd noise. Once upon a time, an opposing quarterback was allowed to ask a referee to reset the play clock because he felt it was too loud and he couldn’t communicate. Thankfully, the NFL did away with that rule. Part of home-field advantage is having a crowd that can affect the other team. Certainly, the Cardinals have had that work in their favor at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Seahawks and their “12th man” are famous for it in Seattle.

But teams adjust. Offenses, for the most part, are pretty good with a silent count. Teams use the shotgun so much more these days (Jeez, I remember growing up how the Cowboys were so cutting edge because Roger Staubach was the only one using a shotgun. That was a long, long time ago.) that communication isn’t always easy with the offensive line even when the crowd isn’t over the top.

Don’t get me wrong, noise is still a factor, and it still bothers teams. Offensive linemen in particular will acknowledge that. “We know it’s going to be a tough environment,” Whisenhunt said of Atlanta, and that much is true. But it doesn’t have to be debilitating, and the Cards try to make sure of that.


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  1. By john the draft guy on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Seattle is famous for their 12th man. Ahhgg!

    It should be Seattle is famous for ripping off a 90 year old tradition from Texas A&M. The Aggies student body stands the whole game ready, in case the coach will put them in.
    Why? Here is the story

    The 12th Man tradition began in Dallas on January 2, 1922, at the Dixie Classic, the forerunner of the Cotton Bowl Classic. A&M played defending national champion Centre College in the first post-season game in the southwest. In this hard fought game, which produced national publicity, an underdog Aggie team was slowly defeating a team which had allowed fewer than 6 points per game. The first half produced so many injuries for A&M that Coach D. X. Bible feared he wouldn’t have enough men to finish the game. At that moment, he called into the Aggie section of the stands for E. King Gill, a student who had left football after the regular season to play basketball. Gill, donned the uniform of injured player Heine Weir and stood on the sidelines to await his turn. Although he did not actually play in the game, his readiness to play symbolized the willingness of all Aggies to support their team to the point of actually entering the game. When the game ended in a 22-14 Aggie victory, A statue of E. King Gill stands to the north of Kyle Field to remind Aggies of their constant obligation to preserve the spirit of the 12th Man.

    One of the greatest traditions in sports and seattle rips it off. What is next, they will build hedges around the field or put a giant picture of Jesus in the endzone.

    yea yea, I know the article was about noise and they are noisy.

    I hate the seahawks.

  2. By Dynosoar on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Speaking of noise,

    I’ve asked if anyone would like to get involved in creating a chant/ fight song for the Cardinals and so far Jordan and Big Red said they’re in. Here’s an interview transcript with the man behind the Real Salt Lake Fight Song “Believe” regarding it’s creation and how its caught on with both fans and the team.

    Let’s be impactful as fans and let the team know of our passion and create a chant / fight song of our own. Not just noise (any Seahawk fan can be noisy), let’s be unique and bring fütball madness to football.

    Interview below

    Last week, Branden Steineckert released his “Believe” video, which contains a simple four-line chant that ties a number of key elements together in an effective, functional and artistic way. And it appears that RSL players, staff, and, perhaps most importantly, fans, have gotten on board, envisioning this as a new anthem for the team.
    In addition, some believe that this could be a landmark moment, not just for the club, but perhaps the entire sport in this country.

    “I think it’s awesome,” said goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who has become close friends with Steineckert. “I think this country needs something like that. Branden has the desire and passion, not only for this team, but for soccer. So for him to step up and show his pride in that song is huge not only for our team, but for this country.”

    Writing the song, and giving it the message and characteristics that he desired, was no easy task.
    “It was tricky and new for me because I just don’t have much experience in that (type of song),” admitted the 33 year-old drummer after attending a Supporter’s Group Summit held at Rio Tinto Stadium. Steineckert isn’t a member of any supporters group, but counts himself among RSL’s biggest fans.
    “It was tricky because I knew what we needed and that created these parameters. I knew it needed to be short. I knew it needed to be easy to memorize. I knew it needed to be neutral in the way that it didn’t cater to one type of person or fan, but, at the same time, I didn’t want it to come across like we’re pushovers and we’re singing some la la la jingle.

