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Bruce Arians halts practice, makes Cardinals run sprints after brawl

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The Arizona Cardinals apparently didn’t learn from watching teammates Darnell Dockett and Bradley Sowell run laps after a scuffle in practice earlier this week.

Instead, head coach Bruce Arians had to give the entire team a stern reminder of his views on fights in practice.

According to Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official website, Arians brought a halt to practice and made his entire team run sprints after a large group of players began to scrap near the line of scrimmage.

The players were made to run six sprints from sideline to sideline before Arians angrily called the team back together before storming off the field. After a brief pause, the team resumed practice – without their head coach – and finished the workout.

“(Coach) made his point, and we already knew where he stood with that,” cornerback Justin Bethel said. “Some guys, they lose their tempers, and it happens, but we’ve just got to keep on moving forward.”

After two fights in the same week, the Cardinals may take Arians’ message to not get in fights in practice a little more seriously in the future.

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13 Responses to “Bruce Arians halts practice, makes Cardinals run sprints after brawl”
  1. herrcules13 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:51 AM

    C’mon guys! Don’t fight! We’re supposed to be able to turn it off and on at a moment’s notice! Group hug! (But run sprints first)

  2. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 15, 2014 1:05 AM

    I’m FAR MORE concerned about this team than I am about the Niners. The Cards are as HUNGRY as we were last season.

  3. 1pwrightt says: Aug 15, 2014 1:15 AM

    He is trying to instill discipline in his team. Better now then during a real game where penalties may cost you a game.

  4. jirashon says: Aug 15, 2014 1:19 AM

    BA wants his team with a lot of chemistry. Fighting defeats that purpose.

  5. arzcardinals says: Aug 15, 2014 2:36 AM

    Well done coach! Fights only get your players injured and lose yardage. Watching Hard Knocks hearing Coach Smith say, “it’s okay if you hit another player when you are standing up for our guys. I’ll take that penalty” was one of the most ignorant things I’ve heard. 15 yard penalty and losing a player for a game or two IS NOT WORTH it. Arians is doing it right. You fight the entire team runs. At Jets camp earlier this week the two guys that fought sat in the middle and watched the rest of the team do push ups for them. That’ll teach em…I like it.

  6. GenXJay says: Aug 15, 2014 2:45 AM

    Bruce is an Angry Bird

  7. FinFan68 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:46 AM

    BRAVO!

  8. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 15, 2014 5:01 AM

    Love Bruce Arians. He can flat out coach. Im expecting the Cardinals to go 10-6 and make the playoffs this year.

  9. jimmysee says: Aug 15, 2014 6:20 AM

    Never forget who is the opponent and who is your teammate.

  10. exboomer says: Aug 15, 2014 7:43 AM

    Having your players waste practice time running sprints because you don’t like them to scuffle during practice is extremely counterproductive IMO. Arians needs to get a clue that these players are fighting for roster spots and tempers are going to flare.

  11. rcali says: Aug 15, 2014 11:01 AM

    Uh oh, making players run laps seems like hazing to me! I’ll wait for the NFLPA to file a complaint.

  12. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Aug 15, 2014 11:38 AM

    It reminds me of that scene from Mighty Ducks.

    “Again!”

  13. darksidecowboy says: Aug 15, 2014 4:21 PM

    Miracle – Best hockey movie….after Slapshot

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