TEMPE, Ariz. — Of the Arizona Cardinals’ 90 offensive plays in Sunday’s 6-6 tie with the Seattle Seahawks, running back David Johnson had his hands (and feet) in just about every other one.
The second-year running back touched the ball 41 times — 33 carries and eight receptions. He alone accounted for 45.6 percent of the Cardinals’ plays. Johnson ran for 113 yards — his third straight 100-yard rushing game — and finished with 171 yards from scrimmage, which gives him more than 100 yards from scrimmage in every game this season.
But coach Bruce Arians thought Johnson could’ve done more Sunday night.
“He should have had about 45 (touches) had he run better routes,” Arians said. “He’s still struggling running some routes that he runs extremely well in practice. In games, he runs a little bit too quick or he makes poor decisions.
“But when you have 95 plays, he’s going to touch it on most of them.”
That’s been the case all season.
The Cardinals’ offensive game plan has been easy to decipher this season: Give the ball to Johnson. And when he doesn’t get the ball, give it to him on the next play.
But when Quin gets involved with a company, the benefit is typically more than just his investment dollars. Quin is big on giving his companies exposure. A peek in his locker, where Health Warrior bars are often prominently placed, is an example. The conversations between Quin and the entrepreneurs he works with also provide insight and advice, for Quin and for the companies.
“The conversations are just fun,” Manish Shah, the co-founder of PeerWell, said in an email. “He shares how he thinks about decisions and how he is preparing for the season. I like to hear about how others prepare as it informs my own approach to preparing, whether for a conference I’m speaking at, an investor I’m pitching or a hospital we are working a contract with.
“I think Glover is taking his on-the-field thinking and applying it to what he does off the field. Like anticipating how a market will develop, it’s very similar to how a play develops on the field. It may not happen as fast, but having the skill set to see it happening in real-time is valuable.”
As much as Quin identifies with football — he emphasizes he’s a football player first — he wants to be viewed as more than that. He knows the average person looks at an NFL player and doesn’t immediately think intelligence.
At this point, it’s no secret that Johnson will get the ball early and often during games, but teams still struggle to contain him.
Johnson is second in the NFL in rushing with 681 yards, just 22 behind leader Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, and second in receiving among running backs with 323 yards — seven behind Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman.