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Bruce Arians Very Pleased with Arizona Cardinals’ Minicamp

June 14th, 2013 at 6:59 AM
By Steve Smith

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It's always a good idea to please the new head coach.

The Arizona Cardinals completed their latest mincamp yesterday and Bruce Arians could not have been more pleased with the outcome.

“I thought we got a lot done in all phases,” he told “Right now, it’s important for us to progress forward from here to training camp, not go backwards and not stay where we’re at. We can’t come back and start over.”

Although players don't have to return to work until late July when training camp opens, many are still planning on working out together over the next several weeks.

New quarterback Carson Palmer will spend some time working out with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, for example.

“I’m not going to get away from anything,” Palmer explained to “I won’t be taking any time off, and I don’t think guys will be, or should be, taking time off. That first game isn’t that far away.”

It really isn't. Arians has installed almost the entire offensive and defensive systems. The Red Birds used their time together well. Rookies got in a huge amount of work and coaching.

The Cardinals are also pretty healthy, for the most part, after all the OTAs and minicamps. That can't be understated.

"You cross your fingers every day,” Arians said. “You pick up the paper (and see) this guy blew an ACL, this guy blew an Achilles’ and you just hope and pray that’s not going to happen. We were very fortunate, especially for the amount of work we did.”

Fitzgerald likes the way Arians is handling things so far.

"The thing that you love about him is he doesn't’ treat everybody the same, but he treats everybody fairly,” Fitzgerald told “Everybody has to answer to him.”

Let's face it – that's the way it should be.

Things are changing for the better in the Valley. Arians is one of the big reasons why.








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