Walker out; Williams starts

Posted by Darren Urban on August 23, 2010 – 4:30 pm

Linebacker Reggie Walker (hamstring) isn’t going to play again today, after being limited all week in practice. The injury is hurting his chances to move up the depth chart before the regular season starts. As expected, undrafted rookie Stephen Williams is starting in place of the injured Larry Fitzgerald (knee). Tight end Ben Patrick (knee), wide receiver Early Doucet (abdomen), linebacker Gerald Hayes (PUP-back) and linebacker O’Brien Schofield (PUP-knee) are all sitting out.

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  1. By Nick on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply


    Over Matts career i have stuck by him with all his ups and downs but after what i have seen today through the first three series that has changed ! It just seems like Matt is afraid to throw the ball down the feild. I realize that on that third and one play that williams prob ran the wrong route. However, Matt just looks scared out there and unsure of what he is suppose to do. He lobs everything ! We have to have a better shot with one of the other three qb’s. I know you not going to come on here and bash Matt but he just doesnt look like a startin qb.


  2. By Bryan on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Is there ANY chance we could get Warner or Plummer out of retirement??:-)

  3. By Chris on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Watching the Monday night game. Do the offensive players even want Leinart as their QB? It looks like there is no urgency to block for him and no excitement in the offensive sets/huddles. what do you think Darren?

  4. By Cali Mark on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    wow the offensive line looks horrible

  5. By TBru on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    preseason, not about winning and loosing but how you play. I would have liked to see them go for on those two 4th and one’s bust Beanie up the middle. We know Ben can punt, and the score is meaningless why not see what the line and the O can do in tight situations?

  6. By Mandy on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Im just going to continue posting my boring but honest post all season…….The Cards WHIFFED big time not even trying to get McNabb…..I have no idea what these people where thinking behind closed doors when it came to the qb situation……..With McNabb at the helm, the question is how far they go in the playoffs, not can they break .500…………..

  7. By Bryan on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    101.3% agree whis ya

  8. By rob on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Our O-Line is suppose to be one of hour streights, especially in the run but they could not creat any push for hightower.. they just dont look good and its hard to watch this offense strugle

  9. By Mike T on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    I agree the line play was pretty bad but being the Breaston was the only real starter out there and knowing Matt wasnt gonna play much, im still not as concerned. I was happy to see him wanting that 4th down try. I was a bit more disappointed in the line and Hightower didnt look great today either.
    As far as Mcnabb tho Mandy, what happens when hes done? Im not saying he isnt a good QB but hes getting up there in age and has been much more injury prone (saturdays game shows that) Id rather really see the team develop the position than to put a band-aid over it for one or two more seasons.

  10. By Pheenic Cromartie on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    All of you, listen. First of all, Coach Whiz is 3-11 in the Preseason. Second, even though the Matt Leinart didn’t play to good today, give him a chance. He barely played at all today. Six throws, and he was out. Sure, he missed a few throws, but the receivers have to take some of the blame too! Don’t worry, Larry Fitzgerald and Early Doucet weren’t playing, so that means the receivers were bound to make mistakes. Those were the secondaries playing!

    I want to see Matt play the whole first half in the next game. That should give him the time he needs to score and bring up his confidence. Also, Coach Whiz will probably work with the O-line on giving better protection to Matt, and the defense needs to work on their rush and pass protection.

    Remember, last year, Kurt Warner crawled through the Preseason. He then took the Cardinals to the divisional round in the playoffs! I think the 3rd Preseason game will be the most important. It will give Coach Whiz a big idea on who he should set as starter.

    Sorry for the long comment! I just want to calm everyone down! Go Matt Leinart, and go Cardinals!

  11. By 49ersLoveMyLargePigSkin on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    I am confident the Cardinals will progress, As long as I could remember, I don’t recall ever seeing the Cardinals dominate in a pre-season game. I want Matt to succeed, but it seems he lacks leadership at this point. There is always time, and the momentum/emotions will really begin to set in around regular season(WHEN THE FULL PACKAGE IS TAKING PLACE). So all worries aside for now. Max Komar was looking good, and Stephen Williams looked pretty sharp too, no comment on Daryl Washington, I think he will be elite if he get’s his chance with the starters.GO CARDS!

  12. By Brad ONeill on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    it would be ridiculous to go for mcnabb we have been payiing matt for 5 years because he has some great skills. if our team was over the hill and this was the last chance they would have with the core of the team i could see making a move like that. but we have a young team drc, beanie, fitzgerald all have plenty of gas in the tank. lets take this year and see if matts got what it takes. i think he does he just needs someone to light a fire under him.

