The Arizona Cardinals 2014 have wrapped up their final minicamp and now await training camp to commence next month.
"Some guys may take a couple of days, a week off, but really, this is crunch time where you're going to put in the work, "defensive end Frostee Rucker said via azcardinals.com. "We're only six weeks away from training camp so it's not really a lot of time."
Head coach Bruce Arians seemed pleased with how his troops looked during OTA's and minicamp but he knows training camp is a totally different dynamic once real hitting begins.
“The physicality of the sport, we’ll have plenty of time for that part, and that separates a lot of guys,” Arians said. “A lot of guys in the spring look really good, and then the noise level goes up and they disappear. Guys that (look like) just an average guy put the pads on and all of a sudden he flies around and knocks the crap out of people. He’s a football player. That’s why they call it football, not soccer. We’re allowed to hit each other and supposed to hit each other. That part of the game is what makes it. It’s not for everybody.”
The off-season workout programs are all part of the process of trying to get ready for a championship run in 2014. The Red Birds made significant strides last season but there is still work to be done.
"This is the beginning," Arians stated. "This is the first day of in-season. Offseason is over. We're not in condition right now to play for a championship."
All in due time.
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