A late start to camp (and the season)

Posted by Darren Urban on June 17, 2015 – 10:37 am

The Cardinals officially announced this year’s training camp dates today, with players reporting for the run test July 31 and the first practice — open to the public too — coming Aug. 1. If you feel like that’s late, it’s because it is. The Cardinals usually report at least a week earlier but that’s because the season usually starts earlier. Rules say camp can start 15 days ahead of the first preseason game, and the preseason games work backward from the regular season. The Cards’ first preseason game isn’t until Aug. 15 — hosting the Kansas City Chiefs — because the regular-season opener isn’t until the Saints visit Sept. 13. The Saints game is so late, of course, because the NFL doesn’t want to open on Labor Day weekend, and Labor Day comes as late as it can this year, on Sept. 7.

The last time the Cardinals started camp so late was 2004, when Labor Day fell on Sept. 6 and the Cardinals opened the regular season in St. Louis on Sept. 12. That was also Denny Green’s first season, when the team reported to Flagstaff Aug. 1. (And Green shocked everyone by cutting starting center Pete Kendall that day, the jumping-off point to a wild roller-coaster of a season.)

In all, there are 19 open practices at University of Phoenix Stadium. Sure, there are about seven weeks before football starts but I know I’m ready for some down time. It’ll be here soon enough.


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9 Responses to “A late start to camp (and the season)”

  1. By hummer53 on Jun 17, 2015 | Reply

    Ah Pete Kendall. The clubhouse lawyer. I just remember the local media freaking out about ‘their boy’ getting cut by Green. You would have though he was Mike Webster.

  2. By Craig on Jun 17, 2015 | Reply

    I’m not sure what it takes to keep from pulling your hamstring, but please DO IT.

  3. By D on Jun 17, 2015 | Reply

    Did the Cards pay Shia L to do that video? I guess the ladies may like it, it’s funny. Cards need to have Blake Shelton do the next one to bring more masculinity to it.

  4. By Darren Urban on Jun 17, 2015 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Shia


  5. By clssylssy on Jun 17, 2015 | Reply

    For the fans, the off season is nothing but “down time” full of wild speculations and regurgitated news with training camp the first time there is a glimpse of how the changes in the team are coming together. It’s a little disappointing that the unending offseason continues to be stretched by the NFL, almost seeming like a manipulation by Goodell to get fans on board for his 18 game season and other “expansion” projects. It started with moving the draft to the point fans are so burned out by the time it finally gets here the momentum has fizzled and the rookies don’t even bother to attend. As a lifelong sports fan with a love for football, I can see why other sports are beginning to gain in popularity to take up the slack as the season flies by then it’s a game of hurry up and wait! For now, the Rattlers have started their season, prices are family friendly and the game is much faster without all the league drama!

  6. By D on Jun 17, 2015 | Reply

    Tells you how out of touch I am with pop culture

    Did you see where the entire starting 2012 ALA offense team are all in the NFL, including A. Steen. Amazing.

  7. By Steve . on Jun 17, 2015 | Reply

    Darren: Did you go out and see Jurassic World yet and if so what did you think of it?

  8. By Darren Urban on Jun 17, 2015 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Jurassic

    Not yet.

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