Cardinals vs. Titans, Round 2

UPDATE: Although there were words exchanged a plenty, the Cardinals and Titans kept things professional during yesterday’s practice.  The Cardinals’ offensive lineman were chief among the talkers, with backups Rex Hadnot and Keith Bridges leading the way.

According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, when Hadnot quelled a Titans pass rush during drills he yelled, “No soup for you!” at his opponent, which is obviously hilarious, especially for someone who loves Seinfeld, like me.  All in all, there was plenty of pushing and shoving reported, but that’s about it.

Another interesting tidbit coming out of yesterday’s practice is that apparently Matt Leinart is developing a reputation, at least with the Titans.  Kent Somers reports that a Tennessee defensive back, watching from the sideline as Leinart approached the line of scrimmage, said to his teammate, “I got a buffalo nickel that says he checks down.”  A run play was called.  Now, I don’t know where that guy got a buffalo nickel, but if any pass play was called, there would have been a really good chance that he would have lost it.

Starting right guard Reggie Wells battles defensive tackle Jason Jones at the joint practice held yesterday in Tennessee.

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Are you ready for the rematch?  The Cards and Titans apparently are, though it’s not quite a game-situation.  The Cardinals and Titans, who both have a shortened week due to their Monday Night Football appearance, are going to practice together today (8/25) to make up some time that would be lost traveling to their next port of call.

These two teams can’t get enough of each other.  While both sides assert that it will be a diplomatic affair, c’mon man.  These two sides just locked horns on a national T.V. audience less than 48 hours ago, with one side clearly getting the better of the exchange.

“We are going to carry the highest respect level for the Arizona Cardinals,” Titans’ head coach Jeff Fisher said.  “It is highly unlikely there will be any incidents.  These are two teams that are coming off a physical game with one day’s rest.  So we are looking forward to having a productive practice.”  I have no doubt that there will be respect, but there will also be intensity.  Intensity sometimes allows players to forget the respect they otherwise hold for one another.

Darnell Dockett (who else) was willing to admit what he’s bringing to practice.  “It is going to be very competitive,” Dockett said.  “That is a good team.  I don’t think people realize that.  It is basically playing another game.  I am going to be excited and I know they are going to be excited.  We are going to get after each other.  We are looking to make them better and they are looking to make us better.”

The “practice” started at 3:30 p.m. today so I’ll provide an update about how things went when some news comes out tomorrow.


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