Finishing before the trip

Posted by Darren Urban on December 17, 2010 – 12:44 pm

The Cards are flying out today for their Carolina road trip, to be better acclimated for the early kickoff and the vaunted “East Coast” game which dominated the storylines back in 2008 — basically, up until the point the Cards went to Carolina in the playoffs and won.

The theme doesn’t come up really anymore, although coach Ken Whisenhunt said that doesn’t mean it isn’t part of the team’s thought process.

“When you are planning for those trips, from the standpoint of how you operate … I don’t think of it as something that affects us for the game, because I feel like the way we do it now, we have the right mindset,” Whisenhunt said. “As far as how we travel, when we get there, what we do when we get there. I don’t sense it with our players anymore either. I think maybe that’s because we have gone to the East Coast and won some games. You kind of got the monkey off the back.

“Listen, it’s not easy. But as far as the mental part of it, I don’t see it as an issue.”

— QB Derek Anderson was still sitting Friday and will officially be listed as doubtful. “We still have to take the flight,” Whisenhunt said. “It’s 50-50 at best right now. But finally, we are getting to the point where there is a little bit of progress.”

— LB Clark Haggans (groin) is listed as questionable. Everyone else on the injury list is probable.

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21 Responses to “Finishing before the trip”

  1. By tRiGiDy22 on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, pick us up a Donovan McNabb. We got room on the Plane!

    Do u see the Cards offering a 6th rd?? to get Mcnabb?? I would give a 5th an 6th

    If he gets Cut’ we might never get a Shot Again’ Lets get it Done!

    We have seen a season that we shouldn’t have seen if we Gave Philly a 2nd rd!!!!!
    before he went to Washington

    Lets go BigRed!

  2. By Jeff Gollin on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    One road game break we figure to get – with only one victory under their belts, their fans figure to be relatively quiet. (Hearing Skelton’s snap count should be less of an issue).

  3. By James on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply


    I think its time to write another Donovan McNabb article to give us cardinal fans some hope for the future!

  4. By brad oneill on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Trigidy- i believe the trade deadline passed just before we had lost all hope of salvaging our season.

  5. By Dan Crowell on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, is there any possible scenario that the cards could make the playoffs? I’ve been trying to figure out if the Cards win out and everyone else loses, there would be a tie. But, the Cards lost twice to the Seahawks and once each to the Niners and Rams. Is there any possible way? Still holding out hope.

  6. By darrel on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Mcabb for next year or two. Then let’s get newton and skelton for our future sound like great plan to me

  7. By Scott H on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Sigh…it’s such a shame to realize that the game on Sunday will be played on the same field where the Cardinals thoroughly dominated the Panthers in Jan 2009 to advance to the NFC title game. What a show by Fitzgerald that night…what a show by our defense…what a great night for this franchise! My gosh, it was so recent but it seems like a distant memory these days. One can only hope it won’t be three decades before we enjoy that again.

    For all of the pathetic McNabb supporters who clamored for him to be here this year and are clamoring for him to be here next year, I ask you – now that he has been benched for the rest of the year in favor of future Hall-of-Famer REX GROSSMAN, what do you think of your boy now??? From what I’ve heard reported, Mcnabb isn’t even going to be the back-up for the rest of the year because they want to give that role to their rookie QB!!! How embarrasing is that??? I will say this again and I will say it for the last time – just let it go with McNabb. Really. Save it. Let someone else make the same mistake the Redskins made this year. Whatever you THINK you know about McNabb, trust me – the Eagles and the Redskins know more than you do!

  8. By Peter in Canada on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Scott- Not always true. The Rams and Giants may have known a lot about Warner but the Cards who didn’t know as much came out the winners. He was not the only supposedly washed up QB who only needed a change of scenery to be productive. But I agree that the odds are in your favour. It’s a case of trying to separate the gold from the dross.

  9. By Chuck 1 on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    For those Cards fans, who might want to see a good QB to draft, watch the Georgia Southern vs. U. of Delaware game on ESPN2 tomorrow (Saturday) at 12:00 Eastern time.
    It will be the semi-finals of the FCS Championship playoffs.
    Pat Devlin will QB the U.of D.
    He has the highest completion percentage in college football.

