Rhodes out for “weeks” with a broken foot

Posted by Darren Urban on October 10, 2011 – 11:31 am

The Cardinals have lost starting free safety Kerry Rhodes “a number of weeks” with a broken left foot, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Rashad Johnson will be his replacement, and the Cards will look to see about adding a defensive back. Rhodes could have surgery, Whisenhunt added, but regardless, Rhodes is expected to return this season.

Guard Daryn Colledge will have a concussion test before he can play again. But he’ll have a couple weeks to get that done, now that there is the bye. The Cards can only practice twice this week because of new collective bargaining rules, and Whisenhunt said the team will concentrate on specific situations, like live third-down work for the offense, facing a defense.

That was the newsiest part of Whisenhunt’s day-after presser. I’ll have a story up later, but the key quote was this: “There is nothing I can say to make anyone feel better. We have to show it on the field.” That couldn’t be more true (and yes, I’d believe that even without being put on blast by fans the last 20 or so hours).

Whisenhunt was asked about how much he was to blame. “How much blame am I willing to take? I’m the coach. We haven’t won a game (in weeks), the blame obviously falls on me.”

As for QB Kevin Kolb’s comments about showing up to work on time and getting work done, Whisenhunt said there is no problem with players being late to meetings. He said he hadn’t heard the comment, but he’d “guess” Kolb’s message was that everyone had to be “more on the same page.”

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  1. By Stop making excuses on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    D. Urban, why is Levi Brown still playing , even starting on this team. Isnt there someone out there that can at least protect Kolb’s blindside. He has to be the worst offensive lineman in the NFL.

  2. By Gilbert on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I hope he’s willing to bring changes to the table, as much as he hates loosing , he needs to bring changes. What do u think Darren will the Cards start Barte ??

  3. By Darren Urban on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Gilbert —

    RE: Bartel

    Kolb is going to be the starter at QB.

  4. By MIKE G on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Thats ashame about Rhodes. Rashad Johnson will have to fill in and play good ball. Our defense is going throught personnel and scheme changes at the same time–that cannot be easy for the Defense. No wonder we are struggling!

  5. By Tx Cards fan on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Best wishes to you K Rhodes. A break is always better than a tear. Let’s get Johnson coached up.

  6. By BIG RED on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Kolb is the only one that should be on the same page. I guess his learning how to play the QB position from Romo.

  7. By Rugbymuffin on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply


    Thank Coach McGinnis.

  8. By Fred on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    kolb needs to be the QB WHY DID WHISE PULL HIM it A lerning prosess I think he dosent trust his blind side blockers eny chance thay might change up the O line

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

    Whiz just said, he’s the coach, the blame falls on him…Now can we STOP the whiz blame everyone but himself post…

  10. By Jahstone on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    We should try and be more like the Patriots and less like the Steelers…my thoughts and prayers go out to Kerry Wilson for a speedy recovery. Again, we are still one starting Tackle, one starting CB, and one starting OLB short if we want to compete in the NFC West. That said, it all goes out the window if you don’t show up!!!

  11. By Blair on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Huh? What was that? did some one say blackouts if they dont turn things around FAST? through the easiest part of the year for them and they come out one and four. In whiz we trust hahahah

  12. By Honda Doug on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I thought the 2nd half of the Seattle game was the worst game I had ever seen, but then this past week-end, in the first qtr., they took it to a new low. I thought the coach’s studied film between games, what the hell are they look’in at??? Given the last four weeks, 1-15, does not seem to be out of the question.

  13. By Curtis on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply


    Re: Levi Brown

    Couldn’t agree more. Can’t stand watching defenses “fish” around him week after week, year after year.

  14. By RickB on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply


    Seems to me like the Cards need to give defenses something they are not used to seeing the Cards do, I say implement more “wildcat” in the offense. I know you have no influence on game plans or anything like that but I would like to hear what you think…and anyone else. Point being, I think Coach Whiz is a good coach but in my opinion he needs to step out of his paradigm with his play calling; he needs to be more creative, flexible and unconventional with this team right now.

  15. By Firemagoo on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Trouble is we can’t even run the offense we have much less add more!

