Arians: Suspended players need structure

Posted by Darren Urban on March 27, 2015 – 9:48 am

When Bruce Arians was asked about suspended linebacker Daryl Washington earlier this week, he declined again. Arians has been pretty straightforward with handling questions about Washington that way. “He’s not even a part of our team so there’s no sense in talking about him,” Arians said.

Washington recently spoke about his excitement about returning to the NFL. It’s still no guarantee. The NFL still has to reinstate him, and in terms of the Cardinals, he’s still going to have to rebuild the trust he shredded on his way to his year-long punishment. (And that doesn’t include any other possible NFL punishment for his assault conviction.)

In general terms, though, Arians was willing to talk about how suspended players are treated. Washington, like other players with long-term suspensions, has not been allowed to be around the facility.

“I would definitely not isolate them from the only structure in their life,” Arians said. “You have to make sure they have structure on their life. Hopefully, that structure will help them overcome the problem — not turn them loose on themselves because obviously when they’re by themselves they can’t handle it. … Not just the team, but structured rehab with the team.”


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  1. By Roy on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    Daryl Washington makes me such a hypocrit!!! I am not for players being above the law, and I know that he has paid the price as far as being suspended thus far. I want to take a hard line stance, and say we don’t want that kind of character on our team. That being said. Boy I sure do hope he gets reinstated, and is on our Defense this year. Wow, we would have a killer LB corp! Rivaling the best. Especialy if we can score a top pass rusher in the draft.

  2. By D on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    I just don’t see how AZ could release him when he is re-instated from the NFL with their current roster as we see today. A release with his current contract would not be good in terms of the cap. (now, I could see Mr. Keim and staff decide to keep him after the suspension looming for the assault with a new contract/reduction). But, they will need DWash this year unless they take a ILB in the first round of the draft. Like BA says, players like Minter are on the field along with NT’s, only on running downs which are getting reduced as teams pass more these days. DWash and Spoon both hopefully healthy gives them the speed they need in coverage.

    There would have to be a special player in this upcoming draft with speed and size to play ILB to be drafted in the first round. I just don’t see that player in this draft.

    I would think this is the most biggest question mark and area to watch this offseason for the Cards, ILB.

    ILB: Demens, Spoon, Minter, Carsen, DWash?
    OLB: K. Martin, Okafor, Woodley, Alexander.

  3. By LadyBird04 on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    I’m not sure who I heard on the radio a few months ago, (I think Lorenzo Alexander) stating the same thing . . . keeping the players away from the structure of the team doesn’t help anyone, the team, the player or the community. Now, I’m not saying he should be fully integrated into the team activities, but having to report in regularly, having support from teammates and maybe even counseling through the team as a group. It is obvious that Washington has not developed any self-discipline and leaving him on his own will not help him learn.

    Every child develops into a healthier person when they live in some sort of a structured environment. Chaos disrupts everyone from developing positive behavioral habits.

    Willing to give Washington another chance – on a VERY short leash with a choke collar attached. Not one inch leeway.

  4. By troy on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    Agree with the coach 100% Suspended players need the structure teaching the most. Current type of punishment is not in the best interest of the team or the player

  5. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    Arians is right, how can the NFL have it so wrong. “… not turn them loose on themselves because obviously when they’re by themselves they can’t handle it…”

  6. By Brad oneill on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    Arians is absolutely right, i get what the nfl is trying to do here, they dont want to create the image of coddling these problem children but these guys have been coddled their whole life they work tremendously hard and play hard as well they could really use a solid figure in their lives especially when stuff is going wrong.

    Im sure they have more available than the average joe but i think having a team with them would help salvage some of these guys.

    And dont be shocked if daryl has lost a step or two i cant see how a year off is good for this kid.

  7. By Koolaidman on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    I agree with these comments. But just to play devil’s advocate, they aren’t necessarily doing what is best for the player, it is simply a punishment. It is kind of like going to prison. They don’t focus on rehabbing you, it is just a punishment for what you did. That said, I would love to see Washington back. I hope he can get things turned around and earn another nice contract after playing this one out at a high level. He is a very talented player and I hope he gets a chance to earn back the trust he lost.

