Whiz talks Warner

Posted by Darren Urban on November 23, 2009 – 11:32 am

Coach Ken Whisenhunt had his day-after press conference and, as you’d expect, much of the talk was about QB Kurt Warner. Not that there was anything new — Warner had a long talk with Whisenhunt on the plane flight home discussing strategy and Tennessee (Warner was even watching Titans video already) — and it certainly seems like it’ll be an upset if Warner isn’t able to play this coming week. He’ll have a baseline test (probably tomorrow) to test his head — again, at this point, he has “concussion-like symptoms” and has not officially been diagnosed with a concussion — and go from there.

— The other significant injury was the right knee bruise of CB Bryant McFadden, and as usual, Whisenhunt didn’t have anything new on that front. The injury isn’t feared to be serious, so from there, I guess we have to wait until Wednesday to see if McFadden can go. Even if he does end up playing this week, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him miss some practice time. But that’s just a guess.

— Whiz said LB Chike Okeafor (back) should return to practice. He didn’t make the trip to St. Louis because they didn’t want him sitting on a plane for three hours.

— Finally, Whisenhunt again was talking a lot about backup QB Matt Leinart. One key point: “There were a lot of things we didn’t allow him to do,” Whisenhunt said, noting the Cards preferred to stay “close to the vest” and avoid big losses or turnovers as the Rams dialed up heavier pressure.

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18 Responses to “Whiz talks Warner”

  1. By Jesse Robles on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    The funny thing about next week is, if Leinart starts it will be a battle of the so called busts of the 2006 draft with Vince Young playing on the Titans. I don’t think these guys are busts, not everyone is going to be a Brett Favre, sorry.

  2. By Jovy on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    How long do these baseline tests usually take to receive results? A day? Two days? Thank you in advance.

  3. By darrenurban on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    Jovy —

    It’s usually immediate. The whole point is to see if a person is lucid enough or if he is still showing symptoms.

  4. By Eric G on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    It was blatantly obvious that the gameplan under Matt was very conservative. I understand with the strategy of basically telling the Rams that they need to beat us with their offense, but I would have like to have seen more openness with Matt back there. Oh well, it’s a win and let’s hope the players are healthy for Tennessee, I am very scared of this one now that Vince is back at the helm. If the Cards are to win, it’ll have to be a turnover free day.

  5. By Jesus on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    With three games up inthe west we can rest Warner, but Lienart needs to show more confidence, because he looked nervous from the time he knew he was going in the game. he has done good in the past and I am sure he can do it again if needed. i think Warner gives us the best chance win but Matt can play also

  6. By spitfire772 on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    Guys, Kurt is GOING to play on Sunday, unless somebody knocks him out during practice. I agree the gameplan was conservative, but you can only do so much when Leinart comes out overthrowing people and only completing one pass to a WR (great ctach by Larry). The fumble wasn’t his fault, but he was basically checking down to Beanie and Hightower the entire time. He’s gotta be more aggressive and try to win the game. I had a problem with the Cards not kicking a 50 yard FG on Matt’s first drive. We moved the ball well, but told our Pro-Bowl caliber kicker (with a very strong leg) that we don’t trust him from 50? Too conservative if you ask me.

  7. By Brian on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    well if you read why whiz decided to not kick the field goal maybe you would understand a little better..because we have a pro bowl caliber punter and he did just as whiz thought..pinned them down in the ten…and matt was not allowed to do things kurt gets to do..he was playing safe football and made the plays that needed to be made…and darren the tennessee games time got switched right?…so it will be a 2:15pm az time right?…thx darren

  8. By darrenurban on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    Brian —

    Yes, the Titans game is at 2:15 p.m. AZ time. As always, the schedule is on the home page.

  9. By kerouac9 on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    I’m sure that you never noticed that one of the top-two pass catchers on the team right now is… Tim Hightower. Maybe by “checking down” to Hightower he was doing what he learned from watching Warner all season. He didn’t need to try and win the game; the game was already over.

    I’m still in your corner, Matt.

    It should bear mentioning that the game-plan was also for a RIGHT HANDED quarterback. Watching Matt roll out to the right side of the line was just painful. It’s almost impossible for a left-handed QB to set his feet right and make that throw on the right-handed roll out, just as it would be nearly impossible for Warner to roll out to the left side and throw accurately.

  10. By Robert on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    Hightower catches a lot of passes because we use a lot of 4 wide sets and check down to him often. Also, Anquan has been hurt for 2 or 3 games and missed 1. What I was saying was that Matt was ONLY checking down to the RBs, giving us little chance to go downfield and maintain continuity. I still Matt can be a good QB, you’re just not going to get many situations that are better than the one he had yesterday.

  11. By skyler cook on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    i didnt like matts performance last week but we need to get him in these week practicing, we shouldnt even play warner vs. the titans because were 3 ahead, just give him a 2 weeks to make sure hes ok, and we’ll have to see what leinart can do for this team as a starter.

    good luck matt.

  12. By Dave on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    “and it certainly seems like it’ll be an upset if Warner isn’t able to play this coming week”

    Darren? HOW do you mean that?

  13. By darrenurban on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Dave —

    Not sure what you mean.

  14. By Chris on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    What I’m getting is that Warner was taken out for precautionary reasons. I think he will be fine to play on Sunday in Nashville.

  15. By Dave on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    It could be construed that you were predicting a Titans win if Warner didn’t play.

  16. By darrenurban on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Dave —

    Never even thought about that. First of all, you are assuming the Cardinals will be favored, which is no sure thing given the Titans’ recent streak. And I think in context it was fairly clear I meant Warner is expected to play and it would be surprising (“an upset”) if he did not.

  17. By Dave on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Maybe I should have said,”it could be MISconstrued”

    Actually I don’t assume the Cards will be favored in Tennessee. I expect they will win though.

  18. By ThomaSexy on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    I don’t think they should start Leinart. Let’s say the Cards lose to the Titans. We have the Vikings next and that’s no guaranteed win for us. After that, we have the 49ers who will have their chance to tie things up in the NFC West if we lose the next 2 games. Give us the best chance to win by putting Kurt Warner in. Don’t put us in a position to let the playoffs slip away from us. Start Kurt, beat the Titans, keep the Niners down, and give us a shot at homefield advantage in the playoffs. Go Kurt!!!!!

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