The message coming from Ken Whisenhunt a day after the loss to Atlanta is even-keeled, so if you’re looking for the fire-and-brimstone attack, ain’t happening.
– There were no significant injuries in the game, he said, at least none that will cause any missed time.
– On RB Beanie Wells playing this week: “I can’t say I am confident he will play. I am certainly optimistic he will play, but he has to show me in practice this week.” Wells has done very little football-wise since hurting his knee in the preseason finale Sept. 2.
– Whisenhunt still thinks QB Derek Anderson is improving. And he insists the problems in the passing game are not even close to being only the fault of the quarterback. He pointed out the missed seam throw to TE Ben Patrick came when Anderson had a pass rusher around his legs.
– He said rookie NT Dan Williams had a couple alignment errors but that he is pleased with Williams thus far.
– It was Kenny Iwebema on the hold on the Hyphen’s KOR for a touchdown. It was away from the play and probably didn’t impact the runback, Whisenhunt said, but that it was clearly a hold and a good call.
– Using Steve Breaston as a punt returner was a decision based on the matchup. Falcons punter Michael Koenen is famous for high hang time with little return yardage, so Whisenhunt simply wanted someone who could safely catch the ball in the dome since there wouldn’t be much chance for returns. It’ll be interesting to see who is back there for the Raiders’ game, since Oakland just has the best punter in the league — Shane Lechler.
– Larry Fitzgerald “looked strong,” a very good sign as Fitz comes back from the knee injury. Fitzgerald obviously looked better than Week One.
– As for the 0-for-8 on third downs, “on every one I could point to someone different,” Whisenhunt said. For example, there was a pass to an open Hyphen but Hyphen didn’t get his head around fast enough and the ball bounced off him.
I’ll have more in a story in a bit.
Tags: Beanie Wells, Ben Patrick, Derek Anderson, Ken Whisenhunt, Kenny Iwebema, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston
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