No picks thrown yet, Dixon cut and other B.A.

Posted by Darren Urban on October 13, 2014 – 1:17 pm

In five games, through three quarterbacks, the Cardinals have not thrown an interception. That’s 178 pass attempts this season, and 223 total in a row without a pick dating back to last season. Sure, Carson Palmer should have thrown one Sunday when Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo dropped one, but if, buts, candy, nuts and all that — right?

“It’s knowing where you are going with the ball,” coach Bruce Arians said. “But we’ve been lucky. We’ve had about three dropped.”

OK, that’s true. Arians did acknowledge the “experience and trust” the quarterbacks and receivers have built to make interceptions less likely. There is a luck component to it, but the same goes for making interceptions on defense (like Sam Acho’s pick off a batted pass in New York.) Arizona is only 74 passes from the NFL record for most attempts to start a season without an interception, or a little less than two-B.A.-called games.

All of that has helped the Cards to a plus-8 in turnovers thus far, third in the NFL behind New England and Green Bay, both of which are plus-9.

— Arians said he was still a little concerned about how Palmer would be after his 44 passes Sunday. “Until I saw him (Monday), Arians said. “Now, he feels great.” Arians said Palmer can “hopefully” do everything in practice this week. Drew Stanton had been ready to go in the game if Palmer had to have come out after getting poked in the eye during that sack-not-a-sack completion.

— With the health of the quarterbacks back to (almost) normal, the Cardinals cut QB Dennis Dixon from the practice squad.

— The Cardinals came out of the Redskins’ game relatively healthy. No one should miss any time from anything sustained against Washington.

— Defensive end Frostee Rucker should be OK to play, but his calf injury is going to be a constant issue he must deal with, like the foot problem with running back Andre Ellington, Arians said.

— There is a “slim chance” defensive end Calais Campbell plays this week, Arians said. I would be stunned if he played.




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33 Responses to “No picks thrown yet, Dixon cut and other B.A.”

  1. By ryan on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Welcome back Carson!! Great to have you back. Go light up the raiders for 450 yards, 5 td’s, and no INT’s.


  2. By Mike G on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Yo Darren–Hope all is good. Nice win by the Card’s yesterday. Getting 4 turnovers really put them in a good position to close out the game. Thought Palmer was solid in his return—- The kicker continues to impress –Okafor had a nice game as well. Still impressed on how the Card’s continue to do well against the run. On the negative side thought they had too many penalties–have to clean that up. The Big Red have done a nice job in eliminating turnovers —that was my number one concern for the team this year–and they have done a nice job in that area. At 4-1 they are in a nice position and hopefully the young players will continue to improve. Hopefully they well bring a high level of intensity for the Oakland game. Darren–Were you surprised Palmer threw the ball 44 times in his return coming off his injury?????

  3. By Darren Urban on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: 44 attempts

    Yes, I was a little surprised. But they couldn’t run the ball.

  4. By Dr. G. on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Brian Orakpo…. “In the sternum? That is the last place I expect it; these Cards QB’s never do that.” Karma for our boys…! They’re working hard….G’day…

  5. By joe holst on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Oakland will be a handful that that it appears Derek Carr(4TDS) has turned the corner.

  6. By T.Stone on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Best part of that is “Stanton was Ready” We will Throw an INT and miss a kick. As long as it don’t cost us who cares.

  7. By T.Stone on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    RE Couldn’t run the ball

    How about an article on that.

  8. By D on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    I am a little worried about the running game. I know finding someone on the street during the season is slim to none, Darren, do you think BA’s confidence in S. Taylor is to a point where he may not be on the roster after this year?

  9. By Darren Urban on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Next year

    We are a long way from that point.

  10. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Just saw this tweet on the side of this page;

    According to @PFF, QB Carson Palmer was blitzed on 13 pass dropbacks Sunday. He completed 10 of 13 on those plays, for 101 yards and a TD.

