Players return, and time to talk football

Posted by Darren Urban on April 20, 2015 – 9:17 am

One of the things that frustrates Bruce Arians is the inability to talk football with players during certain parts of the offseason. It’s reality, though, under the current collective bargaining agreement. Today, those shackles come off.

The players have returned to begin Phase I of the offseason work. (It’s voluntary, don’t forget, although one player here was Patrick Peterson, as you can see below.) The big part of that is the strength and conditioning program, but it also includes meetings. Players can be around for four hours total (90 minutes on the field) so Arians and his coaches can finally start discussing the playbook. The new free agents can start getting the information about their duties. New defensive coordinator James Bettcher can start explaining his system and its tweaks from what Todd Bowles did.

The 2015 is here.

— The full NFL schedule will be released at 5 p.m. Arizona time on Tuesday.

— Meanwhile, the return of the players isn’t the biggest news of the day here at the team facility. There is a 1 p.m. press conference with Adrian Wilson, team president Michael Bidwill and GM Steve Keim. No official word on what it’s about.


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16 Responses to “Players return, and time to talk football”

  1. By sbrown on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    welcome back to the “old” Cardinal players and a BIG RED WELCOME to the “new” players to the Nest ! Glad to have all of you back as the start of the football off season begins today. Go Cards all the way to SB 50 !!

  2. By Eric G on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    Oh god, please tell me that means A-Dub is back in uniform!!!!! He is big enough to play LB. He’s only 35, he’s got a few years left in him. A coaching role would be great too, but god I hope its as a player. Also, perhaps its even to sign him for a day to retire a Cardinal, which would be a nice gesture by Michael and Steve.

    Whatever it is, it means that he’s back with the Cardinals in some role. A-Dub will always be a Cardinal!

  3. By Crazy Bird on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    Hope that the whole team is present at these voluntary workout/ meetings, offseason work starts now. Dockett was good at making sure guys were showing up calling/texting them “where are you, you need to be here.” Cardinals Football Rules!

  4. By Dr. G. on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    Yeah, good to see things beginning to come together finally…we have lots to get done before teeing it off even preseason…

    Adrian Wilson will announce retirement…maybe Keim has some duties in mind in addition to the “Ring.” A good man…

  5. By Annette F Richters on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    Glad to see the boys back to work. I would be interested to know how many came in on the first day available for coaches and who they were.

  6. By georgiebird on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    AW should be a good addition to the team. He will bring a toughness in the mold of Boldin and Dockett.
    Just don’t have AW coach Bucannon on pass coverage techniques.

  7. By Dr. G. on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    Theory Possible – – Tampa Bay trades down to the Titans if they really want Winston, gets another pick along with Mariota… I just can’t see Jason Licht going for the Winston frivolity and future character GAMBLE… Winston may grow up, but in what decade? Later…we shall see…

  8. By Andy Kw on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    Would live to see him as a DB Assistant or full time DB coach for us.

  9. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    Dr G,

    Winston being a risk;

    So, if he is too much of a risk, why do the Titans trade up and give up additional draft picks? Wouldn’t they think he is a risk too?

    If I am Tennessee, I am locked and loaded for the best player in the draft, Leonard Williams.

  10. By Scott H on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    Well, as it turns out, A-Dub never did play for another team other than the Cardinals and, well….something about that just seems right. He played a position that doesn’t put a lot of players in the HOF but he will probably get some consideration down the road. It was always a shame to me that Polamalu and Ed Reed were always more recognizable because their TEAMS were more recognizable, had more prime-time games, were always in the playoffs AND getting the benefit of going up against Manning and Brady. They ALWAYS had more of a spotlight and consequently, they were always so much more well-known to NFL fans.

    Then, there was Adrian Wilson. EVERY BIT AS GREAT as either of those guys but always lesser known because much of his career was spent ( Some would say wasted ) with the Cardinals during an on-going cycle of losing seasons. But what TRULY made A-dub SOOOOOO special was his dedication to this organization and doing everything he could to help turn it around. He NEVER gave in to the losing, ALWAYS played every game like it was his last. I could not have been happier for anyone than I was for A-Dub during that 2008 season. And when Pam Oliver tried to interview him after that NFC title game and he couldn’t even speak, then that tear rolled down the side of his face… was one of THE greatest moments in Cardinals history. If we ALL didn’t also have a tear going down the side or our faces at that moment, we all sure felt that same emotion that Adrian was feeling. It was just perfect. No words ( which there are FAR too many of, anyway, whether they are necessary or not ) – just a single tear that spoke volumes for Cardinals fans around the world and the organization as well.

    SOOOO much more to my liking than the idiotic / maniacal shrieking of Richard Sherman after that title game against San Fran two years ago. Give me Arian Wilson ANY DAY – as a player AND as a man.

    Get that Ring of Honor spot ready now! 🙂

  11. By jwoodaz on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    One of my all time favorites, I salute you Mr. Adrian Wilson..

    Hey Darren May we please have an Underground!!?? ty..

  12. By Darren Urban on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    jwoodaz —

    RE: Underground

    Two this week. One posts tomorrow.

  13. By Big Ken on Apr 20, 2015 | Reply

    @ Dr. G, Forget Tenn., how about Tampa Bay’s 33rd pick and a handful of others for Arizona’s 24th?

  14. By jwoodaz on Apr 21, 2015 | Reply

    you rock sir..

  15. By Dr. G. on Apr 21, 2015 | Reply

    Jtdg…we agree that TN should take Williams. But, I said “IF”… We have seen Whiz make some questionable picks. He knows the QB will make or break him…we saw it happen. T’was a head spinner. Whiz says Mariota can start…so he may feel the same for Winston. Mettenberger ((6th round w/ACL blown)) is getting praise I believe to decoy what TN wants to do. Whiz has tipped his hand…he wants to look smart this time.

    BigKen… us…I’m going Gordon, Gregory (some issues), Gurley (for much later this year or even 2016 w/acl..iffy)…maybe Harold at 24… The dream pick is Beasley if he drops…. I will do a mock in a few days…this is still a bit early to finalize with the interviews still going…be well

  16. By Dr. G. on Apr 21, 2015 | Reply

    BigKen…a quick addition… I mentioned this before. If Brett Hundley is there in the second round I’m grabbing him. Stanton is probably gone next year and we may end up with another TE with Logan… we still will end up with three quarterbacks. If Logan works out this year then we cut Stanton and will be in really good shape for the future…gotta think future…be well

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