OK, maybe coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn’t exactly say, “Keep it simple, stupid” to himself when preparing for the first game of the the year, but there is little question he doesn’t want it getting too complicated. He remembers his first game as head coach in 2007, a Monday night affair in San Francisco the Cardinals should have won but didn’t as they sluggishly started the season.
It’s easy to come up with plays for Whisenhunt and the staff. It’s not as easy to put them into practice, and then execute.
“Sometimes I’ll be Mr. Idea Man and come up with a bunch of different plays and it’s hard to tell the head coach, you can’t run that play,” Whisenhunt said. “I go back to our first year in San Francisco and we didn’t perform as well in that game because we had too much stuff in (the game plan). You hope you have learned your lesson, and I think we have done a better job with that this week.”
Who does tell a head coach listen to if someone tells him he has gone a bit too far? Assistant head coach Russ Grimm perhaps?
“Russ doesn’t either,” Whisenhunt said with a smile, “because he knows if I really want it in I am going to call it anyway.”
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