An early appearance for the accountability board

Posted by Darren Urban on May 17, 2017 – 8:19 am

The accountability board is something Bruce Arians brought with him when he came to the Cardinals, in use since his very first training camp. But it always had its place — camp and then the fall. It was put away in the offseason. Until now.

Arians said he was making a new move this year, putting up the accountability sheet starting this morning — now that OTAs had started Tuesday.

“We never do it in OTAs but we’re doing it this year,” Arians said.

It falls in line with everything else Arians has talked about wanting to do differently this season, all in an effort to rebound from a disappointing 7-8-1 record in 2016. Tackle more in training camp. Prep Carson Palmer now for later. Add more leaders in the locker room. And make sure the Cardinals don’t beat themselves — hence, the accountability board earlier than normal.

“We had too many mental errors in games last year,” Arians said. “It’s a point of emphasis.”

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25 Responses to “An early appearance for the accountability board”

  1. By Bill Thompson on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    I hate the new CBA’s that have come into existence over the past few years. The practices in the past used to develop players and now w/o putting the pads on and playing real football (not the soccer that they do now as BA calls it) players don’t come around; they require red shirt years. This was unheard of a few years ago.

    I do have a question: is Scooby Wright going to get a good look see and have a chance to play in the middle with Buc sitting out for awhile?

    Disappointed in last year! GO CARDS!

  2. By Darren Urban on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    Bill —

    RE: Scooby

    He’s going to get some reps, yes. Up to him to make an impact.

  3. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    “Insanity, doing the same failing thing over and over”. BA ain’t insane.

  4. By Scott H on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    More tacking in training camp and having more leaders in the locker room are definitely two things I am liking the sound of – A LOT!! Those are things that go right to the heart of what was wrong last year.

    I hope it will also be a point of emphasis during the pre-season that our starters on offense are executing just as they would be expected to in a game. That means executing, sustaining drives, and putting points on the board. Our first team offense was horrible last pre-season. And it was becoming more of a concern for me as the pre-season went on, we were getting closer to Sept, and nothing was getting any better. It was like it didn’t matter, like everyone was taking it for granted that when the season started, we’d be fine. Well….it wasn’t. The season started and we still looked flat and out of synch.

    It can’t just look good in practice – it has to BE good against live competition, in real game situations, at real game speed. You aren’t getting any of that during practice, so don’t stop there.

    More tackling, more leaders, more accountability. I like it!

  5. By michael on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    Jason McCourty off the market. so I cna stop asking about him at least.

    Have to assume SK’s plan is to pick up a veteran QB during preseason cuts. Hopefully he doens’t wait till the end of preseason like last year. That one week- where Cooper came in but wasn’t ready to play yet – may have cost the Cards the game against the Pats, as Williams’ coverage was not up to snuff

  6. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    Who is the negative boo bird? Logged on and 6 of 8 thumbs were down. On pretty benign comments. maybe he needs a happy pill.

  7. By TucsonTim on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    Are coaches going to be accountable? Esp special teams! Accountability starts at the top.

    Does resting Palmer’s arm mean the trash can toss is out?

  8. By steve on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    Darren: If our Special Teams play tanks again this season do you think it’s possible that Michael Bidwill steps in and forces a change at that coaching position?

  9. By Darren Urban on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Coaching

    How about we get to training camp first before we start talking about what the Cards do at the end of the season if it goes bad?

  10. By Dan on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    Should have drafted Watson at QB……should of made it happen.

  11. By Canadian Redbird on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    Arians has to learn to walk the talk !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We watched in agony as Butler kicked 34 yard punts for 3 years. Then the special teams coordinator ( Amos ? ) for the past 2 – 3 years did his thing costing several games and kept his job. Even Arians said ” special teams was the difference in the Cards not winning games. I’m not buying Arians accountability spiel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. By DZ on May 17, 2017 | Reply

    Can’t wait till they start knocking heads..
    Can’t wait to ditch work and take my team to Cards camp.
    Can’t wait for the season to start.
    Hope and pray the team remains healthy this year because we have to erase last year’s self inflicted stain and the only blemis on this incredible run during the Keim/Arians regime.
    Now that the Cards are back in familiar territory as being considered an “also ran” by those with East Coast bias, we can play with a chip on our shoulders once again. Which the Cards wear well and so do the fans.

  13. By Infitzwetrust on May 17, 2017 | Reply


    If you had to take a guess at the o-line starters right now, who would u go with?

  14. By Darren Urban on May 18, 2017 | Reply

    Infitz —

    RE: OL

    From left tackle to right — Humphries, Iupati, Shipley, Boehm, Veldheer

  15. By Big Ken on May 18, 2017 | Reply

    I wish they had an accountability board in my office.

  16. By faster on May 18, 2017 | Reply

    darren, i just read, we had a offer out for blount. would have been a nice add for the running game. albeit because he choses money from the eagles above a superbowl run with us, i guess, we are better of without him.

    are there any other offers out for veterans of this quality?

  17. By Darren Urban on May 18, 2017 | Reply

    faster —

    RE: Offers

    Nothing I have heard.

  18. By clssylssy on May 18, 2017 | Reply

    I’m a BIG believer in accountability but it has to start at the top, and there doesn’t seem to be anything like quality control for management. Talk is cheap and it’s always easy to pass the buck and play the blame game. If players don’t have good technique then it’s on the people doing the teaching, if there is no leadership in the lockerroom then it’s on the GM, etc. These players don’t come turn key ready to win Championships and many college stars can’t successfully make the leap to the pros. Let’s have accountability for EVERYONE!

  19. By D on May 18, 2017 | Reply

    If Healthy, J. Starks as a RB to spell DJ wouldn’t be a bad option.

  20. By rod on May 18, 2017 | Reply

    They outta put Darren on the accountability board right?!!?

  21. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on May 18, 2017 | Reply

    So, who would be the 7 (or 8) active game day OL?

  22. By D on May 18, 2017 | Reply

    Let’s put some early predications out there now in OTA..
    (my guess based on no major injuries to the group)

    Final WR group on 53.

    1-L. Fitzgerald
    2-J. Brown
    3-J.J. Nelson
    4-C. Williams
    5-Ja. Brown

    PS- J. Ross/L. Clark/ M. Bundy

    Final spot will come down to B. Golden and A. Dobson….
    #6- B. Golden (do to special teams play )

    Which means releasing A. Ellington

  23. By dynosoar on May 19, 2017 | Reply


    I’d take Ellington over Golden any day, but you have different thoughts. What do you like about Golden over Ellington. (I have watched Golden make some grerat plays as well.)

    I like that Ellington catches the ball when thrown his direction. He also looks better in space to me. I will say his size concerns me, but there have been many backs who had longevity who were Ellington’s size. (Maruice Jones-Drew comes to mind).

  24. By Scott H on May 21, 2017 | Reply

    michael –

    RE: McCourty

    My reply is a bit delayed here but while we can stop asking about McCourty simply because he no longer exists as an option, we can – and SHOULD – continue to ask why the CB position was not addressed during an off-season that was supposed to be such an aggressive one.

    I will not stop asking about that. I hope you won’t, either. The question are perfectly valid until we SEE that either Bethel or Williams or SOMEBODY is able to nail it down on the other side at CB.

  25. By Bill Thompson on May 24, 2017 | Reply

    Hey, I really like the article on Scooby Wright; let’s not forget he was defensive player of the year in the Pac 12 a few years ago. I know that the game is faster than it used to be; I remember a guy much slower than him who made All-Pro because of his work on special teams; I think that he’s doing some color announcing on the radio now. AND we needed help last year on the special teams; right Wolf!!!!

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