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Beanie limited and the D.A. decision

Posted by Darren Urban on November 3, 2010 – 2:12 pm

Running back Beanie Wells was limited in practice Wednesday after suffered some swelling on the right knee within which he had had his meniscus surgically repaired. We will know more tomorrow on whether it impacts Wells’ status for Sunday but Whisenhunt said “I don’t anticipate it being an issue.” His back, which he hurt against the Bucs, is not a problem.

Linebacker Clark Haggans (groin) also sat out. Haggans will be day-to-day again, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he has to miss another game.

– As for coach Ken Whisenhunt’s decision to start Derek Anderson, a lot has to do with playing on the road this week in Minnesota (and, looking forward, at Kansas City in a  couple weeks). Whisenhunt said he hasn’t soured on Max Hall. And when he was asked about possibly making  another in-game change, Whisenhunt didn’t rule it out.

“We’re going to go into each game doing what we think gives us the best chance to win,” Whisenhunt said. “I’m not going to have a quick hook, if that’s what you are asking me. I told the quarterbacks I don’t think you can play the game worrying about that. But we will definitely do what we think gives us the best chance to win.”

– Also limited in practice were DL Alan Branch (back), WR Steve Breaston (knee), LB Will Davis (knee), WR Early Doucet (groin) and DE Kenny Iwebema (knee).

– The Cardinals’ players are holding an NFLPA meeting this after noon to vote on player reps and on decertification. Teams across the league are doing such voting — voting to decertify — in preparation of potential legal strategies in the event of a lockout.


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62 Responses to “Beanie limited and the D.A. decision”

  1. By chad d. on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Man, we’re starting to look like the Browns. Switching qbs back and forth. we should bomb this season, get rid of hall and DA, keep john, and get a franchise quarterback with the first pick and let skelton start until the rookie is fully developed. They might not even have to try to bomb this season, I’m sure they’ll give a good effort to win, but no legit team in the league has quarterback problems like we do. We have a very talented d and wr corp along with good running backs. Only Missing link is a good, consistent qb.

  2. By The1stDanWilliams on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    I apologize about the following rant as it may not be completely on subject, but I must get this off my chest.
    Hall is actually a pretty good QB, people can’t hate on him for what he’s done. He’s a rookie trying to clean up a huge mess. The o-line play has been horrible this season. Huge mistake picking up Faneca and letting go of wells. Or should I say just getting rid of Wells and automatically putting Faneca in the starting lineup. Wells had been a constant on the OL in AZ, and a pretty good one at that. Brandon Keith is not a quality starter at OT and Levi Brown is only a solid strong side OT at best(right side OT for right handed QB’s for those who don’t know what strong and weakside means). Why not start Hadnot at guard in place of Faneca and Bridges in place of Keith. The majority of sacks have come from those 2 players this season. Anderson was a 1 shot wonder in Cleveland. He was garbage when he left, so what makes anyone believe he could ever be the answer at QB here? Leinart knew the offense and actually preformed exceptionally well in pre-season. So what if his arm strength wasn’t that great. I will take accuracy and good decision making over strong arms any day. The Defense is another thing…. We need to start shutting teams down. This bend but don’t break, high risk style that they’ve been playing is not cutting it. GO BACK TO FUNDAMENTALS. Learn how to tackle and stop going for these huge, breakable hits. I see this all the time now, everyone goes for the knock-out hit but they need to stick to funadamentals and go for the sure tackles. Square up, head up, hit, wrap up and drive through the tackle. You do this enough and huge hit will come along with it, not to mention it will reduce injury and your career will last a while longer.

  3. By Eric on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    I might be the only person that thinks this team should go after a veteran qb in the offseason. We are going to struggle mightily with a rookie quarterback again next year, unless they nail the pick on the head. We are built to win now. Do we want to put Fitz and other key, veteran players through another similar season? I don’t think so.

