Foote will make his presence felt

Posted by Darren Urban on May 13, 2014 – 4:45 pm

Larry Foote had considered coming to the Cardinals before. A couple of times, in fact. “It didn’t quite work,” the veteran inside linebacker said. “This time, perfect timing.”

Foote signed a one-year deal right before the draft, coming in to provide depth at a position that needed it. The Cardinals did not select an inside linebacker with any of their seven draft choices, going with Foote and bringing in undrafted rookies Jonathan Brown and Glenn Carson. With the uncertainty of Daryl Washington’s status after his legal issues (going with a plea on an assault charge) and even Kevin Minter’s inexperience, having Foote around is a plus.

“It’s a perfect match,” Foote said.

Foote is entering his 13th NFL season. His 12th was hard, earning a starting role with the Steelers and then going down in the first game of the year with a ruptured biceps. Foote is healthy again, but that didn’t make last year’s sting any less.

“It was frustrating watching my boys struggle,” Foote said. “The middle linebacker really sets the tone and you do that the first week, throws people in different positions.”

Foote, who will wear his longtime No. 50 (pictured below), said the defense Todd Bowles runs and the one he played in for Dick LeBeau in Pittsburgh are similar. That will ease his transition.

“Twelve years in the league, you don’t bring anything but presence,” Foote said. “Guys know how hard it is to last that long in the league. I’m knowledgable. Once I pick up the terminology, I can start helping the young boys out instead of them helping me out. That’s been awkward.”


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9 Responses to “Foote will make his presence felt”

  1. By joe holst on May 13, 2014 | Reply

    this is the NFC West you better be ready to ball, chase down Vernon Davis, marshawn lynch, colin kap, ruessell Wilson,

  2. By Andy Kw on May 13, 2014 | Reply

    I hope that SS Tony Jefferson battles FS Rashad Johnson for a chance to start at the Free Safety position until Tyrann Mathieu’s return. Jefferson is more suited for the Free Safety position anyways since he played that position in college before he was converted to a Strong Safety when joining the BirdGang.

  3. By ored on May 13, 2014 | Reply

    part of the gelling process,happens everytime there is turnover,just nice to know he’s experienced and has confidence,he should be the type of player that makes everybody around him better,does’nt have to be the young stud but he’s seen it all and that makes a big difference.

  4. By clssylssy on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    I always like to get former Steeler players as that is where our roots are from and they have played in scheme with a similar philosophy. In addition, Steelers have a long history of being tough and up to the fight. Having these seasoned veterans in the locker room helps the new guys get comfortable playing in the NFL and adds a measure of stability. I like the way Keim brought in a bunch of vets on one year deals last season, it was a win-win and helped us get where we wanted to go. I’m sure Foote will make his presence known and hopefully have the season of his life like Dansby did last year. Good job!

  5. By William Barry on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    Foote will definitely be a presence in the locker room and out on the field. Great job, Steve Keim, and BA.

  6. By dkerry5242 on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    Foote has to stay healthy, we cannot afford for him to get injured.

  7. By Big Ken on May 15, 2014 | Reply

    Serviceable if Washington gets a suspension. Quality backup.

  8. By Sheila on May 28, 2014 | Reply

    The Steelers lost will be the Cardinals gain… Larry Foote is the truth and he is going to wreck havoc for the Cardinal defense!!! #TEAMFOOTE4LIFE!!!

  9. By Rick on Jul 27, 2014 | Reply

    The FooteDough has only been injured once and has been a starter on the best defenses in the league for a decade! This is an upgrade for the Birdgang! For sure!

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