  8. By jeffgollin on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    Isolating a player from team activity is counterproductive.

    There’s nothing inconsistent about giving a player structure while “punishing” him by keeping him on a tight leash what he does on the field and away from the facility. It’s just a matter of lining up the two strategies so that they support one another.

  9. By Chris B on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    Is it possible the NFL might see his completion of anger management and that he has passed all drugs tests since, and they count that as time served?

  10. By ored on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    players also have many resources available to them,it just comes down to availing themselves,sort of like leading a horse to water,etc.etc.they also get numerous chances including advance knowledge of testing,players union backing,and grievence filing.that said,i am still in favor of keeping him a cardinal,every team needs its’ reclemation projects…adds character to be able to point to someone and say they came back from the abyss and we never abandoned him,what family does,and i just think cards could use that family credo as our signature.

  11. By Scott H on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    I wonder if the whole thing about players being banned from being around the team and / or team activities and / or the team facilities is part of how the NFL thinks it is showing the public and / or their sponsors and / or the fans that they are serious about addressing this issue.

    I certainly am no big fan of how the NFL is doing a LOT of things these days, but…on this issue, I think the NFL is just screwed. They are gonna take a lot of heat and be criticized no matter which way they go.

    Fact is, it is a shame we are ALL put in this position by these players who apparently have REAL problems with substance abuse and / or control of their emotions and behavior. And ya have to wonder how much the game itself – the violence / aggression involved….the extent to which we ( the fans ) LOVE that violence and the aggression of the game….. the way we cheer them for BEING so violent and aggressive….and the money they are paid for being so good at being violent and aggressive – is a BIG part of this problem. I mean, are we really expecting these guys to just be able to turn it off after they take off the uniform and hit the shower? Really, that is quite a Jekyll and Hyde act we’re asking them to pull off….

    Many of them CAN do it. But some clearly CANNOT. The NFL is quite hypocritical in that way.

  12. By georgiebird on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    BA’s comments sound good but in this case don’t hold water.
    In prior years, when DWash was part of the team, he did have the structure of the locker room, the coaches and the Cardinals’ family and he still went wrong..
    Granted, DWash hasn’t been part of BA’s locker room for long. DWash’s bad side was formed in the years prior to BA taking over.
    Athletes with money and fame can go wrong at any time. There is no way to prevent a guy from breaking the law unless you assign him a guardian angel 24/7.
    The georgiebird rule for NFL Players would be: You vest in your guaranteed money (bonus) over a 10 year period at the rate of 10%/yr. If a player commits a violation of NFL rules, he loses a portion if not all of the remaining guaranteed money. Now try getting that past the union. But we all know that “tough love” is the only way to deal with some guys.

  13. By clssylssy on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    “It’s obvious Washington hasn’t developed any self-discipline…” Really? And, how would anybody know that unless they were his therapist? He has had court ordered counseling and I believe this guy deserves a second chance. He has had some support from teammates but appears to have been treated like something of a leper by the organization in comparison to the lengths other teams have gone to for their players who made much bigger mistakes (vehicular manslaughter is kinda big in comparison to smoking a little weed and a he said/she said argument that got a little out of hand with child custody at the center.
    D. Wash is desperately needed by this team and if the Cards and the fans can’t get past the fact that he’s made some mistakes then they need to just be honest and trade him so everybody can move on. I know that he’ll be snapped up in a heartbeat by one of our rivals who is serious about winning a SB and understands that this isn’t Sunday school but a business. Personally, I think our fans underestimate our players and the positive influence this team can exert as a band of brothers.

  14. By Marks on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    I’ll be unpopular here and say AZ should cut him when/if reinstated. They should even make some calls to see if another team will pick him up. That’s what classy organization do and what Tamp Bay did under Tony Dungy. It helped the entire team and sent a message. We will be above this kind of thing. We love you. we will fire you. That player actually thanked Tampa Bay for helping him turn his life around.

