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first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Because to the Cardinals, the Saints represent the true beginning of whatcould be something special. The defense is playing with a swagger theyseem to have earned with the way they finished the 2011 season, and theoffense, while a work-in-progress, may have the pieces to be fairlyexplosive. It’s just tough to show it when you have to hold back against yourteammates. It’s a necessary evil.“When we compete we get the best out of each other,” Bridges said. “Wekind of get on each other’s nerves as you all can see.“It gets real chippy in this night practice.”No kidding. Whether it was offensive players being upset with some hits that may havebeen too hard or defensive players not being very appreciative of somesmack talk — much of it courtesy of Mr. Bridges himself — the night wasfilled with an intensity normally reserved for games.Fortunately the first one is right around the corner. – / 21 Flagstaff, Ariz. — To a man, the Arizona Cardinals all say they cannot waittoplay the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.And no, it has nothing to do with “Bounty Gate”. The Cardinals have been practicing for a week now, and at this point aresimply tired of seeing the same faces staring at them from across the lineof scrimmage.“I’m looking forward to Sunday and actually hitting someone in a differentcolor jersey,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. Added offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges: “We’ve been in camp four dayslonger than everybody else, so it’s getting to that point where I need to seeanother helmet.”But first the Cardinals had to square off against one another under thelights atLumberjack Stadium as part of the annual night practice. While most of the evening was a standard run-of-the-mill practice, theend is when things got fun.The night finished with the team battling it out at the goalline, a drill thatalways gets the players and fans fired up. When all was said and done the offense had scored a few touchdowns andthe defense made a few stops. Who won the drill? Depends on who you askand on which side of the ball they play. Or, maybe, the Cardinals won. Period.“That competition’s good for everybody,” QB Kevin Kolb said. “When youget down there on the goal line like that, one and two, everybody knowswhat it’s about.“It’s a power game, it’s man-to-man and here we go.”According to Arizona Sports 620’sRon Wolfley, the defense won the day and John Skelton the battle ofthe QBs. But as has been the case all of camp, everyone understands little will bereally be won on the practice fields of Northern Arizona University. Thegames are what matter — even when they really don’t — and that’s whateveryone is looking forward to. Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more