Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Off-day notes: Bell learns to play linebacker
By Josh Weinfuss
TEMPE, Ariz. -- When the Cardinals sent out all four safeties for most of Sunday’s win over the Lions, not all of them were playing in the secondary.
Safety Yeremiah Bell lined up at inside linebacker as a counter to Detroit running back Reggie Bush and finished with three tackles. The Cardinals asked Bell to learn the linebacker schemes in two different fronts, and the 10-th year pro came through.
Bell gave up one big play to Bush, who appeared to make a move on Bell, freezing the safety.
“I can’t say enough about the guy,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s the ultimate pro, no matter what you ask of him. He got knocked around a little bit but he made a bunch of tackles.
“He gave up one to Reggie where he thought he had inside help and that was, I think ,the only negative play he had in the entire ball game.”
Fitz’s hammy a concern: Arians said there’s no way to predict how Larry Fitzgerald's hamstring will respond to treatment, rest and then practice later this week. But the coach wants to make sure it’s not an issue all season. He said he’ll trust his star receiver when it comes time to make a decision on Sunday in New Orleans.
“We don’t want it to linger, that’s for sure,” Arians said. “I trust his judgment on game day. We’ll just see how it goes and we won’t know until each day how it responds.”
Fast-paced plan: The Cardinals don’t want to play at quite the same pace as the Eagles under Chip Kelly, but Arians wants to see more plays per game.
His goal is 70 or more, and Arizona is averaging 64 through two games. They had 62 against St. Louis and 66 against Detroit.
“It’s one of those things, we’re not no-huddling right now but we still are getting a lot of snaps,” Arians said.
Practice squad moves: A few changes to the practice squad were announced Tuesday. The Cardinals released wide receiver Sam McGuffie and added receivers Dan Buckner and Brittan Golden. Buckner, an University of Arizona product, was an undrafted free agent this year and was cut on Aug. 30, when the Cardinals trimmed their roster to 53.
Golden spent the preseason with the Chicago Bears.
Technique still troubling Brown: Arians saw improvement out of left tackle Levi Brown, who was the highest graded offensive lineman, according to Pro Football Focus, but there’s still work to do.
“His technique wasn’t perfect,” Arians said. “He tried to use his hands more but not enough. He played a much better game but he can still play much better.”