Fitz’s targets, Ellington’s toughness and day-after B.A.

Posted by Darren Urban on September 9, 2014 – 1:36 pm

Why, Bruce Arians was asked, wasn’t wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald targeted more in the Monday night game against the Chargers?

“You have to ask the quarterback,” Arians said. “(Larry) is going out for a pass every time. I don’t look at that. We don’t design plays for guys to get the ball. That’s interceptions waiting to happen.”

In fact, Arians referred to early last season, when Carson Palmer acknowledged he had been trying to force the ball to Fitz a couple of times, with turnover-laden results. It would seem, however, that Fitzgerald would be in line to be targeted a little bit more. “I learned some lessons last year,” Palmer said. “You want to get him involved, but it can bite you in the butt. We weren’t going to do that tonight.” Arians acknowledged there were a couple of times Fitzgerald was open and Palmer threw the ball elsewhere.

“But I’m not interested in anybody’s numbers other than the ‘Ws,’ ” Arians said. “Those days are long gone.”

Fitzgerald was officially targeted four times, with one catch for 22 yards.

— Running back Andre Ellington will wear a boot on his injured left foot so it can “calm down” after playing on it and he’ll probably not practice Wednesday. Then he will try and go Thursday and Friday to get ready for the Giants game. Playing through a little pain — knowing the injury can’t get worse — is important, Arians believes. Ellington did the same thing last year, skipping the Philadelphia game after hurting his knee and then coming back to play arguably his best game, in Tennessee. “You’re never going to be 100 percent until March as a running back in the National Football League,” Arians said, adding that Ellington wanted to play Monday night.

— LB John Abraham is going through the concussion protocol, so he’ll be day to day this week. Arians said DE Frostee Rucker will not practice Wednesday with his calf injury and looks doubtful to play in New York. Punter Dave Zastudil, with his bad groin, is day to day, although Arians said he was happy with the way Drew Butler punted.

— There are going to be a lot of tense moments this season as the defensive backs — especially Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie — are going to be very much on an island as the Cardinals try to bring extra guys to create a pass rush. “Where we are putting them, they are going to get beat sometimes,” Arians admitted. “The pressure better get there.”

— Guard Jonathan Cooper played one play because Paul Fanaika hurt his knee. Cooper pulled and didn’t do the best job on his block. But there won’t be any extra plays for Cooper barring injuries, Arians said.

— For a second straight press conference, Arians noted that the offensive line had some communication issues because of crowd noise at University of Phoenix Stadium. Asked if that meant the crowd needed to learn to quiet down when the Cardinals are on offense, Arians said “yeah. And keep their tickets.”

— The Cardinals made a pair of practice squad moves Tuesday, adding running back Chris Rainey, who played for the Steelers in 2012 and was with the Colts in the preseason, and bringing back cornerback Teddy Williams. The Cards released receiver Kevin Cone from the practice squad, and put running back Dominique Williams (knee) on the practice squad/injured list.

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44 Responses to “Fitz’s targets, Ellington’s toughness and day-after B.A.”

  1. By Steve Weston on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    Can’t find fault in Arians’ take on the lack of throws to Fitz. That said, I’ve got the feeling that once the teams on our schedule start to give heed to the likes of Floyd and Brown, we’ll see Fitz get a bit of breathing room as the season goes on. I still expect to see a lot of catches by number 11 this year.

    Was a great game last night (east coast fan here didn’t get to sleep until almost 2am!) and well worth the price of dragging a bit today at work. I like our chances in New York next Sunday and we’ll see what we can do about San Fran going into the bye. I’m really hopeful for a 3-0 start this year.

    Go Cards!!!

  2. By D on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    Appears Ellington, who is very tough will be playing with this injury all year, which is why they are stockpiling RB’s.

    The Off tackles, both had about 2-3 mistakes each, that needs to improve and the blocking of the TE needs to get better too.

    Jefferson had a good stat game and should have had a pick, but I think when Honeybadger returns it will be an improvement for the coverage of TE

    Larry Foote played great, hopefully he can maintain this level.

    Keim will have to draft a OLB pass rusher this spring, they need to get to the Passer without sending the House, that is a high risk/high reward move by Bowles.

