Whiz talks Red-White

Posted by Darren Urban on August 6, 2010 – 7:56 am

Once upon a time the Cardinals held a full intra-squad scrimmage on the second Saturday of camp inside the Skydome. Then running back Marcel Shipp suffered a gruesome injury on the old turf, and any thoughts of keeping the “real” scrimmage going were flushed. These days, it’s the “Red-White” practice, which means a regular practice with some offense versus defense at the end.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the difference will be that, instead of each unit running three plays and coming off like a normal workout, the units will actually have a controlled scrimmage where they will have down and distance, have plays called from the sideline and the offense will try and drive the ball.

“It’s more of a game-type atmosphere,” Whisenhunt said. “It’ll prepare them for the game a week from that day. … If (the offense is) in the middle of a drive, they will get extra plays to try and finish that attempt.”

Whisenhunt said quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson will each get a chance, with either John Skelton or Max Hall (but not both) getting a chance to lead the third team. “We will try to make it so all the reps are fairly even but you never know,” Whisenhunt said.

— For details on the Red-White practice, like the autograph session or directions, click here.

— A reminder that fans coming to Flagstaff are asked to take part in the Albertson’s Backpack Drive, an effort to get new or gently used backpacks for needy kids through the Hope Endures program. Anyone donating a backpack will receive an exclusive Cardinals/Albertson’s backpack in exchange. Now through the end of camp Aug. 14, fans can turn in the donated backpacks at the camp’s Kids Zone for a coupon redeemable at Albertson’s.

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16 Responses to “Whiz talks Red-White”

  1. By chad debeau on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    preseason games aren’t televised, correct? i’m going to die if i have to wait until the regular season for some football and will also miss the competition of the preseason

  2. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Chad —

    Preseason games are televised.

  3. By TMAS on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    I know everyone is saying Lienart for starting QB, but is Anderson giving him any reason to worry?

  4. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    TMAS —

    Right now, I would say no, but it is early.

  5. By EvanGags on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, is there a possibility that Arizona could carry 4 QB’s? It seems unlikely, but they all seem like good talent. And is there a chance Max Hall could beat out John Skelton for the 3rd QB spot?

  6. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Evan —

    There is a possibility the Cards could keep one of the practice squad. And yes, there is a possibility Hall beats Skelton.

  7. By LUKE on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    i believe leinart is the definate starter but darren,regarding skelton,do you think he is the quarterback coach whiz is really grooming for the starting role in the years to come?

  8. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Luke —

    Stop me if you have heard this before: Way, way, way, way too early to know. We are a week into his first training camp.

  9. By Voice of Reason on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Still frustrating we couldn’t get Marc Bulger. I like Matt and Derek, but Bulger would have been the perfect backup/possible starter.

  10. By LUKE on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    haha.gotcha.i know its way early but when i look at skelton,he is a big ben clone.i am huge on organization and planning,as is whiz and i like to look two years ahead.but yeah,haha,its too early for even this season.

  11. By ShannonRobinson on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    I think St Louis held onto Bulger until the Cards had to make a decision on a backup QB. The Rams were willing to do anything to avoid what the Eagles did with McNabb & Washington. I bet Max is kept as a practice squad QB in response to the fans from accross our border (Utah) with BYU loyalties – that’s not a bad thing.
    Great to see the coaches decision to guts it out with Byrd and Spach with a little help from Leach – asking those guys to step up brings loyalty from players for the organization. Kudos to Mr. Graves and Coach.

  12. By MRS MESS on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    I think HALL is looking fantastic!!! All QB’s look good, but after watching every practice this week, I tell ya, Skelton is a little sketchy in the pocket. To me, Max Hall is a lot smarter, di-sects it a little better than Skelton. And well Leinart, I think Anderson is making him work that much harder. But I’m rooting for Max Hall, we have to keep the hometown boy!!!

  13. By chad on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    do you know what television channels will air the cards preseason games?

  14. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Chad —

    In the Valley, I believe the games will be on Ch. 15, except for the Titans game, which will be on ESPN/Ch. 3.

  15. By steve cardona on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    hey darren, although i live in the palm springs area i sure would love one of those back packs from albertsons and would be more than happy to send them a brand new one …how can i make this happen without actually driving there ..thanx


  16. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Steve —

    I will send your e-mail to someone who hopefully can help you.

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