It’s safe to say coach Ken Whisenhunt isn’t effusive with his praise of players. Just as he is loathe to criticize much publicly (yesterday, he declined to say much about Calais Campbell’s disappointing season) he also doesn’t compliment too much. When he does go there, you take notice.
So I noticed this week when someone asked him about the play of cornerback Michael Adams of late. Adams clearly has some talent, although he is far from a prototype, standing 5-foot-7 and a man who has been picked on in the past when in coverage. (And also a player who has been picked on by fans who aren’t believers in his effectiveness).
But the coach came out strongly in Adams’ corner.
“I have been impressed with Mike from day one,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s why Mike is on this team, because he’s a guy who always competes and always works. There were questions when he was put in there at that position if he could hold up. The guy gives you everything he’s got and he fights his tail off. If there is one guy of which you are proud, Mike is that guy. I am happy with how he has performed.”
Adams, who has become the secondary’s most reliable tackler, started last week above Greg Toler, although Toler was still coming back from a foot injury. Whisenhunt wouldn’t say Adams has supplanted Toler as starter, in part because Adams is dealing with injuries himself (a shoulder problem).
“If they ask me to start, I will,” Adams said. “If they ask me to be inactive next week, I’m just here to do my job. I come to work and when my job is over, I go home and be with my family.”
Adams thinks his game has changed since he was a rookie because “I learned how to play big but be small.” And he’s not going to go overboard when he hears his coach had complimented him.
“I try not to listen to that stuff,” Adams said. “I don’t take too much of anything literal in the league, good or bad. It could be next week when I play bad and he has to say something bad about me.”
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