    Now, that is impressive for a guy who has seen no action in a month. I think those calling for Palmer to be replaced are quieted.

  11. By ethan on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Couldn’t be more proud of this team right now!!! Been watching these birds since way back at ASU stadium.. Have to say, I LOOOOVE what we have become these last two years! So in love with B.A.! Quick question, have you heard anything about getting Grice involved? I was pretty excited by that pick up! Been looking for him. Keep up all of your great work! I look for your stuff all day every day

    Thank you!

  12. By Darren Urban on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Ethan —

    RE: Grice

    Nothing new.

  13. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Joe —

    It’s one game. I didn’t see the game but based on the stat line, other than the TD’s it’s not super-impressive (18 for 34, barely 50% completions, one INT). In the parts of games I have seen, he’s looked good for a rookie, but I’m not too concerned. They’ve played the Patriots and Chargers closely but also been blown out by Miami and Houston, and lost to the Jets who are awful. And I’m sure Bowles will show Carr some stuff he’s never seen before.

  14. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    As far as Calais, I doubt we need him this week (of course, it’s the NFL… Any Given Sunday… but still, we should be fine vs. Oak without him). Unless he’s 100% or very close, give him another week of rest. Would love to have him back for Philly.

  15. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Ravens/Steelers is normally a pretty good matchup but if the Steelers were to drop their next couple of games to Houston and Indy, I wonder if we’d have any chance of the Cards/Cowboys game getting flexed to SNF. If Dallas beats NYG and Washington (both at home) and we can beat Oak on the road and Philly at home, that would bring the 6-1 Cards to town against the 7-1 Cowboys with the best record in the NFC on the line.

  16. By Scott H on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Hey, if there’s been a little luck involved, so be it! Been plenty of times in life where I’ve thought it’s better to be lucky than good. BUT that said, this team HAS been damn good taking care of the ball this way. Even more remarkable when you consider that we’ve used ALL THREE QB’s so far.

  17. By John The Draft Guy on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply


    What is the normal work week for the players?

    Monday – Game Film, lifting
    Tuesday – Players off / Coaches game plan
    Wednesday – Thursday = Practice
    Friday- walk through (or is it a full practice)
    Sat – travel
    Sunday – game

    Is that about right?

  18. By Darren Urban on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: schedule

    Friday’s practice is a regular practice, albeit shorter than Wed/Thur.

    They also have a “mock game” walkthrough on Saturdays.

  19. By rod on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply


    This might seems like a silly question but what constitutes a walkthrough? Do they literally “walk through” all the plays because that seems like it would take hours and hours, longer than a game or something.

    Thanks. I’ll take my answer off the air.

  20. By Darren Urban on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    Rod —

    RE: Walkthrough

    You don’t go through everything. But you are walking through plays. No real exertion. It’s mental work.

  21. By Richard S on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    Good to see all QB’s healthy, at least enough to play. The system was tied with Inside the NFL’s Boomer Esiason and Michael Irvin with 48 correct picks following the previous weeks games. Phil Sims led with 51 correct picks. I counted the tie as a wrong pick this week, week 6. Parenthesis is initial season ranking, so you can see the risers and fallers. Neutral field rankings based on difference between system predicted versus actual results divided by 10. Add 3 points to home team for predicted week 7 predicted point margin. With a 49er win, the system will have picked 10/15 right this week and 58/91 correct for the year. The Carolina-Cincy tie counted as an incorrect pick. Ratings going into week 7 are as follows: 1. Denver 99.68 (4) 2. Seattle 99.12 (1) 3. NE 98.78 (3) 4. San Fran 98.5 (2 ) 5. Cincy 96.58 (5) 6. Balt 96.32 (17) 7. SD 96.17 (10) 8. Phil 95.84 (9) 9. Indy 95.28 (13) 10. KC 95.24 (14) 11. AZ 94.44 (8) 12. Dall 94.29 (20) 13. G Bay 94.15 (16) 14. NO 93.54 (6) 15. Car 92.82 (7) 16. Det 92.57 (15) 17. Chi 89.8 (24) 18. Atl. 88.98 (19) 19. Giants 88.92 (22) 20. Cle 88.86 (28) 21. Pitt 88.82 (11) 22. Mia 88.74 (21) 23. Buff 88.47 (23) 24. Rams 88.42 (12) 25. Minn 87.05 (18) 26. Hou 85.83 (29) 27. Tenn 83.2 (27) 28. Wash 83.16 (30) 29. Jets 83.04 (26) 30. Tampa 82.6 (25) 31. Oakland 79.72 (31) 32. Jax 77.12 (32). The Cardinals fell in the ratings from last week as they did not cover the 15.36 point margin predicted by the system, while other teams like Baltimore more than covered their expected 5.64 margin win and passed them up in the rankings.