  4. By McNab's future on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Fan’s Recommendations
    DA: Please don’t throw the ball to the blue sky; please manage the ball
    Max: Please let it go; a ball doesn’t bounce before it falls down to the ground. You will bounce back
    Beanie: Please, be tough; you are a big and talented man
    DRC: Please, tackle, tackle, tackle, tackle, tackle, tackle, taclke, tacle. Add efforts to you talent
    FiZ: Please tell the coaches and QBs to throw the ball to whatever is open
    Whiz: WE NEED McNAB FOR 2011

  5. By itsjustmeagain on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    i just want to see what we have i Skelton, the other two have showed that they don’t have the tools to start in the NFL. Skelton a raw talent i think might be a better product than what we are putting out there now

  6. By The1stDanWilliams on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    -Chad D

    Why would you get rid of Hall along with Anderson and then decide to start Skelton next year while grooming yet another rookie? Skelton will be just a unproven as any rookie you bring in. Hall has made mistakes but that doesn’t justify your point. Hall himself is a rookie and is continuing to go through the ups and downs of a rookie QB. Anderson however is not and does not have those excuses to fall back on. He is a terrible decision maker on the field. Regardless, the crud that Whisenhunt fed the media about the Leinart situation is coming back to bite him in the arse. Leinart was right to believe the coach had something personal against him. He showed his true potential in the pre-season as a starter. After this season I could see him starting for another team like San Francisco or maybe even making his way up to Seattle. Just because they didn’t trade for him or go after him this year doesn’t mean he couldn’t sign with them next year. But that is all theory and hypothosis that we as true Cardinals fans have to look past, just like the tiny possibilty of Warner coming back.

  7. By Zapp on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    Any news on players on the flag football front.

    Love Zapp

  8. By OLD CARDS FAN on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    The CARDS have to rely on their def.to improve their off.with takeaways,3 and outs in which shorten the field (most of the times) and they dont have to rely on da they can run more(COACH WHIZ) AND PASS IN A SITUATION LIKE 3 AND 4down a manageable.know you have option screens ,run we know the cards cant be that gunslinger off.anymore we have da at qb you know his limitations to sum this up we need a strong defense the past 3 years rely on the offense now its time for the def. to step up

  9. By OLD CARDS FAN on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Coach WHIZ should know what i mean by the def. must create turnovers.pressure the qb, get some sacks help your struggling off.like your former team coach(the steelers)

  10. By Birdlegs on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah. Well, it’s no surprise we’re starting to look like the Browns. Our Pro Player guy is from the Browns and it seems like we always snatch up their garbage off the waiver wire of free agents. Do we really want to take after the Browns?

  11. By Michelle on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    OMGSH Beanie and Doucet were limited?! Thats not good. We need them guys! I think the QB decision was a good call. Keeping my fingers crossed that DA doesnt throw any interceptions! Giving up the points we have i the past 2 games have cost us. Our D needs to go after Farve he is horrible under pressure. Last year our D took it too him and we won! Go Get em CARDS!!!

  12. By Jesse Robles on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    CHAD D SAID IT!! I love the Cards, but one missing link Im not loving so much.

  13. By don on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Max Hall’s hands are too small why not just give skelton a shot like the first guy said.

  14. By "Cure-All!" on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Tight End-We got Ben Patrick and we got Stephen Spach and then some..,Peyton Manning is my Fantasy QB cause he/”O C” recognize this! I can’t stand to see that “I am only person”..,voicing this INSIGHT! I want “Fan Feed-Back!……………………………………Darren Urban-May I request a Blog to this regard!

  15. By OLD CARDS FAN on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone is focus on the off (qb)but if you look at the games they won this year it was because of the def.rams int to end the game,saints 2td &int& the raider game miss fg(lucky) the off. didnt do much in any of these games (11 quarters no off. td)the games they lost def. did not show up(atl,chargers,seattle the 2nd half no show,tb 4th quarter no show with the lead)i think you guys should focus on the def. cord. davis because we need the def to play hard for the whole game. docket winning eliminates the soreness.

  16. By ross on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Get well beanie. We need you and tim against jared allen and the williams wall.

  17. By Brandon on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    This is kind of off topic but when is Dan Williams going to start?

  18. By Eazy E on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Start Hightower because beanie right now just can’t get a featured back role and DA should start and hopefully he’s consistently good this time. Hightower is a better back right now for the thousandth time than beanie, love beanie but he’s better right now

  19. By Darren Urban on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Brandon —

    RE: Dan Williams

    Have no idea.