    I am still impressed by the Big DLine guys who keep shutting down the RB game of the opponents.

    That rookie kicker looks great inside, we will see how he does in one of the most challenging outdoor stadiums this Sunday.

    This Fitz lack of throws is only a big deal to the National Media and to Larry’s father, he still demands double teams which is helpful to the other WR’s, but M. Floyd is the top WR and showed some deep ball abilities last night…

  3. By T.Stone on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    We better get better run d against the NY football Giants or Jennings will have a field day. Minter was spinning out of his head on Monday. Out of position and seemed to want to mirror Foote? Note to Minter….Army Golf,, Right left Right left Right. You are on the Right.

  4. By Sackman on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    I was at the game last night. I want to first thank the fans. That had to be the loudest, most deafening noise I have ever heard especially on the last Defensive drive. Like the coach said. We need to keep our tickets to keep it mighty RED in our NEST. Keep it up fans.

    Palmer played great the second half, it appeared that our offense didn’t show up until the 4th quarter. Fade routes to the shortest wide receiver on the team in the endzone doesn’t look pretty. I only hope that they use taller WR’s for that. (not John Brown). Massie needs some more work he looked like a rookie out their.

    Other than that Great WIN! It’s always exciting watching another close game at HOME in the U of P Stadium.

  5. By TucsonTim on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    Has anyone noticed that Palmer set an NFL record for most completions to different receivers, 11, in a game?

  6. By perry matherne on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    Dear arizona cardinals,look @ it this way we should be.very blessed & fortunate to have a coach like arians & his staff.He’s been there & done that, hi e vBulletin knows what’s he is doing!

  7. By Ben on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    I hope that Rainey signing to the practice squad is worth all the headache the Cards are about to get from his past.. Personally I would have steered clear of this guy.

  8. By TucsonTim on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    Just curious, who got the game ball? If it wasn’t Foote, shame on them. When I heard he had 8 tackles I was surprised! Watching the game I thought he had 18. The guy was every where. And after only one game we can say with all due respect, Karlos who?… Yes, Karlos did get an INT, but the tipped pass on 4th down by Foote was a game winner. Thank you front office for the scouting and negotiating to make it happen.

    I think we’re going to see some really special defensive football this year; even better than last. And remember, defense wins what???….PLAY OFF GAMES


    but just don’t get too predictable on the cover 0 max blitz’s 🙂

  9. By Scott H on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    I swear, this damn injury thing just won’t stop… Frostee Rucker? And possibly John Abraham??? Damn, man, is there gonna be ANYBODY left on this defense by Week 6???

    And our punter??? He was missed last night.

    Some quick hits –

    Thank the lord above for Larry Foote, who is doing a pretty damn fine Karlos Dansby impersonization so far!

    Yes, Ted Ginn was awful on punt returns last night. Maybe that will change if / when he actually DOES decide to try to return one.

    Ellington looked good! If he was hobbled at all, I can’t wait to see him at full speed!

    How ’bout CARSON PAL:MER making some plays with his feet, running for a key first down when there were 10 yards to go???

    Michael Floyd has no ceiling. He is a BEAST. And, yes, he DOES benefit greatly from the presence of Fitzgerald. Which brings me to…

    …still being in shock over the extent to which Fitz was NOT being targeted last night. That boggles the mind. One of the keys to any game the Cards have played over the last decade was always to get the ball to Fitzgerald early, often, and all over the field. And, suddenly, he disappears completely??? We no longer need to get the ball to him??? C’mon, man. As that game progressed, as we were struggling on offense, as we had only scored SIX DAMN POINTS going into the 4th quarter, the extent to which Larry Fitzgerald was NOT being utilized was just screaming louder and louder. Sorry, BA, but if you are gonna tell us that it’s up to the QB where he goes with the ball, then I think the QB has to be told it is not acceptable to ignore one of the best WR’s in the game for more than 75% of the game. The Lions don’t do that with Calvin Johnson. The Bengals don’t do that with AJ Green. The Bears don’t do that with Brandon Marshall. And the reason is because to do so would be absolutely foolish. The Cardinals need to NOT be that foolish going forward.

