The Cardinals practice inside ASU's Dickey Dome Tuesday.
“I’m a Bruin for life, but I am so happy to be near Arizona State right now,” the veteran safety said.
The Cardinals spent the first of what will be many practice days in another part of Tempe Tuesday, at ASU’s practice bubble – the Dickey Dome. With temperatures still hot, coach Ken Whisenhunt decided to move his team for the next few weeks – for a couple of practices a week – inside.
“It was something I really underestimated the need for,” Whisenhunt said. “Obviously this is a little bit of a dry run to see how it works out for us, and a great opportunity to see how our team responds to this.”
Whisenhunt said the organization will evaluate the benefits of the bubble and will then have discussions over the feasibility of putting up its own practice bubble at the Tempe facility.
Whisenhunt said practicing in the heat always takes a toll.
“The real test will be in season,” Whisenhunt said, thanking the ASU braintrust that allowed the Cardinals access. “I am excited to see how much that will help us, especially earlier in the season.”
Logistically, it isn’t perfect, thanks to the 20-minute bus rides back and forth. That, in fact, is what made receiver
“I’ll practice in the heat any day,” wide receiver Steve Breaston said. “That bus ride and then coming back and lifting … To me it hasn’t been that bad outside. I don’t know.”
Most players, though, were happy to avoid the heat. Ware said he normally would have shed five or six pounds during an August practice outside.
“That bubble,” Ware said, “was awesome.”
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“We had communicated before about where we were, but obviously we had to talk a little bit more,” Whisenhunt said.
“I feel like we have been consistent in the years I have been here with our communication with players. I am comfortable with the way we have done that. Obviously there must have been some breakdown because he didn’t hear what he wanted, but hopefully we got that cleared up.”
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