Defense knows too much (and other notes)

Posted by Darren Urban on August 6, 2014 – 5:43 pm

The Cardinals’ defense will be good again this season. Just ask the Cardinals’ offense.

“Every day we go on the field is an unbelievable challenge for this offense,” coach Bruce Arians said.

It’s about more than talent, though. The defense not only has players but it has information. It has watched the offense run its plays over and over, in camp and this offseason. It has heard the audibles.

“Because we see so many pressures, blitz period or not, they are going to know our audibles,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “Coach Arians said it (Tuesday), as soon as we audibled one play the whole defense knew what was coming. He just wants to see the audible executed, (even if it is) completely covered and blown up. But you see it in a walkthrough and then in practice, it’s pretty easy to pick up. Once you go in a game, you only use that audible once every three weeks. You understand the situation for what it is. But that stuff does get frustrating.”

Palmer emphasized how much respect he has for defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. “You can’t get a bead on what you think is coming,” Palmer said.

Still, it makes success during training camp much, much harder.

“When offense wins a few matches in practice, I am very proud our offense is getting better,” Arians said.

— Maybe that played a part in Wednesday’s practice. At one point during team work, the defense would have come up with a handful of sacks and/or heavy pressures on the passer. Then at the end of the day, when the offense took on the defense — first unit versus first unit, and so on — for an attempt at a mostly length-of-the-field drive, the defense was winning. The first-string offense drove all the way into the red zone, only to have cornerback Antonio Cromartie bring down a beautiful one-handed interception on a fade route to Ted Ginn. The second offense only had a couple of plays before a pass to Jaron Brown was deflected high in the air before linebacker Ernie Sims grabbed the ball. The third offense was successful, eventually scoring a touchdown on a short run by Jonathan Dwyer.

— Darren Fells would seem to have an inside track at a roster spot as the fourth tight end after Jake Ballard’s retirement, but he had his hiccups Wednesday after the news came out, dropping a couple of catchable passes.

— Everybody was out practicing except for DT Darnell Dockett (who was given a rest day by Arians) and center Lyle Sendlein, still out with a calf injury.

— Tyrann Mathieu, on the help he gives rookie safety Deone Bucannon: “I try to tell him what I know. I don’t try to tell him too much because I don’t know everything.”

— Arians said the kicking spot will come down to how the games play out. “All the eggs are in that basket,” he said. “It’ll be a tough decision.” Arians said each kicker will be given a full game to work, starting with Chandler Catanzano against Houston Saturday. Feely will kick in Minnesota the following week.



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16 Responses to “Defense knows too much (and other notes)”

  1. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Aug 6, 2014 | Reply

    I fear Bowles will be gone in 2015 to be a deserved head coach somewhere and I doubt Fitz will be back with his big contract. We’re gonna have a great year, but I fear we’re gonna loose a lot of talented coaches and staff. Better make the most of it while the gang is all here in 2014!

  2. By j on Aug 6, 2014 | Reply

    fitz is not going anywhere and Bowles one day will be a HC but in 3-4 years. No worries..

  3. By Steve on Aug 6, 2014 | Reply

    Darren: It’s still early in training camp but do you think the coaches are confident in the inside linebackers we have to do the job or do you sense Arians and Co. are keeping their fingers crossed and and praying?

  4. By Darren Urban on Aug 6, 2014 | Reply

    Steve –

    RE: LBs

    I think they are confident they can make it work.

  5. By clssylssy on Aug 6, 2014 | Reply

    It’s one thing playing with your own teammates, quite another when it is an unknown opponent. Guess we’ll get to see how everybody looks against Houston this weekend! GOOD LUCK CARDS! PLAY SMART AND STAY HEALTHY!

  6. By clssylssy on Aug 7, 2014 | Reply

    Just saw the latest poll which has us going 7-9 this year (behind the Rams even) and while I don’t put much stock in these poll, still, it seems we’re getting no respect based on the fact that we lost Dansby/Washington and the “hairdo’s don’t like Carson Palmer?? I hope our guys will see this as a challenge that will fuel their hunger for victory and show the world we are a legitimate force to be feared. It gets REALLY OLD being the Rodney Dangerfield’s of the NFL even after making it to the SB, owning both the Patriots and the Seahawks on their own turf and having some of the best talent under one roof in the NFL today (what, 5 or 6 top 100 players?) It’s just preseason so I hope we can PLAY SAFE, PLAY SMART, & STAY HEALTHY! Usually it’s the teams with the best players that are still standing and able to do battle that determine the outcome of the season. TIME TO SHOCK THE WORLD …AGAIN!

  7. By Big Ken on Aug 7, 2014 | Reply

    Ottis, I live in the here and now!

  8. By cardsfankev on Aug 7, 2014 | Reply


    Totally off-topic question for you. Is Assistant Trainer Chad Cook former Murray State University running back Chad Cook?

  9. By Darren Urban on Aug 7, 2014 | Reply

    cardsfan —

    RE: Cook

    I highly doubt it. I could ask.

  10. By Eric G on Aug 7, 2014 | Reply

    Darren, any idea on what the expected play time is for the QBs on Saturday? I’m sure Palmer will get the first quarter and Stanton 2nd into the third. But is there any expectation that we will get a glimpse of Thomas or will Lindley likely take the rest of the snaps in the 4th?

  11. By Darren Urban on Aug 7, 2014 | Reply

    Eric G —

    RE: QBs

    Arians already said Thomas will play the majority of the fourth quarter. Lindley isn’t expected to play, and then Thomas/Lindley will likely flip in Minnesota.

  12. By Alex on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    Do you know if the Cards are going to have pratice against any other team?

    Thank you Sir.

  13. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    Alex —

    RE: Practice

    No, they will not have any joint practices.

  14. By Chris Gortariz on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    It ain’t right Daryl Washington is suspended for a whole season. While other NFL players get suspended for 2 games. Had to knock our defense down a natch I see that.

  15. By br in nc on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    Dwash’s suspension of 1 year is cut and dry, second offense drug test failure is mandatory one year, and if he pops again its automatic lifetime ban. Its quite simple, Dwash has a choice to make, “toking” or “tackling”, it is just that simple!

  16. By Chris Gortariz on Aug 9, 2014 | Reply

    Football lost my respect or at least the weasels behind all of it. I no longer support it in any manner.

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