On losing Gandy, injuries, and Beanie

Posted by Darren Urban on December 24, 2009 – 1:29 pm

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the decision to put Mike Gandy on IR was tough but “the fact we were probably looking at the (NFC) championship game (for his return) and then to throw him in and compete in that situation is a difficult situation.” Jeremy Bridges is the starter at left tackle now but Whisenhunt said if something were to happen to Bridges, Levi Brown would move from right to left tackle and Brandon Keith would take over at right tackle.

Tight end Ben Patrick and wide receiver Sean Morey (concussions) remain out and will be game-day decisions if cleared. Spach can play for Patrick. Linebacker Will Davis (knee) had another good day and it looks like he will be available this weekend, although we will see if Whisenhunt makes him active.

On a non-injury note — and because I know the Beanie storyline remains topic A for many — Whisenhunt was talking about Wells getting more carries than Tim Hightower of late. Part of it is because Beanie is running well, Whisenhunt said, part is because Hightower’s thumb has been an issue. But, and I know this will bother some out there, that doesn’t mean it won’t balance out again. “It’s play-driven, package driven,” Whisenhunt said. “They can go in and out on a play-by-play basis. It’s really not a conscious effort (to give Beanie more carries) as much as it is a game-plan-type thing.”

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8 Responses to “On losing Gandy, injuries, and Beanie”

  1. By Trelian Logic on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Don’t you think its conceivable that Whiz’s explanation for the beanie-hightower thing is an effort to not have opposing teams key in on Beanie as a run only option and having to continue to game plan for Tim equally? I personally have thought whiz has handled the beanie-tim thing extremely well (although id like to see beanie involved in the passing game a tad more) but at least to me those quotes read as typical head coach coy/deceptive talk. It’s quite obvious beanie is now the primary RB and its hard to imagine that will change from this point forward. Happy holidays to you and yours.

  2. By darrenurban on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Trelian —

    It’s very possible Whisenhunt is engaging in some coachspeak. Maybe there is a happy medium, however. I understand where you are coming from, but there are many who are expecting Beanie to be the guy plain and simple. I just don’t see that happening.

  3. By SeeingRed on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Darren

    Off the subject a bit and I may have missed the memo but will the NFC West Champs banner be raised at the Rams game??

  4. By darrenurban on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    SeeingRed —

    Good question. I don’t know.

  5. By Logan Cooper on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    The beanie and Timmy situation reminds me of when whiz was switching matt and Kurt in. The great thing about this situation is rb’s are able to be switched in and not miss a beat, unlike qb’s.
    As a fan it’s frustrating because I love what beanie can do but for a coach gameplanning on both rb’s helps us out.

    On a side note: did beanie seem frustrated at the beginning of the year of the lack of carries he was getting or was he good at disguising it?

  6. By darrenurban on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    Logan –

    Beanie was very much frustrated (like when I did this story). All he could do was wait, however.

  7. By logan cooper on Dec 24, 2009 | Reply

    I would love to see beanie get 1,000 yards this season even though it a long shot. It would be a great accomplishment because of the limited amount he has been used.
    The way he has running lately there might be a little bit of light at the end of the 1,000 yard tunnel.

  8. By Danny Heksolson on Dec 25, 2009 | Reply

    Danny from Mexico here! I would love to see Beanie getting his deserved 1000 yards and even thou it is a hard task, he is very capable of doing it; also Q got to have theirs!!

    I feel this team will be unstoppable by the Playoffs time and this time we are gonna be WORLD CHAMPS!!

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