A Cards’ week East between Saints and Bucs

Posted by Darren Urban on September 16, 2013 – 8:15 am

The Cardinals’ next two games are on the road, and the Cards will take that to the extreme. After the team plays in New Orleans this coming weekend, the team will head straight to Florida and spend the week before their game at Tampa Bay in Sarasota and practice in Bradenton.

It’s obviously not the first time the Cards have done this. In 2008, the Cards spent their week between road games at Washington and at the New York Jets in beautiful Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. It didn’t help on the scoreboard – the Cards lost both ends – but then-coach Ken Whisenhunt said at the time it could be a dress rehearsal for the team if they went to the Super Bowl and had to spend a week of prep in the Super Bowl city. Lo and behold, the Cardinals found themselves spending a week in Tampa the following January prepping for the Super Bowl.

No one is saying there will be a parallel here. But the powers-that-be determined that avoiding multiple plane trips is the best course in maneuvering this early-season schedule. It will mean the Cardinals should be well-adjusted to the 10 a.m. Arizona kickoff time by the time they get to the Tampa game. (The Cards will be facing a 10 a.m. Arizona kickoff time for the Saints game too and there will be an adjustment there.) Weather in the Sarasota area is supposed to be in the upper 80s that week.

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13 Responses to “A Cards’ week East between Saints and Bucs”

  1. By cdj on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    hopefully we will be 2-2 after these next two weeks, though i would love it if we were 3-1

  2. By UK cards fan on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    I have a feeling the New Orleans game is where we will miss Dwash the most. We need a fast, physical LB like that to cover the best TE in football.

  3. By Nor cal cards fan on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Urb, thank you for the continued great coverage!! Could u possibly put up video of yesterdays post game locker room speech from BA..?

  4. By kauaicardsfan on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    Aloha Darren,
    This is the reason I buy NFL rewind, so i can watch the WIN all over again!!!

    On another topic, I am amazed how versatile PP is! My question is how long is his contract?
    I think we should already work on keeping him for as long as we can and not lose him ! I have seen the top brass be proactive lately, this would be another solid move to keep the ” Base” of the team strong and build around it ! Lets keep PP a Card till he is ready to retire!!!

    Mahalo !!!

  5. By Darren Urban on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    Kauai —

    RE: PP contract

    I expect him to get a contract extension after this season.

  6. By SteveG on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    We all saw this last game too many times last year, solid defense, qb’s throwing interceptions etc.. And last year we KNOW this was a loss waiting to happen…..

    But this is different.

    We actually were moving the ball at will, we kept stopping ourselves (first half especially) with penalties, but still we were IN THE GAME.

    Many things to clean up, (3rd downs?OMG)..but we can win with this team….

    Props to Carson Palmer, a real NFL QB and suddenly all things are possible.

  7. By Nor cal cards fan on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    I just saw the video…thank u!

  8. By Andy Kw on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    This team obtained the win, nice job by the Cardinals:
    -The defense is not providing enough pressure towards opposing QBs: out of 2 games, we only pulled off 1 sack (that is unacceptable)
    -In 3 weeks time, LB Daryl Washington returns and will provide the pass rush that this team needs and better tackling
    -I expect more from CB Patrick Peterson (The defensive scheme is not effective and this defense can do a lot better than it is performing)
    -Darnell Dockett, Dan Williams, and Calais Campbell need to do better in providing pressure
    -The linebackers need to do better: Sam Acho, Lorenzo Alexander, Karlos Dansby, and Jaspar Brinkley have been so ineffective against the pass that we are allowing a ton of yards.
    -Jerraud Powers, Yeremiah Bell, Rashad Johnson, and Patrick Peterson are not defending the pass well (this team is already showing that this defense is thin on safety and we need to address that issue now by signing FS Kerry Rhodes back)
    -DC Todd Bowles has done a really poor job on the defense. So out of 2 games, this team has 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 Forced Fumbles, and 1 touchdown. As you can see from the many flaws from this defense, our defense is prone to allowing chunk of yards on screen plays. When Ray Horton was our defensive coordinator, opposing QBs were taking many sacks and were completing around 50% of their passes. This season, our team has allowed almost a perfect passer rating and is allowing a huge completion percentage.
    -I think it is time to start LB Kevin Minter as an inside linebacker and move LB Karlos Dansby to an OLB to replace OLB Lorenzo Alexander. I like LB Lorenzo Alexander as our Special Teams Captain but not as a starter as he has done a poor job on tackling and anticipating plays.
    -With Rob Housler returning, I expect better protection for Carson Palmer and I expect a much better passing game. Carson Palmer has done well so far but I expect an even better performance with Housler returning

  9. By Kevin S on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    AndyKW —

    That’s some harsh criticism. Yes, I agree the D could improve, as could the O. We did give up a lot of yards on what seemed like the same play over and over (quick slants); I still have to watch the tape as it’s hard to evaluate watching at UofP, but I agree we needed to make some adjustments there.

    That said, to say that Bowles “has done a really poor job” is ludicrous, The D gave up 14 points (remember, 7 are on Palmer) to a team that is something of an offensive juggernaut. Last week they put up 469 yards, including well over 300 in the air. We held Stafford to 278. 20 rushes for 49 yards isn’t something to sneeze at either. Only 16 first downs. ZERO second-half points allowed by the D. Who do you think won this game for the Cardinals? When your D gives up 14 points, you should win every time.

  10. By ored on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    thumbs up kevin…with all the new parts,from management on down it takes TIME to get everybody on the same page all the time,good sign is it’s working though,one big plus is the young players getting action and performing.i think when it happens it will be just like when a rookie finally gets it and we will find ourselves in the mix.

  11. By Safety Guy on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    Is it probable to say that Washington won’t see the field for 1 to 2 weeks after suspension? As he hasn’t been in a season game since training.

  12. By Darren Urban on Sep 16, 2013 | Reply

    Safety —

    RE: Washington

    I would be stunned if Washington is not a big part of the game plan against Carolina.

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