Well, that was quick. The Cards won Sunday, and now they are done with a “week” of practice to go play in St. Louis tomorrow night.
“It’s so weird,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said today. “It feels like Friday but it’s really a Saturday, tomorrow is a Sunday, but what day is it really? It can mess with you.”
It’s Wednesday, of course. The Cardinals will have to deal with it (every team gets a short week this season.) Whisenhunt said he’s talked to his players the whole way about the difference.
“You can’t ignore it is a short week,” Whisenhunt said. “You have to emphasize it is a short week and really as much about mental preparation and film study and making sure we are on the same page trying to get things done. You know you don’t have as many reps to practice it, so some of it has to be done just by preparation. These guys are pros and that’s what we tell these guys being a pro is. You might not get a rep but you have to play it to your scheme and win.”
Whisenhunt said the game plan will remain like it would have been in a normal week. In other parts, the Cards will scale back. They have to.
— Whisenhunt said QB John Skelton, even practicing fully, is “not 100 percent healthy.” He wouldn’t commit to Skelton being the backup in St. Louis. And he certainly isn’t making any grand pronouncements about the starting QB job between Skelton and Kevin Kolb. Come on — you knew he wouldn’t.
“At some point, when we feel like, based on what (Skelton) has done in practice he is ready, we’ll have a decision to make,” Whisenhunt said.
— Defensive coordinator Ray Horton touched on being interviewed by the Rams for their head-coaching job this past offseason. The interview took place in Denver. “It was a privilege,” Horton said. “They were very gracious, open and honest with me of their team, of our team. I think it was a great learning experience for both parties.”
— Whiz said everyone practiced Wednesday in at least some capacity, “which is a lot better than it was last week.” Linebacker Quentin Groves was the only player to completely sit out Tuesday, so that’s a good sign. I know people keep asking about Darnell Dockett. I’d guess he’ll play. But that’s my opinion. We’ll see tomorrow night, when a lot of these guys are tested out on the field before inactives are announced.
OK. Almost time to head out for the flight to St. Louis. I’ll have a “Wednesday before” post later today.
Tags: Darnell Dockett, John Skelton, Ken Whisenhunt, Rams, Ray Horton
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