  16. By Mikeflorio on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    R We Fighting for Luck????
    Wonder if we did end up the worst record would the front office draft Luck??

  17. By Rodgerscromartie17 on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, why dont we ever see the screen pass anymore

  18. By Darren Urban on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Rodgerscro —

    RE: Screen pass

    Because unfortunately, the Cardinals — whether coached by McGinnis or Tobin or Whiz or QBd by Plummer or McCown or Warner — can’t seem to pull it off consistently. The sack at the end of the Giants game on second-and-1 was a screen pass call.

  19. By kauaicardsfan on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Unfortunately this is the NFL
    NFL = Non Forgiving League
    No excuses, ” Just fix it and Win Baby !!!”

  20. By Brandon LA on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    We need to get our minds right!!!!!

  21. By Austen on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hey darren
    How freakishly similar does this season look to that of 2006? We started out with a win against the 9ers that year and then lost 7 straight. I dont know, looks like we are heading in that direction again. Unfortunatly.

  22. By Barry Bond on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    ESPN reported the new Alex Smith is not the same Alex Smith of the 49ers 0-6 start from last season? He had the highest QBR Sunday. Has scored and passed for 9 touch downs with only 1 interception in 5 games and are leading the NFC West at 4-1. One big reason is that new head coach is protecting his quarterback. In crucial situations coach Harbaugh will use a bruising FB or Frank Gore and 2 tight ends to BLOCK for Smith and give him a couple more seconds to find an open receiver? Now, why can’t coach Whisenhunt take a page out of Harbaugh’s play book and give the same PROTECTION to Kolb? Some how good quarterbacks in the NFL are good because the head coach will protect his quarterback? Remember the 49ers did not spend the bank roll on trades and free agents as the Eagles and Cardinals did after the lockout. They have about the same team and same starting quarterback now that they did last season. The difference is a new college coach from Stanford and his college assistants, huh?

  23. By Chris on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I am not one of those Dim witted fans the press and the NFL labels most of us as.
    Meaning, I understand how complicated this game is.
    I also know it takes at least 16 games for a new QB to show what he is really made of.
    If Kolb was playing like this the Start of next or even week 16, fans would have a point to complain about him.
    However as it is, give him 16 games and a offseason before you really judge results.
    The Cardinals have to consider Levi Brown to a bust for the spot he was taken. The thought process was good taking a offensive lineman. However they still passed on Adrian Peterson for this dude when Edge was getting older,not to mention others they passed on.
    They need to drop the pride and realize they missed on this guy.
    My point is he is without a doubt a below average Offensive Lineman, In fact I think on most clubs he’d be a backup.
    His foot work at times is horrible, he’s beat badly and at times suffers from poor Mechanics.
    I honestly think, the backup offensive linemen for many teams and even free agents, in any spot could provide better protection for Kolb on average.
    Levi is lucky I am not Kolb, I’d be in his ear non stop.
    Why is this guy still starting?
    Surely there has to be somebody better than him in free agency or somewhere else. Maybe if look on the current roster, and replace him, you don’t know what you are going to get out of certain guys until game time.
    They honestly can’t be much worse. Levi has to go this offseason, and needs to be replaced now. You have a bye week to work someone in.

  24. By NJAZCardsFan on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    What makes everyone here think the Cards would taked of the vidoe clip from the game Luck? Look at who they have passed-on in the previous drafts- A. Peterson, T.Suggs, the pass rusher they so desparately needed, etc.

    This team is so bad they can’t even execute a screen pass correctly…. Whose fault is that??? (Coaches)

    Did anyone catch the “girlie” block Levi threw at the end of the video clip posted here from the game. The guy he missed made the tackle on Beanie. What kills me is these guys actually get paid for this crap effort. I have seen more desire from failing high school teams.

  25. By Scott H on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Rhodes has been playing??? How could we have known? Look, I really don’t mean to be sarcastic where someone’s health is concerned. Nothing humorous about an injury to anyone. But…hopefully, people get what I’m saying. The whole damn defense looks injured! One thing is for sure, they are painful to watch.