  15. By Andy Kw on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    Another Mock Draft:
    1) OLB Eli Harold, Virginia.
    -He will replace Shaughnessy as starting ROLB. Excels all categories
    2) RB Jay Ajayi, Boise St.
    -He is the ideal between the line RB. He is physical, fast, and smart.
    3) DT Grady Jarrett, Clemson
    -Reminds me of Aaron Donald. Very good against the run.
    4) WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas St.
    -Upgrades KR/PR no doubt

  16. By Chuck 1 on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply


    It will be Washington’s THIRD chance.
    If you recall, he failed a few drug tests and has a domestic violence offense.

  17. By Andy Kw on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Any chance the Cardinals will sign back Antoine Cason for depth?

  18. By Darren Urban on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Cason


  19. By Dr. G. on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    Necessary writing…

    I am getting mixed signals from all our Cards Fans here. In one sense, some are saying that a player needs structure; others want to shut a player out from the facilities. Can a bad apple spoil the proverbial bushel?

    Now, most people need structure to survive a healthy life. Others can live one day at a time and do very well. We are not designed to live alone. But here is the rub… Is it the responsibility of a business ((the NFL, the Teams)) to provide “”personal guidance and structure” for their “”employees?”” I think not… If someone needs a “”life coach,”” there are myriad professionals that stand at the ready to help.

    It is the primary responsibility of the employer to provide structure to the business principles for the health of that business…community activities are usually optional.

    The rules and guiding principles are clearly provided for each player, coach, and employee, most of it in writing. It is my professional opinion that if some people cannot abide, accept, or tolerate these principles, then it is their choice to reject their employment and choose other options for life.

    I have posted my opinion prior very clearly that I think DWash has had enough sanctions imposed, but I must respect the NFL and NFLPA rules that were in agreement by the player reps and the NFL.

    My last item…Everyone in the business offices, our media, and players deserve an individual apology ((“”one at a time””)) from DWash as he makes the rounds if he is able to return. 3 Strikes already!!! I can offer him a “”base on balls”” if what he has told Jurecki is accurate and truthful… In the colloquial, he has been “”one hell of a baller!””

    I wish him the best and await his sincere contrition…mere words mean little without demonstrative actions… be well Cards Fans

  20. By Dr. G. on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    Chuck1 – – This will be his 4th chance…. The 3rd sent him home for a year….later

  21. By Jim Richardson on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    I couldn’t agree with the Coach more on this one. We, the fans and the team, need to support Daryl, not isolate him. I volunteer a lot with the Tucson Gospel Rescue Mission and one thing I have learned is that there but for the grace of God go any one of us.

  22. By red2616 on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    The big thing with me and Washington is the time. This is ridiculous. If he were a Seahawk, Patriot, Bronco he would have been playing by mid last year. If he was a 49er, Raven, Colt, etc. he would be cleared by now. But as a Cardinal, Limbo. How is Ray Rice and AP have a window already? Had talks? Have ANY type of finalization already? The sad part to this is a Police fired of mine told me what had happened. The Pot, 100% him. Dumb, illegal but flip side is that it is almost legal and should be (no, I don’t and won’t smoke it, I just don’t like it for me. For others I could care less. I will just drive around the people going 5 MPH and watch for the Drunks going 105). From what I heard and what I read parts to being true here and there but not all at once was: He dated a woman and they broke up. He moved on but kept a friendship with a young boy. Ex-Girlfriends “new” boyfriend and she got into a fight. The boy called Darryl to help. He came and got the boy thinking he was doing the right thing. Hindsight sounds good but wrong. He took for ice cream hoping when they got back all would be better. When they returned baby momma went crazy (rightfully so) for taking her son without permission. She was yelling, hitting, slapping and pushing. Darryl being a big guy pushed her off of him and she fell on her elbow and broke her collar bone. This was collaborated and thus the sentencing. He could have been arrested for kidnapping, Child endangerment, assault, and so on. But wasn’t. Not saying this is 100% accurate as I was not there. If true then he is getting a raw deal. The law in some States for Domestic Violence is that both parties are arrested period. Then sorted out. If that happens what happens to the NFL Player under the new rules? They could be 100% innocent and all her, didn’t lay a hand on her but legally be arrested. By new rules they are suspended. Curious about that. I am curious to why this is taking so long? I am curious if they are going to try to do to Washington what they did to AP and give him the “new suspension rules” even though this happened BEFORE the rules? You would think for 40+ Million Dollars the Commissioner is paid he could have figured this stuff out and that is without his legal team.