  20. By bryan on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,was there any word why coach whose refuse to run the ball vs the bucs in the send half?Yes they were down big…but only for a couple minutes,and when the lead was cut he still refused to run.4 attempts?

  21. By TucsonTim on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    So the whole organization was on board with Leinart until the TN game/scrim week. Come on Darren, why was KW throwing him under the bus right from the get go. You better cut down on the kool-aide, and besides that doesn’t jive with all of the “whole body of work” comments that were made.

    Looking less like the Steelers every day and more like MN, Washington etc. where they think they can just say anything to the fans without any regard for the facts.

    Cure All what the hell are you trying to say…this is a blog. And Darren is doing a better job than any other NFL web site I’ve looked at. Give him some credit. He posted your incoherent babble.

  22. By MikeFlorio on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Urb, Looking forward to next season, Do you see hall or anderson with us??? This is like Denny Green, Mccown or King. Also can you ask Whisenhunt if he regrets letting Lienart go? And what he and the Rod graves plan to do to rectify the situation? I bet fitzgerald pulls a lebron james and ditches this sinking ship.
    LETS GO CARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Why Doesn’t the Hyphen get more carries, he earned the playing time and is electric when he touches the ball, he reminds me of a warrick dunn.

  23. By Darren Urban on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Bryan —

    RE: Run game

    Other than the last sequence, the overall question didn’t/hasn’t come up.

  24. By Darren Urban on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Tucson —

    RE: Leinart

    Please show me where Whiz was “throwing him under the bus from the get-go.”

  25. By Darren Urban on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    MikeFlorio —

    RE: Whiz/QBs

    Whiz doesn’t have any regrets about Leinart. He did what he thought was right and in terms of Matt, nothing has changed. We’ll see if those guys return. I don’t think the QB roster will remain the same, but that doesn’t mean it’ll completely turn over either.

  26. By cardsfan28 on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    I keep waiting for a headline that says something about oline changes besides QB but it never materializes. Faneca is passed his prime and Keith is not great, far from it. What makes them any better than their backups? Hadnot and bridges both looked good in preseason. Why Darren not use them at game time? Faneca probably said he’d only sign with us if he was a starter…and Whis is so high on Keith I hope he improves fast.

  27. By Brad O'Neill on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    i think if they had just kept joe bugle as coach none of this would be happening now.

  28. By Phoenixraven1 on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    So anything said about the play of first time starter Will Davis? Seemed he played awesome! Nice to see a project working out…

  29. By blake on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Man O Man
    you can really tell who the newbie fans come on guys in years past a 3-4 start was a damn good start to a season and we would be talking possibly playoffs , now you wanna toss the whole season because of a few bad games . come on last weeks game wasnt exciting ,

  30. By Peter in Canada on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    This business about Leinart is becoming a joke. If he was half as good as these bloggers are saying why didn’t the rest of the NFL jump on Whiz’s mistake and open up the vault to sign him. We are not the only QB challenged team in the NFL there are a bunch. Pittsburgh for one had real QB issues for the first four games but they took a pass. He happily signed on to be #3 at Houston. Doesn’t sound like the other gm’s thought Whiz was a dope or was unfair.

  31. By Blueblood on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Any thoughts on going after Donovan McNabb for quarterback?

  32. By AndyStandsUp on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    In the 3 Brown games in which Anderson was renamed the starter over Brady Quinn, Derek averaged about 17 of 30 for 167 yards, which is manageable. So it seems like he doesn’t fold with adversity.
    My question is although he’s been through this flipflopping before does he still have the same confidence as when the season started? Everyone says he’s laid back with an easy sense of humor, but lately, to me, he’s been very dour.

  33. By brad oneill on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    so if we knew beyond a reasonable doubt that the coach of the losing team would be fired this weekend I think I would be willing to bet my house that the cardinals would win. (yes the house is 100,000 underwater like every other home in arizona but still)

  34. By TucsonTim on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Oh come on now.
    KW is Kurt Warner. And I meant from his retirement. It’s late, but I’ll get some quotes over the next few days; but I really shouldn’t have to. I think you know what I mean. In typical NFL speak, Whiz always said the right thing about ML.

