Beanie – Hightower = Production(?)

Posted by Darren Urban on October 7, 2011 – 11:14 am

Beanie Wells is coming off the best game of his career and, thus far, has played the best three games in a row since coming into the NFL. So coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked, is it a direct result of the trade of Tim Hightower?

“Beanie has taken a lot of criticsm, and I think not having Tim here put a lot more pressure on him,” Whisenhunt said. “At the same time, it became his. Maybe it was a little in conjunction of Beanie growing up (too). Whether Tim was here or not, if Beanie hadn’t improved in his pass protection, if he hadn’t done the right things technique-wise, like holding on to the ball and having the right footwork, he wouldn’t have played anyway.”

When the Cards and Redskins played earlier this season, Beanie acknowledged it was better for both guys to be on different rosters, in terms of professional growth. Whisenhunt emphasized Hightower had been a good teammate with Wells, and Beanie has never said any different. I think it’s easy to theorize about Beanie blossoming. If Ryan Williams were healthy, would it be playing out the same? Great question. I think the only impact Hightower’s departure had was the fact it was one less mouth to feed offensively. That just created something for Wells.

In the end, though, Beanie is (relatively) healthy — compared to last year — and he knew all along this was going to be his crucial “prove-it” season. To me, that’s the biggest reason for Wells’ early rampage.

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26 Responses to “Beanie – Hightower = Production(?)”

  1. By Richard on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    And yet… When the game is on the line with the Cardinals leading… Less than 5 minutes in the game… Instead of relying on Wells to RUN out the clock, the Cardinals chuck the ball around without a care in the world…

  2. By Joe Holst on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hightower is dropping on skins depth chart, I need Alphonso Smith to keep improving every week and we should be good to go..

  3. By cards4ever on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    How long is Beanie under contract for? Also, in my opinion, it doesn’t seem Whiz is a fan of Beanie. He always sounds critical whenever speaking of Wells, even when he talk’s about the positive things. I hope it’s at least one more year so we don’t have to rush RW back too soon.

    Appreciate your work, D.

  4. By Darren Urban on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Cards4ever —

    RE: Beanie contract

    Beanie is under contract through 2013.

  5. By Daniel on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Beanie is playing outstanding football….he’s very exciting to watch! Go Cards!!

  6. By Melanie Albert, Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Loved watching Beanie play last week…wish him all the best this season!

  7. By Phoenixraven1 on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    I think what is also helping is the change of at guard with Collidge and Hadnot…keep it up Beanie!

  8. By georgiebird on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    If Beanie can stay healthy and run a little lower to the ground, he will continue to improve. Beanie’s age has been totally overlooked-he’s only as old as most of our 2011 draft choices.
    The bigger question is whether the Cardinals are going to have faith in Beanie when there’s an occasional fumble or failure to pick up a 1st down.

  9. By georgiebird on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    The 3-4 defense that Whiz and now Horton are trying to jam down everyone’s throat has to be one of the biggest jokes of all-time. If the Cardinals were able to choose the four best LBs that they have had since 1960, the 3-4 would still be a failure. Now open up that same choice to the Giants, Steelers, Packers, Bears, Raiders, etc etc and you begin to see the folly of the 3-4 for the linebacker challenged Cardinals.

  10. By drummer-1 on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    didn’t take long for someone to try and turn it into a blame/bash Whiz thread..

  11. By Mandy on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    I miss seeing Hightower play for the Cards! But Wells is doing a great job too!

  12. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Beanie – Hightower = Less Fumbles.

    Unfortunately, Kolb is a worse fumbler than Hightower so that gain is negated.

  13. By drummer-1 on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    @ georgiebird

    No offense to you but, this is about the RB’s not a 3-4 defense.. By reading most of your post nothing this team does will work according to you..

  14. By BIG RED on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    We’ll never have another coach like Whiz. You never see any premadonnas on this team, like the cowgirls. He’ll straight everything out before the season ends And to quicken things up remove the QB.

  15. By Tx Cards fan on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    I think the 3 new TE’s, FB, OG, and the threat of pass with the new QB all helps as well. Now they just need to feed him a 100 yard rusher would be huge for this team in many ways.

  16. By Nayt on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    This has nothing to do with this story, but I hope you’ve seen this:

  17. By TucsonTim on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Beanie – Hightower = more sacks

  18. By card123 on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Lets put beanie in coach if you need short yards for a first down , everyone seems to understand this but you!

  19. By Chuck 1 on Oct 7, 2011 | Reply

    Casey, Casey, where are you?

  20. By ben on Oct 8, 2011 | Reply

    hey darren what do you think it will take for whiz to be put on the hot seat. do you think another lackluster season will be his downfall

  21. By Darren Urban on Oct 8, 2011 | Reply

    Ben —

    RE: Whisenhunt

    He is signed through 2013. He isn’t going anywhere for now.

  22. By cooldaddy79 on Oct 8, 2011 | Reply


  23. By cooldaddy79 on Oct 8, 2011 | Reply

    I say Beanie should stay in AZ and play his career out here,like Fitz and Dockett, C. Cambell well i hope those ones stay. Beanie you make up that team.

  24. By TucsonTim on Oct 8, 2011 | Reply

    We’ve had 3 4th and short plays. they have all been the same, a short pass to Fitz. So what’s new. Whats so special about Beanie?

  25. By AJW on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    El Frijole!

  26. By TucsonTim on Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    I guess I understand the pass plays now

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