Coach Ken Whisenhunt wants his running backs to be more productive than last year. Obviously, it’s not just on the backs to make the running game improve, but when asked specifically about the backs, Whiz quickly had a couple of points to make — which could be one reason Ryan Williams intrigued them so much in the draft and why they might have been willing to trade Tim Hightower.
In the end, both points Whiz made are basically the same — beating the opponent in one-on-one situations, whether it is on a rushing attempt or on a reception.
“On runs, it was not being able to make a single defender miss,” Whisenhunt said. “In the NFL, that’s what you have to do. Make guys miss, because you can’t block everybody. There were a couple times we were in the open field and we had an opportunity to make a big play and we got brought down and that was unacceptable.”
As for catching the ball in the flat, “you have an opportunity one-on-one in space against a linebacker and you are expected to win. The good ones do that. we did it sometimes, but not nearly as much (as we needed).”
That’s something LaRod Stephens-Howling can do. It looks like Williams has that ability. Beanie Wells has not done it as well, nor did Hightower. Was that simply an aberration last year? The Cards do need to get better at it.
— The Cards have one more practice this afternoon before heading down to the Valley and flying to Oakland tomorrow.
— Regardless of your political persuasion (and I now realize some people can’t get past that), you have to admit safety Hamza Abdullah’s invite to the White House is very cool. The best part is Whisenhunt’s excitement. “If Hamza didn’t want to go, I’ll go in his place,” Whisenhunt said with a grin. Fortunately for Abdullah, he can and is going.
— I tweeted this morning the contrast between healthy Adrian Wilson (grumpy and serious while in camp mode) and injured-trying-to-rehab A-Dub (suddenly all smiles). Wilson responded with his own tweet: “Positivity breads positive results.” He’s certainly staying positive and it’s hard not to have that be contagious when you are around him. (Yes, Wilson was going for “breeds” I think).
— If you are looking for a chance to meet the team and give a little to charity, the annual Kickoff Luncheon will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium Aug. 30. Click here to get all the info.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Beanie Wells, Hamza Abdullah, Ken Whisenhunt, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Ryan Williams
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