  13. By cactus jeff on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Too thin at LB, WR and DB. Dan Williams as the top draft pick was a major mistake. Hard to assess Lienhart when he is throwing to Williams at WR, WHO? at TE and handing the ball to Tim Slowtower. All would be fine with Q, Dansby and a solid #1 pick in the draft to bolster the secondary. Lienhart would be fine and another playoff run would be in the cards future.

  14. By Jcaswellsr on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Just plain lame.

  15. By Mario on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    There is a different vibe it seems when leinart is in and it’s not a good thing. I think the others have to beleive in him not just himself. Also saw our offensive line get clobered almost every play. Hope fully we can get these problems fixed before Week 1!

  16. By cardsfan28 on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Matt keeps saying he’s not worried, but in his position I’d probably say the same thing. You have to give him props for not mentioning how disapointing the offense was tonight. They played worse tonight than in the opening game and I didn’t think that was possible. Especially after whiz assured us we’d see a more refined offense this game. Feel kinda let down but I sure hope Leinert kicks it up a notch and leads his team in the postseason like Warner did. We have to remember Warner didn’t shine last preseason either. Go Matt! It’s now or never bud……

  17. By tygrbass on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    to much money tied up in matt leinart I think the cards are going to play him at least the first half of the season no matter how bad he plays.. they have to try to make something out of him…….

  18. By Dylan on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    and all the bandwagon fans are jumping off i bet no one remembers kurt playing like crap and the back ups coming in and playing better during the offseason last year or the fact when we were 1-2 the fans were calling for matt leinart settle down. to me it seems the coaches are just calling dump off plays look at all the routes and there is only 1 guy going deep and getting doubled covered every time. matt also needs to play more ken STOP pulling him out

  19. By Chris on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    was i watching the cardinals or the 2008 lions?

  20. By Jesse Robles on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    I love how everyone is acting, LIKE KURT WARNER WAS PERFECT, I say we give Matt more time throwing and more then freaking 8 throws. How can Ken Wisenhunt or anyone judge Matt when he is only getting 6 throws a game? IT ALL STARTS WITH THE OFFENSIVE LINE!!! BOTTOM LINE!!

  21. By cody on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, not a leinart hater by any means, but is there any chance at all that the Cardinals could trade for Tyler Thigpen? i was hearing rumors i nthe offseason, and i love the way that guy plays football, and i think he would be a great addition ot htis team.

  22. By Darren Urban on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    Cody —

    I don’t see that happening.

  23. By R Robles on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    He Wasnt Even Moving Around In The Pocket Ready To Throw Taking His Time Really Matt Cmon Sshh It Was The O Line To What Push Hey Darren How Come Skelton Didnt Play?

  24. By Darren Urban on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    R Robles —

    Same reason Hall didn’t play last week. Tough to get PT for four QBs in a game.

  25. By R Robles on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    No Motion No Shutgun Whats Up With That

  26. By Darren Urban on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    R Robles —

    That’s what the “vanilla” gameplan means. Show nothing.

  27. By cahongisto on Aug 23, 2010 | Reply

    look im all for matt leinhart bashing because his body language on the field screams i dont care and im getting paid so big deal… and you know what if football is your passion then thats not gonna cut it … anderson is in a new system and new team and i could see how he would need time to adjust and i say to hell with leinhart cut him leave hall and skelton as backups and lets move on from the usc disaster … very sad because he could have been amazing

  28. By Cali Mark on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    i dont see that Leinart played poorly. He only threw 6 passes and he didnt have Fitz or Doucet to throw too . I was much more upset at the play of the offensive line. Hightower getting stuck several times in the back field is not good. If we are to go to a more balanced offense then the offensive line has to make a push up front and make holes. I saw none of that tonight. On the defensive side, i saw no pass rush all game. Vince Young had all day to make plays. A very weak effort on both sides of the ball.

  29. By Mr. Know It All on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Yes there are many ready to press the panic button but hold on it’s the preseason and the Cards just run a vanilla style offense and defense. Whiz has a tough preseason record anyway. It also seems like there are several players just trying to do the minimum to stay healthy get through these tune ups waiting for when the games count. To say that QB Matt L. is struggling is an understatement. He actually looks like a bust. Remember he is a former HC D Green guy and all that money the Cards have paid him looks to be out the window. Maybe I’m being harsh but reality is setting in and this is the make or break year for QB Matt L. maybe we could trade him to Seattle for a draft pick. I’m very concerned that our 1st and 2nd string Qb’s are not gonna get it done. QB D Anderson should have got the ball to WR S Breaston in the endzone. Then he got another try with WR S Williams and threw it late. The experience factor is not showing for either one.

