— Whisenhunt said he told the team he doesn’t anticipate a lot of changes this offseason. Obviously, that doesn’t mean there will be none. But compared to last year, this team isn’t going to be overhauled.
— Asked if that included the coaching staff, Whiz just said the coaching staff would go through an evaluation process over the next little while, including himself. No one believes Whisenhunt will be going anywhere, but it definitely left the door open on making a change or two with the assistants.
— Whisenhunt said he was “pleased to where were are at the quarterback position” and looks forward to working with all three quarterbacks during the offseason. So anyone wondering about the Cards chasing Matt Flynn — and yes, there were a couple yesterday, I noticed — you can save the questions. Whiz would not say directly that Kevin Kolb and John Skelton would compete for the starting job, but “there is always competition. That’s how we have always operated.”
— Kolb said he will probably undergo another test in a month to see where he is in his concussion recovery.
— Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald took a shot in the third quarter yesterday and the Cards actually had him checked for a concussion. He didn’t have one — turned out, he had a bruise on his lung — and was cleared to go back in. “He’s fine,” Whisenhunt said.
— Skelton was fine too, after his fainting spell yesterday. Skelton had the bursa sac on his knee drained — Skelton said he’s done that a couple of times –and then got lightheaded when he got off the table. “It was the first time I passed out in my life,” Skelton said. “I just think it was a freak thing. Everyone was more worried than I was.” That included Whisenhunt, who didn’t exactly have the concussed Kolb he could’ve turned to. He quickly knew Skelton was OK. Whiz asked him if he was OK, and Skelton said, “Yeah, Mike, I’m fine.” — jokingly calling Whiz OC Mike Miller instead.
The fainting news would have stayed in-house until Fitzgerald decided to talk about it unprompted after the game. Fitz said he was worried for his teammate. Skelton smiled when he heard that. “Larry is concerned who’s going to throw him the ball,” Skelton cracked.
— Whiz didn’t want to talk much about contract discussions with free-agent-to-be DE Calais Campbell. “That’s a focus for us,” Whiz said. “We are looking forward to having many more years with Calais to come.”
— Whisenhunt on the need at left tackle, since Levi Brown will either have to restructure or be released because of his giant cap number next season: “I don’t know what is going to happen. We are always looking to make our team better and hopefully, Levi will be a part of that.”
— A quick look at some key unrestricted free agents-to-be (and I will have much more about this tomorrow): DE Vonnie Holliday, LB Clark Haggans, DB Richard Marshall, LS Mike Leach, P Dave Zastudil, K Jay Feely, WR Early Doucet, G Deuce Lutui, T Brandon Keith.
— Both RB Beanie Wells (pictured below) and Whisenhunt said they didn’t know yet if Wells would need surgery on his bad knee. It would seem he’d need something done, but maybe they can find a way to get it better with just rehab. Whiz reiterated that Beanie sitting Sunday was strictly Whisenhunt’s decision. Said Beanie, “It was like he was my dad and he told me I couldn’t go out to the party.”
Again, more later and in the upcoming days.
Tags: Beanie Wells, Calais Campbell, coaching staff, free agency, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, Larry Fitzgerald, Levi Brown
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