  35. By scott023 on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    When D.A. is in the open field is is much better than when he gets in the red zone. He makes bad reads. Coach whiz knows this ,here we are at the end of the game 2:19 left and we must at least score a field goal to tie or go for the win (the buc’s have no time outs). If we run the ball we control the clock and run the clock down and leave them with no time to come back. No we throw the ball to the buc’s and hand the game to them. We all see this, everybody I know was talking about this.What does coach whiz do- he blames D.A.! This was very much his rotten play calling,no kidding everybody I know was asking this question and asking why not use our strenght at the right time and protect our weaknesses(not telling D.A. to pass when we know this is his weaknesses). If this is not proof we need a O.C. then we are and always be in the same boat,darren can you tell us all why??

  36. By Ben on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Why hasn’t this come up???

    Go to forums.azcardinals.com. Other thAn the qb controversy it is the #1 topic of discussion. Yet no reporter has the guts to actually ask the question. Maybe it’s time for an ask the coach segment on the website.

    First question:

    Since we don’t have a quarterback on the team why do you choose to throw the ball so much???

    RUN THE BALL, I thought he has that “Pitt mentality” that Brian billick keeps feeding us fans.

  37. By John on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    I think they should try Fitz at QB. He has a pretty good arm. He can throw passes to himself. He’s fast, he can do lots of QB sneaks. Incredible field awareness and very smart. I solved the QB problem.

  38. By hebrew on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Tucson, You are right on. Whiz&the organization knew that Leinart was not the answer before the season started. We still have a good team. There is parity in the NFL. Mistakes are costing us. We still have a chance.

  39. By SteveDCO on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    To all true RedBird Fans stop acting like Whiz had choices for what was going to happen this year.

    Who was he going to bring in? McNabb is inaccurate and benched for Rex. Whitehurst isn’t the answer either. It was a bad year for FA QBs and they signed the one who they though could help the team w/o giving away the fuure liek it would take for McNabb.

    Whiz has lead this team to a SB and 2nd round of playoffs on back to back years. When has tht happened last in the modern era with the Cards. Ask Jerry Jones if he would be happy with that.

    Respect what Whiz is. Take a look at Shanahan or Chilly for coaches who can’t manage their teams. The wheels on the bus have come off. That would never happen in AZ bc Whiz is a players coach and a winner. I see Whiz in a Fisher type of light which we can only hope lead to 14 years in AZ for Whz.

    Last, stop asking Darren bone headed questions. I’ve gotten down on Darren for his disdain of fans at times but I have to say I had stopped reading these blogs. Darren, my 2 cents, stop answering the some of these. You are too good a reporter and it pulls you away from what you do well when you sink to their level.

    ……And the NO game….still can’t believe you asked who should have been on 1v1 coverage on the edge if not Toller DRC is a 6’1″ ProBowl corner. They were in a 1 receiver set at the 3.

    Keep the faith RedBirds, Fitz wants to be here, nine-0 is locked up and best of all we have one of the best coaches in the NFL.

  40. By Christopher Freeman on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Tim Hightower is the better back right now and for this year, the running game just seems to move along better, Tim also has the pass protection and softer hands. If only he got the fumbling situation in control, If not, it may be bye bye Timmy. Wells misses alot of holes still, is not very patient, and for his size and strength seem to me he goes down fairly easy. I mean when you see Blount on the other side running with such anger and vigor, when his line wasnt creating much , and then you see Wells on the other side, Wells just seems to b playing softer than last year.

  41. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Between Tim’s fumbles and Beanie’s injuries, I hope the Cardinals consider drafting a decent mid-round RB in the 2011 draft, for both competition and depth. Fortunately/unfortunately, it’s looking like we’ll be drafting mid-round in 2011 and not late-round.

  42. By the snake on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    just read jake “the snake” plummer is looking to throw to fitz. WHat do you think??? he is only 35 and is the 4th quarter come back kid. He should be ready to play in 2 weeks. Lets get him

  43. By Darren Urban on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    TucsonTim —

    RE: Leinart

    OK, so if Whiz always said the right things, you are then mind-reading about throwing Leinart under the bus? I mean, if he is always saying the right things, how did he exactly throw him, because it wasn’t publicly.

  44. By Darren Urban on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Scott023 —

    RE: Question

    Tell you all what?