  10. By badyear on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    NO McNABB he’s over the hill, a bum, washed up etc, etc Washington is 5-8 with him…

  11. By Scott H on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Peter –

    I hear you. But with Warner, at least you knew he had reached a level of greatness earlier in his career, therefore, it seemed at least possible that he could be great again if given the chance. McNabb is not the same situation. It really isn’t. You could look at his career numbers and say he’s been great, but…he just never reaches the finish line and that is because he consistently fails to come up big in the biggest games. Heck, as Cardinals fans, we saw that in the flesh in the NFC title game in Arizona two seasons ago. My point is that there just seems to be so many people who think that McNabb is a great QB who has never had the supporting cast or the right situation to get to and win a Super Bowl. Well, folks, after 13 years, it’s time to face the facts – he’s just NOT a great QB and he’s not a winner. Washington was SUPPOSED to be the change of scenery that he needed because Philly never put all of the pieces in place, they never appreciated him, etc, etc, etc. Well…what’s the excuse now??? McNabb supporters always seem to have an excuse, but there are no more excuses at this point.

  12. By MoJo on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Please Darren say something about the McNabb situation. talk to coaches tell us something any thing.

  13. By Darren Urban on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    MoJo —

    RE: McNabb

    Read the “Friday before the Panthers” entry.

  14. By McNab's future on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Please don’t tell me the defense doesn’t need to be fixed. The statement, “The way to fix the defense for the Cardinals was … not to fix it?” is a nonsense theory. For the coaches to blieve that a no fix is needed is okay because they don’t know what they are doing. However, to hear and read this nonsense idea from people who know football and write about footbal is shameful. This team including its defense needs to do lots of work. The bad part is the coaches they don’t know how to evaluate. If they don’t know where the problem is (beside the QB position), they don’t know how to fix it. That is why it seems that they want to leave it as the way it is, which is doning the same nonsenses all the time. The DC complains about the mistakes of young players. He also talks about the veteran players that going back to their rooke times. I understand sometimes the players seem that they were told not to touch their opponents. They run around without any tackling. They look fearful to make a contact with their opponents. However, this team, from top to bottom, needs a real evaluation. During early of the season they thaought they had the deepest and strongest team they ever had but is wrong because the present is the witness. Please, Dareen, Wolf, and poly don’t tell fans nonsense theory. Thanks.

  15. By Darren Urban on Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

    McNab’s —

    RE: Defense

    I didn’t tell you anything except what they are saying. Take it or leave it. You choose to leave it. Fine.

  16. By Peter in Canada on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Scott- Personally, I agree that McNabb never was or will be a Warner. OTH I don’t think he’s as bad as he showed In Washington. The atmosphere there was toxic. He could perhaps give us some breathing space to get Skelton or whoever we draft if Skelton does not show promise ready for prime time.

  17. By AndyStandsUp on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Isn’t it semi-dangerous to fly with a concussion?
    What’s next, DA running with scissors near the pool only a half hour after eating?

  18. By Big Red on Dec 17, 2010 | Reply

    Perfectly said Scott H, about McNabb. Skelton is the future. Forget Hall he shouldn’t even be our back up.

  19. By eazy e on Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

    MCNABB!!!!!!! He has THE worst supporting cast in the league. The O-Line is horrible, receivers are below-average, and running game is dormant. Defense is terrible because of the scheme change from a 4-3 to a 3-4, check the numbers. Shanahan has disrespected one of the best qbs in the game today and Rex Grossman is garbage. They had an elite 4-3 defense before this idiot named mike shanahan messed it up. McNabb to Arizona is a beautiful thing, and hopeully he is a cardinal ASAP.

  20. By Scott H on Dec 18, 2010 | Reply

    eazy e –

    I rest my case! Any more excuses you want to put out there for McNabb? I mean, you did a pretty good job of covering most of them, but…I don’t know, you might have missed one! You are SOOOOO typical of the people who never think McNabb is to blame for anything. It’s ALWAYS the situation and/or the team around him… WRONG!!! The Redskins may not be the Patriots but if McNabb is a good enough QB, there is enough there for him to work with. Ryan Torain has proven to be a darn good RB, and Santana Moss and Chris Cooley are excellent weapons in the passing game. Sorry, but if McNabb is worth a damn, that team is capable of being better than it is. As Darren pointed out, Mcnabb has now been pretty much dumped by his second team in less than a year. Oh, but you’re right – that’s not McNabb’s fault, is it? Funny….a guy who spent a few years in prison is doing pretty darn well in Philly right now with THE SAME weapons McNabb had last year…but that’s not McNabb’s fault, right? Just keep those excuses coming!

  21. By Marisol Perry on Dec 21, 2010 | Reply

    Perfectly said Scott H, about McNabb. Skelton is the future. Forget Hall he shouldn’t even be our back up.

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