Rumors had been floating around that the San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals were going to engage in joint practices this summer, and as Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday night, those rumors are now confirmed.
The Chargers will hold intersquad practices for the first time under coach Mike McCoy and the first time since training camp in 2012. Though the exact dates have yet to be determined, the two sides have agreed on the practices.
When talking about the idea of practicing against another team, McCoy seemed to like the idea.
“It’s not only us, it’s the other opponent also, the travel schedule, how is your schedule. There’s a number of things that go into it. You get to see your players play against a different scheme, against different players. You get into that training camp mode of going against the same guy every day, so you change it up. The tempo is going to pick up. It’s going to be that Week 2 of the Arizona game, so it’s going to happen faster. It’s a great time to evaluate your players playing against other guys.”
After the two teams hold practices together, they will square off in a preseason game. That should make that week of camp much more exciting than it usually is.
McCoy and Arizona head coach Bruce Arians would have been key in setting these practices up, meaning both coaches can see he benefits of going against other players and being in new situations in camp.
So get ready to see the likes of Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, along with all the other Cardinals players, at San Diego’s practice facility this August.