    However you choose to look at it, this is a failure of the front office and coaching. If the players aren’t good enough, then there was failure in talent evaluation AND / OR in addressing needs by acquiring personnel to fill areas of need. If the players ARE good enough, then there is a failure in preparation / conditioning / game-planning / scheming / and in-game adjustments that is resulting in players not succeding.

    However you choose to look at it, the level of performance is completely un-acceptable and someone needs to be held accountable. And I don’t mean by standing up at a press conference and verbally accepting responsibility. That’s crap. That’s fine for awhile…until you see the same results over and over. When you keep hearing the same answers to the same questions and the same lip service after every game ( or, in this case, the vast majority of them ), it means that the person / people who are responsible for solving the problems are not solving the problems. Ain’t nothing complicated about this, folks. Changes need to be made and IMHO, it is the head coach who has to go. The trust is gone.

  26. By dean on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    no problem with players showing up late for meetings? there is the problem.
    you have to be kiddin me. i wonder if Belichick has a problem with that?

  27. By Darren Urban on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Dean —

    RE: Meetings

    He was saying it has not been a problem, not that he doesn’t have a problem with it.

  28. By jocards on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    This team is a disaster once again. One win at home that was awfully close to being a loss against last season’s worst team. Three straight mind numbing losses, any one of which or all of which COULD’VE been wins and then an embarrassing loss to a team that hadn’t beaten anybody. Coach Whisenhunt will be held accountable at some point; it is just a matter of time. Whether that is a fair move or not, it’s going to happen. An NFL team can’t go out and continually lose without consequence. Constantly finding a way to lose close games is bad enough but when that same team comes out like they did yesterday and looks completely unprepared you generally know which way this is heading. Stupid penalties, costly turnovers, constantly blowing assignments and a few questionable personnel moves have put this team in a familiar position and an organization just doesn’t dump all their players. It is only a matter of time before there is a change at the top (new GM, new coaches)….Problem is I fear these players will still stink.

  29. By Kevinator on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    That was hard to watch! Seems to me that the Cards have several problems. First, no pass rush, more than likely due to the age of the OLBs. They are doing nothing so teams can focus on Dockett, Williams and Campbell. Second, CBs are too inexperienced. Peterson is a rookie and A.J. Jefferson almost is as well. So QBs have all day to pick apart an inexperienced secondary.

    It doesn’t get any better with the O. Kolb as had 12 starts total in the NFL. Why we paid a guy with only 7 starts and more picks than TDs is behond me. Levi is still studying to be a matador and Keith isn’t any better. The center and guards seen much better. Message to Whiz…Kolb’s playing like a rookie, lessen his load, less complexity and GIVE BEANNIE the BALL!!!!!!

  30. By georgiebird on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I have never been a fan of Whiz. Among other things, his stubborn adherence to the 3-4 defense will eventually lead to his firing. He is in way over his head.
    But the things we should all take into account as we criticize Whiz:
    1) Whiz didn’t give himself the original contract
    2) Whiz didn’t give himself the extension
    3) Whiz doesn’t have control of his destiny
    Even though 80% of us realize that Whiz is NOT a good HC, Whiz’ fate now rests with Rod Graves and the ownership. If they still want him around, then our criticism and angst should rest with those above Whiz.
    Whiz hasn’t make the Cards a consistent winner, but neither could the HCs before him. While the Bidwill’s have recently opened their purse-strings and also built a 1st class facility, the fact remains they can’t pick a HC- and the one time they did they let him get away.

  31. By Zero on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    The Cardinals can’t run a screen pass to save their lives so why does it seem like at every game during the most important drive we call one?? This leads to Kolb getting sacked / or it just fails miserably. Also we need to look at the way Calvin Johnson is being used, you see a lot of jumped ball thrown up to him, especially in the redzone. I haven’t seen as much to Fitz even though he is better than CJ at doing that. We’ve been throwing just straight balls at him which sometimes he doesn’t even have a chance to contest for it.

