Cardinals running a smarter minicamp

Posted by Darren Urban on June 11, 2014 – 12:08 pm

The Cardinals still have their accountability sheet, which Bruce Arians brought with him last year. It was a big topic of conversation last offseason as many players — especially on offense — struggled with the learning curve. This year, quarterback Carson Palmer said, “it’s gotten better.”

“It did not ever get better last year,” Palmer added.

Palmer is also thrilled with where the offense is at this point. He couldn’t say the same this time last year, and it’s a good thing right now, since the Cardinals are down to one practice Thursday before scattering for the rest of the offseason. Some other Tuesday Wednesday notes:

— Arians was happy at the practice again, although there were plenty of moments when he or another coach were angry and you could hear it. “A lot of the hollering and screaming is at the young guys, which is normal,” Arians said. “It’s not at the vets. They are playing at a high-quality, high-paced practice.”

— Retired legendary offensive line coach Howard Mudd, who coached in Indianapolis with Arians, visited practice.

— Rookie wide receiver John Brown had a drop and a couple of mistakes, which hasn’t been the case most of the offseason as he has impressed everyone. “He was a rookie today,” Arians said, adding with a smile, “I think he’s reading his press clippings.”

— Arians said he is happy with how the Cardinals are working through the situations the coaching staff is putting them through. They did the same thing last summer, but Arians said “we didn’t have a clue what we were doing.” Now, with a season of the Cardinals running the offense and defense on video from the 2013 season, it’s easier to teach, Arians said.

— Undrafted rookie interior offensive lineman Anthony Steen is finally back on the field. Arians said he is “way back” after missing time with an injury but the coach sounded encouraged that Steen, out of Alabama, could impress once the pads go on.

— Linebacker John Abraham was still sick and sat out. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) was still out.

— Palmer, on the addition of Brown and Ted Ginn at receiver: “Pure speed, and it’s something this offense must have to be successful. They give us a dramatic change from what we had last year.”

— Palmer sounded encouraged about the progress of right tackle Bobby Massie, who was running with the first unit. “When you don’t notice a guy that’s a good thing,” Palmer said. “That’s what I have noticed about Bobby is that I haven’t noticed him. That’s exactly what you want from your tackles.”


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13 Responses to “Cardinals running a smarter minicamp”

  1. By Christoph on Jun 11, 2014 | Reply

    Why Tuesday?

  2. By Darren Urban on Jun 11, 2014 | Reply

    Christoph —

    RE: Day

    Obviously, I made a mistake. Fixed.

  3. By azdesertrat1953 on Jun 11, 2014 | Reply

    “It did not ever get better last year.” Palmer said.
    Yet they Won 10 games, Wow!
    Plus where they are this year is Nothing like last year, there heads are not “swimming” with the plays and what to do!

    Now they understand and that’s 90% of the battle when on the field.

    This 2014 season is going to be fun for the AZ Cardinals Fans!

    GO CARDS!!!

  4. By Craig on Jun 11, 2014 | Reply

    I’m already tired of hearing about Fitz’s hamstring….again.

  5. By D on Jun 11, 2014 | Reply

    Would had love to be next to Mudd and BA after watching the Oline and hearing his thoughts on our Right side.

    I think BA is much underrated when so called experts grade the HC’s in the league

  6. By ryan on Jun 11, 2014 | Reply

    Step up John Brown! after reading the story on you and your brother, i am rooting for you to do BIG things in the nfl and more importantly, for the CARDS. c’mon man!

  7. By Jsoully on Jun 11, 2014 | Reply

    Wow, our tight ends are massive, there is so much competition at wide receiver, the quarterbacks are accurate (Logan Thomas was previously stated to have been improving his footwork, which improves accuracy), we only hear what we want to heat about the offensive line they are so much more improved that they go unnoticed, definitely saw flaws in Daryn Colledge & Bradley Sowell on the left side, Jared Veldheer & Jonathan Cooper are instant upgrades while Bobby Massie is slowly winning the right tackle job (knock on wood), this team finally has an offensive attack to be proud of!