  22. By rod on Oct 13, 2014 | Reply

    That opening paragraph reminds me of this.


  23. By Johnny Flamenco México, City on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    Excuse me, what about Alameda Ta’amu? Is he healthy already?

    Saludos, Go Cards!

  24. By Darren Urban on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    Johnny —

    RE: Ta’amu

    He is healthy. Not playing a ton right now.

  25. By clssylssy on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    Nice interview of Rashard Johnson by Mike Florio on PFT. Glad to see some of the newsies giving the Cards a positive nod for a change, and although it would be hard to miss Johnson’s amazing contributions the past couple of years, sometimes it’s kinda nice when these guys come out of nowhere on an unsuspecting opponent…the look of shock and awe priceless! Still, Rashard is very deserving of the props and gave a nice phone interview. Our special teams has got to be the best in the league so who gets the pick 6 next week…anybody…anybody? (equal opportunity here)

  26. By jme on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    !!! Same goes for the offense line, they have held up great and JV is doing an outstainding job at LT. This is the true def of a complete team with the attitude as such and shared goals. Cant wait to see CP and JV back in oakland.

  27. By Dynosoar on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    Richard S.

    I don’t understand what your doing. I read your post every week, but do not understand it. Other than ratings and rankings, I’m not sure how you arrive at your numbers or how to interpret them. Thanking you in advance for helping me appreciate your efforts more.

  28. By Scott H on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    Palmer was able to play and Stanton was ready to come in he needed to. Music to my ears. I’m sure this Dixon is a good kid, but I’m glad we never saw him play!

  29. By Dr. G. on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    RichardS – – Aaaah, fantasy players. Sorry, I just could not begin to read through all that viral explosion of numbers on the display. The thumbs down you are getting is sad after all that work. ((or copying))… My eye balls blurred out…. X’s & O’s for me.

    Dyno – – you really want more of that? ….G’day

  30. By TucsonTim on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    The sack-not a sack-completion…uhh, wouldn’t a finger in the eye qualify as hands to the face, but when they showed the replay at the stadium it was so much worse than that. He grabbed Carson’s face mask and ripped his helmet off!

    I would think there would be a fine from the league. Yes?

    No matter, Carson was a stud to stand in there and make that play. Is his eye ok?

  31. By CreditCard on Oct 14, 2014 | Reply

    The curse is in motion … we bragged about no interceptions and the Catman is 14 for 14. Therefore, we’ll see multiple interceptions in Oakland and the Catman will miss a game winning field goal. The curse is in motion, nothing we can do …

    Sometimes we need to keep our mouths shut.

  32. By Darren Urban on Oct 15, 2014 | Reply

    Credit —

    RE: “Curse”

    Except that I know I have mentioned the no interceptions thing before both the last two games. And everyone has talked about Cat Man being FG perfect since he got to seven.

    So yes, at some point, the “curse” will kick in because no one is perfect. Not because we talk about it.

  33. By Eazy E on Oct 15, 2014 | Reply

    Don’t rush it Calais! Wait until you’re fully healthy. I know it sucks, but we know you coming back with a vengeance.

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