Whiz the day after

Posted by Darren Urban on September 21, 2009 – 11:47 am

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.

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4 Responses to “Whiz the day after”

  1. By nor cal cards fan on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    What a HUGE win! Watching the offense click again like during the super bowl run was a thing of beauty.Thats how you go to the East Coast and run somebody off the field! Seven years is a long time coming.URB- Do you think there’s a chance Early will be activated for the colts this week? When he does come back, do you think he has any shot to give Urban a run for his money at the number 4 WR spot? I know Urban has been solid, but i personally think Early could have star potential if he could just stay healthy. He was a beast at LSU.

  2. By darrenurban on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    Nor Cal —

    I think Early has a future but right now, no, I don’t think he has a shot at unseating Jerheme. For one, Urban is better on special teams, so that hurts Doucet’s case. More importantly, Early just hasn’t been healthy enough to do it consistently in practice. He’s still got a long way to go. Barring injuries, it may be tough for Doucet to be active game days. After watching the Colts tonight, the Cards may want to run more and not less, so they don’t need 6 active receivers (including Morey).

  3. By nor cal cards fan on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Darren- thanks for the feedback on Early.It sure is nice for us die hards to be able to ask somebody some questions who is with the team on a day to day basis.I appreciate you taking the time.One more quick one for you- Do you anticipate Fitz commenting publicly on his brothers tweets?

  4. By darrenurban on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Nor Cal —

    This is just a guess, but I would think a) Larry would rather it all just go away and b) he’ll be forced to say something about it. We’ll know after practice Wednesday.

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