    A little rant, sorry:
    I can’t decide the bigger idiots here; The NFL Leaders and the “We never saw the Ray Rice Elevator Security Tape, never asked for the Ray Rice Elevator Security Tape and never discussed the Ray Rice Elevator Security. But our employees Requested Ray Rice Elevator Security Tape, Received the Ray Rice Elevator Security Tape and Saw the Ray Rice Elevator Security Tape.” LOL or the kid that just signed the 30 Million Dollar Contract with 10 Million guaranteed and to celebrate gets stoned and goes to a club with a gun. I wish people would stop making stereo types true. Stop being greedy and corrupt on a corporate level. Stop trying to be a Playa and thug for life. You are all just hurting yourselves while we pay for your jerseys.

    Get Washington cleared, get him playing. He did his time, he has been clean, done well and can be a HUGE star with his talent. HE isn’t a thug and not a bad guy. Just a kid that signed a big contract. Cards have the talent and the Coaches in place, they can be an Elite team and WIN. They could have won 2013 Super Bowl f Levi Brown was cut at Camp, they had the best team in the NFL going into the playoffs but missed even with a 10-6 record (would have been 12-4 w/o Levi Brown). 2014 Season they again were best even with injuries until to many injuries caught up week 10 and they were done. They didn’t lose a single game due to a team being better than them. They lost ONLY because their players were hurt. 7 Starters on IR. 11 Starters missing 2-8 games. That is just insane. If Cards healthy, they would have gone to the Super Bowl. If Cards had played their 2 games against the Seahawks week 1-10, they would have maybe gone 1 and done with the injuries BUT Seattle would have missed the playoffs. Cards would have beaten them 2 times in those weeks.

    Curious to why no one ever once mentioned that from week 11 up to the Super Bowl the Seattle Seahawks only played 1 starting healthy QB. ONE! It was Kaepernick who was under .500 and his Coach was out job hunting so a non threat. the rest of the games were 1 bye, 2nd stringers, two 3rd stringers one Starter who could not literally run 10 yards and one starter with literally broken back. Yet not a peep from the media. WHY??? They were 5-4 then barley beat the Raiders, Beat a bad Giants team and then lost to KC. Didn’t lose again until Super Bowl but also did’;t face a starting QB other than a Coaches Kaepernick. Harbaugh was out on interviews, missed practices, the OC ran the team.
    PLEASE look it up. 100% true.

    Sorry so long, I know people don;t like to read these days.

    In a Nut shell Washington should be back, it’s time and idiotic he isn’t.

  23. By Darren Urban on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply

    red2616 —

    RE: Facts

    The “boy” is in fact Daryl’s son, and the son didn’t call Daryl because at the time, he was still a baby/toddler.

    Also, if he had been on any of those other teams he would NOT have been cleared because those aren’t the rules. He isn’t suspended for DV, he was suspended for yet another violation of the substance abuse policy, which is totally different than the rules for DV.

  24. By red2616 on Mar 27, 2015 | Reply

    CHUCK: WRONG!!! See cited source:

    April 3, 2013 4 games Illegal Substance
    May 30, 2014 Entire 2014 season Illegal Substance

    The Domestic has NOT been ruled on because it occurred while he was on suspension. If had been 3rd strike he would be OUT! PLEASE check your facts first.

    Plus It is POT, Not Coke, Meth or even Alcohol (which scientifically is worse and more dangerous). Do you know why Pot is illegal in the US? Go look it up, you will be surprised. A hint, has ZERO to do with it being a drug and more about a News paper Mogul. Also the Domestic, do you know the facts? I am not a Pot guy but I would rather have people stoned than drunk ANY day. I’d also rather have Athletes smoking Pot for pain than Vicodin or Hydro’s, Oxy, etc. Insane how smart we are but yet so stupid because of laws poorly written for the wrong reason centuries ago.

