In what I am sure will come as a disappointment to some fans out there judging by the comments I have seen in various places, coach Ken Whisenhunt defended wide receiver Jerheme Urban today when asked if Urban had followed up what everyone considered a very good training camp with the same level of play during the season.
“It is hard when you’re not getting a tremendous amount of reps or when you have the other receivers we have on this team,” Whisenhunt said. “It is easy to look at Jerheme after that weird play when it bounced up in the air and there was the interception. But he has done some good things for us. He brings us speed as far as stretching the field. I am pleased with the way Jerheme has worked for us.”
Urban did have the play in which the ball was blasted from his hands for an interception and Whisenhunt has acknowledged he hopes Urban can hang on to that ball. But it wasn’t a cut-and-dried play; ESPN’s Trent Dilfer broke down the Cards’ offensive issues and even that play in particular on Mike Sando’s blog:
“Take that pass to Urban that was intercepted. It’s a 7-8 combination with the 8 route (post) on the outside with a 7 (post-corner) on the inside. When you freeze that play right when Kurt threw the ball, the outside corner has carried the 8 route. Urban comes out of the 7 and to Jerheme’s eye and Kurt’s eye, the corner has run out of the play. When the ball is 2 or 3 yards downfield, the corner recognizes it late and makes an incredible play. Arizona does everything you ask them to do. Perfect combination, perfect route, perfectly thrown ball and the corner makes the play and the ball comes up and you know what? There was another guy there to catch it. You tell Jerheme to catch the ball, to brace for the hit. You tell Kurt to maybe put less air on it so the corner doesn’t get there. But when you throw the ball that much, those things are going to happen — tipped balls, deflected balls, defensive ends jumping out of cut blocks.”
In the end, the coaches feel like Urban gives something to the team that’s needed, in the locker room, on special teams (like his hit pictured below) and yes, as a receiver.
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