The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has denied Tom Brady’s request to overturn a four-game suspension stemming from his actions in Deflategate. Barring an unlikely or unforeseen string of events, Brady will almost certainly miss the first four games of the 2016 season, which is music to the ears of the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals host the Patriots on Sunday Night Football in Week 1 on Sept. 11. New England will almost certainly start Jimmy Garoppolo, who attempted just four passes as a rookie last season.
“Licking my chops,” Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “You get a rookie quarterback, pretty much, it’s always exciting when you get a guy like that for his first game because he’s going to be nervous. He’s probably going to be sitting there holding the ball a little longer or trying to get rid of it quick, throwing bad balls. As a vet, we definitely pride ourselves on welcoming (inexperienced quarterbacks) the right way.”
Cardinals running back David Johnson also commented on the show Wednesday on the Brady situation.
“My initial thought is team comes first. This is my second year and I have a lot of growing to do. I don’t really think too much on Tom Brady, especially since he plays offense. My biggest goal, my biggest focus, is definitely getting better personally with the playbook and being an NFL player. If we don’t play him, it’s not that big of a deal to me. We all got to come out and play and help win the game.”
While many NFL players believe Roger Goodell has too much authority as judge, jury and executioner, others feel that players found guilty of wrongdoing must pay the consequences. In other words, if you do the crime, you do the time.
“We’re trying to stick together and understand what the issues are around the NFL, but it’s a balance,” Campbell said. “You definitely understand (that) when things go wrong, there has to be discipline. You don’t want it to be too much (to) where one person can have all the power, but it’s just a process. There’s definitely some things we have to look for going into the next CBA that we have to address.”
The Cardinals have become one of the top teams in football over the last three years, going from 10 wins in 2013 to 11 wins in 2014 to 13 wins in 2015. Arizona advanced tot he NFC Championship last season, ultimately losing 49-15 to the Carolina Panthers.
Campbell believes the Cardinals have the talent to make another run at the Super Bowl this season – and if you don’t believe him, you can see it for yourself on “All or Nothing,” a documentary series that chronicled the Cardinals’ 2015 season.
“Our team is stacked with just top-quality guys, guys who just really love the game and approach it the right way,” Campbell said. “We’ll show you inside the locker room and outside the locker room, which is really good.”