    Positive tests (as written/shown above) It’s two. They take the test and split into two different samples for two companies for testing. A few other players had this confusion. One test from one company came back on X-Day and the same sample (other half) came back from back up company on Y-Day. Media jumps the gun and reports 2 Fails.

  25. By Dr. G. on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply

    ScottH – – I won’t repeat all you wrote, but, are the aggression on the field, the result of the money, the urging of the fans, high emotions, etc., responsible for personal issues off the field? In some players, yes, but I see the off-field pressure of the posse, the monotony of down-time, trapper women, mishandled celebrity shock, social media trappings, bad Rap, feelings of being invincible, and a need to fit the mold of just being “cool” are some parts of the problems that can cause personal downfalls. Even the Great #11 had issues that could have been a really big deal if the NFL had gone after him like they do today…

    I sat with #93 playing cards at a local casino a couple weeks ago for several hours….a finer gentleman you have never met!!! A better D-lineman you cannot find… But, he knows the difference between the football field and being properly socialized…. Most of the men in the NFL are good with life in general…. It is the few who present challenges for themselves.

    The home life can be a factor for some, with no male role-model, but those who go to college for a few years should know those faulty issues lurking to cause your downfall…It is their decision-making that can make or break…later…

  26. By NYCardinals on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply


    “. . . smoking a little weed and a he said/she said argument that got a little out of hand with child custody at the center.”

    The league doesn’t disclose the drug that failed the test, so every player says its weed because they know most fans will forgive them for that. It could have been anything, but whatever it was, he failed 3 tests.

    Secondly, “Phoenix Police accuse him of pushing her with two hands, causing her to fall and break her right collarbone. On March 24, 2014, he pleaded guilty to the crime of aggravated assault, a class 6 felony. Washington was sentenced to one-year of supervised probation on April 23, 2014.”

    That’s not an “argument that got a little out of hand”. Its called a felony. Regardless of your opinion on whether he deserves a second chance, don’t downplay what he actually did.

  27. By Corgon on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply

    +1 here!
    These players need an anchor in their life. It’s bad enough they aren’t able to play/work. Ripping out them from a hard working community is not helping.
    Ba is a really good guy. I like him very much!

  28. By brinnc on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply

    What worries me the most about DWash is he is one toke away from lifetime ban! How much time, energy, and money are the Cardinals going to be willing to invest (bet) on DWash from here on out? As far as his return, it will be almost 18 months since he has played, he is going to have some rust to shake off, will he ever be the same DWash we all remember?? As far as coming back and playing well for another good size contract that a poster above mentioned, I think the days of big money for DWash are over, what team in their right mind is going to throw millions of dollars and a long term contract DWash’s way knowing he is one toke, one moment of weakness, or one ache and pain away from a lifetime ban. No, DWash made his choice and it should cost him a long term multimillion dollar contract. Cardinals would have probably cut ties with him if his contract would have been more cap friendly
    Willing to bet if there is a “next” contract, it will be loaded with protections for the Cardinals (like Honey Badger’s contract) willing to bet it will be full of incentives and not alot of garaunteed money, if any!! It just boggles my mind how anyone (not just DWash!) can throw away millions of dollars and a career over drugs, especially weed which supposedly isnt addictive!! If it isnt addictive, then just leave it alone until you are done playing, which in the NFL isnt very long, smoke it all you want after your playing days are over, in DWash’s case is what, a 10 year career at most?

    Here is a new dilemma for the Cardinals, now that it has surfaced that Gregory/Nebraska loves the devils lettuce as well, he will morecthan likely be on the board at #24, prior to his drug test he was almost assuredly gone by pick #12! If he is there do he Cardinals pick him?? If he stays clean he would be a huge steal at #24, but the way he is talking he really, really, really enjoys getting high, and if I understand it correctly, he enters NFL with a strike, so next dirty test
    he is suspended for 1 year, and then the next dirty test he is banned for life, is he worth the risk at #24. I
    wont give my opinion because I’m convinced the best move for our Cardinals is to trade out of 1st round for extra 2nd and 3rd round picks, with few exceptions as to who is available, Beasley/Clemson, Williams/USC,

