Chargers confirm Cardinals’ San Diego practice

Posted by Darren Urban on May 23, 2016 – 8:31 pm

Last week, Bruce Arians said the Cardinals were talking to the Chargers about spending time in San Diego during training camp so the teams could practice against each other. Monday, Chargers coach Mike McCoy confirmed it would happen even if details haven’t quite been worked out.

“I can’t tell you it’s going to be this day, it’s going to be that day,” McCoy told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “But we’re going to practice against Arizona.”

The details are still being worked out, McCoy said, but the Cardinals play the Chargers on a Friday night (August 19) in San Diego. University of Phoenix Stadium is also unavailable to the Cardinals earlier in the week — Monday, Aug. 15 — because Guns N’ Roses is scheduled to play a concert that night. McCoy was one of the Cardinals’ options for coach before Arians was hired; the man who was let go by the Cardinals to create that vacancy — Ken Whisenhunt — is back with the Chargers as offensive coordinator after his stint as Titans’ head coach.

Another thing to watch, regardless of whether the teams practice against each other one, two or three times. The last few times teams in the NFL have practiced against each other in training camp, it’s resulted in some scuffles. And as we all know, Arians doesn’t tolerate scuffles in camp. He won’t tolerate it against another team either.

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16 Responses to “Chargers confirm Cardinals’ San Diego practice”

  1. By Dr. G. on May 23, 2016 | Reply

    Scuffles? With a bunch of rookies trying to make a roster, even within their own team, it is tempting to try to show up the man trying to take your spot. So when another team shows up to practice, the motivation is intensified. A little discussion before taking the field is necessary to point to fair play and keep things civil but ambitious. Despite this, human nature sometimes takes over…how dare you try to keep me from supporting my family..!

  2. By Andy Kw on May 24, 2016 | Reply

    Dwight Freeney

  3. By clssylssy on May 24, 2016 | Reply

    Not especially concerned that our guys will get into any “scuffles” as the Cards and Chargers are two of the more mature and solid teams around w no attention seekers. Sounds like a terrific opportunity for everyone to get away from the oppressive desert heat while gaining the benefit of real time practice scrimmaging against quality players on the road, in a more real game type situation. San Diego is the perfect summer destination! Good job BA😎

  4. By mal on May 24, 2016 | Reply


    1) do you get to watch all the OTA’s? ( I believe the press was restricted to only the first practice before OTA’s)

    2) you seen or heard anything how Okapaugo is doing?

    3) is he on field two or one?

  5. By Darren Urban on May 24, 2016 | Reply

    Mal —

    RE: Questions

    1) Yes.
    2) Looks fine, tough for a front-seven defender to show much right now with no pads.
    3) Moves around.

  6. By dobie on May 24, 2016 | Reply

    One thing that I have see when I use to go to see the Rams practice with the Chargers in Fullerton CA. they tend to hit a little harder then what they do in practice do you think some one could get hurt it is just a though but if the coaches know what they are doing who I am I to judge

  7. By Dr. G. on May 24, 2016 | Reply

    Darren — I don’t always have time for the “underground,” but I had to finish your OTA observations & exchange with Paul…excellent efforts there for both…be well

    P.S. Recommended listening Fans…

  8. By Kevin S Mesa on May 24, 2016 | Reply


    Does the team impose restrictions on what you can talk about re: OTA’s?

    I ask because I always assumed there were some obvious ones (like not revealing that a Patrick Peterson is practicing with the offense — something that might give away the element of surprise), but on Doug and Wolf this morning, they mentioned that the Bills implemented a much longer list of restrictions — things like not being able to report that someone dropped a pass, or how many INT’s were thrown by a given QB, or the QB’s completion percentage… Seemed kinda ridiculous (and Doug said as much).

  9. By Darren Urban on May 24, 2016 | Reply

    Kevin S —

    RE: Restrictions

    The Cardinals already had similar restrictions in place. I’m guessing it’s not much different for most teams. Reporters aren’t supposed to be specific on what is seen past the first 20 minutes or so of OTAs.

  10. By BIGAL on May 24, 2016 | Reply

    By clssylssy
    OK, think its been like this year will be our 3rd year not going to Flagstaff for Training camp…ever since all camps have been conducted in the amazingly beautiful confines of UOPStadium…its pretty nice in there in case u haven’t been…

  11. By clssylssy on May 24, 2016 | Reply

    BigAl…yes, we have quite an impressive facility but, it’s always refreshing to get out of the valley and have an opportunity to refresh and recharge in beautiful San Diego (in case you’ve never been). As Fitz pointed out, it is an opportunity for the whole team to go up against different guys which raises the level of the practice and makes us better.

  12. By NJAzCardsFan on May 25, 2016 | Reply

    Darren- Any idea on how much cap space the Cards have left for this year?

    Do you see Kiem getting a FA CB or OL help before the season starts?

  13. By Darren Urban on May 25, 2016 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Cap space

    Right now the NFLPA has them with about $4.7M.

  14. By Andy Kw on May 25, 2016 | Reply

    I looked at photos today of the OTA and I couldn’t help but notice guys like DJ Swearinger, Brandon Williams, & Asa Jackson getting interceptions. Did Palmer throw those INTs or did the backups make those errors?

  15. By Darren Urban on May 25, 2016 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: INTs

    Not sure. Wasn’t keeping track. It was a good day for the defense, though.

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