  32. By stu pedaso on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    What really bothers me about this losing streak is that the guys that are making the big bucks with the new contracts, the so-called leaders/captains have not done a damn thing.
    Wilson, Dockett, Kolb and even Fitz are not getting it done.
    This game showed everyone that picking Levi Brown over Adrian Peterson was a monumental screw up, as if it were in doubt anyway

    Levi Brown just can’t move his feet fast enough to get defensive ends blocked. The thing is, in practice we don’t have anyone that even challenges Levi in practice. We have to have the slowest outside linebackers in the league.
    f you want a good laugh watch how much our #1 pick from 2 years ago Dan Williams gets blown off the line during a game. What a joke this guy is !!

    Bottom line is, if the players don’t care then why should I care. They showed they didn’t care but their actions early in that game. The Vikings wanted it and we didn’t. It’s that simple. Very sad

  33. By Aussie Cardinal on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Thinking about it, even if we Had the chance to draft Andrew Luck, We would trade down. Look at what the Browns got from the Falcons for J.Jones.

    I think with proper drafting anything near that amount of picks for luck is worth it.

  34. By TucsonTim on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds to me like Whiz and Kolb aren’t on the same page. Kolb’s comments definitely indicated that players were coming to meetings late and weren’t putting in the time necessary to succeed.

    Getting any real information from someone in the NFL is harder than extracting information from the old KGB. Every now and then someone slips and let’s out a fact or two

    Whiz sounded like he was just trying to smooth over Kolb’s comments and put the issue behind him.

    Darren, there is a story here. You’re a journalist, go get it.

  35. By nkd on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Personally im glad rhodes is out, not happy ots through injury but he needs to lose his starting gig. He is the laziest damn player i have ever seen! He gives up on plays, looks lost on defense, and has a superstar attitude with mediocre play. Rashad Johnson has by no means been spectacular but at least he is young and can still improve. Rhodes is what he is n will not improve. I now understand why jets fans were so happy we signed him….

  36. By AndyStandsUp on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, any realistic chance Matt Ware could be re-signed? I know he’s a Strong safety but didn’t he have a stint as a Free a couple of seasons ago?

    And how close to you think this team is from imploding this season?
    Most longtime fans have seen this opening chapter before and know the epilogue by heart.
    My guess is if they go winless over the next three tough games, players will start to pack it in.

  37. By Darren Urban on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Ware

    I could see him being signed a possibility.

  38. By dean on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    my bad, Missunderstood.

  39. By antonioangelo21 on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I wonder if Whiz watched the university of Arizona press conference this evening? I am hoping he can turn it around but the expectations have been raised and he isn’t meeting them. The only head left to roll before his is Grimm’s getting blown out by a horrible team is not the way to keep your job.

    He messed up with Lienart and has not done anything to redeem himself since. He needs to come out of the bye with a win or the turk is going to start worming up his hook.

  40. By wnycardfan on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    All this talk about “you need x amount of games/years to be good” I get that. BUT, guys, you have to show IMPROVEMENT in some way shape or form. I think everyone gets that there will be ups and downs, but the cards have been DOWN more than up for their entire history and there is NOTHING currently or for the last year+ that shows improvement. New coaches, new players, but same ole crap. You can’t coach a screen pass??? What the hell. The comments in these press conf about ““I believe in what we know works,. “At some point, it will start working.” that was the same thing they said last year and when did it start working then???? What we SEE is the same type of plays, different players, same results. So from our perspective it ain’t working and doesn’t look like it will. insert quote from Einstein here. The only good thing is we’ve been so abused as fans on our hopes for the team that at least once we get to the point we are at now in the season (normally in Oct) we can emotionally take ourselves out of it and just look at the games as an updated sports score. One good thing, I had peterson on my fantasy team and he had his best fantasy week this week. Oh well.

  41. By Steve on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Darren: My hats off to you for covering this bad football team every year, if you wrote for the Packers or Patriots, I’m sure your job would be much more enjoyable than having to write about crappy football most every week. I’m still a fan, always will be but this team is hard to watch most Sundays and I’m no longer willing to come out to UoP stadium and spend hard earned $$$ supporting a bad product.

