Neither wind, nor rain …

Posted by Darren Urban on December 30, 2010 – 2:08 pm

Wednesday, the Cardinals were forced to practice in the rain. Thursday, it was some serious wind, which combined with the drop in temperatures made it darn cold. How cold? Cold enough that coach Ken Whisenhunt, who always wears shorts out to practice (even yesterday in the chilly wetness) went with sweatpants today. It isn’t exactly conducive to practicing a passing game.

“I don’t know what the speeds of the winds were, but some of the passes were what you’d expect,” Whisenhunt said. “It was a little like when we played in Kansas City. I am hopeful it won’t be quite that windy in Candlestick Park. But we made some good throws.

“The wind is usually harder to work in because it disrupts the ball so much in the air, especially in the longer throws. If you think about how tight the windows are that you have to fit the ball into sometimes, when you add in the wind you are talking about it makes it more difficult. When it is wet, you can always attempt to get a dry ball in there. That compensates for things a little bit.”

— There was no change on the injury report. Linebacker Joey Porter sat out again with his bad tricep and it’s looking more and more likely he won’t be able to make it back for the finale (although I am sure it’ll end up being a game-day decision). Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring), tight end Ben Patrick (hamstring) and linebacker Clark Haggans (groin) remain limited, but I am guessing they will be OK to play.

— Whisenhunt talked a little more about the impact of guard Alan Faneca, who has been the subject of much debate this season. With his professionalism, Whisenhunt said, “you can’t have enough of those guys on your team.” Whiz said that while Faneca isn’t the player he once was, he is still a good player, and thinks the judgments of Faneca early (especially training camp) were often premature. “I think he’s done a good job for us this year,” Whisenhunt said.

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25 Responses to “Neither wind, nor rain …”

  1. By JohnnyV on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply


    Does the injury to Porter mean Schofield will likely get another start? Even if Porter was a go, don’t you think Schofield would be given a hard look at seeing is how well he played last week? Thanks!


  2. By Darren Urban on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Johnny V —

    RE: Schofield

    Yes, I would expect him to get the start if Porter is out (assuming they don’t start four down linemen).

  3. By darrel on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    I like faneca he did a good job this year its our tackles aren’t good so its makes him look bad…..

    Darren , wil faneca and duce both be back. Next yers both are good players imol

  4. By Darren Urban on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Darrel —

    RE: Faneca/Deuce

    They have to re-sign both. They want Lutui, but we will see what Deuce wants. If Faneca doesn’t retire, I’d expect he’d come back.

  5. By R Robles on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Any News about resigning our players before they decide to leave us again

  6. By Pheenic Cromartie on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply


    Is the game going to be televised on TV? Or do they not know that yet?

  7. By Darren Urban on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Pheenic —

    RE: TV

    No, it will only be televised on the radio.

    (Yes, it is on TV. Every game is).

  8. By Darthcard on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Schofield looked very good. He really can hustle. What Faneca and Porter brought to the table was invaluable. Knowledge from experienced vets is not something the cardinals have always had. I’d hate to lose Deuce. Happy New Years Darren I love your blogs.

  9. By brad oneill on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    I think a big part of our line issues were due to whizes games with lutui in the preseason. Duece should have been starting and the line should have been given as much time as possible to work together even if duece was a chubby bastard. if duece was unable to get down to weight by the season start then he would have been justified in starting the guy we gave away to philiadelphia.

    watching the game last week i couldn’t help but notice levi brown is still getting whipped when it matters most and that is far more of a concern than any shortcomings faneca may suffer from.

  10. By AndyStandsUp on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    I think the Cards should hold practice at NAU like they do in training camp. It’s currently only 12 degrees with 14 inches of snow on the ground.
    And people shouldn’t worry about Faneca, he’s a Pro Bowl alternate, after all.

  11. By CardiacCard on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    alan faneca falls on his face on every run block.

  12. By Eazy E on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Really like faneca great move

  13. By TBru on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    All the talk about Dollar Bill and Breaston’s contract, are other teams resigning players right now, or is their an aura of cautiousness around the league pending a new CBA?

  14. By Darren Urban on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    TBru —

    RE: Extensions around the league

    Clearly have not been a lot. Probably could count on one hand since season started. CBA definitely cooled things.

  15. By TBru on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    “I think the Cards should hold practice at NAU like they do in training camp. It’s currently only 12 degrees with 14 inches of snow on the ground.”

    supposed to be 55 in Chicago on NYE (but a cold front is on the way)

  16. By Steve on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, Question, I noticed that our assistant strength trainor is named Alosi (last name) is he related to Sal Alosi the Jets dubious strength trainer that was fined 25k for interfering with a Dolphin special teamer? If so, how interesting.

  17. By Darren Urban on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Alosi

    Pete Alosi is Sal Alosi’s younger brother. John Lott was the Jets’ coach and was the one who brought Sal aboard there originally.

  18. By NJAzCardsFan on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    One of the biggest offseason mistakes the Cards FO could make is not re-sigining Breaston. He compliments Fitz. His loss would be catatrosphic to the offense and the team as a whole.

  19. By McNab's future on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    I hope it is not the reality but from my point of view DRC sucks. He has a wonderful talent, but he doesn’t use. He is not a man to be physical.

  20. By drumm-1 on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    hey Darren… love you’re answer to Pheenic about the game on tv, that was some funny stuff…

  21. By Peter in Canada on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Darren – Hope you have a Happy New Year and your good work and your patience continue in 2011.
    And we can ring in the year properly by beating the 9ers.

  22. By Dan Crowell on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    I think all the coaches have to take most of the blame for a lousey season. With better coaching, the Cards would have won the division, although I would be embarassed to go into the playoffs with a losing record. Better get both coordinator positions and a QB taken care of in the offseason and hope their defense is way better next year. I love A. Wilson but he had a bad year and Rhodes should have gone to the pro bowl. As for Skelton, he has done as well as he should, given his lack of reps. Whiz should have seen Anderson was NOT the answer way before he did. That is called talent evaluation, and the Cards staff have done a poor job. Hopefully things turn around in the offseason and the Cards get back to where they should be. Too much talent on the team to have a losing record, especially in the west.

  23. By Chuck 1 on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Since Faneca is still so good, let’s sign him to a five year extension.
    His performance was a highlight in our OL’s dominance, especially in pass protection.
    And, what the Cards definitely need is leadership. Forget about performance.
    Porter also deserves a long term extension, at least five years.

  24. By Chuck 1 on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Another case of Whiz loving anyone wearing black and gold.

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