Soon the locker room will open for player availability, but first, a few notes from coach Ken Whisenhunt’s day-after presser:
— No updated injury info on LB Daryl Washington (calf) or RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (hand/bicep). I don’t think we are talking anything catastrophic, otherwise I think we would have gotten a hint. Does that mean both will be healthy this week? No way to know right now. Washington is getting an MRI.
— Much talk about the defensive issues (and admittedly, much easier to talk about after a win). Whisenhunt acknowledged there were too many mistakes, too much yardage, and too often guys played what they were supposed to do the wrong way. Given the lack of work under DC Ray Horton, that’s not a big surprise. Realistically, it’s going to be tough to judge them until we are a few games in to the season. It has to be better. The Cards think it will be.
— LB Stewart Bradley is still trying to make the transition (after a short offseason) from the 4-3 to the 3-4. It was interesting to hear Whisenhunt praise the play of Reggie Walker, who came in for the injured Washington. “Stewart needs more reps,” Whisenhunt said. If Washington is down, Bradley will figure into the game plan more, Whiz said. If Washington isn’t hurt, we will have to see if Bradley’s play time grows or if Paris Lenon — who continues to play well — just stays in front of him.
— Whisenhunt noted that QB Kevin Kolb still made some mistakes, like leaving the pocket too early a couple of times. But that knowledge will come with a growing trust of the offense, Whiz added. Kolb knows his mistakes as soon as he makes them, Whiz said — he infrequently has to be told what he did wrong.
— Whisenhunt said he needed to get the “clarification” on Richard Marshall’s unnecessary roughness penalty that negated an interception. I was thinking about this last night: It’s one thing to protect the quarterback, but then, when Joey Porter wraps up Cam Newton in the second half and Newton is allowed to stand (because he’s so freaking big and strong) and finally throw an incompletion, why isn’t that called down? Wouldn’t that have also protected the quarterback? It seems a contradictory thought process between the two.
Tags: Daryl Washington, Ken Whisenhunt, Kevin Kolb, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Reggie Walker, Stewart Bradley
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