The players were officially given today off after their win Monday, although all that really means is no media access; many are downstairs in the locker room getting treatment or lifting weights or, as I just glimpsed walking to my desk, meeting with coaches like Adrian Wilson is doing with defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi.
So that leaves us with coach Ken Whisenhunt’s press conference. Some of the tid and bits from the 20 minutes just now:
— Asked about Kevin Kolb’s health, Whisenhunt said he just couldn’t know this early in the week what his status will be for Sunday. When it was noted that Kolb certainly will want to play in Philadelphia against his old team, Whisenhunt said “sure he will.” Whiz admitted he was going cliche, but he has to see how Kolb progresses with the turf toe.
— CB Michael Adams is OK. Whiz said he was riding the bike downstairs and I saw him sitting in the training room texting or doing something on his phone. It was a scary moment, and he will undergo neurological testing just in case, although it was the neck area that had been the concern and the reason for the extra precaution.
— More on this later, but Whiz said he thinks the penalty issues with Patrick Peterson will be helped if he focuses on consistently using the right technique.
— The run game issues were a combination of blocking/play problems, the Rams using eight and nine in the box because of an inexperience QB (and daring John Skelton to beat them) and also Beanie Wells’ knee, Whiz said. Would it help to rest Beanie a week? “There were plays to be made early in the run game we didn’t make,” Whisenhunt said, adding “I think there are a lot of players in the league that are dealing with things that are nagging through eight weeks. That’s what the NFL is. Beanie wants to play, and if Beanie can run and protect himself and make his cuts, Beanie should play, because he has played at a high level for us.”
— Finally, just to throw some gas on the fire in this whole QB debate, I asked Whiz about the philosophy of “If the quarterback wins, that’s all that matters.” Here were his thoughts on how to judge a QB: “There are a lot of factors, whether it is third downs or red zone or efficiency in operating your offense, whether it is checks (at the line). The criteria for judging quarterbacks is obviously something that a lot of people talk about. That’s why they have quarterback ratings.
“If you are able to win games, no question (that’s important). But you also have to be able to manage your offense, and be able to convert third downs, to understand the red zone and get touchdowns instead of field goals. All those things go into evaluating quarterbacks.”
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Beanie Wells, Ken Whisenhunt, Kevin Kolb, Michael Adams
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