Steve Breaston, quarterback. At least for one play.
The Cards worked all last week on an end-around pass from Breaston to Larry Fitzgerald. The play came up in Sunday’s game, but the Vikings wouldn’t let Fitzgerald come free, making sure he was double covered. So Breaston (who uses “Stevie Phantom” as an alias) rolled to the right and calmly waited for tight end Jim Dray to come open on a drag route and hit Dray for a 17-yard gain. The play was part of the Cards’ final scoring drive that put them up, 24-10.
“I like that, to have your coaches trust you to make the right decision, to put the ball in your hands to make a play,” Breaston said.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt admitted he got excited to see Breaston not only make a play, but made the correct read. “I was surprised he knew that,” Whisenhunt said. “But I guess I shouldn’t be with Steve because he makes those plays on Sundays.”
Whisenhunt added that “All these guys want to talk about is how good they are at these things.” Breaston, who played quarterback in high school, of course had no doubt he’d be successful.
“I was throwing it to Larry all week but once I saw Larry was covered, it was run or … my eyes were downfield the whole time and I saw the tight end coming across and made the pass,” Breaston said. “It was all about scrambling, and I knew I could do that. I’ve played quarterback before when I ran around, I ran around on punt returns. It’s just like running a waggle.”
Breaston once threw a touchdown pass in college, coincidentally to former Cardinals quarterback John Navarre. He laughed at the comparison. “Jim is a little faster than John,” Breaston said. “You go back and look at that touchdown run by John (in this video, at the 3:34 mark), it took him forever to get to the end zone. It took 20 seconds to go 40 yards.”
Tags: Jim Dray, Ken Whisenhunt, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston
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