Beanie is too fast

Posted by Darren Urban on October 20, 2009 – 9:07 am

Apparently, Beanie Wells’ big problem right now is that he’s too fast.

Sure, normally being fast is an important aspect to a running back. But it’s not Wells’ speed as much as his anxiousness that is an issue, at least as coach Ken Whisenhunt sees it. Beanie’s fumble in Seattle? He didn’t allow his blocker time to do his job and slammed into his back, popping the ball loose. The juggle of another handoff later (that thankfully didn’t turn into a fumble)? Going after the ball too quickly.

“He’s so geeked up,” Whisnehunt said.

Most backs will take an immediate drop step before heading forward for a handoff, helping synch up with the quarterback. “Beanie is so fast, sometimes he’s getting there sometimes before the pull of the guard or even getting there too tight to the quarterback,” Whisenhunt said. “When we talk about a young player and having to work them into it, that’s what we’re talking about.”

Experience is the only way to correct it, Whisenhunt said. But like most things, it’s a Catch-22. Whisenhunt’s theory is that Wells has so many new things to learn on the pro level, it’s easy to forget about the little details that make him a good runner. And then, once it is time to actually carry the ball and not worry about blocking or catching, “it’s ‘I just want to get the ball, I just want to get the ball,’ ” Whisenhunt said. “The timing suffers a little bit.”



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20 Responses to “Beanie is too fast”

  1. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Let Beanie loose against NY! It’s time for his coming out party! We’re going to need him if we’re going to be balanced and win Sunday night in prime-time.

  2. By Year2Remember on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    What is being done to help slow him down? He is ridiculous fast and maybe have him stand like 15 yards back will help! (Just kidding) The running backs coach maybe needs to bring in a running back consultant for him specifically. It’s mental not physical. Settle down Beanie, 100yds is just a heistation away!

  3. By Year2Remember on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Sorry “hesitation”

  4. By elguapo on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Too quick or not, running into your own guy should not jar a ball loose.

  5. By Bryce on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    He has such amazing potential, though. The cards need to find a way to give him the ball in order to GET that much-needed experience at the Pro level.

  6. By Paul on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    A. Peterson and K. Moreno were first round picks. They have not had any timing problem that I can see. We need to demand more of our first round picks. They are getting large signing bonuses. I include Levi Brown in this too.

  7. By Eric on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    He’d better settle down and get this under control before Whiz puts him deep in the doghouse. This in intorlerable. An NFL running back can’t be fumbling every other carry.

  8. By Joe on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    He didn’t get enough time to learn how the offense works because of his school schedule and the injury. After he gets all of the kinks of being in the NFL worked out, he will be good.

  9. By Robert on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Darren, I know I’ve asked before, but do you know if Calais Campbell got credit for 2 sacks on Sunday instead of only 1?

  10. By darrenurban on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Robert —

    Not yet. If there are any statistical changes, they should be announced by Wednesday afternoon.

  11. By Joe on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    HE is a great running back if he can just slow down he will be starting over high tower

  12. By tom manoogian on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    -we are not in a position to have beanie fumble,reminds me of terry metcalf,if he was allowed to run without the football he would have been the the best running back in the nfl.unfortunately in this here league you have to hang on to the ball.i am pretty sure he will be ok,but right now he is a BIG liability,and we are not in a position to have him on the field.there might have been other reasons he went so far down in the draft.if we would have chosen adrian p back when, we would not be dealing with this and we would be unstoppable.ok that did not happen,but we are going to have to go with hightower as much as possible,that may not be as bad as some think.if you are a diehard cards fan,you can’t want beanie in the game.

  13. By Joe C on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Darren, I have a question for you. How come at the end of every Cards Chatter Webisode, when asked how to contact you, you always grab your left index finger with your right and begin to inform us. Is that like “Turning On A Switch” or something??? 🙂 Keep up the great work, always look forward to head to!!

    Joe C

  14. By darrenurban on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Joe —

    I wish I knew why. Great question.

  15. By cardinalsdad on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    In time my friends; In time, Go Cards.

  16. By nor cal cards fan on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Coach Whiz needs to give him the ball one time when we’re close to the goaline. Just let him taste paydirt once and watch his confidence sky rocket.Eric- I agree the fumbling is unacceptable. It doesn’t matter if your a 1st round pick or a 7th rounder, if you can’t hold onto the ball you can’t get on the field.

  17. By SmoothcardGA on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    I for one am in no hurry to rush Wells. he should still play but if the fumbles continue I say go THT and use LSH and Wright to spot him. Beanie Wells at this point is a rookie and not AP so the argument that you keep playing him if even the fumble continue would be absurd. We’re in the middle of the playoff push and aren’t in a position to experiment. Last year maybe but this year we aren’t. THT ran well early in the game last week especially when the blocking was able to get to the second level. A few of his runs were negated, most notably the Draw that finally worked and he made the guy miss and almost picked up the 1st. It was called back by Sendlien’s holding penalty. I feel THT’s a capable back that fits our Offense well. I thought the run calls we’re more power based last week. Their averages dropped when we started going east/west and they went all-out on the run later in the game and started fly through the line. Our rushing totals we’re misleading last game and I’m hoping the Giants are looking at it that way.

  18. By Big D on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    strait up beanie is special he needs some time to learn how to block and to slow down the man didnt get to practice early so its hurting him but as far as the fumbles adrian peterson fumbles alot but his skill alows him to be on the field I believe beanie has that kind of talent he just needs some time and we got hightower so I dont feel we should be thinking about playing him to much just make shure he gets ten carries a game and let the man get up to speed

  19. By Jerry Gwiz on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    Maybe we are looking at this the wrong ?? Maybe the line should be practicing to get the hole open quicker & out of the way of the faster coming train– Maybe??? Let’s get some of these special pays set up for Beanie

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