Buddy Morris added as strength coach

Posted by Darren Urban on March 4, 2014 – 11:51 am

The Cardinals have hired Buddy Morris, who had just been hired at the University of Buffalo and who once worked with Bruce Arians when Arians was in Cleveland, to morris-20140116-0005-2be their new strength and conditioning coach. He replaces John Lott, who was fired last week. Morris’ time in Cleveland was from 2002-05, and he also spent three stints as the strength and conditioning coach of the University of Pittsburgh. (Interestingly, the man who replaced Morris for the Browns? John Lott.)

Morris has a lengthy and impressive résumé — this blog post gives some good detail into his thinking. For the moment, Pete Alosi remains the assistant strength and conditioning coach. The Cardinals officially begin their offseason conditioning program April 21, but some have already trickled in here and there. CBA rules prohibit any coaching right now, but once Morris arrives, he can at least introduce himself.

“I’m a fanatic on technique,” Morris recently told the Buffalo News. “I’m a fanatic on the little things. The game’s still a game of discipline and it starts in the weight room.”

— The Cardinals also signed center John Estes Tuesday. Estes had spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars (where new Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough was previously in the front office) before spending last season out of football.

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18 Responses to “Buddy Morris added as strength coach”

  1. By LadyBird04 on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    Where does this new Center leave us with Lyle Sendlein? Is he going into free agency? I know because of his “seniority” his minimum is pretty high.

  2. By Darren Urban on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    Ladybird —

    RE: Sendlein

    I will be posting on Lyle later today.

  3. By Andy Kw on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    Yay, i’m glad they are making an effort to bring back Matt Shaughnessy. Sign him to a 2 or 3 year deal. I want Sam Acho to be in the rotation with LB John Abraham with Abraham being the starter.

  4. By Rich on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    Sendlein is signed for few more years. He’s one of the best centers around. Estes is just one of a number of potential backups who will be trying to make a team.

  5. By Big Ken on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    Welcome to Phoenix Buddy.Great place to train.

  6. By Andy Kw on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    STEP 1:
    -Cut OG Daryn Colledge & RB Ryan Williams (save up to $5.8 million in Cap)
    STEP 2:
    -Restructure the contracts of DT Darnell Dockett, QB Carson Palmer, & CB Jerraud Powers (save around $10 million in cap)
    STEP 3:
    We should now have around $31 million in Cap Space.
    -Strike a 5yr $35 million deal with All Pro CB Patrick Peterson ($7 million against cap per year but start the contract in the beginning of next season to avoid cap hit in 2014, this is possible, right Darren?)
    STEP 4:
    We should now have around $27.5 million in Cap Space.
    -Resign ILB Karlos Dansby to a 3yr $12 million deal ($4 million on cap)
    -Resign OLB M. Shaughnessy to a 2yr $7 million deal ($3.5 million on cap)
    -Resign OT Eric Winston to a 2yr $7 million deal ($3.5 against on cap)
    -Resign LB Marcus Benard to a 2yr $3 million deal ($1.5 million on cap)
    -Resign K Jay Feely to a 1yr $2 million contract
    -Resign DE Frostee Rucker to a 1yr $1.25 million deal
    -Resign ER contract to DT Alemeda Ta’amu
    STEP 5:
    We should have around $14.5 million in Cap Space remaining.
    -Sign WR Danny Amendola (NE) to a 2yr $6.5 million deal ($3 million n cap)
    -Sign RB Donald Brown (IND) to a 1yr $2 million deal
    -Sign DB Sergio Brown (IND) to a 1yr 800K million deal
    STEP 6: Draft for the future
    1.) TE Eric Ebron, more weapons in Palmer’s disposal
    2.) SS Deone Bucannon, can be the day 1 starter
    3.) DT Kelcy Quarles, future replacement to Dockett
    4.) CB Keith McGill, 6’3” and can make plays
    5.) QB Logan Thomas, strong armed
    6.) WR John Brown, ran a 4.34
    STEP 7:
    -See if TE Jim Dray is still available to bring back with the left over cap and try to make some last minute signings for reserves.

  7. By LadyBird04 on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply


    Thanks, I was just surprised because I think Estes has been on injured reserved for almost three years and didn’t participate in the NFL at all last year. I would have thought the Cards could have waited a bit longer to get a camp body and use up a roster spot. But then, the team has much smarter people than I am making decisions.

  8. By georgiebird on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    Another thing I like about BA- at 61 years of age, he knows a lot of people. This enables him to get rid of a good guy (Lott) but quickly get another good guy (hopefully) out of his pipeline in Buddy Morris

  9. By georgiebird on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    Kolb makes his way from AZ to Buffalo. Morris makes his way from Buffalo to AZ. And we don’t lose a draft choice?

  10. By Frank Thomas on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    He looks like Whiz. Are they related?

  11. By Rich on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    I agree with your strategy.

  12. By Cody Zarr on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    I would like to take this time to indicate my disapproval of Lyle Sendlein’s rating in Madden. It really should be much higher. That is all.

  13. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    This guy is just hired by U. of Buffalo, and then he quits on them immediately for a different job? Three different stints with the Pitt Panthers? One stint with the Cleveland Browns?

    I’m not impressed.

  14. By AzDesertRat1953 on Mar 4, 2014 | Reply

    Well I would say BA has done just what needed to be done. He went and got one of the Very Best, not best but Very Best, conditioning coaches.

    Mad scientist of conditioning? I would lean more toward A Scientist of Conditioning.

    It is just what I expected to happen from BA, SK and Michael Bidwill.

    GO CARDS!!!

  15. By Evan on Mar 15, 2014 | Reply

    I’m a Vikings fan, but I just wanted to pop in here and say that Buddy Morris is the BEST strength & conditioning coach currently in football, period. This guy is years ahead of his time. Obviously, football talent wins football games – but you guys are going to notice a decrease in soft tissue injuries and will play better late in the season and the playoffs. Watch and see. He is the real deal.

    I wish the Vikings would’ve hired him, but – thank God the Seahawks didn’t get him; that would just be unfair.

    Good luck this season.


  16. By Ted Rendinell on Mar 17, 2014 | Reply

    As a strength coach who has followed Buddys’ career, and who has studied and followed his teachings…..the fans of the Arizona Cardinals have just “hit the jackpot” with Buddy Morris as their Head S@C Coach. He’s arguably, one the best and most knowledgeable guys in the industry. He’s a world class strength/physical preparation guy. And the Cardinals will win an extra 2-3 games because of his work.

    He did wonders at Pitt. I have spoken to many players who will confirm as much.

    Congrats Arizona. Happy for you and Buddy.

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