Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Quick recap of Bruce Arians’ presser
By Josh Weinfuss
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As he does every day during training camp, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians addresses the media after the morning walk-through. Here's a recap of what Arians discussed:
The biggest news of Arians' meeting was the result of three words. Arians said "both" Tyrann Mathieu and Alameda Ta'amu are "pretty close" to getting off the preseason physically unable to perform list.
Arians still expects linebacker John Abraham to report to camp this week but said it wouldn't happen Tuesday.
The Cardinals will practice Tuesday in shells (shoulder pads and shorts), full pads on Wednesday and shells again on Thursday.
Leading up to Minnesota, the Cards will watch film of the Vikings' offense and defense "to give our guys a chance," Arians said. The Vikings play a 4-3 defense and Arians is expecting a lot of blitzing by new Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer.
Arians was asked if running back Andre Ellington can be used similarly to Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. "It's yet to be seen. Their physical stature is similar. Shady has run between the tackles at Pitt and so did Andre (in college), but to get to that level he's not there yet."
Arians won't hand out fines to tackle Bradley Sowell or defensive tackle Darnell Dockett for their fight in Monday's practice, but said fighting is "not tolerable."
While the Cardinals are looking at a few possibilities to fill the three empty roster spots, Arians said "there really isn't any need." He said it'll be hard for any additions this late in camp to make the roster but the Cards might sign one or two guys soon.
Arians called Jerraud Powers the MVP of Arizona's defense because of his versatility. Arians said Powers is playing four spots in the secondary.
Arians said he won't hold jobs for injured players, calling it the Wally Pipp effect.
Ryan Lindley, who is fighting for the Cards' third quarterback job, has been handling his competition well, Arians said. "He's a very professional guy."
Arians completed the ALS #icebucketchallenge on Monday night after he was nominated by Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. In return, Arians challenged Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Tomlin already told Arians he'd rather donate. Arians had two buckets of ice water dumped on his head by quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. "That second one had too much ice in it. I thought it gave me a concussion. I wanted them to go bam, bam. They delayed it too much."