Oh, captain, my captain — you OK?

Posted by Darren Urban on October 9, 2014 – 10:32 am

See that photo at the bottom? It’s a picture from the coin toss before the Monday night season opener against the Chargers. It is also the last time the Cardinals’ captains will have all played together in a game in 2014. It feels like the role has been cursed, right?

I mean, punter Dave Zastudil was already hurt in that game — the only reason he was active was to hold on field goals, while Drew Butler did the punting. Zastudil punted in one game (Denver, last weekend) before going on IR with his persistent groin injury, ending his season. Palmer, as we all know, has been hurting since the Chargers game and there is still uncertainty he can come back. Calais Campbell is now down with a knee injury, something that’s been at the forefront of the NFL world for a couple of days.

Wait, am I automatically jinxing Lorenzo Alexander now? (That’s rhetorical, folks. I don’t believe in such things.) Besides, Alexander got his bad luck last year when he got hurt, so …

Still, you have to like how coach Bruce Arians approaches the situation. When Darnell Dockett went on IR, he stayed involved. While hurt, Zastudil and Palmer have still been serving as captains. I can only guess Campbell will continue to do the same, and Zastudil too. “Dave is going to be very, very involved, like Darnell,” Arians said. “He’ll go out for the coin toss and do the things that captains do.”

And at some point, the Cardinals are hoping the other three captains are out there ready to play together on Sundays. Sooner rather than later.




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5 Responses to “Oh, captain, my captain — you OK?”

  1. By T.Stone on Oct 9, 2014 | Reply

    Do the Cards get money for advertising for the RedZone?

  2. By Mike G on Oct 9, 2014 | Reply

    Yo Darren–Hope all is fine.—These injuries with the Card’s has got to stop. Really a fine job by Keim and Arians in keeping the team together. They seem to prepare for these circumstances but how many more can they withstand. Big game at home against Washington this week. They have some talent and hopefully with them travelling on a short week across country that will slow them down. Darren–What did you think of the Thomas fine on Campbell???? Fair punishment?? I would have liked to see a 2 game suspension. What do you think??

  3. By Darren Urban on Oct 9, 2014 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Fine

    I think the fine he got was always going to be the fine he was going to get. I never expected anything else.

  4. By jwoodaz on Oct 9, 2014 | Reply

    This is just more of our amazing Super Bowl run, one for the ages…

  5. By Mark in Chandler on Oct 9, 2014 | Reply

    Charting Thomas:
    Although not related to the this thread, thought I would highlight that Thomas was not as bad as his stat line. Thomas failed to move up in the pocket a few times. His drops looked a little too deep, which makes protection harder, and he held the ball too long but he was not a disaster like his stat line might indicate. As shown below, his team mates did not help him out either. (but the receivers were not helping Stanton either).

    1st throw- Drop by Ellington
    2nd throw-Looks like Fitz missed the hot read
    3rd throw-TD to Ellington
    4th throw- Drop by Ginn-likely a first down
    5th throw- Probably held ball too long. Pressured up middle and throws away
    6th throw- Holds ball too long. Throws ball away. Fails to climb pocket (holding declined)
    7th throw-Behind Floyd on late crossing pattern
    8th throw-Good throw to Floyd on an out but Floyd fails to get both feet in

    I am not saying that Logan Thomas is going to become a legit starter- he isn’t yet, and I was not a fan when he was in college- but he was not the train wreck I expected when he came in late against Denver.

    Washington’s front 7 is solid so this next game will be a better test of his progression.

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