An efficient camp and Ellington’s neck

Posted by Darren Urban on August 7, 2013 – 12:54 pm

Bruce Arians talked this summer about why he doesn’t have his players stretch as a team beforehand. He went back to the subject Wednesday, and fits well with an efficiency that he works with through his whole training camp. The idea was introduced to him by Chuck Pagano, and Arians liked it.

“With our time limits now and the constraints we are put under by the CBA, 10 minutes is a lot of time,” Arians said. “That’s a lot of teaching time wasted on stretching. Guys can come early and stretch themselves.”

Quarterback Carson Palmer sees it as a greater indication of the way Arians runs his practices. For Palmer, it’s envelopes not only warmups but practice work and even meetings.

“There’s no nonsense,” Palmer said. “There hasn’t been one time I have been on the practice field and I’m thinking, ‘Why are we doing this?’ … It’s very fast, it’s very efficient. Vets appreciate an efficient practice.

“I’ve played for a long time and I’ve had meetings about meetings (on other teams),” Palmer said, adding, “Our meetings have a purpose. You don’t sit there and say, ‘That could have taken six minutes and it took 25.’ ”

As for stretching, Palmer said players have plenty of time to get warmed up.

“There is time for guys to do what they need to do to get functionally ready for practice,” Palmer said. “Once we get on the field, it’s go time. I like that. … You have get yourself prepared to play and if you can’t you shouldn’t be here. That’s the mentality he’s taken, and I love it, because I hate stretching.”

— Another blow to the banged-up running backs. Andre Ellington is having his neck checked out and will undergo the concussion protocol after leaving practice yesterday, although Arians said he is still hopeful Ellington can play in Green Bay. He’s also hopeful Rashard Mendenhall will be able to play a quarter too. That’d be good, or it’s gonna be a ton of work for Stepfan Taylor and Alfonso Smith.

— The players who aren’t playing in Green Bay will not make the trip, Arians said.

— Arians said quarterback Ryan Lindley has made good progress “other than the interceptions.” Of late, there have been plenty of those from the second-year signal-caller.

“There are times when he just doesn’t process it fast enough or he’ll throw it away into double coverage,” Arians said. “Those are the areas the young quarterbacks have to eliminate. He’s got a strong enough arm. It’s a matter of his decisions and processing. He’ll get a lot of exposure in two preseason games.

“Some of the times it’s the guys he’s out there with. They’re not where they are supposed to be. (But) instead of throwing it away he tries to make something happen trying to impress. He’d impress me more throwing it up in the stands rather than throwing it backside into an interception.”

–The Arians walkoff: Talking about bringing in three more players yesterday, he said “we’ll never stop churning the bottom 15. There’s always someone out there that is a diamond in the rough.”


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11 Responses to “An efficient camp and Ellington’s neck”

  1. By Thomas77 on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Off topic question. Not sure if you’ve mentioned this anywhere. What’re the plans for the Carinals Underground Podcasts and the Big Red Rage? Any front-runners for BRR host this year with Rhodes gone?

  2. By Darren Urban on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    Thomas77 —

    RE: Podcasts

    We may get back to Underground once the regular season starts. As you can see, we have upped the level of content but that, and the logistics of camp, have made doing one at camp difficult.

    The BRR will be back. I don’t know details.

  3. By joe67 on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    I love Coach, but with all the Hamstring problems we are having so far, maybe we should re-think the whole stretching thing. (Robert Gill can run 26 miles per hour, and ends up with a hammie. Just seems strange)

  4. By Darren Urban on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    joe67 —

    RE: Gill

    Gill had hamstring problems earlier in the offseason too, before he even shot the video.

  5. By ored on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    this could be a real positive summer for lindley,definately has the teachers this year,just needs to soak it in and apply it.

  6. By C on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, have any of the players who were here last year have anything interesting to say regarding the change in mentality with the coaching/leadership? Would be interesting to hear some compare and contrast on that. Apologies if it’s been in a previous blog and I’ve missed it. Great read!

  7. By Darren Urban on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    C —

    RE: Compare/contrast

    I haven’t really asked many. The reality is players aren’t going to throw the old staff under the bus publicly.

  8. By truths4all on Aug 8, 2013 | Reply

    Lindley seems like a nice enough guy, but a college career completion average of 54% is awfully tough to overcome and seriously improve on in the pros, even when you are throwing in practice against the best football players in the world who will end up not making the 53 man roster.

    Sorry Keim, but your guy Lindley is just not good enough, even under BA’s vaunted tutelage as Lindley has demonstrated so far and in last season’s games.

  9. By CardsRepInChile on Aug 8, 2013 | Reply

    RE: Content

    Darren, I have definitely noticed the increase in content and am loving it! You guys are doing a great job, keep it up!!!

  10. By Thomas77 on Aug 8, 2013 | Reply

    Well, I hope you guys keep the Cardinals Underground. I always enjoyed listening to those during a workout or whatever.

  11. By Eazy E on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Lindley better get it together or he’s a goner.

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