Calling chances to win on the road “precious,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said today about what you’d expect after the Cardinals blew that chance Sunday. The team, especially the defense, is a work-in-progress. Believe it or not, he said, there were some good plays made by the defense. But there is still too much yardage surrendered and too many mistakes made.
“When we make bad plays,” Whisenhunt said, “they are really bad.”
Whisenhunt knows the team needs to cut down on penalties, especially the “dumb” ones by the defense yesterday. He said Kerry Rhodes’ 15-yarder was because he inadvertently bumped an official, and the official knew it was an accident — otherwise, Rhodes would have been thrown out of the game. He also said the punt team missed the injured LaRod Stephens-Howling as the gunner, which impacted the Cards’ coverage.
He added he thought the young cornerbacks showed improvement from week one, but that they can’t afford to turn receivers loose downfield. They avoided the big plays yesterday (which helped in stopping the Redskins from scoring too much).
Injury-wise, the Cards came out pretty healthy. Other than linebacker Paris Lenon (ankle), who came back in the game, Whisenhunt didn’t name any names for injuries because nobody suffered anything that would cause them to miss any time, he said. It’ll be wait and see on someone like linebacker Daryl Washington, whom the Cards hope can return to practice at some point this week.
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Tags: Daryl Washington, Ken Whisenhunt, Kerry Rhodes, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Paris Lenon
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