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A-Dub tries to cut off the creep

Posted by Darren Urban on August 15, 2012 – 8:02 am

Adrian Wilson has his moments when he isn’t going to say much. Not if you are in a regular conversation, or in an interview setting, or even on the field. But when he does talk — the man has been to multiple Pro Bowls and is in his 12th season — you are darn sure going to listen. So it caught my attention when, during a SiriusXM NFL radio interview on the “Movin’ the Chains” show Monday, Wilson noted that “what we were going through last year is starting to creep back into this year.”

If that’s not a red flag, I don’t know what is.

“I was pretty pissed last game,” Wilson said. “It’s because (the mistakes) are things we know and it’s things that come from veteran guys. When things like that happen you start to say, ‘OK, is this guy starting to get too comfortable?’ Are you going to have to pull the guy to the side and really say something to him? That’s what I feel I have to do now. Starting (Monday morning) through the rest of camp is those veteran guys, you can’t be comfortable making those small mistakes. They will turn into big problems for the whole team.”

The Cardinals have had a newfound intensity at practice this week. No one is going to talk a lot about it, but the week in Missouri was a drain, probably moreso than had been expected. Between coming back to Arizona and the urgency this team was forced toward after a pair of disappointing games, the vibe has shifted. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has been encouraged — to a point.

“Until we do it in a game I’m not going to say we’ve done anything,” Whisenhunt said. “We haven’t played to our standard.”

After Monday’s practice, which was moved inside because of rain, Wilson and Larry Fitzgerald were at midfield for close to 30 minutes talking. Now, Andre Roberts was there too, and for all I know, they were discussing good places to take their children in their off time. But for the two leaders on this roster– as mentioned in Cardinals Underground this week, Fitz wouldn’t have to say much in front of teammates to get their attention — to talk for a while in the aftermath of last week, I could see them discussing the state of the team. The comment from Wilson about veterans having issues dovetails with defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s concern that his third-stringers are more fundamentally sound right now than his starters.

The Cards need to stop the creep.


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26 Responses to “A-Dub tries to cut off the creep”

  1. By Walter H Richters on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    I am glad to see Adrian taking charge over this “cluster XXXX” we have seen so far. All of us realize the potential of and skill set of “our Cards”. Yes, I did say our Cards as in ownership, unless a sold out stadium isn’t important anymore the fans are the “owners” of the team that the Bidwells present.

    I have been nearly nauseous watching the Number One 3rd down defense look like high school players against College players during the first two games. No one is higher on this team than I am. There might be fans just as high, but nobody believes in this team as it stands any stronger than I do, and I am concerned. Not over the offense, but over the 2/3rds of the team than can win or lose for us. John Skelton can get points on the board now, and he will get better. That won’t do any good if our opponents score more. If we can’t stop them on kickoffs and third downs the offense just doesn’t matter.

    I hope you can tell me something that will chastise me for my attitude Darren.

    WR

  2. By SSG TIm Roberts on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    I can honestly say that he is right. If the team is getting too comfortable with being “comfortable” then the team leaders will need to step up and put a stop to it! They keep making mistakes and I wouldn’t blame Coach Whiz for benching them. Can’t play games like that and expect to win. Not with this years schedule! They’re better than taht!

  3. By DontTakeLoses on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    A Dub hopefully will kick some ass. Surprising its required.

  4. By Sir60 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Excellent! After watching an aggressive Chiefs O-line, pushing our first stringers around, even I was beginning to question our defense. I think we’ll see the real defense this week. If not. we need to find out why these guys are not motivated. The same goes for the O-line.

  5. By D on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Unbelievable how this year is exploding before it starts….now word on the street that a T. Jackson or C. McCoy could be traded for…are you kidding me? Coach must feel like make or brake for him this year….might as well play Skelton and Lindley, take your lumps and draft a top 5 QB next spring….

  6. By drstiegler on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    what a great pic of Wilson and the damage he causes…..such a stud

  7. By bean on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    That picture speaks a thousand words

  8. By drstiegler on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    R.W., Beanie,the hyphen, Fitz, Floyd, Doucet, Roberts, Heap, King, Housler – it can’t be that bad
    Dockett, CC, Wilson, Peterson, D Wash, Acho, Schofield, Rhodes – it can’t be that bad either.
    We have too much talent on this team for it to be that bad. Please get your XXXX together Big Red!!! I can’t take another losing season.

  9. By emm7777 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    I think we can all agree that little Michael Adams is a great story, but there is no way he belongs in any nickel package anywhere in the NFL. Maybe our stubborn coaches can help out with some of these problems by actually giving younger guys (Flemming) a chance.

  10. By Matt on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    That pic is awesome. “Like a boss.”

  11. By Eric G on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    That pic needs to be added to the wallpapers section of downloads.

