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Thursday, September 5, 2013
Flush the Pocket: Arians ready to kick off '13

By Josh Weinfuss

Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It’ll recap the top storyline from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.

It’s officially game week. Save for the national holiday on Monday, today started the week in earnest -- at least as far as the media is concerned.

And Cardinals coach Bruce Arians couldn’t have been more excited. While he didn't appear eager for the media -- although I guess he might be, I’ve never asked -- he was pumped to start his first season as a head coach against an NFC West rival, the St. Louis Rams.

“It’s a great measuring stick in our division,” Arians said. “The Rams won the most games in our division last year, so to be able to go in there and scratch out a win would be huge for our season and, I think, as a team. The offense has to carry their load.

“Really, you couldn’t ask for more to start the season.”

This is typical Arians. He’s not going to sugarcoat -- and I don’t think this was fluff. I think, especially at age 60, he’s ready to get out there and play some football. I’ve seen sides of him that fans usually don’t, and he’s all about football. He doesn’t mess around. He wants you to do your job and he’ll do his, which is to coach football, and coach it well. I think he’s as ready for the season to get underway as anyone, and that excitement will not just trickle down to his players, it’ll pour.

There was plenty of news coming out of the Cardinals facility, starting with Arians saying that backup left tackle Nate Potter will be working at guard during practice.

In case you missed it, there are a few numbers changes on the Cardinals’ roster, so don’t feel lost out there.

Kent Somers from AZCentral.com blogs about former Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams mentoring current safety Tyrann Mathieu.

Craig Morgan at FoxSportsArizona.com reports that Arians was surprised by the big media contingent to start Week 1.

Bob McManaman scoured the locker room looking for the Cardinals’ favorite plays of all time.

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com looks at why Karlos Dansby gave his number to John Abraham.