TEMPE, Ariz. -- Take a look at the snap count for some of the Cardinals' rookies in Sunday's 25-21 win over the Detroit Lions.
Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu played 53 snaps, safety Tony Jefferson played 47, running back Andre Ellington played 18, receiver Kerry Taylor played 17 and receiver Jaron Brown played 13.
Can you imagine that happening under former coach Ken Whisenhunt, who had a seeming aversion to rookies?
Well, there was a good reason for Whisenhunt's hesitation. Before the new collective bargaining agreement went into effect, rookies were woefully unprepared to take on significant roles so early in their careers.
When asked if he would have considered playing his rookies so much under the old CBA, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians chuckled.
"No, not at all. It never worked before," he said. "Back four years ago, a rookie might get three reps in a spring practice or an OTA practice, and he'd screw up two of them. All you ever had to do was cuss him out because you never wanted...