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Time for the Hyphen

Posted by Darren Urban on October 12, 2012 – 12:52 pm

Larry Fitzgerald has always liked LaRod Stephens-Howling. They both went to Pitt, so it’s hard not to have a bond. The wide receiver has no problem talking about the Hyphen’s strengths, which include versatility — and size.

“He’s so small, when he comes through the line you don’t see him until he’s too close, and then when he’s that close, there’s no way you can tackle him in a phone booth,” Fitzgerald said. “When he’s in space, he creates so many mismatches for us. He’s got big-play capabilities.”

Stephens-Howling, assuming his health holds up, will be the running back under the spotlight Sunday when the Cards play the Bills. There will be work for William Powell and even Alfonso Smith, but the Cards need their Hyphen to make some things happen like the last time he started. That was in the season finale against Seattle last year — the Cards sat Beanie — and Stephens-Howling had a good game. Coach Ken Whisenhunt is hoping for a repeat.

“The last time I saw LaRod as a starter he went for 92 yards against a good Seattle defense,” Whisenhunt said. “I’m hopeful he can get those extra eight yards this week.”

That would be a huge deal for the Cards. The top individual game a running back has had this season was Ryan Williams’ 83-yard effort against the Eagles. In the end, Fitz said, the Hyphen’s pedigree will shine (OK, maybe Fitz smiled a little bit as he delivered the following quote):

“He’s a Pitt guy,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s capable of doing whatever. He can play quarterback, he can play defensive tackle, whatever we need him to do. When you go to Pitt, good things happen for you.”

– Whisenhunt said tight ends Todd Heap and Jim Dray are healthy enough to give him options at the position. “Thank goodness.”

“When you look at the roster when you go to the 53, people say, ‘Why do you keep four tight ends?'” Whisenhunt said. “It’s because we’ve been through this before. It seems like it never fails you are going to be stuck with two or one-and-a-half. We’ve been that way, and I think we’re finally past that point for right now.”

The full injury report is due out in a bit.


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9 Responses to “Time for the Hyphen”

  1. By Kurt on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    Time for the Dash

  2. By Cert 33 on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    Lerod has been one of the team’s best athletes for several years now. Despite his size, he has always been the best returner/running back at protecting the football. What he is not, unfortunately, is an every down running back unless he is used the way we used to use Larry Centers (Primarily an Outlet-Checkdown receiver/Running Back). Big play capability.

  3. By LUKE on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    most definately.im looking forward to him lighting it up sunday!

  4. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    Heap has been a waste of a roster spot ever since he’s been signed. I hope he’s not resigned next year – just too unreliable.

  5. By georgiebird on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,
    LSH is a multi-talented player, good short term choice by Whiz.
    Still annoyed with the way the defense gets praised and the OL gets knocked. Here are some points:
    1) Our offense has no explosive players including QB so the opposing defense “cheats” against us putting extra players in the box at times during the game.
    2) defenses don’t think we can put a long drive together so they crowd the line and give us short stuff in the secondary.
    3) after each game, Whiz tells us about all the pass plays that were open that weren’t capitalized on. When a QB can’t move away from a blitz and throw a deep ball (ala Eli Manning) then defenses keep overloading the line and defenses don’t get burned.
    4) the choice of a WR as #1 was an OK idea but when that guy was a clone of Larry, it turned out to be a bad pick. Speed should have been a major criteria.

    Granted, the OL is not very good but it’s dealing with a number of issues that are bringing out the worst in them. To add to the problems, last week we had our defense cave in on the opening drive to the offensively challenged Rams that only added to the home town frenzy. Russ Grimm is a good coach but there is only so much he can do with the players he has and the the issues mentioned above.

  6. By cobra on Oct 12, 2012 | Reply

    georgiebird:

    Wow, you’re one step behnid and still don’t have a clue.

  7. By jason marcus on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah seriously, I wish I could show up to my job only half the time, great player but he’s wasting the team position,develop others and move on, hope he retires after this season.,,

  8. By nrock on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    @georgiebird

    no explosive players on offense… hmm i guess you seemed to forget about all those 1000 yard years fitz has had… or the fact that andre roberts, is one of the faster players on the team, and Michael Floyd, a clone of Larry? no he’s and boldin kind of reciever, physical, and can make those tough catches in tight windows, the only thing problem the the team is the offensive line. a good line can establish the run for about 4-5 yards, and the running back has to have vision and moves, or power to get the extra yardage and a good line can provide the minimum of 3 seconds for the quarterback to throw… a good line can give us a running game, because we have good backs that can run the ball well in open field, and a passing game because we have the guy we a set of the best hands in the league and a guy that is hard to cover due to speed and a guy that can make catches when playing physical secondary its really a trio that is virtually unstoppable….and to touch on the fitzgerald clone one more time, i think you’re thinking of larod byrd…

  9. By WSS on Oct 14, 2012 | Reply

    33 Was so productive off the bench, while starter hyphen was not productive at all and they kept running him. I would have rotated 33 in 3 in 2 out and seen where more of a run game would lead. Cards decide to throw instead, then after Kolb gets knocked out they feed Skelton pass plays through the last minute of reg with the only run play of ot going to hyphen for a loss. If they would have ran 33 more I think the game would have ended better. Don’t know why the cards play callers shy away from 33 but when you have a hugely paid rb like wells who stubs his toe and is out for 6 weeks, you need to elevate a hard runner like 33 to starter. Oline has to block better but you have to find a running game too. As far as wells and his “turf toe,” I miss rb’s like payton; he loved punishing defensive guys while playing injured himself.

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