By Leo Haggerty

After the first couple of practices in full gear, there’s one statement that I can make without reservation.  That is that the defense is ahead of the offense at this point in camp.

I asked HC Bruce Arians if this was a situation that was disconcerting to him.  Check out his answer below.

Also, please bear with me in regard to other interviews with players and coaches.  I know this will sound like blasphemy to some readers but I started school Monday.  Yes, that’s right, I reported for duty on Monday, July 29th and the specific player interviews are at 11 am.

For a kid from Jersey, that just ain’t right?  August is shore time at LBI or Ocean City or Wildwood or Sea Isle or all of the above.

So that’s the bad news.  The good news is that some of the weekday practices are late and the ones on the weekends are no problem.

Below are HC Arians answers to my specific queries.  Again, don’t expect a dissertation.  They will will be short and to the point.

LH : Has third-and-two and fourth-and-two become passing downs in the modern NFL?

BA : Not really.  When you look at the really good teams, that down and distance is pretty balanced on their sheet.

LH : Have you ever had this amount of size at the tight end position?

BA : I’ve had size between Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth, but not the overall. Heath Miller is one of the best I’ve ever seen. But, this is a good, solid tight end group.

LH : This early in training camp, is the offense or defense typically ahead of the other unit?

BA : Yeah, when you put the pads on it’s usually the defense. The passing game sometimes, but usually it’s the defense. I thought today the offense bounced back really, really well. There were a lot of really good plays out there.

Again, another great job by photo-journalists Trace Crisp along with Jeffrey Neal Fox.  Enjoy.