Familiarity breeds …

Posted by Darren Urban on November 22, 2013 – 9:54 am

Bruce Arians knows Andrew Luck knows Jerraud Powers knows Chuck Pagano knows Harold Goodwin knows Robert Mathis.

So where does that leave Sunday, when the Cardinals play the Colts? It’s a great question. Do these teams know a little bit about each other? Sure. But with the amount of video out there for everyone to study anymore, I’m not all that sure it changes the equation much.

“I’m sure (Bruce) will try to use it to his advantage,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said. “But I think in the NFL you know so much about every other team I’m sure it gets thrown out the window at some point.”

The Cardinals know, for instance, that Luck doesn’t really want to run but will if he has an opportunity. That won’t help bring him down if Luck escapes the pass rush and gets his 240-pound frame streaking forward in space. Cardinals offensive coordinator Goodwin has a pretty good idea what Mathis is going to do to get to Carson Palmer. Will that allow the Cards to slow him? It reminds me a little of all the fringe players cut around the league and then picked up by rivals or teams on the upcoming schedule of that player’s former team. I don’t know exactly how much they can really provide in the context of a particular game. The game plan changes week-to-week.

(And sometimes, another team is just picking up a player because they need a player. That’s what happened when the Titans, who the Cards play in December, signed John Skelton to be a backup QB. Skelton was cut so early in the Arians tenure he would be no help as a “spy,” although I had some fans suggest that’s what the move was for.)

“They are going to know us, we’re going to know them,” Cardinals left tackle Bradley Sowell, a former Colt, said. “It’s whoever prepares better.”

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5 Responses to “Familiarity breeds …”

  1. By Eazy E on Nov 22, 2013 | Reply

    Damn Skelton has worn every jersey since we cut him!!#Still like Skelton

  2. By NJAzCardsFan on Nov 22, 2013 | Reply

    Cardinals left tackle Bradley Sowell, a former Colt, said. “It’s whoever prepares better.”

    Too some extent… but execution is everything…. the team the executes the best will win…

    It will be interesting to see if the Cards running game is better this week… If so, the Cards should win…

  3. By ored on Nov 22, 2013 | Reply

    that…and just as important will be keeping colts run game grounded.

  4. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Nov 22, 2013 | Reply

    Running game gets back on track this week. As long as we don’t turn the ball over and the defense can get some stops, I think we will be fine. We match up with them pretty well. Should be a great game with a Cardinal victory.

  5. By clssylssy on Nov 23, 2013 | Reply

    Familiarity cuts both ways and it will come down to who plays the most error free game, can score on 3rd downs and controls the clock. In many ways it will be who calls the best game that their players can execute and will be about the QBs. Our defense should be able to blitz the Colt offense but we will have to keep Luck under control. if he gets loose he will hurt us. No come from behind or slow starts here even though we are at home. If we treat this like a playoff game, which in many ways it is, we can prevail. GO CARDS! LET’S SHOW THE WORLD ONCE AGAIN THAT THE CARDINALS ARE RELEVANT!

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