    Oh, and during the other game last night, we got to see the Giants. And, my God, do the Giants look AWFUL, or what??? But they are also a team that could put a good game out there at any time, so let’s not take them lightly. It should CLEARLY be a game that the Cardinals win simply by playing to their capabilities. The Giants can’t run the ball and that forces the ball into Eli’s hands and that tends to be a good thing for the other team these days. We stop the run and put some points on the board early ( in other words, more than 6 points ) and this one plays nicely into our hands. Doesn’t have to be a blow-out. Just play solid, don’t turn the ball over, and bring home the win to go 2-0.

  10. By AZWarrior on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    Fitz has been there for the team and the community. If you won’t throw to him, then perhaps we need a coach who will. That or trade him to a team that will let him do his job and receive the rewards of his hard work and talent. Frankly, I ‘m not that impressed with your play calling or the warmed over quarterback we have. Obviously no one there has watched the film’s of Warner and Fitzgerald.

  11. By LG on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    BA is right last year Carson throw to many int’s trying to force the ball too larry . last night he had not one int and we won. at the end if the day do you look for stats or do you look for the win. just Larry being out their helps our team.

  12. By Dave on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    It would be great if you wrote a blog entry about proper home team fan etiquette. It’s about time our fan base understands when to, and when not to “rise up”.

  13. By kaleb on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply


    It’s been a while since I’ve been to a game at UofP but I know many stadiums use the Jumbo-trons and LED screens throughout the stadium to ask everyone to be quiet. Do we have this? If not, well…..

  14. By Blair on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    Kaleb —

    Nope, the video production team for the cards is so so. They could do a much better job of getting everyone synced up

  15. By rod on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    A couple things.

    Didn’t mind them going for 2 early in the forth.

    Did mind the fade to John Brown, I don’t want to see that again.

    Glad I was wrong about Floyd’s groin injury being an issue, I’ve had one before and it can linger and get worse depending on the grade and how hard you push it.

    Lastly, good thing they missed a lot of drops because it would have most likely turned out very differently.

    But it was a great win overall!! If the offense starts clicking, watch out baby!!

  16. By Cheese on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply


    Do the Cardinals not fashion themselves a team that cares about character anymore? Chris Haynes is a TWO-TIME Domestic Violence offender, who’s been kicked off two teams for slapping and stalking two different women. What kind of message does that send to the fans/women when we keep picking players like Haynes (and Kesier who beat up a bartender to a pulp), while already having Washington STILL on the roster even though he plead guilty to Domestic Assault breaking his girlfriend’s collarbone. Feels like a terrible message to send the fans and women in general. Thoughts?


  17. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    Cheese –

    RE: message

    I understand what you are saying. All I can say is that I can only report what’s happening. These decisions come from much higher up the food chain.

  18. By Dr. G. on Sep 9, 2014 | Reply

    Darren – – I mentioned in a previous post today that I thought the home crowd’s behavior is getting better than in previous years at cooling it when we have the ball… Now I see here that BA is not pleased with the ignorance of a significant number of fans when it comes to understanding when to amp it up and when to chill. They just don’t know…

    Should he ask Michael B. to make the rounds asking all the media guys to educate our fans with this principle? We can’t stop the scalped tix and the opponent’s fans from making noise, but with the numbers we have now, it shouldn’t be a huge factor…not like the home games for our opponents in Tempe.

    Perhaps you and all your media contacts could keep this in mind to subliminally groom our loyal fans to get this message… Your thoughts… It can make a difference… Thanks….?

  19. By Robert on Sep 10, 2014 | Reply

    Maybe I’m missing something…but Kurt Warner sure didn’t miss it – when he would throw the ball to Larry because he understood common sense and physics. Larry is taller than the guys that cover him. He has an outstanding vertical leap…meaning he can out jump guys that are shorter than him.

    Throw the ball in the air higher than the defender, and Larry will jump up and get it. How hard is it to figure out?

  20. By Steve Weston on Sep 10, 2014 | Reply

    Cheese –

    I’m thinking that if teams all of a sudden stopped taking players with DV arrests on their record, those teams would find themselves with very thin rosters.

