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Beanie Wells named starting RB

Posted by Darren Urban on October 29, 2010 – 2:41 pm

Earlier in the week, coach Ken Whisenhunt said he wasn’t making any announcements about his running back depth chart. That changed Friday, when he announced — not surprisingly — that Beanie Wells will get his first start Sunday against Tampa Bay, replacing Tim Hightower.

Whisenhunt declined to detail the reasons why, but after Hightower lost his third crucial fumble of the season in Seattle last week, Whisenhunt had said Hightower’s playing time could be curtailed.

“Tim is still going to get carries and be involved in all aspects of the offense,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s not going to just be a third-down back. … But (Beanie starting) is the way we’re going to go.”

Beanie was already getting most of the carries, but with the struggles of rookie quarterback Max Hall, it is assumed the Cards will be leaning heavier on the running game. Wells has made no secret of his desire to get a heavy workload in games.

Beanie’s ascension to the  starting job has been long anticipated since he was made the Cards’ No. 1 draft pick in 2009. But he couldn’t get past Hightower, who still supplies the Cards with solid ability catching the ball and pass blocking (and has averaged 5.7 yards a carry this season as well).


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38 Responses to “Beanie Wells named starting RB”

  1. By bryan on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    1.5 years over do…but glad coach whis came to his senses.Hopefully Beanie holds on to his BEAN!!

  2. By Nick Pepe on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    I think we are spoiled at RB, it just hasn’t been dominant. Some of that is due to having abandoned running game in the blow outs, some of it is due to untimely plays, and some of it is do with not picking up a 3rd down to continue a drive. While the perception may be that we are not a very good running team. I think we can be and if this switch is the ice breaker than so be it.

  3. By Michael on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Interesting move, change for the sake of change is not always good. Tim is not the reason our offense is sputtering, like you mentioned he is averaging 5.7 yards a carry. Hall needs to be more consistent. QB play is everything in the NFL. Hightower was running great last week until the fumble. He still needs to play a big role in the offense.

  4. By Brent on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    About Time. Heck ya, GO BEANIE!!!

  5. By KingJM on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    I still think Hightower is running the ball a lot better. Beanie just hasn’t seemed like Beanie lately. He dances around in the hole a lot and doesn’t give that burst he used to give.

  6. By Blake Murphy on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Actually Beanie wasn’t the #1 draft pick in 2009 but he WAS the Cards 1st round pick!! Glad to see him finally making the strides to live up to his potential!!!

  7. By Will Flores on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    In a way I hate to see a model player like Tim get demoted but at the same time, Beanie Wells cannot be ignored. He doesn’t have the skill set in the passing game like Tim does but with the idea of being more dependent on the run at the forefront of everybodys minds…why not have Hightower as your 3rd down guy for the more likely passing situation anyway? Good call whiz.

  8. By cardsalltheway on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    It sure did take him long enough.

  9. By cardsalltheway on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    It takes a first round(RB) draft pick a year and a half, but an undrafted QB only 3 or 4 games. Remarkable!

  10. By cardsalltheway on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    It’s as though running backs have much more to do/think about than quarterbacks.

  11. By Eric on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Everybody makes it sound like Tim is some kind of scrub out there. We wouldn’t have had a lot of our success over the last few years without this guy.

  12. By PWalker on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully Beanie will stay healthy! Tim has been running great this year (except the fumbles) and they could be a top 1-2 punch if the coaches would stick with them. They don’t pull areceiver or a quarteback when they fumble. Sometimes you have to ploay through those type of errors.

    Go Cards! No turnovers!!

  13. By Eric on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, what do we have to do to make it a three headed monster and get Hyphen more involved? All three bring different elements that could make the the best in the NFL, but they need the carries. I’m still not seeing the commitment to the running game that our rookie QB needs to not put the pressure of winning all on him. Can you put in a good word for us?

  14. By brad oneill on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    beanie is going to beat up the defense then tim will come in and bust off a long one. i like this move even though i think Hightower has been running better than beanie, i think the damage beanie does to defenses is going to pay dividends towards the end of the game.

  15. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Eric –

    RE: Hyphen

    I’ll be sure to pass it along to Whisenhunt.

  16. By ross on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, if we take whiz at his word, doesn’t this pretty much remain the same with the difference being beanie starts? As you’ve said all along, beanie gets the majority of the work anyway.
    Given that, do you still expect to see a lot of tim? Or is this a true change from a beamie led comittee to a beanie focused offense?

    I know its just speculative on your part, but I would hate to see tim become an afterthought with how well he plays…

  17. By shannonrobinson on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    There’s nothing quite like Russ Grimm football. Here come the power plays – Beanie Ball, let ‘er fly!

