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Beanie, Cards get back to work

Posted by Darren Urban on September 22, 2010 – 2:07 pm

The Cards got back to work for the first practice of the week and running back Beanie Wells (knee) was out there and on schedule to return against the Raiders. “It was terrible (sitting out),” Wells said. “I wanted to be out there with the guys. Seeing Tim last week (with 115 yards rushing) gave me extra motivation.”

The Cards should be fairly healthy. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald won’t call himself 100 percent but is feeling much better. Wide receiver Steve Breaston was limited after banging his knee in the game, but it was precautionary and he will be ready Sunday.

Otherwise, a quiet workout — about what you’d expect as a team settles into the grind of the season. The main news comes from the other team, where reports have the Raiders going with Bruce Gradkowski over Jason Campbell as quarterback.


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51 Responses to “Beanie, Cards get back to work”

  1. By Tyrelle on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Is this defense going to rebound?

  2. By NorCalBigRedFan on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Yes yes yes he’s back, NOW I believe were gonna bang the Raiders by atleast 17.

  3. By CZarr on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    The rumor-mill is starting up again. Any idea if the Cards are one of the teams talking to the Eagles about Kolb?

  4. By Zapp on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    I know you probably can’t comment on this but its worth a try. Their have been several teams interested in trading for Kevin Kolb. Do you know or think the Cardinals have interest in trading for him. I know the Whisenhunt does not like giving up draft picks so it is a long shot but Derek Anderson is only a 1-2 season fill-in,if the WHOLE team does not improve thier play.

  5. By NEAH.... on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Its to hear beanie back in the line up.

  6. By Thomas77 on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    CZarr,

    Funny, I was thinking the same thing. Although, I hadn’t heard any rumors yet, though….

  7. By Nick Pepe on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Great news about Beanie. I think we have a very formidable 1-2 punch there at RB. Sorry for ranting about Vick, and I thank you for backing up the facts for me! It is a very sensitive issue and something that I take very seriously. I battle the battle every day, and it is an uphill one to say the least.
    I would like to see Beanie in a couple pass routes. It seemed last year that if Beanie was in, you knew it was a run. That could be a misconception on my part, but I thought we were tipping our hand when he was in the game. I suppose if he has not practiced, you can not comment on his picking up of the blitz progessing. Anything you can add on that?
    Thank you,
    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member

  8. By Boondock on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    CZarr and Zapp,

    I threw out the question of pursuing Kolb in the Schofield blog…here was Urb’s response:

    “Boondock –
    RE: Kolb
    I am speechless.
    (The Eagles won’t be trading Kolb right now. No way. Vick is an FA, and Reid said Kolb still can be a “franchise” QB.)”

    So there you have it…if Vick plays like this until October I could see the Eagles trading Kolb for some picks and then re-signing Vick. At that point in time I am afraid that the value of our 1st round pick will be too high haha.

    Here’s hoping DA can get it done and shut all of us up!

  9. By ROMPIN SHOP KARTEL SPICE (youtube) on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    I’m glad Beanie is back but I’m pulling for the defense hard, Bill Davis you have to take the handcuffs off man!

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Nick –

    RE: Beanie progress

    I think, as I wrote yesterday, it may be hard for Beanie to be stuck right back in a lot with such little prep the last month.

  11. By Nick Pepe on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Would rather have Kolb than Vick (I’d rather have Ryan Leaf than Vick) but Kolb is unproven, looked very shaky in his half against Green Bay and played his college ball at Houston….which produced a number of first round QB’s that have fallen flat on their face when they got to the NFL

  12. By CZarr on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Boondock,

    “Here’s hoping DA can get it done and shut all of us up!”

    I second that.

  13. By ross on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    With beanie back do you see a shift in philosophy coming on offense, ie THT and BW touching the ball way more often?
    Those guys can carry the team and feed off each other.

  14. By Darren Urban on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Ross –

    RE: Offense shift

    Nothing will happen until Beanie is fully healthy. Until then, they have to be sure he is OK.