    Give credit to the Titans they have excellent line play on both sides of the ball. The Cards OL must get cohesive or 8 and 8 is a long shot. It was so funny when the Titans WR hurdeled over hesitant CB M Green. A muffed punt, missed tackles, incomplete passes, no push in the run game, barely a blitz here and there. The Cards do have 3 games in 11 days and going easy might not be a bad idea but all the good teams have solid QB’s that produce that’s where the transtion starts.

  30. By Darthcard on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Pathetic would be a kind word used to describe the performance I saw last night. My mouth dropped seeing second string defense beat our starting line. Yes it’s preseason but the cards knew the titans were bringing it and still acted like whoa what’s going on. Darren I know this is a qb driven league but why is little to few not complaining about the o-line? Russ must be pulling out his hair. P manning would go 2-10 with that o- line

  31. By Darren Urban on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Darthcard —

    I think there is concern about the O-line. But until they game plan and avoid these one-on-one matchups, I don’t know if we will get a true picture of what they can be.

  32. By Judy on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    My gosh Mandy are you related to McNabb or just in love with him.

    I hope Wiz will let Matt play the whole first half in the game with the Bears,It is hard to evaluate when he only lets him throw the ball 6 times.I believe he completed 4 of those.
    Also if the o-line doesn’t get better,none of our QB’s are going to play well.Not to mention that they are not opening up holes for the RB’s.

  33. By Big Red on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    PANIC,PANIC,PANIC Don’t worry fans!!! Vanilla offense and defense. I’ll put some money on any one, that it will be a different team in St. Louis. What happen with ( In Whiz we trust ) right Darren.

  34. By Darren Urban on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Big Red —

    That’s the hope.

  35. By Brent on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, How is it that Beanie hasn’t run a single series with the first team in eith game? I truly don’t understand this.

  36. By Darren Urban on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Brent —

    That’s vanilla for you. No motion, no subbing 2s for 1s in many cases.

  37. By Stefan on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hey I am from denmark. Love the cardinals but they have too remove matt… why not start with at rookie, let them play with the best… see what they got 🙂 love from denmark

  38. By Richard S on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not too worried. Matt QB rating was about double what Kurt Warner’s was in his 2nd preseason game last year. I do hope our offensive line improves though. They got their behinds whooped. I think Mike Singletary takes the pre-season a little more seriously, so A. Smith had an easier time moving the ball.

  39. By Phil Parbury on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    The evolution of Cardinal developement from a finesse team to a physically dominating team is being fractured. A few players don’t seem to understand they need to use all their skills in a very physical manner. Make their decision and go with it 100% and let the chips fall where they may.

  40. By aaaaudio on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    I know last year we did not do very well in preseason with all team pretty much still in tact. To me Leinart seems to be doing ok for the hand he has been delt in preseason. Whiz is showing absolutely nothing as far as schemes and play calling. Two games in here and I could have done without watching both.
    Hopefully he will let ML play for a half against the Bears. Maybe Doucet can showup as well. ML needs a complete season for us to really see what he has in the way of an NFL game.

  41. By Darren Urban on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    BluePitt —

    If you want to link to a story, copy the net address and link it. But we don’t post whole stories. That’s stealing.

  42. By BluePitt on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    Cool Darren, I just wanted to share the story I found it to be mostly true about Matty.. Ill find the link and post it..Thank You

  43. By BluePitt on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    Here is the link to the Leinart story..
    Thank’s again D.

  44. By Leeskicitizen on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    Chris, I believe there is some substance in what you observe. Part of the chemistry of any team is the desire of any individual player to be committed to a group endeavor as intense as football. In an environment where your physical and emotional well being are intimately tied into the efforts of others, there is the reality of being aware of who you can trust to come across with what it takes at the moment of truth. Players like Larry Fitz, Joey Porter, Darnell (no need for last names here), and La Rod are known for leaving everything they have on the field, even when they practice. It is a quality that is not only admired by other team players, but appreciated deeply. The Cardinals players observe each other as intensely as the coaches do. They get to know who they would rather go to battle with, and who to leave on the sidelines, and they’ve got ways of communicating this. I’ve got a feeling that with coach Wiz, the coaches and the other decision makers are watching and will respond appropriately.

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