  29. By brinnc on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply


    Dawson/TCUGurley/Georgia (prior to blowing out his knee, or if he had gotten injured earlier in season, just dont see TG returning until late October, early November, and then he will have to work into football shape, looking at mid December, Cardinals just cant afford to wait that long, need a stud RB from day 1 like Johnson/UNI or Ajai/Boise St) Fowler/Florida, Waynes/Mich St, Shelton/Washington, which of course all will be long gone by the time we are on the clock at#24, but if by some miracle (other than negative issues causing them to fall down the board) any of those listed above, and I’m sure I forgot a couple of true top 12 picks, that is the only way I use the first round pick, otherwise trade out of first then we have enough high picks that we can draft BPA regardless of position starting round #4.

    Been reading up on my small school, small DI, or DII/DIII/NAIA yes I have not lost the obsession, im compiling my sleepers, small schoo
    l gems, needle in the haystack guys!! And I keep seeing a name that is starting to climb the boards rather fast, anyone heard of LETERRIUS WALTON/CENTRAL MICHIGAN/NT/DT, nothing really standing out about him other than consistency, he is a fifth year senior which can work both ways, mature, but older he is rather huge at 6-5/320, as of yet I dont even know if the Chippewa’s played a 3-4 or if he is more of a DE in the 3-4, anyone heard any encouraging info on this guy, you think he might fit in Arizona’s defense as a DD replacement, any info would be appreciated. (JTDG, COACH K, ANDYKW, have any of you had him in your mock drafts and I just missed it, or overlooked him?

    Coach K- I posted a reponse to you a couple day ago, as of yet I dont see it on the blog, I will repost if I dont see it soon, god only knows where the hell I sent it!!! LOL!

  30. By clssylssy on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply

    It seems that the “experts” have spoken. When Washington is reinstated, the Cards need to trade him or cut him as it’s obvious that the fans can’t get past this…time to move on!

  31. By brinnc on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply

    It doesnt matter why pot is illegal, it is illegal and that is all that matters!! And he broke the NFL rules, voted on by the NFLPA by the way. And the reason it is illegal or what the internet says is the reason is crap, surely you dont believe everything you read on the internet! He also broke the law when he smoked it, everyone who smokes it is breaking the law in any state for any reason!! Federal law trumps any state law, so if they choose to do so federal agencies could go in and arrest anyone in any state for growing pot, selling pot, or smoking pot!!
    You can honestly tell me you would feel comfortable with a heart surgeon performing open heart surgury on one of your children? Or a brain surgeon performing a delicate operation where millimeters one way or the other are a matter of life and death, and that life is a grandchild of yours (if you have grandchildren, if you dont one day hopefully you will, and you will understand why im using that analogy) or would you feel comfortable with a pilot carrying over 200 people including your family members all flying to your family reunion, its a rainy, foggy night with high crosswinds and a strand of mountains just off the departure end of the runway, and the plane loses an engine just after takeoff, you can honestly tell me you would feel comfortable knowing the pilot and co-pilot are stoned out of their minds from passing a joint back and forth about 15min before takeoff!! You cant honestly sit here and say that you would be comfortable with any of those situations, considering your reaction time slows greatly, your judgement is impared, rationale thinking all but disappears, not to mention it is addictive, now my father says it isnt addictive, he is 74 years old and has been smoking multiple doobies everyday that I can remember, and im pushing 50, but its not addictive!! SMDH!!!

  32. By Andy Kw on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply

    My top 5 RBs in the draft are: Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman, Jay Ajayi, and David Johnson.
    -Todd Gurley can break through tackles and has top end speed to do it all but his injury will keep him out for a while.
    -Melvin Gordon is a lesser version of Jamaal Charles. His physicality and quality makes him elusive. But he is not a between the OL RB.
    -Tevin Coleman and Jay Ajayi are probably the most physical backs in this draft class, similar to Marshawn Lynch. Coleman’ passion for the game is in question and Ajayi still needs more strength. Love both but will see.
    -David Johnson reminds me of Adrian Peterson. He is physical, fast, holds RB records at Northern Iowa. My favorite RB in the draft.
    Next best: Ameer Abdullah, TJ Yeldon, Duke Johnson
    -Ameer Abdullah is a better version of Andre Ellington. More bulk in his frame and has good speed but still small for his position.
    -TJ Yeldon is like Reggie Bush. Very quick and dangerous with the ball but has so many fumbling issues that makes him risky.
    -Duke Johnson is like CJ Spiller. Can catch and is dangerous with the ball. But not the in between OL RB that we are looking for.
    Consensus: David Johnson of Northern Iowa in the 3rd Round.

