The Arizona Cardinals were rocked Friday when linebacker Daryl Washington was suspended for at least one year. This time, we’re going to take a look at how key players reacted to this and give it a grade.
General manager Steve Keim said this in a team press release as posted by Eric Edholm on the Yahoo blog Shutdown Corner:
“It’s completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position. We all know what the consequences are and will deal with them. From a personal standpoint, our hope is that this suspension will give Daryl the opportunity to accept the necessary help and guidance to get his life back on track and we will certainly support him however we can.
“As it pertains to our team, our approach is the same as it’s always been: next man up. We talk a lot about how critical depth is to a team because situations always arise where you lose players, whether by injury or other circumstances such as this one. One player’s absence is another’s opportunity. That approach has served us well in the past and we will rely on it now.”
Head coach Bruce Arians isn’t going to talk about Washington again as he was quoted on arizonasports.com:
“We obviously hope that Daryl gets his life straightened out, but he also was very unaccountable to his teammates the organization, the fans and everybody else,” coach Bruce Arians said. “From this point forward, after today, I’ve already told the players, there will be no questions answered about Daryl Washington, he’s no longer with us.
The Cardinals chose to put Washington on the reserve-suspended list instead of having a knee-jerk reaction and cutting him loose. If they did, it would have cost them north of $7 million in dead money against the salary cap.
The organization handled this situation perfectly. They acted decisively, did what was best for the team and didn’t cave into emotion and make a poor decision.