Justin Pugh should be back on the field Saturday against the Vikings, and the guard touched on the plans for the potential offensive explosion the Cardinals could roll out as an answer to the not-so-good second preseason performance last week.
That's what the people want. (OK, maybe that won't happen.)
"It's for you guys," Pugh said to the assembled media scrum -- before quickly noting he was joking.
"But you bring in the first overall pick, everyone wants to see him do all these things," Pugh said. "We're going to have a big season. But you're right, you do want to see some positive things. It's always good to have good things happen and keep things rolling. But it's good to have some adversity. I love adversity, when things don't go our way, because we find out the character of the guys we have in the room."
Not surprisingly, the subject turned to the "pretty-boy football" Raiders safety LaMarcus Joyner noted during the game last week, and the harsh criticism of the offense by former coach-turned-ESPN analyst Rex Ryan. The outgoing Pugh worked with that, too.
"I don't mind the 'pretty boy,' " Pugh said with a grin. "We got some good-looking guys. What do you want from us?
"We're still going to go out there, we're going to be physical, we're going to do what we've got to do. We have to play hard-nosed football. We're running the same runs we've run everywhere in my career. I'm not really sure what some of these people are watching. It's still football."
Ryan, Pugh said, says things to grab people's attention. "He's on TV now. you have to say things to get people riled up. I get that." Joyner, as a defensive back, "I don't think he knows anything about offensive line play or what we're trying to accomplish. He came on one play and we didn't see him."
But the comments, Pugh said, are normal.
"That's something that is part of this league -- guys are going to talk," Pugh said. "If you don't have success, guys are going to keep talking, so we have to go out there and we have to shut them up."