Floyd’s beastly blocking

Posted by Darren Urban on October 29, 2013 – 9:54 am

Michael Floyd isn’t going to say a ton when talking. I feel safe in saying interviews are not his most favorite thing and he’s soft-spoken when he does them. So it’s kind of humorous when the wide receiver is talking like that to describe the physical way he blocks — for instance, the way he drilled Falcons cornerback Robert Alford to spring Andre Ellington on his 80-yard run. Floyd not only blocked Alford, he shoved him from the far left side of the formation all the way over with a little bit of malice.

“Yeah, I don’t know why he cut in like that,” Floyd said modestly. “It was a crazy move by him. But we got the job done and Andre sprung it for the touchdown.”

Larry Fitzgerald got a good block on his guy on the play too, admitting later that he’d rather not block but can’t help but step up when watching Floyd. “I just try to keep up with him,” Fitzgerald said. Floyd’s blocking is something that’s been touched on before, and it’s one of the reasons he can be so valuable.

“I just always tried to be a complete wide receiver,” Floyd said. “When you have guys in the backfield that can do pretty good things, you always got to show that you can not only catch the ball and score touchdowns but also help your team score touchdowns.”

You can see it all in the video below. On the initial live look, Floyd (bottom of the screen, No. 15) comes in for the block and shoves Alford so far inside it serves as a pick to slow two other Falcons. Fitzgerald does enough to hold up cornerback Desmond Trufant. And Ellington was gone.

“(The play) was probably blocked for four yards (as a gain) up front,” coach Bruce Arians said. “Once he bounced outside, both receivers made great blocks. Michael Floyd took his guy all the way across the field. Larry pinned his guy and Mike just crushed his guy. The receivers did a really good job of blocking all day. There was also great effort by Andre Roberts, coming off the other side to try and catch … Alford, who was chasing him.”

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17 Responses to “Floyd’s beastly blocking”

  1. By Mike G on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is cool!—I think the Card’s wide outs do a good job blocking.
    One of the problems the last 2 years with the Cardinals offense hasn’t just been the ability to get a good QB but not establishing any kind of identity on offense. I believe Sunday’s victory has to be the blueprint going forward in starting the 2nd half of the season. A good defense, good special teams , good running game and an average passing attack can win games in this league. By running the football –this will limit Palmer’s mistakes throughout a game. I feel for the most part if Palmer throws the ball 32 to 45 times a game he will probably throw 2 to 3 picks a game. History shows that with him– when he played with the Bengals and Raiders. I think the RB position is becoming and will be a strength on this team and must be used more. Darren–Do you think the Card’s identity should be a run first football team given their current roster ?????

  2. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Identity

    I think they have to prove they can run consistently before that is an option.

  3. By Dynosoar on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    The stadium went wild with that run. Floyd did push his defender half way across the field. What a play! When Cooper is able to return, are RB’s will have the option of running up the middle OR bouncing outside and making a run like this.

    I’m really looking forward to the Texans.

    Our team is coming together and we’ll be ready for our second meetings within our Division. We’ll be ready.

  4. By beardinals on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    Alford (23) ran a 4.39 40 and barely caught Ellington at the end. Not bad.

  5. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply


    Love this play video. I got one more, wondered if you could post:

    The Cards goal line stand, when our 2 NTs pushed OL back 4-5 yards with bull rush. The ball ended up on 4 or 5 yard line after starting from 1 yard line. Best surge I ever saw, and the Cards have had some GREAT goal line stands these past 4-5 years. Would love to be able to come back here and watch it often.


  6. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    DTL —

    RE: Goal line

    Don’t hold your breath but I will look into it.

  7. By Dynosoar on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    I’d be ok with Palmer’s interceptions IF he was throwing touchdowns to match. Brett Favre holds records for most touchdowns AND most interceptions. Cornerbacks and Safety’s in this league are good too and if we’re throwing a lot they’ll get their chance to make plays. A good QB will minimize this for sure.

    I’d love to see 3 or more touchdowns each game. With the way our defense plays, that and a couple of field goals should win most if not all games.

    Just throw 1 more touchdown than interceptions and our defense will make sure they score one less.

    DTL, I agree, we hold at the goal line real well.

  8. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    Floyd is simply the best blocking WR in football. I would dare to say he is better than Housler at TE.

    We talked about this block a few blogs back and lets not forget when Arians had Floyd block the other teams best passrusher by the goal line (cant remember the team)

    This guy is physical and strong. A mild manner Dez Bryant in terms of Strength (not in terms of run after catch) but he could develop into that kind of guy. Looking forward at what he can become. But I am a little disappointed he hasn’t progressed to be the beast I saw in practice.

  9. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Floyd/best pass rusher

    The link is above. Packers game.

  10. By Chris B on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    If you’re taking video requests, I want to hear Dave and Wolf’s call for this play. That’s my vote.

  11. By Andy Kw on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    I think right now, Rashard Mendenhall should receive fewer snaps. He has been ineffective thus far into the season and Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor have shown so much potential.

  12. By ored on Oct 29, 2013 | Reply

    whomever is playing best,i don’t think we’ve seen mendenhalls best yet,but was pretty sweet to see stepfan in slo-mo.floyd was known for his blocking in college.looks like if we can get the run game going and have a speed receiver,palmer becomes a pretty good game manager.

    if keim can bring himself to drafting another tarheel,then next year we might get that TE we been looking for,nab our future QB,figure out LT,maybe look at dt,sutton from our back yard looks good,take another shot at pass rusher,a safety and hit on bpa and we should be well into 2/3s of keims plan.

  13. By Canadian Redbird on Oct 30, 2013 | Reply


    Re: Atlanta’s recovery of the onside kick

    It appeared that on that play that the 2 Atlanta players lined up alongside the kicker impeded the 2 Cardinal players from making a play on the ball prior to the ball going 10 yards. Is this legal or should it have been an interference penalty on Atlanta?

  14. By Darren Urban on Oct 30, 2013 | Reply

    Canadian —

    RE: Onsides


  15. By Matthew Thomas on Oct 30, 2013 | Reply

    Do u think Andre Ellington might have a chance to become a future RB for the Arizona Cardinals?

  16. By blue pitt on Oct 30, 2013 | Reply

    Larry Fitzgerald got a good block on his guy on the play too, admitting later that he’d rather not block but can’t help but step up when watching Floyd. “I just try to keep up with him,” Fitzgerald said….
    Funny I thought the same when Q was here!!! Now Q is gone and Larry hasn’t done much (aside from one decent year).. I hope Michael stays or Larry wont block any more! hHAHAHAHA

  17. By blue pitt on Oct 30, 2013 | Reply

    @ Matthew Thomas. Um..Isn’t he a current RB for the Cards.. and in the Future AKA tomorrow he will still be a AZ Cards RB? hahaha I’m on a role!!!!

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