Logan Thomas’ confidence soaring with Seahawks and SNF looming

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians had two quarterbacks to choose from when deciding who would be the starter against the world champion Seattle Seahawks this Sunday night.

Arians decided to go with Ryan Lindley over Logan Thomas. Arians felt the level of experience that Lindley holds over Thomas was the deciding factor.

“Yes, and the fact that I think he’s a little bit more ready right now, having been back in the system for a while,” Arians said. “I think Logan [Thomas], like I said earlier – Logan’s going to be a great player. Sometimes you can put guys in positions to fail. I want him to succeed when he plays. He didn’t have that opportunity in Denver, although he did some good things. I think Ryan gives us a great opportunity to win.”

“Again, like I said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Logan is out there playing, also,” Arians said.

Thomas was warming up on the sidelines last Thursday in St. Louis, Mo., immediately after quarterback Drew Stanton went down against the Rams. Thomas just knew that it was his time to get back out on the field and lead his team to victory. Alas, that didn’t happen, as Arians decided to lean in Lindley’s direction. Naturally, Thomas was disappointed, but he knew it was business never personal with Arians’ decision.

“At that time, he [Arians] didn’t say anything about it, he just said, ‘We’re gonna go with Ryan [Lindley], and it’s nothing that you’ve done,’” Thomas said. “I couldn’t get mad at it, I couldn’t get upset at it, I just had to roll with the punches, whatever it may be. I’ve always told these guys, ‘I’m a team player, and whatever happens, happens.’”

“Obviously, I would’ve loved to [have] had that opportunity, but [I] also understand at the same time,” Thomas said.

One of the things Arians and his coaching staff does for their players is try their best to put them in positions to succeed, and not to fail. Now, there’s time when their best intentions go awry. That’s just the nature of the beast that is the NFL. But Arians and his staff never just throw their players to the wolves and make them fend for themselves.

Thomas is a perfect example of this. Thomas had to play against the Broncos when Drew Stanton went out with a concussion. Carson Palmer couldn’t help him because he was injured himself. Thomas did the best he could with the situation he was put into. Against the Rams, Arians had the luxury of putting Lindley in, a guy with a big more seasoning.

Arians talked about drawing up some packages for Thomas to run against Seattle. Those packages would utilize everything Thomas has to offer.

“I would say his whole skill set,” Arians said. “He’s got a great arm. He’s also mobile, so yeah, there are some things without giving away game plan. I like his skill set.”

Palmer has stayed around the team like he promised he would, even after his surgery. Thomas continues to get tidbits from him, which is helping him elevate his game.

“Yeah, Carson’s been around, he’s always got a hand in things,” Thomas said. “I’m just thankful for a guy like that. I’m just thankful for the situation I was put in. [I’m] around a lot of good, good people.”

Never in his wildest dreams would Thomas think he’d be playing in Week 16 – the biggest game of the season – against the Seahawks, with so much on the line, yet here he is with Arians depending on him to deliver alongside Lindley.

“It means a lot, he’s [Arians] showing some confidence in me. I seem to be a pretty confident person myself,” Thomas said. “I’m thankful that I have this opportunity. [My] teammates are going to be counting on me to pull my weight and I have to do so.”






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