Whiz thoughts on a Friday

Posted by Darren Urban on August 6, 2010 – 12:25 pm

Some words from coach Ken Whisenhunt on the day a ballboy was nailed in the wrong place by a John Skelton fastball that skipped off the ground. “He’s doubtful for the afternoon practice,” Whiz deadpanned. (And no, we don’t have video and we wouldn’t post it anyway so, come on, people. Be nice).

— Whisenhunt said G Deuce Lutui is still heavy. “He is actually playing well,” Whisenhunt added, “but we know he can be even better if he gets his weight down to where it was last year. It’s just unfortunate we have to go through this at camp.”

— The Cards mixed-and-matched the first-team cornerbacks across from DRC, but that’s just so everyone can get a look. That competition is wide-open.

— As for newcomer CB Trevor Ford, Whisenhunt said it was a chance to have a “little bit of an upgrade” at the position. “We’re always looking to improve.” I would guess it’ll be a long shot for Ford to make an impact (he was, after all, a street free agent), but the Cards will take a look at him.

— He remains happy with the intensity, which is not an easy thing to keep alive. “You reach the point in training camp where you hit the wall,” Whisenhunt said. “This is the drudgery of camp. There’s not a lot to get excited about because you are doing the same things over and over.”

Hmmm. Sounds like how I feel right now.

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30 Responses to “Whiz thoughts on a Friday”

  1. By Dustin on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply


    You ain’t gettin’ no sympathy from me. We’re all trudging away at the office, and you’re up in the great North watching some good ol’ birds F-ball, ya dig? Keep those updates coming.

    Thanks man

  2. By kingdiamond on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply


    If you hit the wall, it sure does not show! Keep up the great reporting!


  3. By Sedona Chris on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    way to keep it up guys… carry this through february and the super bowl will be ours… i hope the ball boy got some sort of compensation from skelton… maybe a signed ball or dinner or something… i would really love to see toler step it up at some point… but i’m glad that there is competition to put the best man in each position

    Urban- who would you assess is the front runner for the wide open CB spot?

  4. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Sedona —

    No one. Which is why it’s wide open right now.

  5. By Logan Cooper on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Did it look like this when he got hit with the ball?

  6. By Nick Pepe on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    I once was bitten on the job by a Rotti in “the wrong place”. No permanant damage except to the ego!
    Darren – How much time will the first team get in the initial pre-season game and secondly, when are the first cuts due in to the league.
    Support your local SPCA

  7. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Nick —

    My guess is first team will play about a quarter. First cuts come after the third preseason game, and it’s only five guys. The rest come at the conclusion of the preseason.

  8. By Nick Pepe on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    @ Logan – thank you. very funny…..assuming no serious damage was done.

  9. By Chris B on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Ballboy got hit in the…. hmm…. probably why they are called ballboys, huh?

    Hope Skelton bought him lunch or something.

  10. By Scott H on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Did Skelton yell “FORE!” before he threw the pass? Or, as they say in Caddyshack, should he have yelled “TWO” instead???

  11. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Kent Somers just reported that the Cards have officially placed the ball boy on the PUP list.

  12. By darrel on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hey darren we are very thin at cb and ILB what are the chances we Could bring in veteran like shuan springs ,Chris mcaclister . champ bailey would be great but that seems like a long shot considering denver alreadly one playmaker on defense.

  13. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Darrel —

    Said something about this earlier. Those guys are old and broken down.

  14. By Eric on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply


    I saw a picture on this morning that showed Dean Muthadi at practice with his calf wrapped. I thought that he was released. I think it was from a couple of days ago.

  15. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Eric —

    Until Muhtadi gets an injury settlement, he can rehab with the team. Dean even talks about it here:—Dean-Muhtadi-Update/19ef0ba4-75a8-4c9e-934c-dcc0ddc90be3

  16. By Walter L on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Come on Darren, that’s why you guys should film EVERYTHING. lol You never know, if you would have taped it, sent it to America’s Funniest, you could have taken home the $10,000 grand prize.

  17. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Walter L —

    I wouldn’t have put the kid through that.

  18. By Joe daddy on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Can’t wait to see max hall and stephen williams in the pre season! I think our 2nd string o-line will hold up well, so we should get a good look at these young QB’s.

  19. By card62 on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Darren good article on the offensive line competition.
    Read an article where the Giants are a little thin at OL and Denver getting into trouble on the D line. Still very early but if we stay healthy I think we could see some trades coming from the Cardinals.
    Go Cards Poor Ball Boy (Man Now) I think we all have had it happen to us one time or another. Great pain, but when it is not you, you have to chuckle.

  20. By KG on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    It’s kind of disappointing to see that Greg Toler hasn’t made much of an impact this first week. Hopefully he can bring it around in the next week of camp to show he has what it takes to be a starting cornerback. The fact that the cornerback race is wide open is disheartening after hearing so much praise for him and especially with our depth as deficient as it is. I was convinced he would be a shoo-in but I’ll be up at practice tomorrow morning cheering him on. Keep up the great reporting Darren, you have a discernible talent knowing how to write from the side of an analyst and a fan of the team.

  21. By Rick on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Interesting article coming out of Philly on potential cuts due to depth around the league.

    Mentions our depth at OG, though I disagree on Lutui being on the trading block or being cut — he’s just too good. With our lack of ILB depth I was scanning the comments there — looks like the Packers or Ravens might have some depth there, though with the decimated secondary, Baltimore might be looking for trades at this point.



  22. By Skiptim on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, are you guys going to put back up the “Calvisi, Wolf & Pasch Talk Linebackers” video? I had it up to where it was going to play, closed the tab to open it in a new one, and lost it :\

  23. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Skiptim —

    If it was up and then closed, that means they are trying to fix it. If a video is just old enough to be pushed off the page, you should be able to search for it under the video section.

  24. By FightON! on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    I could slap you guys for making light of that poor kid’s plight…I’m sure you wouldn’t want a video put up for a bunch of clowns to laugh at if he were your son! Thanks to the Cards and you Darren for taking the high road.

  25. By Joe on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    I was up at camp on Thursday and adams didn’t look to bad if he would just grow about 2-3 inches he would be a lock lol

  26. By Mike F on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply


    What are the rules if any for tomorrow’s signings (other than 12 & under)? Will they sign footballs, jerseys, …? Thank you for your help. And any other valuable info that will be helpful to make it as smooth as possible (our 1st yr going). Thanks again!


  27. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Mike F —

    I believe it’s one item per, and you could get a jersey. But remember, if you walk up with a 5-year old and hand them an Adult XL jersey, they may call you on that.

  28. By Eazy E on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Hey darren, champ bailey isn’t old and broken down smh!!!

  29. By darrenurban on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Eazy —

    I wasn’t talking about Champ. But he isn’t coming here either.

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