Cardinals consider rugby – and padless hitting

Posted by Darren Urban on October 19, 2017 – 4:07 pm

The Cardinals have practiced this week at the London Irish Rugby Football Club in London, and Thursday, the team just so happened to be practicing right before the Cards took the field themselves on one of the further fields. It became a popular topic, the idea of essentially playing football without pads.

“I played sandlot football growing up a lot, but we were 80 pounds back then,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said with a smile. “I can’t imagine somebody 240 (pounds) hitting me without any pads on. I’m pretty sure I’d be on IR.”

Larry Fitzgerald has seen rugby matches during his world travels. He’s also watched a lot of Australian Rules Football, a similar game, because former teammate and Cardinals punter Ben Graham is the general manager of a team in his country and Fitzgerald has gone to watch those practices too. Fitz said the padless game of rugby actually provides something from which NFL players should learn.

“Those guys have much better technique than we have,” Fitzgerald said. “You see them tackle, they tackle proper – heads up, wrap and run. They have less issues than we do. We could learn a thing or two from the way they play.”




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2 Responses to “Cardinals consider rugby – and padless hitting”

  1. By Marlin on Oct 20, 2017 | Reply

    Just a thought — Chandler Jones does not get as much attention from the local media as one might expect. This guy is likely the best OLB in the league, and may be the single most disruptive front seven player in the league. You may want to drop a thought to your journalist and media colleagues to start giving him a bit more media attention. At the games, when they announce starting lineups, fans barely cheer for him – because he just doesn’t get the local media attention. Its about creating another local and national “face of the franchise” as the Larry’s and Carson’s eventually fade. He seems like a good candidate.

  2. By Darren Urban on Oct 20, 2017 | Reply

    Marlin —

    RE: Chandler

    I appreciate the notion. I can pass it on, but don’t forget, I’m not in P.R.

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