Beanie’s potential workload and the defense’s meeting

Posted by Darren Urban on September 23, 2010 – 2:03 pm

RB Beanie Wells (knee) did a little more at practice today, and if he comes in Friday and “everything is good,” coach Ken Whisenhunt thinks he’ll be able to play Sunday. What that means is a different story.

“We will get a feel for it as it goes,” Whisenhunt said. “If he gets a hot hand, like he has shown before, we will give some work. But he’s not in football shape, so to think he’ll get 25 or 30 carries, that’s not going to happen. He’ll get enough, and if it’s the right situation, we will see where he is.”

Whisenhunt still has left the door open pretty wide. Beanie didn’t get even 20 carries in a game all last season, so he’s probably not going to approach 30 anytime soon, not with Tim Hightower in the backfield and the Cards committed to using multiple backs.

— The defensive players-only meeting Wednesday was also a topic. Linebacker Joey Porter called it, and basically, the defense reiterated to itself a game like Sunday in Atlanta can’t happen again.

“I have been around a number of teams that it has happened,” Whisenhunt said. “If you have the right people doing it and get the right things out of it, it’s a good thing.”

Whisenhunt recalled a year he was playing for the Redskins when they had players’ only meetings every Saturday night. “It became kind of like a ritual for us,” he said. “Hopefully we will see good results from (this one) Sunday.”

— The game against the Raiders is a sellout and won’t be blacked out, meaning it will be televised locally on CBS (Ch. 5).

— The Cardinals re-signed LB Cyril Obiozor to the practice squad Thursday.

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28 Responses to “Beanie’s potential workload and the defense’s meeting”

  1. By Chris B on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    CBS? Aren’t the Cards usually a Fox team?

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Chris B —

    RE: Network

    NFC is on Fox. AFC is on CBS. When teams battle AFC v. NFC, the visiting team is the one determining the network (because there is always a chance the home team can be blacked out but the visiting team will always be televised). Oakland is an AFC team, so it’s on CBS. When the Cards are in San Diego, that will be a Fox game.

  3. By tRiGiDy22 on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Sellout! Protect the Nest! Hope Joey Porter an the D! looked at the Stats of the last two games? No Gang tackling every player just solo’s where is the Red Swarm?? Helping out your teammate? I have a feeling if we played the 49ers the first game every person that touched the ball for the whiners would have 11 guys tacking him all game! Share the Hate! Warrior’s come out an Play’ Lets Go Bigred Lets take back control 2-1 lets put it on Oakland!

  4. By Rich on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    any word on how Gerald Hayes is coming along

  5. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Rich —

    RE: Hayes

    Still on the side, seems to be in the same holding pattern.

  6. By Nick Pepe on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Run hard, protect the QB and it’s a W

  7. By Casey on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply


    Someone might want to correct Larry Fitzgerald’s statement that the New York Giants are 0-2. Actually, they are 1-1 after beating Carolina at home Week 1 and losing to the Colts on the road last Sunday night.

    Did he really say that? If so, wow, not sure what is in the water everyone is drinking over at the Cardinals facility….


  8. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Casey —

    RE: Giants

    With all respect to Fitz, I didn’t catch that either. And whats’ worse, he is right — Coughlin is catching some heat, and the fact it’s after one game is incredible.

  9. By jwit on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    The defense coming together is the best Cardinal news I’ve heard in a long time. Given the talent we have at D.. we should be able to give our offense some breathing room to operate. You can’t play smash mouth football when you’re behind double digit points. I’m confident that WHEN our defense gets in synch, we will have the edge in the NFC West not the 49ers. I know that a lot of people have voiced their concerns about the Cardinals signing ‘old’ veterans but you can’t put a price tag on leadership and Kudos to Joey Porter and any other leader on defense that’s willing to set a certain standard on and off the field… Go Cards!

  10. By ross on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, I have friendly bet with a coworker…I want your opinion.

    I say THT will finish the year within 100 rushing yards of beanie for the season.

    So from here on out Beanie would need to outgain THT by 269 yards for me to lose.

    Who wins the bet??

  11. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Ross —

    RE: Hightower v Beanie

    This is only an exhibition and not a competition, so please, no wagering.

    Wait, it is a competition, isn’t it?

    I think it’s a total crapshoot at this point. Factoring in potential injuries, potential fumble problems, potential one-guy-getting-hot. If Beanie comes back strong right away, it’s possible. If it takes him a couple games, it’s going to be hard.

