Oct. 18, 2015; Pittsburgh; Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians talks with head linesman Patrick Turner (13) and referee Ed Hochuli (85) during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 25 13.(Photo: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Bruce Arians won’t be any more excited to coach on Monday night against the Ravens than he is for a typical Sunday afternoon game. And that’s a good thing.
« If I get any more amped up on the sideline, I’ll have a heart attack, » he said. « Thank God, we don’t have that same crew. »
That was a shot at least week’s officiating crew,wholesale jerseys led by referee Ed Hochuli. He might mention certain plays that might be there for the taking or point out something he and the other quarterbacks picked up off of video stills.
It’s intelligent subterfuge, sort of like a quarterback Jedi mind trick. »I guess in a sense, yeah, it is, » Stanton said. « It’s just trying to get him back in tune to what he’s got to do. He’s got a lot of responsibilities on his plate, but at the same time, I’m trying to be an extra set of his eyes for him and also for Carson (Palmer) and what Carson likes and what he’s comfortable with.
« That’s the greatest thing about BA, is he tries to make the quarterback as comfortable as possible. We get to pick our plays, we get to do a lot of stuff. It’s all geared to making sure we know what we’re doing and we’re comfortable with it and also what we like, what we think is going to be successful. »Arizona Cardinals turn focus to finishing plays, series
Stanton probably goes up to Arians at least once a game to « get in his ear a little bit, »he said,explaining Arians isn’t afraid to wave him off. »But it’s got to be the right time, too.
« He’s never said, ‘Get out of my face,’ but he’s had some other choice words, » Stanton said, laughing.
A rare citation
Oct. 18, 2015; Pittsburgh; Arizona Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach (82) walks to the field before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. http://www.vondutchwatches.com/nfl10291.php The Steelers won 25 13. (Photo: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
In his first 224 NFL games, Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach had a clean slate with officials. That ended with his 225th game, last week in Pittsburgh.
For the first time in 16 NFL seasons, Leach was called for a penalty that was accepted: illegal use of hands, hands to the face.
« I think it was the third flag thrown on me in my career, » Leach said. « One was offsetting and one was declined. That’s the first one they marched backwards. »
At least it was a good call. Leach was blocking against a shorter defender in the third quarter, and Leach’s hands slid up into the face mask.
« I ran down the field, then slowly turned around, hoping I wouldn’t see a yellow flag, » Leach said, « but it was there. I told the umpire it was a good call. »Arizona Cardinals podcast: The Bird Eye View from Kent Somers and Mike Jurecki
Butler’s been ‘OK’
Oct. 18, 2015; Pittsburgh; Arizona Cardinals punter Drew Butler punts against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 25 13. (Photo: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Punter Drew Butler has earned a passing grade fromArians through six games, but isn’t exactly at the top of his class. The third year veteran, who took over for Dave Zastudil last season, has been « OK, » Arians said.