    “This needs to come across prideful, and this needs to come across intimidating,” he continued, “but, at the same time, something that a little kid can sing. It needed a melody that sounds like a classic soccer song, but I didn’t want to bite off like English or European or a different club’s melody. I didn’t want to make it sound like just a drinking song. So it just got more and more narrow. And then the words … I wanted to talk about Real and talk about our stadium.”
    And then came the video – and a whole new set of parameters. Steineckert teamed up with talented videographer and RSL fan, Isaac Halasima, to bring to life a video that had been in Steineckert’s mind’s eye since he first dreamed up the song.

    “With the video, I’m not worried about making it family-friendly,” said Steineckert. “I’m not worried about making it edgy. I’m worried about making it fan-friendly, and our fans are not one particular type of person. But we unite – just like 60 people did in this video. We unite 20,000 strong here, and I truly believe that unity and camaraderie are what make this place a fortress, and this team and this family so powerful.”

    Since the video was posted on Youtube on February 13 it’s had over 22,000 views. Steineckert has received reaction from fans across the league and overseas, but his most precious review came from a source closer to home.

    “I had (RSL Coach Jason) Kreis’s email and I sent it to him, and he loved it and wrote me this long email back just expressing his appreciation and how much his family liked it. I did not expect that. I didn’t expect a reply let alone the enthusiasm that he had in this email that I’ll save forever. And that one reply just lit a fire under me.”

    Click here to watch the “Believe RSL” video


  3. By Dynosoar on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Daren and all,

    I didn’t realize the interview would be that long. I should’ve done a Reader’s Digest version.

  4. By Dynosoar on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    john the draft guy,

    great story. When you said Go Aggies! the other day, I was wondering what ties you had to Utah State University, now I know better. (Ha Ha)

    It’s good to see even though you “Hate the Seahawks”, you show respect to them by calling them by their proper name. Classs act all the way around.

  5. By john the draft guy on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply


    You also may make the connection of me yelling for the cards to draft Von Miller in 2011 (even though we couldnt get him) , Yelling for Tannehill in 2012, and funny thing is, 2 of the top tackles in the 2013 draft are Mathews and Joeckel.

    Now what do all of those players have in common??

    Seriously though, I was watching that Alabama-A&M game this year (you know the one when the Aggies knocked off the #1 Crimson Tide) and thought every player the cards could use except QB is in this game.

    Need a OT – Joeckel and Mathews
    How bout a guard- Bama’s Warmack and Jones
    CB- Milliner
    ILB- CJ Mosely
    Nose Tackle – Jessie Williams
    Need a nice pass rusher- Damontre Moore

    All those players are projected as first round picks. Throw in Oklahoma and Landry Jones at QB, and you dont have to look no farther. Unfortunately, we dont get 6 or 7 first rounders.

  6. By MIKE G on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is well! Nice write-up on the noise factor. I think the biggest obstacle the Card’s offensive line faces this week against the Falcons is how they handle their edge rushers. I hope it is not similar to the Ram game earlier this year. I believe Potter and Massie have to hold their own for us to be successful. Hey Darren–Do you think offensive tackles in the NFL and in particular for the Cardinals–seem to have a harder time in pass protection on astro-turf(faster) as to playing on regular grass(slower)?????

  7. By Darren Urban on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Pass pro/surface

    As far as I know, no, but maybe I should ask some players.

  8. By cardsalltheway on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    Bill Lewis(with Doug filling in for Wolf) actually suggested a way we could improve or help out our OT’s, something other teams have done all year and the Saints did vs. Falcons. Maybe this will be the “change” Ken W. speaks of but I doubt it for he doesn’t really make adjustments for players unless they’re injured.

  9. By suspence716 on Nov 16, 2012 | Reply

    I read about some of these changes whiz has made..He also needs to put stewart bradley in the lineup, the guy is fearless and built like a tree trunk and he flashes….

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