Coach Ken Whisenhunt just had his day-after presser, so before I head down to open locker room, here are some of the highlights:
— Injury-wise, the Cards seem OK. T Levi Brown obviously hurt his ankle but he came back into the game. S Antrel Rolle said after the game he hurt his knee, but Whisenhunt said it was actually Rolle’s quadricep that was bothering him. The coach didn’t seem overly concerned about either one, and said LB Chike Okeafor was “close” to playing Sunday but was eventually ruled out with the bad shoulder.
— Whiz also said his players seemed to handle the terrible heat/humidity of Jacksonville. He expected some players to “lock up” on the flight home but they didn’t. He also said that, as an expert of growing up in the South and playing plenty of afternoon football in similar weather, the Jacksonville game may have been the worst he had ever been involved with.
— He praised the offensive line, noting he had been angry with them last week and that maybe he needs to continue that approach (although he said it with a smile).
— He said Beanie Wells can’t be a fumbler. That’s no surprise. But he brought up the case of former Giants RB Tiki Barber, who went from being a fumbler to one of the most secure runners in the league.
— He said Larry Fitzgerald obviously wants the ball more, but he pointed out the Cards want to get the ball to Fitz more. “He’ll tell you, but it’s never in any way other than kind of kidding around,” Whisenhunt said.
— A healthy Steve Breaston probably is the punt returner. But Rolle will continue to work on his punt-catching issues. Whisenhunt did said the problem quad did affect Rolle, and noted that there may be nothing more difficult in football than running up to catch a punt with the other team bearing down on you.
— K Neil Rackers is “unselfish” for wanting to be in on kickoff coverage. But Rackers needs to be smarter too.
Tags: Antrel Rolle, Beanie Wells, Chike Okeafor, Ken Whisenhunt, Larry Fitzgerald, Levi Brown, Neil Rackers, Steve Breaston, Tiki Barber
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