    Of course I strongly believe that DV is a terrible crime, and men (or women!) who engage in that kind of behavior should be punished for their actions. The question is, should they be barred from going on with their lives because of their mistakes? Should there be some sort of a line drawn as to what sort of DV arrest would invoke a lifetime ban, or is it any DV arrest at all? It seems that oftentimes these actions are a direct result of drug or alcohol use – in fact I’d wager that MOST of these incidents are a direct result of intoxication. I don’t see the league instituting a policy that bans players for life when they get behind the wheel while drunk, for instance. In those situations, the intoxicated person can injure or kill an innocent person, perhaps even a woman or a child.

    I don’t think there are any simple answers myself, but I don’t think a knee-jerk reaction to the recent news surrounding Rice should affect any team’s interest in pursuing players with DV incidents in their background.

    Shall we conduct some research to determine ALL of the players and coaches, trainers, managers, etc with DV arrests in their history? For that matter, perhaps we should do the same for the fans?

  21. By Dr. G. on Sep 10, 2014 | Reply

    Darren – My question was not rhetorical. Do you have an idea how to address the noise issue for the home crown? It seems BA has an issue here. Thx…

  22. By Darren Urban on Sep 10, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Home crowd

    I haven’t given it much thought. I suppose you can direct it via the scoreboards, but I’d rather think the fans would figure this out on their own. It’s not hard.

  23. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 10, 2014 | Reply

    Dr G,

    Dont underestimate the noise the other teams fans make. I heard them all night. Can’t do anything about that.

  24. By James P. Krehbiel on Sep 10, 2014 | Reply

    I agree that picking up Chris Rainey is mystifying. How does this signing in anyway reflect the values of the Cardinals organization? I’ve been a huge fan of Steve Keim, but I’d love to hear how he justifies this move, particularly after all the NFL stonewalling about spousal abuse.

  25. By prowler85 on Sep 10, 2014 | Reply

    Robert – you pretty much nailed it. The problem is that CP hasn’t figured out HOW to throw to Larry. Warner had it down to an art form. A lot of the time Palmer’s throws to Larry are in his gut, or wide left or right. If he could just figure out how to throw the ball on a slight arc so that it arrives at Larry at about a 7 foot height, it’s Larry’s ball to go get, which he does 95% of the time.

    As far as the fans, you guys are missing the point. As BA noted….“yeah. And keep their tickets.” There were probably about 30% Charger’s fans at the game. That comes out to about 20K fans, and they were quite loud. Our fans know when to be quiet, for the most part. Now if we could just get them to stop selling their tickets, or to make sure they sell them to Cardinals fans. And it’s going to be worse at the niners game. When Dallas comes to town we’re outnumbered.

  26. By Dr. G. on Sep 10, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG – RE; Noise – – Yes, I did mention visitors and the scalped tix earlier here. With the roof closed, it appears a bit louder also… You might guess that I just want our guys to have every advantage at home. This jumping off sides is inexcusable; and missed routes and blocks on audibles appeared to be an issue as BA hinted…

    I sat near some homers who did not know when to cheer; this fan base is brand new compared to other teams in the league. The majority came on board since the new stadium was built. They just need to learn; the sooner, the better…

    Do you remember when the refs have given the visitors a free time out due to home crowd noise? That was hilarious, but it has happened.. G’day…

  27. By azdesertrat1953 on Sep 10, 2014 | Reply

    Rainey was arrested January 10, 2013 and charged with one count of simple battery against his girlfriend by the Gainesville police. Soon after the arrest, Rainey was waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Soon after the Steelers released him, the charges were dropped.

    This is all that I could find about this guy.
    So what did he do that was so bad?
    Well you can get “Simple Battery’ for yelling at someone, key word “Simple.”

    GO CARDS!!!

  28. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 10, 2014 | Reply

    At the game, I heard lots of the same rumblings. Fans shouting “Just throw it to Larry,” and so forth. So, if Palmer forces 5 passes to Fitz when he’s well covered… and if that results in Fitz hauling in a couple, a couple getting batted away, and one getting intercepted, would those fans be happy? Palmer has acknowledged that some of his INT’s early last year were the result of trying to force the ball to Fitz. He completed 24 of 37 for over 300 yards and people are mad about who the recipient of those yards was?

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