CARDINALS CORNER

New era notes: Cardinals putting finishing touches on Week 1 prep

Sep 8, 2023, 6:01 PM

TEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals officially made it through the first game week of practice after Friday’s work. Now, it’s onto Washington.

Before the new regime under head coach Jonathan Gannon and general manager Monti Ossenfort take the field against the Commanders in Week 1, though, there’s still plenty to accomplish.

“The hay is not in the barn,” Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon said Friday. “Saturday’s a big day for us with what we’re doing, how we’re operating and Sunday we’ll let it rip.”

“A lot of football to be taught and learned and understanding we have a process we go through the day before the game that is very important and critical to kind of the last parts of the game plan,” the head coach added. “A couple more reps at different things, meetings, we do a mock game. It’s intense.”

Emotions in check

For a first-time head coach like Gannon, it wouldn’t be surprising if the jitters were there ahead of his first game in the role.

Honestly, it would be more surprising if there weren’t any.

One way to not let those emotions engulf you? Be where your feet are, a common JG-ism inside the walls of the Tempe training facility.

“There’s always a little bit of anxiousness, which is good, but that’s why you don’t look too much into the future, because you get anxious,” Gannon said. “You look too much into the past, you get depressed. There’s a certain amount of energy and anxiousness that’s good.”

Message received

Gannon may be embarking on his first NFL season as a head coach, but at least he’s gotten his regular-season feet wet in the past as an assistant.

The same can’t be said for Arizona’s batch of 2023 rookies, which features a handful of projected contributors and starters entering the season opener.

Two days out from game time, Gannon’s message to the youth movement is simple:

“Take a deep breath and go let it rip,” he said.

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Cardinals Corner

Trey Benson participates in the 2024 NFL Draft Combine...

Tyler Drake

Cardinals training camp battles: Trey Benson vs. Michael Carter

The battle at RB2 between rookie Trey Benson and veteran Michael Carter could end being one of the tightest this training camp.

2 days ago

Clayton Tune and Desmond Ridder get reps in during offseason work...

Tyler Drake

Cardinals training camp battles: Desmond Ridder vs. Clayton Tune for QB2

After covering WR2 and left guard, it's time to dive into the Cardinals' QB2 battle between Desmond Ridder and Clayton Tune.

3 days ago

Trey Benson warms up during rookie minicamp...

Tyler Drake

Arizona Cardinals sign rookie RB Trey Benson to 4-year contract

The Arizona Cardinals signed rookie running back Trey Benson to a four-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

3 days ago

Evan Brown runs out the tunnel...

Tyler Drake

Arizona Cardinals training camp battles: Left guard

Looking at Arizona's offensive line, the unit is set outside of left guard. Unlike the WR2 battle, there are several candidates to consider.

4 days ago

Paris Johnson Jr. runs out of the tunnel...

Tyler Drake

Cardinals OL Paris Johnson Jr.’s mindset at left tackle is simple, yet effective

Cardinals OL Paris Johnson Jr.'s mindset at left tackle is a two-step process: Win 1-on-1 battles and watch the football go down the field.

4 days ago

Michael Wilson celebrates after the catch...

Tyler Drake

Cardinals training camp battles: Michael Wilson vs. Zay Jones for WR2

Of the positional battles heading into Cardinals training camp, the competition at WR2 between Michael Wilson and Zay Jones is at the top.

5 days ago

New era notes: Cardinals putting finishing touches on Week 1 prep