  42. By Andy M on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Some people are going to hate this analogy, but compare the effort we saw with the Diamondbacks this year based on Kirk Gibson’s culture of winning with the lame energy demonstrated over the past month by the Cardinals. This team doesn’t have a Warner or Boldin to carry the emotions for the team, so the coaches have to step up. We can complain about the odd player (Porter, Brown, etc.) but overall, this appears to be a team with talent and no ambition. What happened to the commercials “we do this together”? The Cardinals have turned the clock back six or eight years and it ain’t pretty. Chicken or the egg–attitude or winning? I will take the attitude…and then the winning will follow.

    Darren, you have seen a lot of Cardinals teams and are close to these guys–which of the guys on this squad have the capacity to be an emotional leader to turn around the energy?

  43. By Darren Urban on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Andy M —

    RE: “Energy”

    I am a big believer in when you play well, there is plenty of “energy” and “chemistry.” When you don’t, it’s lacking.

    In other words, to me, this is about playing better football. Not leadership. We’re not in high school. This is their job, and the job is to play well.

  44. By Andy on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Get Stephen Tulloch if he does not resign with the lions!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!!! If any of you are watching the bears lions game right now you will know what I mean.

  45. By cooldaddy79 on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    what is this i hear they are going to be able to practice 2 times during the bi-week W.T.F. is that?! Wow, Don’t pull the trigger iam already dead!

  46. By dre 1368 on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    the team lacks team speed and are pass plays take forever to devlope we need to shorten the pass plays and play from a three step drop

  47. By Eric on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sorry K Rhodes got hurt. R. Johnson is going to replace him? Wow, big mistake. For all of you wondering why Levi Brown keeps playing, because his coaches keep putting him in, as terrible as he is, and always has been. Talk about Whiz needing to go, it goes higher than that. R. Graves is a huge problem as well. At least let Hazma play Sunday instead of letting our Levi Brown of the safeties, Johnson, have a bad game against the Steelers. I wish these guys were more worried about the Cards winning than their jobs, Whiz and Graves resign. Jeff Fisher for Cards GM, he’ll at least bring a proven winner in here.

  48. By UC on Oct 10, 2011 | Reply

    Rhodes had an outstanding season last year, should have gone to the pro bowl, and the Cardinals are lucky they got him. That being said, I think he is one of the players on defense who checked out towards the end of last year, and it appears as if the same is starting to happen this year. I actually don’t fault him or them for that, as it’s got to be incredibly dispiriting to play for coaches who don’t seem to know what they’re doing.

  49. By Jeff Gollin on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve preached restraint up til now, but Bye Week is the perfect time to play “Woulda Coulda Shoulda”:

    – The OC by Committee experiment continues not to work. We need to bring in one brilliant OC.

    – The “Be Patient”/”Stay the Course” lack of urgency approach to both offensive tackles has proved to be a disaster which has flowed domino-like through the entire offense.

    – The so-called “veteran leadership” on this team lost its poise after each early turnover and allowed itself to be run out of Minnesota.

    – And if our vets couldn’t pull things together and stop the bleeding, where were the Cardinal coaches?

    – And speaking of coaches, the Cardinals didn’t arrive in Minnesota “ready to play.”

    I don’t want to point fingers at specific individuals, but clearly something is missing at various levels of leadership (or lack thereof).

  50. By cardsalltheway on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Ken W. sounds “negative,” is this how he sounded during his interview to get his job? Ken W,. you are one big downer, just listening to you could cure a number of folk with any number of diseases. Good luck with that attitude in your next job which hopefully you’ll be interviewing for VERY soon(actually I don’t care as long as you are out of sight/out of all Cardinal fan’s minds.

  51. By suspence716 on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply


    I seem to recall warner throwing a screen pass to hightower against the eagles in the nfc championship game. Not only was warner able to sell and throw a screen pass, but it also got us into the superbowl. Oh yeah, there once was this guy named larry centers who caught multiple screen passes from a guy named jake plummer! 🙂

  52. By Darren Urban on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Suspence —

    RE: Screens

    You make two solid points.

  53. By Scott H on Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Andy –

    RE: Tulloch

    That would be a great idea except for one thing – he doesn’t play for the Steelers and he is still in his prime. Therefore, he does not meet the criteria for this team. Now, if he lands in Pittsburgh, plays out his best years there, and THEN becomes available…oh, yeah! He’ll be ours!

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