  12. By brad oneill on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    If Adub leaves a teammate or two on the ground like that after his “pep talk” I think perhaps this team can find some W’s before october. Adub has always led purely with his play and not with his mouth, This year he is leading with his actions (contract sacrifice), His Play (how long did that guy take to get up), and now his opinion vocalized. I think I might like this new Adub persona.

  13. By NMCardsFan on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    At what point do the fans hold Graves accountable for our QB situation? Leinart, Hall, Anderson, Kolb? I know the orginization has been desperate since Warner left but these choices have all been disastrious to the present and future sucsess of the team.

  14. By PeaTearGriffin on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Lolz… A dub’s pic… I don’t remember the names of the people I hit… I just read the back of their jerseys when they get carted off… but yeah… last couple weeks the cards haven’t been playin ball like they would in my head movies… and that makes my eyes rain

  15. By cardsalltheway on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    “what we were going through last year is starting to creep back into this year.”

    That’s called the Whisenhunt factor,
    2012 Power Rankings: We are falling, all other NFC West teams are rising…
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000050045/article/nfl-power-rankings-atlanta-falcons-rise-chicago-bears-fall?module=HP11_cp
    “Of all the teams in the NFL, none seem to be as stunted by a quarterback quandary as Arizona. It really is all anyone talks about when it comes to the Cardinals.”

    And it’s getting VERY old. I feel for Wilson, Fitz, Skelton and many other players.

  16. By nodavis2000 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    @ cardsalltheway,

    I wouldn’t read too much into the articles of NFL.com. I mean, they are ALWAYS hard on the Cards, no matter what. Even when Warner took us to the SuperBowl, they still talked that we were lucky. In all the postseason games, no one picked us to win. (Until the Superbowl, only one person picked us.) Last year, after the D started to play great, the writers weren’t even noticing.

    And, if you read 5 articles from there, you’ll find like 100 grammatical and spelling errors from “professional sport writers”. So, end story, don’t pay attention to them.

    I am worried that our team isn’t executing, but we still have three games to fix the kinks. And, as Whiz and players said, we’re only making mental errors. Those can be fixed.

    GO CARDS!!!

  17. By Pete Dowdle on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    It’s certainly disconcerting to see the Card’s perform so sub-standard-like during the first two games of this preseason, but I’m still believing in them and the success they’re bound for this year. With three preseason games left, there’s still plenty of time for the lot of them to capture that attitude-backed-up-by-solid-play on their defense, as well as something more functional and sustainable on offense.

    The veterans can certainly do their part as leaders and step up, represent, and call to account those who aren’t carrying the same proverbial chip on their respective shoulders. And the coaching staff needs to grab some facemasks and yell the message loud and clear: “Don’t get comfortable, nobody’s position (that’s not the #1 WR) is safe on this team!” If the young players muster up what it takes to seriously challenge the men ahead of them on the depth chart, then everyone will be responding as needed.

    By the way, that’s an excellent picture of Wilson and what he brings to this team.

  18. By Chuck 1 on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    Where are all of the fans who, during the off season, were crowing about this being a Super Bowl team?

    Oh, I know that there are still a lot of them that are still convinced that either Kolb or Skelton will be a Pro Bowler and the Cards will walk all over whomever the AFC sends to the Super Bowl.

  19. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    We all know it was Kerry Rhodes Wilson was ticked at, especially after the Carolina blown coverage and the Rams (I think) games last year. He’s pretty demonstrative when he feels he’s beeen wronged.

    Darren, is it Alace’s same knee that was injured in college that was hurt?

  20. By Jordan on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    This upcoming game i think will be the most important of the preseason. There are no more excuses regarding the travel or humidity or any of that (granted, there is some validity to these things, but nothing so great that it should result in what we saw against the chiefs) . If there was ever a chance for this team to show what it’s truly capable of, the conditions are perfect now. A good week of practice, at the home stadium with something to prove. Very intrigued to see how Friday goes.

  21. By CreditCard on Aug 15, 2012 | Reply

    If the Cards get pushed around by the Raiders who will be on the road, and with a short week, with no game planning — makings of a real loooooooooooooooooong season.

  22. By Darren Urban on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Knee

    I believe it’s the same knee. I don’t think it’s anything serious.

  23. By SuperBird on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Honestly do not care of the outcome of the game, just want to see them play. Football is back in AZ everybody!!! Will be out there early in the Green Parking tailgating it up and in the stands making some noise. So stop by and have a beer or two with me. This is the greatest time of year, lets enjoy it and back our team!!

  24. By Don W. on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, what are the dates and numbers of the roster cuts, including up until the final roster? Thanks.

  25. By Darren Urban on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Don W —

    RE: Cuts

    Down to 75 after the Tennessee game next week, 53 after final Denver game.

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