  8. By br on Jun 12, 2014 | Reply

    Like the Palmer comment on Massie, “havent noticed him, and that a good thing when your not noticing your tackles”. We will see if the O-line is up to the task when the pads go on and the smashmouth hitting begins, hopefully we have an improvement over last year, a little worried since 4 of 5 linemen are “new” with both guards pretty much being rookies, and basically all are first time starters, with LS the exception to that (which is very good that our Center is an anchor, and veteran starter) if Sowell emerges as the starter at RT we basically can call him a rookie as well, at RT anyway. Its going to be interesting fellas! I think BA will give the starting nod to the veterans at TE (Ballard & Carlson) in the begining of the year anyway, to help provide leadership to a very young O-line ( I think Ballard goes into camp as #1 TE bas

  9. By br on Jun 12, 2014 | Reply

    Oops accidently hit the “post comment” button ( i despise this tiny azz keyboard on my phone!!)

    To finish my post above – Ballard goes into camp #1 TE based on his impressive play from last season, in the short time he was on the field for the Cards he was pretty impressive, and in my humble opinion he surpassed Housler, and earned the right to be #1 on depth chart going into camp! Nikolas, being a “rook” and having the injuries has probably pushed him back to #3/4 on depth chart, they can bring him along at slower pace if need be.

  10. By br on Jun 12, 2014 | Reply

    Glad to see Robert Hughes is getting high praise from BA (even though he is a golden domer from Notre Dame, no love lost from this Illini fan, they specialize in stealing Illinois football recruits, Robert Hughs is a prime example!) but they all wear red now, looks like the battle at RB just got a little/alot more interesting! He could be Mendenhall’s twin replacement, goal line, tough yards btwn the tackles to get the chains moving and a new set of downs!

    Here is a thought/question for all…I wonder if BA’s playbook/offensive scheme has a “chapter” on incorporating “H-backs”, Hughes and Housler may thrive as H-backs”, Housler could be put in motion multiple times on every play, Hughes could as well, but I see him used there as more of a lead blocker, though he is a good receiver, hell, Logan Thomas could get some snaps as an H-back, damn the possibilities are very intruiging, and exciting as well, would love to see what BA could draw up for each of them and confuse the hell out of defenses! Come on BA, put pen to paper and the oversized offensive brain housing group you have been blessed with and throw some wicked twists and turns using H-back schemes and watch opposing DC’s “shat their britches”!
    Agree, disagree, anyone??

  11. By clssylssy on Jun 12, 2014 | Reply

    I read an article yesterday about all the injuries league-wide and couldn’t believe the numbers and names on the list with some scary injuries (lots of knees, ACLs, hips). Of course many were from last season but still…! I think even Richard Sherman was listed with a hamstring but when you play at the level of he and Fitz it’s like the old saying “when you play you gotta pay”? Perhaps it was the late draft and all the hoopla leading up but it seems many fans are still a little burned out
    and even Coach BA has lost a little of his enthusiasm. It does make me wonder with our first and second round draft picks injured after just working out in shorts how durable they will be when it’s the real deal and time to go up against our division rivals. We have a tough schedule this year and with the promising way we ended last season I think a lot of fans have great expectations. I am a little concerned that health and durability doesn’t seem to be as much of a priority as getting a “diamond in the rough” on sale. GO CARDS! STAY HEALTHY AND TOUGH!

  12. By Mike Ellingboe on Jun 13, 2014 | Reply


    Arians is very clear about what he thinks about fullbacks, so I doubt he’s going to implement an entire chapter about H-backs.

    While I’m personally a fan of fullbacks, I understand his reasoning and why they don’t work in his offense, or most offenses of today. The problem with the h-back is much the same, it tips the play. Having a TE on the line of scrimmage who can effectively block a DE and beat the defense over the middle will leave them guessing a lot more than hybrid h-back who is typically classified that way because he doesn’t fit either position very well. With Ellington’s big play ability, putting him in motion will cause opposing DC’s to “shat their britches,” a lot more than if they see Housler, Hughes or Thomas.

  13. By Scott H on Jun 13, 2014 | Reply

    Good to hear Palmer’s thoughts on the new WR’s and the O-line. I know I wasn’t Palmer’s biggest fan this time last year, but I am VERY glad he is here now. And I’ll stay that way if he can cut down on the INT’s. We know we can count on him for 4000-plus yards and 25-30 TD’s. And that is great to have. But when you throw as many INT’s as he did last year, those numbers are what you need to make up for it. He was definitely better over the 2nd half ( although his 4 INT’s against Seattle in Week 16 probably should have cost us that game ). If he can maintain that – and I believe he can – this offense can be among the top 10 in the league.

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