By: Ed Cole
TEMPE, Ariz. – Throughout the course of last season, the Arizona Cardinals’ Tempe facility underwent a facelift. Team president Michael Bidwill opened up his checkbook and spent a sizable amount of money to upgrade the weight room, cafeteria and locker room for his players.
The players have had a couple days to break-in all their new equipment since the strength and conditioning phase of offseason workouts began on Monday. There’s still work to be done in the locker room, and with the new equipment, but in gauging the thoughts of some of the players and staff, it was quite apparent that they love their new digs.
“It’s gorgeous. Getting a chance to get back in here and get back to work has been exciting in and of itself, but to be able to utilize this kind of facility and have that kind of cafeteria and waiting on the locker room to get finished, we’re excited about that. To be able to get to work is exciting.” – Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton
“It’s pretty cool. Obviously it cost a lot of money, but I think we put in the work the last couple of years, [so] I think we deserve it. I think it says a lot about our organization. I think most people think that we don’t spend a lot of money, so I think this is a sign that we actually do put money toward our football program.” – Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu
“It looks nice. Definitely a lot different than what I’m used to. I’m still trying to find my way around, but it looks nice.” Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell
“It really opens up, it allows us to accommodate a lot more guys, do a lot more things, more than what we were capable of doing last year. We’re getting more work done in a shorter amount of time. Everything is painted white. The new equipment that I’ve purchased is red. There’s a reason for that: from a subliminal standpoint, red is aggression, white is passive. Do you want a passive football team or do you want an aggressive football team? We want our guys to be very aggressive, so all the equipment will be painted red to take into that account.” – Cardinals strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris