Shipley, Sendlein and Seattle

Posted by Darren Urban on November 11, 2015 – 9:27 am

We are still a couple of days away from knowing if starting center Lyle Sendlein, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, will be able to play against the Seahawks Sunday night. Bruce Arians said Sendlein missed practice Tuesday. The first injury report of the week comes out later today.

But if Sendlein can’t go, A.Q. Shipley would start at center. The question is what might that mean for an offensive line that has been solid. It’s true that Arians said he had been expecting more on the interior of the line at Cleveland, which includes Sendlein. But the veteran has something that Shipley does not — experience at CenturyLink Field.

Sendlein has started six games in Seattle during his career (and appeared in a seventh.) He knows what it’s like in that stadium, with that crowd, with that noise. Shipley has played in 51 games in his career, none at Seattle. A night game, with the knowledge that a national TV audience is watching, will boost the crowd intensity that much more. The center is the one who organizes the offensive line every play. In a season where everyone continues to say the offensive line communication is a developing work-in-progress, who starts at center — and how he handles the moment — will have an impact on how effective the Cardinals’ offense can be.


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18 Responses to “Shipley, Sendlein and Seattle”

  1. By Scott H on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    Not liking the sound of this…..

  2. By Creditcard on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    I’m not convinced by the statement that the offensive line has been “solid”.

    I will agree the O-line is much improved this season, and has the ability/talent to be better. The O-line’s left side is “solid”, the right side with Cooper and Massie has been average to above average. My opinion, again, Cooper being the larger of the two question marks on the right side.

    Shipley will do fine. Road games will use silent snap counts and communication techniques. Since Shipley is smaller than Sendlein, the “A” gaps will need to be closer than usual (which does effect the other gaps). It will be an adjustment for the O-line, especially in a noisy stadium and against a team with a very good D-line.

    The warm and dry Cards will need to practice with moist and colder footballs. The pigskin in colder weather develops a thin moss, and becomes slightly slippery. Better to practice with those conditions than to do the learning curve during the game. My opinion again, the adjustment to the different temperatures of the pigskin during a game, can attribute to the fumbles the Cards did during the Cleveland game.

    Shipley is built like a bowling ball — he can get under a nose tackle’s arms. If he drives his feet — he should be capable of moving the defensive tackle backward creating good running gaps. Pass blocking will be more difficult for a shorter O-lineman (the D-lineman will have longer arms and be able to grab Shipley before Shipley can grab them.

  3. By jaime on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    if shipley plays I have all the confidence in him, hes ready to dominate and run the O Line down Seattles throat!! Goooo BIG Red!!!!

  4. By Robert on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    More running should mean watt ford at LT. If we throw mire than 30 times and have more than one turnover we lose

  5. By Marlin on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    I thought maybe Larsen would get a look at center. But he’ll likely be active as a reserve. Shipley has never been a good pass blocker. I’m concerned.

  6. By mitchaz on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    It’s only Wednesday. Don’t rule Sendlein out just yet.

  7. By Darren Urban on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    mitchaz —

    RE: Sendlein

    Far from it. As a matter of fact, he was out in pads and a helmet at the beginning of Wednesday’s practice.

  8. By georgiebird on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    Sendlein is not an All-Pro- he was also not in the Cards’ plans for 2015. So how much of a drop-off to Shipley?

  9. By Darren Urban on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    Georgie —

    RE: Shipley

    You tell me. They re-signed Lyle halfway through camp and then they started him opening day.

  10. By georgiebird on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    Just saying- the paranoia that sets in when the Cards have an injury is overwhelming. The Cardinals are by far the healthiest team in the NFL. If a good player goes down, it shouldn’t be the end of the world. If Shipley is no good, that’s on the FO for signing him. If Shipley is good then he’s probably comparable to Sendlein.

  11. By georgiebird on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    Until the the Cards get into the 2nd half schedule, the accomplishments from the 1st half are meaningless. There’s not a quality win in the first 8 games. If you believe all wins are equal, then why are Cards a 3 point underdog this week-after all 6-2 is better than 4-4.
    Let’s play the games in the 2nd half and maybe the Cards will surprise me and the many others who are waiting for a more definitive outcome.

  12. By Darren Urban on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    Georgie —

    RE: “Quality win”

    Fair. At the same time, let me know which of the Seahawks’ wins qualify as “quality.”

  13. By Richard S on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    Since I’m not on Facebook, I can’t comment there, so I’ll try to comment here to the Missouri players stand by their alma mater story. One of the commenters talked about white privilege and that was one of the demands of the protesters to acknowledge that the president of the University grew up with white privilege. The St. Louis paper today notes that the hunger striker who has spent 8 years at MU (if it was so racist why didn’t he choose another school for grad school), has a father who is VP of a railroad and made over $8 million last year. I think this case is starting to look more like shades of Tawana Brawley.

  14. By krehbieo14 on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply


    IMO, all wins in the NFL are “quality” and there are no “meaningless” games. If the Cards hadn’t won 6 of those meaningless games, where would they be now?

  15. By Scott H on Nov 11, 2015 | Reply

    georgiebird –

    C’mon, man! Yeah, you’re right – Sendlein wasn’t even in the plans for 2015. Until Shipley looked bad enough that bringing him back became necessary! And once he came back, HE became the starter.

    What does that say about Shipley???

    No, Sendlein is not an All Pro. He never has been. That doesn’t mean he’s not a better player than Shipley is. And don’t kid yourself – at least as far as the coaches of this team are concerned, Sendlein IS a better player.

    And I REALLY hope he is out there Sunday night!

  16. By Kellex on Nov 12, 2015 | Reply

    Cmon Sendlein suck it up and play sore if you have to. This is too big a game to throw off the chemistry of the oline and you’ve had plenty of days off.

  17. By Dobie on Nov 12, 2015 | Reply

    They put A Q as a full back put him as a tight end and he gives you his all and I
    think he will give his all as center

  18. By krehbieo14 on Nov 12, 2015 | Reply

    Over his career, Sendlein has rarely been off the field due to injury. He has been one of the Cards most consistent players, rarely complaining of nagging aches and pains. If he can’t go, you know he is really hurting.

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