Bruce Arians has criticized Carson Palmer before. It’s just not necessarily out in front of everyone.
“He’s rough on everybody in private if you’re not doing what you’re supposed to do or you’re not working as hard as you should be,” the Cardinals’ quarterback said Wednesday. “He lets you know. He doesn’t have to do it very often.”
Arians reiterated the need for faster starts in games for his team, and that would seem to be most important for the coach’s offense. It would also be important for Palmer, who hasn’t looked sharp early in games since a game-opening touchdown drive in New Orleans in Week 3.
Palmer’s struggles have led many fans to call for a quarterback change to backup
Arians did talk about the trust he has in Stanton knowing the system and his readiness if called upon, pointing out Stanton got 10 to 15 reps in the offense during Monday’s practice.
“He doesn’t need a lot of reps,” Arians said.
Regardless, Palmer is going to be the quarterback barring injury. Arians has made that clear multiple times, and continues to defend Palmer when asked.
“That’s who Bruce is,” Palmer said. “He’s going to fight for his guys. He’s going to fight for his locker room. You show fight for him and he’ll show it back for you. I think that’s who he’s been probably his whole career.”
FALCONS FACING ABRAHAM
Linebacker John Abraham said facing his former team of seven years Sunday wasn’t a big deal to him, but the Falcons – who cut Abraham and his big salary in March, replacing him with Osi Umenyiora -- haven’t forgotten about him.
“John is a very gifted athlete, a very explosive pass rusher off the edge,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He’s playing a lot of snaps and he’s doing a very good job. We know John well. He knows our guys. We look forward to going out and competing against him. I know he does the same.”
Abraham has been in good spirits all week, although he is trying to downplay the matchup.
“We need this win. Period,” Abraham said. “It’ll be good to see my (former) teammates, but I’ve got a job and I’ve got to do my job.”
WATFORD IN ACCIDENT, MENDENHALL SITS
Arians said guard
The Cards also had a handful of limited players: wide receiver
For the Falcons, running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) was limited in practice and while Smith said didn’t commit to a return Sunday, reports are that Jackson wants to play. Wide receiver Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) did not practice Wednesday and the decision to play him will be made later in the week, Smith said.
Running back Jason Snelling (ankle) and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (thigh) also sat out for Atlanta. Besides Jackson, cornerback Robert Alford (ankle), tackle Sam Baker (knee), tight end Chase Coffman (knee), linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (shoulder) were limited.
ADDING TEDDY WILLIAMS ON TEAMS
Arians said the addition of wide receiver
“You can’t turn down that kind of speed,” Arians said, noting that Williams can play across from Pro Bowl-worthy gunner