Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Daryn Colledge rolls with job switch
Daryn Colledge has quick answers to most questions, and the Cardinals guard didn’t disappoint Monday when asked how difficult it is for him to move from the left side to the right.
“I should probably set myself up here and say it’s the hardest thing I could possibly ever do in my life and that nobody should be expected to do it,” he said.
Parts of transition are easier than others. Colledge is staying on the interior of the line, and he’s moved around before in his career. That helps.
But flipping sides does require altering his stance, his footwork and leading with a different arm when blocking.
“I’m learning this offense brand new this year, so it wasn’t like I’ve got to undo the old offense,” he said. “For me, the mental part will be easiest. The physical switch is more difficult. There are certain things you do just out of instinct when you play one side long enough.”
Colledge is smart enough to know that the most important thing is he still has a job, one that will pay him $5 million this year ($3.8 million salary, $1 million roster bonus, $200,000 workout bonus).
The Cardinals spent the off-season releasing high-priced veterans, including their former right guard, Adam Snyder. They also drafted a guard, Jonathan Cooper, in the first round.
Colledge answered the question of whether there was a conversation with coaches about moving sides.
“Yeah, it was a conversation,” he said. “It went kind of like, ‘Hey, Daryn, you’ve got to play the right side. The new rookie coming in is playing left.’ It was a long, thought-out process between me and the coaches.”
“They pay my salary,” Colledge said. “It’s one of those things where you do what you’re asked to do. That’s part of being a team.”
Colledge is 31 and entering his eighth season, so he knows how things work. A stubborn veteran quickly can become an unemployed one, especially on a team reconstructing a roster.
“If you’re a smart player, you’re concerned every single season,” he said, when asked about his job security. “I’m definitely at a point in my salary and my career where they are expecting me to play at certain level.
“I need to play well and I need to play well at a new position if I want to be around.”
Colledge also will play some center in camp, coach Bruce Arians said, and Colledge’s ability to play guard, center and maybe even some tackle adds to his value.
“He stepped up last year,” Arians said. “He’s a good leader. He’s a hard worker. I don’t know what else you can ask of him, other than be able to play three spots.”