  45. By ChrisZ on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    McNabb 2011

  46. By Andreas, Denmark on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Darren.

    Could you tell me the reason of trying out Skelton again? He had a bad game, but you can actually compare him to Peyton Manning in accuracy and throwing. Try to google Sport Science: John Skelton – See how they compare him to other good QB’s. We all know numbers aint lying. We haven’t even decide who to start for the rest of the season, we might aswell try him out for a game.

  47. By Darren Urban on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Andreas —

    RE: Skelton

    Skelton cannot be begun to be compared to Manning. Numbers and calculations don’t win football games, nor to they make decisions or avoid the rush.

  48. By OLD CARDS FAN on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    I think the cards should go after mcnabb offer wash. a 5th round pick.reason 1 he a proven winner he won at philly without any top recievers except when t.o.joined philly & what happen a sb appearance.now flash back to our beloved kurt warner before he became a card he played for the giants remember he was considered a wash because the g-men had no recievers now denny bring him to az with 3 good recievers fitz,boldin,b.johnson later breaston playoffs sb ect.mcnabb can do the same andgive young qb time to develop.

  49. By Chuck 1 on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hall never was, isn’t and never will be the QB answer for the Cards.
    And, neither is or will be DA.
    2010s record: 7-9 AT THE BEST!!!
    Get rid of Faneca, Joey P., D.A., Keith and Roberts.

  50. By azcards24 on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    darren,

    Sorry if this question annoys you, but i haven’t heard your opinion on mc nabb and what the cardinals opinion on him is NOW, seeing how things are playing out. do you think hes more of a possibility on anyone’s mind, or still an absolute no. I think the only real reason we all keep asking is because we all know there’s not much options coming up next year and maybe a little spark like mcnabb could be what brings the confidence out in these young new players to be a championship team. I think were all watching these great seasons for Arizona fade away again and all were hoping whiz isn’t letting it go without a fight, but honestly i haven’t seen much urgency in his decisions for the team or are big dogs just being cheap. Plus I already go to as many games as i can but just imagine all the tickets sales/ jersey sales revenue he will bring alone, couldn’t be bad for business.

  51. By Scott H on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Oh, please…the last thing we need to see is ANOTHER in-game change at QB!!! My Lord, haven’t we had enough un-certainty and poor decisions around the QB position for this team this year??? Aside from Hall being replaced in Seattle due to a knock on the head, there’s been entirely too much shuffling in and out of QB’s. And what message is this sending to them??? How are Anderson OR Hall supposed to have an ounce of confidence in themselves when they keep getting pulled out of games? In fantasy football circles, there’s a saying that if you have 3 or 4 QB’s on your roster, then you don’t really have “one.” Well, I’d say this also applies to the Cardinals right now as well. At some point, you have to pick a guy and stick with him. I see no real sense in sticking with Anderson at this point because I really don’t see where he is a part of our future. Does anyone else??? But Hall and Skelton are young guys that the team seems excited about. It would seem a good idea to spend the rest of this season getting a good handle on at least ONE of them…wouldn’t it??? I say stick with Hall from here on out OR give Skelton a chance ( my preference at this point ) and let him have the rest of the season to audition for the future here. Darren, can you honestly see Derek Anderson back again next year as the starter for this team? I cannot. As a back-up, fine. A starter? I don’t think he’s a starter anywhere next year after the way he’s played.

  52. By Darren Urban on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    azcards —

    RE: McNabb

    Moot point until he is available. Can’t trade for him, and he isn’t getting released in all probability. Nothing happening until the offseason, and even that could be delayed with a lockout.

  53. By Andreas, Denmark on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Well to clarify that he actually aint a bad QB, why not give him an extra try. Of course i dont know how hes doing in practice, but Whiz must have seen something in Skelton when he drafted him.

  54. By scott023 on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Can you tell us why coach whiz would make a call at the end of the game to throw the ball, when everyone knows this is where D.A. has trouble? Why do you think he would risk it all ? If the run fails,kick the field goal for the tie with little time on the clock and no time outs left for them. Can you please ask him why? I really believe he is a great head coach.However, trying to be an O.C. also is showing to be a huge mistake. It is not fair to put the team in that position ,fail,then put all the blame on D.A., and take none of the blame himself. Everyone I talked to said it’s because he got the big check and feels like he must do both jobs. The calls he has been making have gotten worst and costing the team dearly. We have tons of talent and a lot of fans feel robbed,not all but most,at least the one I have talked to. Well, I know you have to hang out around him. I am sure you also respect him and don’t want to hurt his feeling.However, if you can find a way to ask him why he made those calls? Also why could he not see what everybody else was seeing run the ball and run the clock ??

