The move to move guys around

Posted by Darren Urban on August 14, 2013 – 9:58 am

So much has been made about Larry Fitzgerald’s work at all the receiver positions, but in truth, Bruce Arians likes testing out all his receivers. When he talks about young wideouts making errors half the time in the Green Bay game, part of that has to be attributed to what is on their plate. It’s part of the process.

“Coach Arians wants to see guys do things they may not be comfortable with, he wants to see what everyone is good at,” Fitzgerald said. “He wants to see you uncomfortable to push you, to get the best out of you. Everybody is on edge, on their toes. There are plays off the script that you’ve never been prepared for, but he wants you to be thinking, to be studying.”

It goes past the receivers. Arians thinks of camp — especially the early time — as a time for “experimentation.” That may have been one reason, for instance, that the Patrick Peterson-as-receiver scheme picked up steam as the days went past and the Cards saw on the field that he could flourish in such a role.

“Right now you have to press the element to figure out what guys can do,” Arians said. “You have to take them out of their comfort zone too, because they don’t know what their comfort zone is until they try something else. The more tricks you can learn, the more you can do. Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts, Larry Fitzgerald, they’re all learning all three (receiver) positions. You keep pressing the envelope. That’s how you find special niches — (for instance,) this guy is an outside player, but he’s a hellacious inside pass rusher. You won’t know it until you put him in there.”

— Forbes came out with its latest valuations of each NFL teams, with the Cardinals ranking 24th in the league at a worth of $961 billion million (Oops. Man, if it was billion, I better ask for a raise) in 2012 and an operating income of $9.7 million. The team with the biggest value? Saturday’s opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, at more than $2 billion. For the full list, go here.

— The Cardinals are off today. They resume practice tomorrow at University of Phoenix Stadium.

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10 Responses to “The move to move guys around”

  1. By Dave on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply


    961 billion???


  2. By Tom Donlan on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    $961 billion?

  3. By Darren Urban on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    All —

    RE: Billion

    Yes, I have heard from all and have made the change. I made a mistake.

  4. By Gerrit on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    “too many mental errors” 😉
    enjoy your day off?!

  5. By Darren Urban on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    Gerrit —

    RE: Day off

    Ha. I may not be a practice, but I can assure you I am not getting a day off.

  6. By dylan on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply


    I’ll trade you jobs in a heart beat oh btw i work at UPS as a supervisor good luck i feel like quitting every other night

  7. By Darren Urban on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    dylan —

    RE: comment

    I tweaked it a bit. Let’s not go there.

  8. By Eazy E on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    Forbes also ridiculously named Larry Fitzgerald the 7th most overpaid player in the league. Karlos Dansby and John Abraham we’re 7th and 9th respectively on the underpaid list.

  9. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 14, 2013 | Reply

    This goes back to something I am a huge believer in.

    The Good, Better, Best.

    Too many coaches say someone is good here and that is it. My believe has always been to search for what is best.

    You know like the conversation I had on this board about PP moving to safety last year. You know he is really a good CB, but could he be a hellacious safety. (honey badger has made it a mute point.) But think if PP was roaming the middle of the field, coming off the edge on a blitz, jumping on a TE or slot guy. The world will never know.

    The funny thing about Coach experimenting is this; He never tried any of the tackles at guard. Well not yet anyway.

  10. By jasonc on Aug 15, 2013 | Reply


    Always appreciate your take on things but I still think you’re mistaken about where PP is most valuable. You’re right about Tyrann making it a moot point. I was curious if you were able to see much of Lane Johnson? I was out tonight and just caught some of the Philly game and it appeared he was struggling on the right side. Kyle Long on the other hand looked REAL good for the Bears tonight. I would like to see that kind of performance from Cooper come Saturday.

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