“I love the way he’s approached the game,” Carroll said. “Him engaging in what he needs to do and what he can and can’t do, that’s all we’re figuring out right now. I don’t want him to change anything. I want him to keep battling and keep pushing. I want him to match the passion that he sees from the guys across from him.
“I think he’s the real thing in terms of tough and physical and cares and all that. It’s going to be a bit before he can get his football together, but it’s going to happen, and I want him to be just the guy that he is. He’s hard, tough, cares a bunch, and we just need him to make good decisions is what we need him to do.”
The Seahawks’ offensive line is a work in progress. Bennett and Cliff Avril have given them fits at times during team drills. And the toughness won’t matter if they can’t block anyone. But at this point in camp, the coaches seem excited about what they’ve seen from guys like Ifedi and Mark Glowinski.
From left to right, the starters have been: Garry Gilliam, Glowinski, Justin Britt, Ifedi and J’Marcus Webb. The team is taking a look at veteran Jahri Evans Friday, and if he signs, they could switch some things around. But regardless of who’s on the field, the message from assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable will be the same.
“We’re not here to back down,” Ifedi said when asked what Cable’s advice has been. “This offensive line isn’t going to back down from any challenge, but don’t let it take you outside your game. Still play your game, still do your assignment. Even if something like that happens, move on to the next play, and play the next play like it didn’t happen because that’s what’s going to happen on the field.”
Franchise legend Larry Fitzgerald has already linked his future NFL plans to those of Carson Palmer.
Now the team is putting it in writing.
Arizona has rewarded the two aging stars with one-year contract extensions, the Cardinals announced Friday.
Palmer’s extra year is worth $24.35 million with a $6.75 million signing bonus, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The quarterback is now under team control through 2018, while the next two seasons are guaranteed.
When Fitzgerald stated in May that he had “no idea” if this season would be his last, he was merely acknowledging that he has reached the year-to-year stage of a Hall of Fame career.
Although he went on to clarify, via NFL Total Access, that he “still has a lot of good football” left in his body, that failed to quell speculation that he might walk away from the game after the 2016 season.
Friday’s extension, which Rapoport notes is worth $11 million, is a sign that he and Palmer plan to lead one of the NFL’s model franchises through the 2017 season.