  55. By Darren Urban on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Scott023 —

    RE: End of the game

    It was asked and answered. Both Sunday after the game and Monday.

  56. By TucsonTim on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    It was KURT WARNER who threw him under the bus FEBRUARY 22, 2010:

    “I still don’t know what Matt Leinart’s gonna be,” Warner told Patrick. “I don’t know what his resume’s gonna be when he’s all done. I haven’t seen him play enough.”

    “I haven’t seen him consistently do all of those things and do them at a high level,” Warner said. “I’m gonna be out of the picture. He’s not going to have to live up to that expectation as far as having me behind him.”

    Come on man, you know the deal There’s plenty more. This was just the first public condemnation of ML by KW. Now are you going to tell me that KURT WARNER said these things in a total vacuum with no organizational knowledge whatsoever? That Kurt and Whiz never spoke about Leinart. I mean you’ve got to ask yourself why did Kurt say these things. He was out, so what did it matter, other than he felt some sort of committment to his fellow team mates, his fellow warriors, Breaston, Fitz, Boldin, Hightower he left on the battlefield with no general to lead them….I think he was hoping for something different.

  57. By Darren Urban on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Tucson —

    RE: Warner comment

    OK, so if Kurt threw him under the bus, I am still missing your point. I thought your original point was Leinart got screwed. Now you’re saying Warner was trying to protect his former teammates (aside from Leinart, of course)? I am confused.

    I said the Cards were hoping he would develop into what they were looking for once Warner was out of the way. Kurt seemed to be saying the same along those lines right there. So exactly what are we talking about.

  58. By TucsonTim on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Kurt’s FEB 22, 2002 comments express a sincere personal and most likely an organizational lack of confidence in Leinart. What I expected Kurt to say is “I have all the confidence in the world in Mat. He’s a great competitor, a hard worker and he can lead the Cardinals back to the super bowl”

    So why did he say what he said. Maybe he hates ML, but that doesn’t seem to be in keeping with KW’s MO. Maybe he just wanted to be honest with Dan Patrick, but even that doesn’t fit. I just know that KW’s mamma must have told him at least once not to say anything if you don’t have anything good to say and good lord don’t say it on national radio, esp. to DP. KW shouldn’t have had an axe to grind with the Cards, not that any of us lay people know for sure. So I’m left with the message thing. I really think KW cares about Fitz and his team mates…unfortunately not enough to stay another year, but maybe enough to put it out there for the Cardinals to bring in some worthy QB that could take over the helm, because he knew that ML wasn’t the guy. And I’m sorry I can’t reconcile the TN week being a watershed moment and the subsequent Whiz comments about it being a whole body of work, esp when it was a whole body of work. I think the TN week ML isn’t our guy story is just a smoke screen to deflect critism for not being prepared for the events as they have unfolded.

    Whiz who impresses me as a decisive individual got caught up in a lot of indecision. Last year is when they should have been grooming a repacement for KW in 2011. OK so KW retires and that guy has to go in now. That would sure be a heck of alot better than throwing Max Hall out there, which is embarrassingly desperate.

  59. By TucsonTim on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, it’s late, sorry. No I don’t think ML got screwed. But I have a question for you. If Leinart hadn’t gone crying to the press and called out Whiz, do you think Whiz would have cut him?

  60. By TucsonTim on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    One more thing, how much are you loving all of these McNabb questions? At least they’re not asking you if LSH can return punts ;-)

  61. By Darren Urban on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    TucsonTim —

    RE: Leinart decision

    Great question. But the fact Leinart was still wondering why he was benched at that point — without going to Whiz and demanding answers — probably didn’t help.

  62. By Darren Urban on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Tucson —

    RE: McNabb questions

    As long as McNabb is having issues in Washington and the Cards are having issues at the position, I’d expect nothing less.

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