  12. By Duece on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Our defensive co-ordinator’s scheme doesn’t seem to to fit a gang tackling style. Everyone has their area and sticks to it. Hate that!! Would much rather see a team that runs to the ball.

  13. By DanenInWI on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    I know others have probably asked this…….. but what is really going on with Beanie? Has anyone in the media asked Whiz point blank if there is something really wrong past what has been reported? It’s been been almost a month and that is a long time to keep someone out for a bruise that wasn’t supposed to be that big of deal when it happened. Do you get the sense that there is some info not being shared for some reason?

  14. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    DanenInWI —

    RE: Beanie injury

    You’re right, I answered a similar question in the comments of this post earlier today:

  15. By Scott H on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Good to see someone on the D stepping up and calling for a meeting that will hopefully wake everyone up…because it looks like this D has been half asleep ( maybe more than half ) the past few weeks.

  16. By Zapp on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply


    In word if the Cards are possibly interested in trade for Kevin Kolb. I know a couple of people have asked this question that you dodged a little so I am going to assume that if you do not answer again then thats a yes.

  17. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Zapp —

    RE: Kolb

    That’s an awful big leap to make if I don’t answer a question.

    The truth is, I don’t know and it’s moot anyway. The Eagles aren’t trading Kolb.

  18. By BLOOD RED on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to see 1st play of the game a bomb to Fitz or Breaston.Get the crowd pumped up and come out and dominate this game on both sides of the ball.We get the early touchdown and a 3 n out, its on.It’s obvious what happened last week their fans were all in and we folded our hand.We will be fine this is a solid team that knows we could of made it a closer game than it was.We took it easy when game was out of hand and while it doesn’t look good on paper,we came out healthy and as always the underdog.Team will respond in a huge way this week and still get no credit,but confidence and chemistry will be flowing through the locker room .Rock n Roll Red Birds!!!

  19. By AdrianandLarryWilsonStandUp on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Good for the players only meeting if it was constructive, not mud slinging. Most everyone has been at one of these “get-togethers” and they usually turn into a gripe session with nothing but hurt feelings and animosity afterwards.
    With the Raiders possessing an above average running game, it’s a perfect opportunity for the defense to prove a point. This side of the ball is WAY too talented to have the results of the last 4 games. 3 games in, you should have a decent grasp of your defense- so far, a lot of opportunity for improvement.

  20. By Blair on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Was this game any closer to being blacked out than most of the home games last year? Seems like most every home game needed the twenty four hour extension.

  21. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Blair —

    RE: Blackout/Sellout

    Well, it didn’t need an extension so I’d say no.

  22. By OttisAndersonFan on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Kurt had an uncanny knack for bouncing back from a real stinker of a game. I don’t know if DA has that same gene. Therefore, citing that, “We’ve always responded well after a beat down,” might not be applicable to this roster going forward. Time will tell.

  23. By kaleb on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply


    this is unrelated to the article above, but…
    i just read your piece on changing quarterbacks, do you have some sentiment that lead to that article. perhaps, the cardinals qb situation?
    after seeing 2 games with anderson and 2 snaps with max hall. what is your take on the future of the position?
    in my opinion hall gives us the best chance to win( if we start him), its about that energy you were talking about.. that reviving motivation so to speak.. whats your take?

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

    Kaleb —

    RE: QB article

    It seemed timely since a) the opponent this week changed in Oakland and b) so many people are clamoring for a change with the Cards.

    That said, Whiz thinks Anderson gives them the best chance to win. That could change this season, but I don’t think it will if they win some games and stay in the division race.

  25. By Carddan on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    Is this a two time defending Division Champion or a 5-11 team? Carddan has made his bet and is “all in”. Ask anyone who has played poker with me, they didn’t even know ‘Carddan” was about the Cardinals. They thought it was about that game played with cards.

  26. By kaleb on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    yeah but beating oakland at home will not define his ability. (win some games and stay in the division race?) why do we have to settle for this… we need to establish some backbone in this division. meaning nfc west doesnt beat us this year, then take 3 or 4 out of division games. im tired of hearing about san fran and seattle…we run this division.

  27. By Scott H on Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

    Vince Tobin once said that sometimes it gets to a point where you have to bloody someone’s nose…for this defense, I’d say that time has come.

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