Padded plans and a rising bubble

Posted by Darren Urban on July 27, 2013 – 12:43 pm

Bruce Arians was happy with the first practice yesterday, but “If you can’t have energy and enthusiasm in the first one, something is wrong.”

“Hopefully,” he added, “we can maintain that level of intensity and enthusiasm in practices eight, nine and 10, after we knock the crap out of each other for a few days.”

That starts Sunday with the first padded practice. The hitting always makes coaches tense up — injuries happen in camp, and they are happening around the league — but it’s necessary. Arians knows this.

“That’s always a day you want to say, ‘Whoa,’ ” Arians said. “It can get real loud, real fast, especially with a big crowd. It’s the part where you cross your fingers, but we have guys who know how to practice.”

Arians was asked if he is the kind of coach who’d use something like the Oklahoma drill. He said no, which isn’t a big surprise. Those days in the NFL are basically in the past.

“We’ll have one-on-ones, pass rush, run block two-on-one,” Arians said. “We won’t do any tackling.” Arians paused. “Oklahoma drill I loved when I was in college.”

— G Daryn Colledge was back Saturday after missing Friday’s work because the birth of his second daughter. He admitted he probably would have missed the birth of Reagan Grace Colledge (8 pounds, 6 ounces if you are scoring at home) if the team was still holding camp in Flagstaff. They had a water birth with a midwife. “My wife’s a champ,” Colledge said.

— Arians reiterated his plan was to use both Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson as punt returners, sometimes at the same time.

— He doesn’t have as clear of a plan for kickoff return yet.

— Very curious to see how the linebacker corps filters out. Arians has been very complimentary of Reggie Walker. With Daryl Washington, Karlos Dansby, Kevin Minter and Jasper Brinkley, that’s a lot of inside ‘backers to keep.

— Meanwhile a practice bubble rises in Tempe:

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14 Responses to “Padded plans and a rising bubble”

  1. By Blake on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    hey darren,
    I never got to ask you on your last live chat but why do the cards never wear their red pants on away games? I personally like the combination of white tops and red bottoms. Who makes that decision?

  2. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Blake —

    RE: Pants

    That’s always a coach’s preference.

  3. By Louisville Card on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    What is an Oklahoma drill? I assume its a tackling drill of some kind, but I’ve never coached so I don’t know what the term means…

  4. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Oklahoma drill

  5. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Kinda hard to believe we got Winston, only 4 sacks allowed last year as a right T? Nice free agent acquisition, man..

  6. By Safety Guy on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Why don’t they use Oklahoma drill?

    Is it not allowed in NFL? Seems pretty effective

  7. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Safety —

    RE: Oklahoma

    Generally NFL teams would rather not subject their players to unnecessary injury risk.

  8. By cardsalltheway on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    “He doesn’t have as clear of a plan for kickoff return yet.”

    Maybe he should’ve thought of that before he cut William Powell. You mean Stump Mitchell hasn’t been teaching Stepfan Taylor how to return kicks?

    BTW, the Philadelphia Eagles picked up W. Powell off waivers. We play the Eagles on Sunday, December 1st in Philadelphia.

    William Powell returned 21 kicks for 507 yards (24.1) and had two returns of 40 yards or more. He also played a role on special teams coverage.

  9. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    cardsalltheway —

    RE: Powell

    Powell was released by the Eagles after he failed the physical.

  10. By wilyb on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    cardsalltheway – I don’t think Powell passed his physical with the Eagles…

  11. By cardsalltheway on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Was he too fat and slow or was it another OTA concussion that did him in?

  12. By david on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Scrimmage date?

  13. By Darren Urban on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    David —

    RE: Scrimmage

    There is no scrimmage, per se. The Red-White practice is Aug. 3.

  14. By Eazy E on Jul 28, 2013 | Reply

    Oh man, I forgot about Reggie Walker. #Too Many ILBs maybe?

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