While the return to a normal offseason will help e

first_imgWhile the return to a normal offseason will help everyother team, too, the Cardinals may benefit more because ofthe fact that their quarterbacks can now fully immersethemselves in the offense, getting a head start they didnot have last year.Whisenhunt has already seen a difference.“What really is evident is being able to call the play, soI know that they’re processing it better,” he said of hisquarterbacks and their knowledge of the offense. “It’s aprocess that you have go to through.”Whisenhunt compared it to when the team was trying to getKurt Warner, he of “actually taking the Cardinals to theSuper Bowl” fame, saying that it does take time.“There’s going to be some really good days and there’sgoing to be some sketchy days, but little by little we’remaking progress.”And that’s exactly what OTAs are all about. – / 33 What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Words like that would have to be music to Whisenhunt’sears, as the coach himself said it’s important the teamwork hard during these summer months in an effort to getoff to a fast start this season. Because as we found out last year, the team’s 1-6 startwas simply too much to overcome. “If we can carry the momentum from last year, winningseven of our last nine, and we can start faster,” thecoach said, “then I think our team will have a lot ofconfidence, and that’s what it’s really all about.”Well, that and winning, which Campbell is confident theteam will do a lot of in 2012.“We’ve got a great team this year,” he said. “It’s crazyhow everybody looks so competitive, everybody’s in shape,everybody’s flying around having fun.“We’ve got the team chemistry we need; I think we’re goingto be a great team this year.”A lot will happen between now and when that determinationcan officially be made, but if the Cardinals are in factgoing to be a “great team,” OTAs are an important steptowards getting there. Sure, it’s tough to get a true feel for guys when they’renot wearing pads and hitting people, but OTAs are a timewhere rookies can get acclimated, veterans can get inshape and systems can be implemented. The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their first week of OTAsThursday, completing what head coach Ken Whisenhunt saidwas a good few days. The quarterbacks looked improved, the rookies lookedtalented and the veterans, even, were happy to be back onthe field.After all, they didn’t have this opportunity last year.“I think people appreciate the offseason a lot more nowthan we did in years past because of last year, how muchit hurt us,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said.Campbell, you may recall, entered a new tax bracket thisoffseason after signing a nice new contract with the team.“I think we’re kind of really working harder now andtaking it more intensely.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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