  15. By Scott H on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    So far, we’ve barely escaped the Rams and got hammered by a pretty good Falcons team. This defense better start showing up. NOW. No more of this “it’s early in the season” or “they’re still coming together” crap. Either you can play or you can’t. Put up or shut up, plain and simple. I don’t just want a win against the Raiders – I want an explosion. Anything less will just perpetuate the feeling that there’s not much point in having hope for this team. The Raiders are a bad team. Period. We’re supposed to be a good team. Another near miss will be very un-satisfying. A LOSS will be tragic. We’re two weeks in and I’m still waiting for this team to show up. LET’S GO, GUYS – lay some hits, score some damn points, and get a win with some exclamation points on it.

  16. By wheres 9-0? on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    is 9-0 gonna show up?

  17. By Ross on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    another question.

    Somers most recent blog has this quote from Beanie, “I think this offense can go through me, definitely.”

    Does he come off as a little entitled or arrogant? Or am I just reading into it? I mean, he isn’t even able to beat out Tim for the starting job.

    Do the coaches share his enthusiasm for himself?

  18. By Yoshi on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, How bad are you just praying that AZ wins this game for the sole fact that this fan base will step out of crisis mode? I sincerely hope you are paid very well for doing what you do. If not then you deserve a raise. You do the best job of pacifying this fan base, while also driving home reality I just can’t imagine anyone doing it better. Thank you, I love this site.

  19. By Darren Urban on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Ross –

    RE: Beanie

    I heard Beanie say that and put it in my notes too. I don’t think anyone around here takes it the wrong way.

  20. By Darren Urban on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Yoshi –

    RE: Fans in crisis

    That’s what happens in this league week to week. If you go look at the Vikings/Cowboys/Giants boards right now, I’d guess you’re seeing a lot of the same things.

  21. By SeeingRed on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s hoping Beanie takes some shots (nothing too serious) this week so that he doesn’t have a fumbling bonanza due to all the time off..then we will be hearing the excuse of being rusty etc

  22. By wayne on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    I just read the “DOWN TO THIRD” article and it talks about what we all should know by watching this team play the first two weeks, we can’t convert on 3rd down. I’m not to concerned with that yet, but I am really concerned with our 3rd down DEFENSE or lack of, half of the 3rd down picked up against the defense have been 8 yards or more including some at over 15 yards, which is one of the reasons we are losing time of posession. We need to correct this fast. What is the problem? I noticed are CORNERS are playing to far back. I thought COACH WHIZ wanted to be a physical team.

    Thanks,
    Wayne WE NEED A WIN BAD THIS WEEK!!

  23. By Paul on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    I still think that Anderson is another repeat of Lineheart and the Wizz still has a wait and see attitude like he did with Lineheart. How many losses are we going to get before he gives Max a try, you have to try him in order to find out what he has. There are other rookies that have started and done well, but you don’t know what you got until you try. If we keep this wait and see attitude to long with Anderson were going to end up looking like the Bucs last year .

  24. By BLOOD RED on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Everybody will be back on the wagon next week talkin playoffs when we are 2-1 and the leading the division!

  25. By Darren Urban on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Wayne –

    RE: Cornerback play

    The Cards decided after the SUPER BOWL season that defensively, it would be BETTER to keep plays in front of them and not get BURNED deep as much as they did in 2008. That’s a big reason the scheme is HOW it is.

  26. By Darren Urban on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Paul –

    RE: Waiting for Anderson

    Well, if your threshold is just one loss, you’re setting a bar that’s impossible to reach.

  27. By cactus jeff on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Darren

    How do you think Warner would do without Q, without Beanie, 1/2 Fitz and poor field position provided by a defense without Dansby?

