Coach Ken Whisenhunt was philosophical about the Victor Cruz fumble-that-was-called-”given up,” saying it shouldn’t have mattered and that his opinion doesn’t matter either.
“I’ll be perfectly honest with you: It really doesn’t matter what I think,” Whisenhunt said.”I threw the challenge flag and they wouldn’t allow me to challenge, so they made the ruling and I have no choice to live by the ruling. But I’ll tell you this … if we had done some of the things we should have, it wouldn’t have come to that.
Whisenhunt was asked about other situations, including how the Cards approach such a play. “I was in Pittsburgh for the Plaxico incident in Jacksonville,” he said, noting Plaxico Burress’ infamous spiking of the ball after a catch — when he was not touched down — and having the Jaguars recover. “We have a play, we call it ‘Down-Down-Call-A-Timeout’ or ‘Down-Down-Spike-It’ and we tell guys to get down and give themselves up, but we tell our guys slide, or taking a knee and holding on to the ball. The idea is to declare yourself down and to give the ball to the official so he can get it spotted quickly enough so you can get the next play going. Instead of leaving the ball there so (the officials) have to get it.”
Whisenhunt said he hoped the play didn’t have a residual effect (as Calais Campbell suggested) but if it did, the players had better learn from it.
I still don’t understand why Cruz would have been in such a hurry down three with three minutes on the clock at the Cards’ 29-yard line to need a “give-up,” but the officials didn’t see it that way.
Among the other notes from Whiz’s talk:
– RT Brandon Keith had swelling on his knee. Jeremy Bridges “did an OK job” replacing Keith, Whisenhunt said, and whether Keith returns to the lineup will depend on his health, Whisenhunt said. Otherwise, Bridges can step in.
– RB Beanie Wells is sore, but otherwise no worse for wear after getting 27 carries one week after missing a game with a hamstring problem.
– QB Kevin Kolb needs to get more comfortable in the offense so that he will make the consistent right reads and remain in the pocket more often. That, in Whisenhunt’s opinion, clearly is going to take more time. He is trying to have patience, but he knows the Cards need to win in the meantime. “I feel for the player and the fans,” he said.
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