I will have a full story later on the homepage, but after coach Ken Whisenhunt officially announced Max Hall would be the starter, he spoke a little bit about why:
“There were a number of individual factors that went into the decision,” Whisenhunt said. “I’m not going to go into those, but that’s the direction we are going to go right now and we will see how it works out this weekend.”
Whiz was asked later to expound on the reasoning, and he declined again, just saying the offense was missing opportunities — ones that needed to be hit upon. Hall was his normal confident self, saying that he was approaching it like he is the permanent starter and saying all the right things, like he just wanted to execute the offense, work hard, etc.
Derek Anderson — who was not available for comment — will be the No. 2. Whiz said Anderson wasn’t thrilled with the decision but handled it professionally.
Center Lyle Sendlein, on protecting Hall: “It doesn’t matter who is back there, if we don’t block for the quarterback … you could put my grandmother back there and she wouldn’t do well. Not saying she would do well if we did block for her. (But) she’s pretty athletic.”
Among other quickies after practice:
— RB Beanie Wells and Whiz had their discussion after Beanie complained about carries Monday. Not surprisingly, Whiz said he wished Beanie had come to him first. But clearly it’s been put behind both of them. Beanie insisted it wasn’t a big deal, that his point was he just wants to contribute.
— Whiz said the status of WRs Steve Breaston and Early Doucet will be more clear later in the week. If they can play, they will play, even though the bye is after this game. The entire injury report is here.
— Whiz said other lineup changes could be made, but the coach will watch practice this week first and judge “how guys are playing.”
— The consensus in the locker room is that the offensive line had their best day of practice all season today.
Tags: Beanie Wells, Derek Anderson, Early Doucet, Ken Whisenhunt, Lyle Sendlein, Max Hall, Steve Breaston
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