FLAGSTAFF, AZ - AUGUST 04: Guard Daryn Colledge #71 of the Arizona Cardinals practices during the team training camp at Northern Arizona University on August 4, 2011 in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
After talking to Daryn Colledge after practice yesterday afternoon, I have become fully convinced that he will be an NFL coach one day. The guy is simply good with his words and knows how to motivate his team through what he says.
But on Tuesday, his frustration showed through a little bit. He does not seem content with the way the Cardinals have played so far this offseason and knows that they still need to improve.
See a bit of what he had to say as well as my reaction after the jump.
"Coach [Ken Whisenhunt] expects us to be perfect and we expect the same out of ourselves," Colledge said of the starters probably having to play a lot against the Raiders this Friday. "I don't think anybody wants to walk off the field knowing that we didn't get our jobs done. We're committed to getting this thing right. There's certain things that need to get done before you can move on to the next game."
At that point, it was already obvious that Colledge isn't happy with his team's performance up to this point. He isn't arguing with Coach Whisenhunt because he knows he's right. But it doesn't just come down to the quarterback position, as most would assume. Colledge noted that it's not just one unit, but the team as a whole.
"It's everybody's problem. The receivers have got to run better routes, the offensive line has to block better, the running backs have to block better, it's not just on the quarterbacks. It's a competition that everybody wants to see come to an end because, even for those guys, they want to know who the starter is going to be. They want to get into a rhythm with the offensive line and their receivers. It's one of those things that if we're not all doing our job perfect, it gives them no opportunity to show what they can get done."
Once again, Colledge is right on the money. It really isn't just one group of players that are failing. Football is a team sport and if one group or even one person doesn't execute their assignment perfectly, the whole team will falter. Colledge noted that they just have to work out all of the kinks and with that, they will become a better football team.
"We have to have a better preseason than what we're having right now to clear anything up."