  28. By RandallCunninghamStandsUp on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Since the fans seem to have a love affair with trading for Philly QBs like baseball cards, how about Mike Kafka, third stringer? The Eagles need a punt returner(Hyphen’s available) and we need a quality 2 behind Anderson, who’s bound to have a 9 interception game any day now.
    And true fans know that the only reason The Hoff was voted off DWTS before Warner was because the Niners paid ABC so Kurt couldn’t come back in time for this weeks game.

  29. By Ben on Sep 22, 2010 | Reply

    Hey D,

    Don’t you find it odd that when coach Whis put in DA over ML and the question was asked:

    What are you looking to see?

    Coach responded:

    First downs (in kind of a smart ass kinda way)

    Well 0-8 on third down, I wonder what coach is going to switch up now??? Has he “seen” enough??

  30. By john on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    I cannot for the life of me figure out what people are thinking when they start talking about the defense playing bad or is 9-0 going to show up. This game, especially true of the Cardinals, is a game of momentum and motivation as much as ability and talent. Is anyone surprised the defense isn’t 100% with this QB situation and barely any offensive game? I’m not at all surprised in fact I expect it.

  31. By Jeff Gollin on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    The trading deadline is past, so forget about Kolb (whom i’ve always felt was overrated anyway).

    I’m afraid that, unless/until we see Cardinal defensive players hitting opposing ballcarriers square-up & below the waist, we will be in for a long season.

  32. By tRiGiDy22 on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, is it true the Cards get extra 3rd round picks this year?? For the loss of Dansby? an Rolle? because they were freeagent an walked?? An does it apply to the players that Retired? Maybe a 5th or 6th rd?? how does that work? Thanks

  33. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Cactus –

    RE: Warner

    I am guessing that was a rhetorical question.

  34. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Jeff –

    RE: Trade deadline

    The deadline has not passed. It isn’t until mid-October. But again, everything I know says there is no way the Eagles trade either of their QBs.

  35. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Trigidy –

    RE: Comp picks

    We don’t know what will happen until after the season. They only get picks for true free agents whose contracts expired. So Warner doesn’t not factor in, nor does Rolle (who was released and not a true free agent).

  36. By Thomas77 on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    RE: Yoshi’s comment.

    You know, doing your type of job for football is prolly far more demanding (and frustrating) than for other sports. Largely because of how it’s event driven with only 16 games in the year; one game per week. So that one game, win or lose, totally sets the mood for analysts/fans for the entire week – whether positive or negative. When we lose, you get a ton of folks calling for DA’s head, or a revamp of the defense, or going back and stating how Whiz should have really handled his players or personnell during the off-season, or whatever! Alot of people seem ready to jump out the window.

    After the first game, everyone was wow’d by our defense. Now we’ve got people saying we miss Dansby, or that the defense lacks leadership, or whatever. Granted, this past week they did seem to lack leadership, and they do need to stop taking games off, but I still think our defense is stronger this year than last year.

    And let’s be honest guy’s, everyone knows DA is no Kurt Warner, but we didn’t lose on Sunday because of DA. We need to step back from the panic button. Blame can be placed on several shoulders in regards to our passing game, not the least of which is our offensive line. But I saw Williams miss a few routes and drop a threaded pass or two. I’m not saying DA is gonna be a star, but I do think he can help get us to the playoffs. He just needs a bit more time in the backfield, and behind center.

    One observation I want to make is…when Fitz, Boldin, or Doucet were out because of an injury, I heard Whiz and other players talking about how tough these guy’s were and that they are itching to get back into practice and the games. However, when it came to Beanie’s recent injury, and correct me if I’m wrong, I didn’t hear those words come out of any other mouth other than Beanie’s. Kinda interesting….

  37. By Ross on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    In your opinion, does the front office view hightower as a placeholder for beanie, or is he in the long term plans of the team?

  38. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Thomas77 –

    RE: Beanie

    I think there’s a chance we will find out down the road Beanie’s injury was worse than first portrayed. I don’t see Beanie being like that.