  18. By Big Red on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    It doesn’t matter who’s running with the ball, both are good running backs. The main thing is opening the holes, thats the main problem. Not one ever mention the line problem. Just open the dam holes and both will look like a Gale Sayers. At least half of Sayers, would do fine. What do you think ,Darren.

  19. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Ross –

    RE: RBs breakdown

    If Beanie blows up when the game starts, it’s gonna be heavy Beanie. If not, it’ll be like most games.

  20. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Big Red –

    RE: Backs

    I think we’re going to see Sunday.

  21. By ross on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, you think this is permanent? Or can a fumble or two by beanie change everything?

    Whiz just needs to ride these guys. They make fewer mistakes than whoever is at QB…and they are actually damn good.

    Tell Tim to break a couple this weekend.

  22. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Ross –

    RE: RB change

    I think it’ll stay this way for the time being. Even if Beanie fumbles once or twice — God forbid — it’s not like Tim didn’t get multiple chances.

  23. By TheFitzB1 on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Tim is a great player, but a player who only needs 10 carries a game. Give Beanie his bean 20-25 times a game and we will be rolling. This would mean that close to 35 of our plays would be running plays, and we would only need to give our QB the ball 15-20 times. Golden.

  24. By Eric on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Beanie Wells is the superior back. I was beginning to believe Whis had some kind of “man crush” on Hightower, as he HAD tolerated his fumbles MUCH MORE than Wells’. And for those of you who want to throw around Tim’s 5.7 yd avg, I know at least one of his runs was 80 yds. It’s a bit misleading this early in the season. Wells has a HUGE upside, Hightower is as good as he’s gonna get. GO CARDS!!!

  25. By Dre on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah….Is it just me or does Beanie Wells remind you of Eddie George. I think if we use him in a similar fashion most to our problems will start to be solved.

    Like baseball the lead off man’s job is to get on base. It is not his job to hit home runs or do anything fancy, just get on base. Usually the lead off man is a very fast runner because once he is on base he might be able to steel 2nd. When a runner is in scoring position…that’s when the magic happens.

    We really need Wells to relieve the pressure in the passing game so that the QB can get settled in with his WR. Remember Max Hall and our big 3 WR have never been on the football field together, so don’t expect the passing game to be fixed. It’s going to take some time to get up to speed since the car as been sitting for a minute. Yes, we should get better performance out of it but it is not ready for the race track….Gold star for Whisenhunt.

    Now can someone tell the rookie the reason he made the team is because he ran with ball pretty good in preseason. That’s always an option on 3rd and short if you don’t have a throw.

  26. By Chuck on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with Big Red.
    It doesn’t matter who carries the rock.
    The O-line has been pitiful.

  27. By AndyStandsUp on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    This has to hurt Hightower’s pride. Will the “demotion” invigorate or depress his desire to earn it back?
    I respect the man’s game greatly.

  28. By mkarizona94 on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Beanie is a a back who needs carries to get rolling, I think sometimes that’s what makes him struggle sometimes.

    This hopefully helps him, even though I feel like the Hyphen’s, not Hightower’s, skill set fits the 3rd down back the best.

    What do you think Darren?

  29. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    AndyStands –

    RE: Hightower pride

    He actually addressed the hypothetical earlier this week. Check out the last quote of the story: http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/article-1/Running-In-Place/e3949dc7-fca1-4fca-b1ab-e9b706af1c7a

  30. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    MKarizona –

    RE: RB depth chart

    Hightower, as I wrote, will continue to play a significant role. I know no one wants to believe this, but just like Hightower didn’t take all the PT when he was the starter, the same thing will be that way for when Beanie starts.

  31. By ross on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Hightower will be gone next year or the year after I fear.

    He will fix the fumbles and then he’s a better runner, catcher, blocker, leader, than a lot of starters in this league. See Tiki Baber.

  32. By redredred on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    This game will be won by the line men both on D and O. Come on Deuce !! Come on Dockett !! Go Hard All 4 Quarters Till Clock Reads 00:00 !!!!

  33. By Eazy E on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Hightower better get alot of touches because he’s one of our most explosive players and one of our best players. I like beanie but damn he shouldn’t be given the job because of fumbles because hightower is producing and he will fix the fumbling issues.

  34. By Ken Grubbs on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Number 1 draft pick does’nt mean crap. Tim Hightower is an explosive back and has proven himself as an all-around back that can be used effectively. Every back fumbles, everybody fumbles. He should not have been taken out last week with the game he was having. A slap on the helmet would have done the trick. He could’ve been the deciding factor in points scored with the great gains he was making. I think Beanie Wells is a cry baby and has talked Whisenhunt into getting him more touches—and look what he’s done with them—nothing. Hightower is still ahead of Wells in every aspect of the game. By the way, I watched Tim play at UR for three yrs and nobody could lay a hand on him.

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