  33. By Andy Kw on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply

    Anxious to have Jonathan Cooper start full time. Cooper is a lot better than Larsen and far ahead of Earl Watford. Shipley should be able to win the C job easily over Larsen.

  34. By Chuck 1 on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply

    Dr. G.,
    A very well written commentary and a subsequent reference to Washington’s violations.

    A good rebuttal to red2616 regarding his acceptance of pot.


    Daryl Washington suspended for at least one year
    • By Gregg Rosenthal
    • Around The NFL Editor

    • Published: May 30, 2014 at 01:14 p.m.
    • Updated: June 2, 2014 at 01:12 p.m.

    ……The NFL announced Friday that Washington has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the league’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The suspension is effective immediately…….

    Washington also was suspended four games last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

    In addition to his football-related issues, Washington was sentenced in April by an Arizona judge to one year probation for assaulting a former girlfriend………

  35. By Chuck 1 on Mar 28, 2015 | Reply


    Add: FACTS according to Wikipedia’s re: Washington


    Bnned substance abuse
    On April 3, 2013, the NFL announced that Washington will be suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s substance policy.[7]

    On May 30, 2014, the NFL announced that Washington will be suspended for at least the 2014 season for once again violating the league’s substance policy bringing his personal credibility and character into question after his statement from the 2013 violation: “I promise to work even harder and to not let you guys down anymore

    On May 3, 2013, Washington was arrested[9] in Phoenix, Arizona on two counts of aggravated assault (and one count of criminal trespass in the first-degree) from an incident on May 1, 2013 involving his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend with whom he shares a daughter.[10][11] The altercation concerns a custody dispute over the 5-month-old child. Phoenix Police accuse him of pushing her with two hands, causing her to fall and break her right collarbone. On March 24, 2014, he pleaded guilty to the crime of aggravated assault, a class 6 felony. Washington was sentenced to one-year of supervised probation on April 23, 2014.

  36. By mr bill on Mar 29, 2015 | Reply

    ok i have read all you statements pro and cons here is the real scope you want to go to the playoffs we missed last year due to the fact that we had so many injuries ok now we have a chance to get WASHINGTON back i say pu’t him back on the team but he has to earn it and the respect of the other players also let it be know that i screwed up that’s it your gone with this in mind i bet you the best drink in town you will see a new WASHINGTON so lets get off this merry go round and and hope the coach see the the light and puts him on the team you are not going to find anyone that is as good as a player like he is yes i know there will be some one who thinks he knows what he talking about

  37. By Scott H on Mar 29, 2015 | Reply

    mr bill –

    Dude, your post is clear proof of what texting is doing to people. And it is not good. Maybe when texting, it is not necessary to use capital letters and even remotely adequate punctuation. Fine. But because your post contained neither, it was un-readable.

  38. By Dr. G. on Mar 29, 2015 | Reply

    mr bill —

    “”pu’t”” ?? …a new contraction? That single apostrophe is all the punctuation you can offer for one of the best run-on sentences here? We might reason that a new dot com language has morphed into deletion of seemingly unnecessary key strokes.

    With this testament, you could be one of the many victims of our educational system – smh… I apologize for them…but, at least they embraced your feelings.

