Bouncing back from a bad practice

Posted by Darren Urban on August 20, 2013 – 12:11 pm

Bruce Arians wasn’t thrilled with his team’s practice Monday. It’s the third time the Cards have come back from an off day to a practice and the third time, Arians said, they have had a poor practice. The first two came outside in the heat in Tempe in full pads, so he was crediting that with the problem before now. But Monday the Cards were inside and Arians now sees it as a problem.

“It was the first practice where I thought we took a step backward,” Arians said. “Hopefully it was a good lesson for us. There were few mental errors but the tempo and speed of practice wasn’t quality.

“Now it’s a matter of learning how to practice after a day off. I noticed it early. Probably should have started the practice over.”

That’s a message I’d think will quickly be understood.

— LB Reggie Walker missed practice Monday with food poisoning. WR Andre Roberts sat out with a slight ankle sprain, and Roberts is expected to miss practice again today. The rest of the injury situation remains unchanged, Arians said. The players coming off injuries are day-to-day, he said, and that will be the approach of the team whether they play in the game Saturday.

— Arians said the team, once it is settled, will have a vote to see who the captains are prior to the first regular-season game.

— Arians reiterated that he has been generally pleased with his offensive line play. That confidence hasn’t changed since the time he showed up. “I told them, ‘Either you are going to be a woe-is-me group of guys or you are going to take this as a challenge and a slap in the face,’ ” Arians said. “They knew how talented they were, they knew who was injured and who wasn’t playing.”

— The potential roster breakdown in the secondary was discussed when Arians was asked about UDFA S Tony Jefferson. (Jefferson, he said, is at least in the discussion for practice squad, but no sure thing.) The breakdowns Arians kept giving was nine defensive backs — maybe six corners and three safeties, was one Arians example — which is interesting. You could make, with special teams involved, the case for 10. Arians did insist they will go short elsewhere if the players dictated such. “We’re not going to cut a good player,” Arians said.

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6 Responses to “Bouncing back from a bad practice”

  1. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Aug 20, 2013 | Reply

    “We’re not going to cut a good player,”.. that’s powerful bro/sis. Plus churning the roster comments, “don’t be the guy who celebrates and gets cut the day after final cut down when we sign a free agent…” That approach gets the most out of a player/team…

    Btw, per Dallas game on DVR, thought Potter did not look very good…

    Arians living up to his nick name Bad Ass. Lol, rally like this “dude”! 😉

  2. By jasonc on Aug 20, 2013 | Reply

    The highest rated safety in the preseason by @PFF? Undrafted free agent @tonyjefferson1. #Cardinals— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 19, 2013

    With 3 safeties and 6 corners Tony Jefferson would be on the outside looking in. There is still time and I think if he keeps building on the momentum of the Dallas game he is a guy that can make Keim & Co have another ‘hard’ conversation. Seems doubtful if his strong play continues that he would even make it to the practice roster.

  3. By joe holst on Aug 20, 2013 | Reply

    Arians is amazing. He seems extremely organized and detailed I am thrilled with him and Keim. Haven’t heard Robert Gill’s name in a while. Darren is have any chance of sticking?

  4. By Darren Urban on Aug 20, 2013 | Reply

    Joe Holst —

    RE: Gill

    Think it might be a long shot.

  5. By lg on Aug 20, 2013 | Reply

    With so many good WR what do we need with mike thomas really?

  6. By ored on Aug 20, 2013 | Reply

    things getting even tougher with signing of another vet to compete,someone needs to seperate themselves in the red zone,that would probably lock down a spot.i won’t even jinx it by suggesting who,but that’s a spot we’re in definate need.

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