Cardinals will labor on Labor Day

Posted by Darren Urban on September 1, 2017 – 3:18 pm

The past couple of years, the Cardinals have followed up their final Thursday preseason game with some time off as the team transitioned from the bigger training camp roster to the regular season. After a Friday morning meeting, players would be off through Labor Day, returning on Tuesday — the normal off day during the regular season.

The thought process for coach Bruce Arians was simply that it was better to learn four days in a row heading into the first regular-season weekend. And it gave the holiday weekend for family. But the Cardinals had a handful of veterans come to Arians and ask to have the “bonus” practice day Monday this year, make Tuesday the day off, and treat the first week of the regular season like other weeks.

Arians agreed, especially after a “bunch of sports science stuff” showed that, from a physical standpoint, it’s less than ideal to practice four days in a row. Part of Friday’s team meeting, however, was a important reminder from Arians.

“(This) Monday is game plan day,” Arians said he told the group. “You can’t forget it on Tuesday and come back start over on Wednesday.”

Thanks to the 90-man rosters, the Cardinals had already gotten a jump on getting ready for Detroit anyway. Arians estimated that 60 percent of the game plan was already in, and all the players who didn’t play in Denver — all the starters and the vast majority of backups — didn’t practice in the bubble for the Broncos game and instead were outside at the same time, practicing in the heat for the Lions. (Practice next week is expected to be in the bubble.)

“It was more for me checking their conditioning on 40 plays in a row, because if you weren’t in, you were running on the side,” Arians said, lauding he intensity of the work. “Everybody got 40 reps in a row, with little breaks, like getting off the field offensively and defensively. It was hot. We were in really good shape. Some guys stayed out and did a little extra.”

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13 Responses to “Cardinals will labor on Labor Day”

  1. By shannon robinson on Sep 1, 2017 | Reply

    I am so happy today to hear that Tony Bergstrom is getting another NFL full veteran vested pay check. I’ll watch for his success in Balimor. My best to his beautiful wife Rachael their parents and children – prayers answered! I got to follow his play and was consistently rewarded by his skill and effort. He’s a six year veteran who is very capable and I liked his run blocking. As a future consideration this will help us with our expanded recruiting in our back yard. The University of Utah is an expressway pipeline for recruiting. To do this young family right with the opportunity and respect they earned is a joyful moment. A Tip of the Cardinals’ Wing to the Bergstrom family and Mr. Steve Keim.

  2. By Coach K on Sep 2, 2017 | Reply


    I feel cutting Chris Johnson was a terrible mistake. His blocking for Palmer on pass plays was superior and outside of David, nobody else can get it done the same way.

    If anything happens to David, Palmer better have his dancing shoes on.

    Our offensive line is not elite with a guard and center with short arms that can easily be beat on swim moves by taller defenders. We need backs that can block and losing CJ2K is a terrible mistake.

    I understand BA wants players who can contribute to special teams, but losing CJ2K was a huge error in my book. He still had the burst be be effective and is clearly a better runner than Williams or Penny.

  3. By Darren Urban on Sep 2, 2017 | Reply

    Coach K —

    RE: “Still had burst”

    I do not think the Cardinals agree with you. And Williams has shown to be a pretty good runner. Did you watch last season?

  4. By creditcard on Sep 2, 2017 | Reply

    Broncos released TJ Ward, because he cost the Broncos $4M per season. Cards make a move on Ward, Ie. $1M for the season, place Miller and Ford on PS. Gives both of them (Ford and Miller) to develop.

    Totally disappointed the Cards did not pursue S Richardson from the Jets, instead the Cards are focused upon the punting position — good grief.

    I also think the Jets are trying to dump Forte’s cost — make a deal with the Jets and have the Jets eat 1/2 of Forte’s salary. Forte is an excellent blocker, receiver, and running back — especially for short yardage., A dual running back package of Forte and David Johnson would give Defensive coordinators nightmares.

    If you want to win — you must look past the punting position.

  5. By Brad M. on Sep 2, 2017 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    I hate to do it to you, but I have to ask. Keim was quoted recently as saying inside LB was still a position he was looking to upgrade. I notice Daryl Washington is still unsigned. Any chance the Cards reconsider bringing him back?

  6. By Darren Urban on Sep 2, 2017 | Reply

    Brad M —

    RE: DWash


  7. By Brad M. on Sep 2, 2017 | Reply

    Darren – are you surprised D-Wash doesn’t have a job anywhere? Seems to me if he sits out another season his career is over. What was he thinking when he told the Cards he wanted to go elsewhere?

  8. By Darren Urban on Sep 2, 2017 | Reply

    Brad M —

    RE: Surprised

    No. He has missed three full seasons, and if he fails a test, he’s banned again. His career might already be over.

  9. By faster on Sep 2, 2017 | Reply

    cj2k cut? well, a bit nostalgia sadness, but i will recover from it. and i wish him well for his future out of the NFL. chris, stay healthy and enjoy your life.

    capi cut? now that is a dangerous gamble, i wonder if they will get him back on the practice squad or if he is lost to another team. is gabbert worth this?

    stinson too? i will wait with my comment until november ….

  10. By D on Sep 2, 2017 | Reply

    Hoping AZ will still add 3 players after getting to initial 53,
    Punter- A. Lee
    Guard- A. Boone or John Greco
    OLB: Akeem Ayers

    Cut current Punter, Wheeler and Munyer

  11. By Scott H on Sep 3, 2017 | Reply

    D –

    I hear ya about the punter. Who knows if Andy Lee is still a a superior punter at this point or not? But do ya take a look at him if you don’t seem to be too thrilled with what you have? Yeah, you probably should.

    It seems like we basically went through training camp and pre-season with two un-achieving punters ( and my God, at this point, does this team even KNOW what a good punter looks like?? ) and we were content to just pick the lesser of two evils.

    With over 1000 players being released yesterday…..aren’t we going to look at SOMEBODY??

    Based on the last few season, it is hard to have any impression other than this team just not placing a whole lotta value on the punter. And we’ve certainly seen how that can cost you, but….nothing really changes.

  12. By Scott H on Sep 4, 2017 | Reply

    RE: Cards signing Andy Lee

    Thank you. Can’t possibly be any worse, hard to believe he is still not capable of being much better than anything this team has had at punter since Zastudil was still back there.

    So sorry to those who gave my previous post the bad grades. So sorry we won’t go through another season with a below average punter. Obviously, that is what you would prefer, yes?

  13. By Ralph S on Sep 5, 2017 | Reply

    CJ lost-a-step was a casualty of the Cards having a healthy Andre, a fast power runner in Penny, and Williams, who just averages way over CJ’s yards per carry at 5.8. Can he still play? Yep and it hurts for sure but someone had to go.

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