  39. By brinnc on Mar 29, 2015 | Reply

    Nice post on yoir RB preference, as usual very well thought out and detailed, and as usual Im going to reply with questions, surprisingly very few, we seem to agree almost 100% on RB’s

    In my opinion, if we wanted a RB to replace Ellington then Coleman is the perfect replacement, he is an Ellington clone, not a downhill between the tackles power runner, he is very fast but he loves the one cut/jump to the outside every chance he gets, as well if it is 3rd and 1 or 4th and inches Coleman isnt your man to get the first down, he is not a power or smashmouth back in any way, he is however quite good at what he does, and if we could somehow pluck him in a late round then by all means, but truly think he is gone by 3rd round. With that said, I just dont want him or Gordon because of the B10 RB injury curse, numerous Elite RB’s out of the B10 have had serious injuries that derail a start to a good season, or worse yet, ends their career, the numbers are alarming and im not usually superstitious, but when it comes to B10 RB’s, im convinced they are cursed!! Now if BA/SK see something or are impressed with him and end up drafting him then I have faith he is the best fit for the Cardinals, in BA/SK I trust!! They have earned that trust and confidence in two short years!! I just dont see BA drafting Coleman if he truly wants a compliment to Ellington.
    Johnson/Northern Iowa has been my top choice for months, Ive been posting his name for quite awhile, so we agree on that fully, I will admit that recently Ajai/Boise St has been moving up on my preference list, researching and watching him on tape is starting to create a dilemma, usually I stick with my original choice, learned long ago not to second guess myself!! LOL! But Ajai is quickly starting to change my mind, I think the Cardinals would have to use a 2nd round pick on Ajai, whereas they could probably get Johnson in the 3rd round, unless there is a run on the RB’s, but with this years class being so deep it gives SK/BA alot of flexibility, BA says there are around 15 solid RB’s (that may be a bit of an exaggeration) but there is more than usual. Hell in my humble opinion there is one from each of the Dakota’s (North and South) that will surprise quite a few!! Zenner (sp) out of South Dakota St would be a perfect Mr Irrelevant, and I think he could give his fellow rookie high round choice a breather 5-8 carries a game and if he is on a roll and ripping up the defense just keep him in and keep feeding him the rock!! Mr Irrelevant has a chance to be very relevant if they end up taking either of the RB’S from the Dakota’s!!
    I also like Duke Johnson from Miami, every game I saw this season he was pretty impressive, but I havent really looked to much into him, as well I also like Cobb/Minnesota (yes he is a B10 back, but he should be around in the 4th round, so im not as worried about the injury curse, it only seems to hit the top draft picks! LOL!)

    Not sure if you have posted on CB’s or if you plan to post on them at all, but if you do, check out a couple of my favorites
    Djouin Smith/Florida Atlantic (small but tough as nails, surprisingly a pretty good shut down CB, also a stud KR/PR)
    Nick Marshall/Auburn/QB – Transitioning to CB for the NFL, great athlete, (special teams standout possibility while transitioning to CB, he is athletic enough to be a heck of a gunner!) So called experts think Marshall can be starting 2016 or 2017 at the latest!! Also, if anyone remembers he played CB at Georgia his freshman year, so he isnt going in to this totally blind!

    Again, thanks for the detailed post, look forward to your next one!!

  40. By Chuck 1 on Mar 30, 2015 | Reply

    Bidwill and Keim should let Wsahington come back.
    HOWEVER, if he jawwalks, boot him!!!

  41. By Louisville Card on Mar 30, 2015 | Reply


    Does Washington count against the cap while suspended? I know AP still got paid did Washington? If they do, do they count against the cap?

  42. By Darren Urban on Mar 30, 2015 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Washington

    He did not get paid/count against cap. AP was not suspended, technically. He was on the commissioner exempt list.

  43. By brinnc on Mar 30, 2015 | Reply

    I was under the impression that although DWash was not getting paid (and didnt get the $7million “roster bonus) his contract #’s counted against the Cardinals cap number. Was I wrong again??

  44. By Darren Urban on Mar 30, 2015 | Reply


    RE: DWash contract

    As I said, while suspended, he was not paid.

  45. By Chuck 1 on Mar 30, 2015 | Reply


    When does Washington’s contract expire?
    Sorry if you’ve answered that lately.

  46. By Darren Urban on Mar 31, 2015 | Reply

    Chuck 1 —

    RE: Washington contract

    He was originally signed through 2017 but the suspension “tolled” his deal, meaning it was put on hold for the time he was out. So his original 2014 season is now his 2015 season and the deal now ends in 2018.

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