  39. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Ross –

    RE: Hightower

    I definitely think they’d like to have Time around long-term. That may not mean staying ahead of Beanie on the depth chart, but definitely having a role.

  40. By Thomas77 on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    RE: Beanie

    I know, based on my recent comments, it may not seem that I like Beanie. The truth is, I’m a big fan of his. I’ve been waiting for him to bust out and take over as the primary back. I love how he runs the ball. I’ve been “selling” him to friends, family, and coworkers who thought that he was soft. But the recent “injuries”, with no serious diagnosis but still resulted in alot of missed practice and game time, sorta put a crimp in that. Now, I know the team doesn’t owe us an explanation or an official diagnosis. It’s not like they’re public officials that we’ve elected! It’s just that they usually do fill us in. They were quick to pin point Larry’s knee sprain, and Doucet’s groin injury requiring surgery, just to name a few. These were all serious enough to prevent these guy’s from practicing/playing for weeks, and they had a solid diagnosis on it. I’m not saying Beanie doesn’t want to play or practice, I’m just starting to wonder if Beanie is one of those guy’s that doesn’t like pain and will only play when he’s near 100%….

  41. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Thomas77 –

    RE: Injuries

    Fitz’s injury happened in the preseason and he was coming back for the regular season. Doucet was having surgery. Beanie falls in a gray area. If the other team has to worry he might play, then so be it. I think you’ve hit it on the head — technically, the team owes no explanation to the fans.

  42. By tRiGiDy22 on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Darren time to extend your contract! Get you some of that 9-0 Money! LOL Whats your life span in the NFL? Hope your The AL Mccoy of the Cards! Great Work! How are your fingers? Get them insured asap. An I hope your not the camera man on the Coach Wiz press conference Video? An if your going to have a hip-pack Phone Case That can hold your Laptop LOL get a Cards one!! Thanks

  43. By Scharf on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Alright.

    I’m sick and tired of all the fans tearing up their own team. STOP! Remember, Coach Whiz is the same head coach that provided us a Superbowl Year, a playoff run last year, and consecutive NFC West Divisional Titles. Now that’s A LOT considering we haven’t really been anywhere in forever. For all the true fans, you will all know that we are NEVER good on 3rd down defense, we never have been. Our D has made many stops however, remember last year holding off the Texans at the 1 yard line?, or how about knocking off the Giants and Vikings last year? Our D is capable, and I love our D. Also, the whole lets put in Max Hall, HAS TO STOP. Max Hall is a rookie, and being a rookie he needs to sit out this year, especially because we brought in DA, lets give DA a chance. Look at everything but DA and tell me if it’s just on him. I want you all to look at every aspect of the game instead of what DA is doing.

    I say let DA do his thing!

  44. By BLOOD RED on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    Do you see DA as being an unselfish guy that will share the small things with Hall and Skelton like Warner did?Man sure would have been nice to have had 1 year of our young guns behind Warner.I don’t think you can replace being around a man/player like him,and the way he handled himself on and off the field.(I know it didn’t work with Matt but i see these two guys as having more of an open mind)I think Matt had very hard feelings and thought he was too good.Thank you for all the good info!

  45. By BC on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Paul
    What are you talking about? You think that Anderson is “another repeat of Lineheart”? First, who is Lineheart? I will assume your talking about Matt Leinart. Anderson and Leinart are two very different QB’s. If you think Anderson is a “repeat” because he too, sucks like “Lineheart”, then you may be right. However, the similarities stop there between the two. Anderson is 1-1 at this point and Hall is an UDFA rookie. I can’t be sure, but there has probably never been an UDFA QB lead a team to the playoffs while starting more than 50% of a teams games. Hold your horses there sport
    There should be a real on this site that if you can’t spell the players names right, then you shouldn’t be able to give your opinion…Lineheart? Wizz?

  46. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Blood –

    RE: DA/young players

    I do think Derek would help, yes. I don’t know if he is the technician Kurt was, but I see him as a good teammate.

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