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Budda Baker says Lack of Preparation in Training Camp Hurt the Cardinals Season

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After the Sunday Pro Bowl flag football game, Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker talked to reports about the lack of preparation in training camp. 

“It started with the beginning of the season in training camp when we had a lot of injuries,” Baker said. “We didn’t really have a lot of players practicing and doing a lot during training camp. Which then, of course, led to that kind of a (expletive)-show Week 1 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.”

The Chiefs beat the Cardinals 44-21 in week one, going into the fourth quarter the Cardinals had trailed 37-7.

“I definitely felt like we were on the right path,” Baker said, via Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “You know in training camp it was definitely startling to not see a lot of the starters practicing and stuff like that. Cause I knew, you know especially with the preseason games none of us played in the preseason, it’s kinda just going through training camp, which was not a lot of people, and then we get to Week 1, it showed who was prepared. I don’t think we were as prepared in the beginning of when it all started than what we could’ve been.”

Arizona finished the season 4-13 and fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury at the end of the season. Since then, the Cardinals have hired general manager Monti Ossenfort and are in the process of hiring a new coach. It is reportedly down to three candidates, Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Brian Flores, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, and New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka.

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