Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, unprompted, took the chance Monday to defend coach Ken Whisenhunt within the current context of the team.
“I think coach Whisenhunt has taken too much of a bad rap for things that have happened,” Fitzgerald said. “At the end of the day he’s not catching any passes, he’s not making any blocks, he’s not tackling anybody. The onus has to fall on the players, and right now the players are not getting it done.”
This echoes what former quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 620, that “I’ve watched every play of every game and there are plays out there to be made that are not being made. Flat out, there are guys wide open.” Warner said it seems like the players are just waiting for someone to make a play. “Coaches can only go so far,” Warner said. “Then players have to take over.”
The Cardinals came back to practice Monday, working about 15 minutes longer than scheduled with a “good up-tempo practice,” Whisenhunt said. “After four days off,” the coach added, “they should have some energy.”
The players have regrouped and are looking forward the best they can while trying to understand how they got to 1-4 (story coming later this afternoon). There was a team meeting last week and another introspective talk again today, but as Fitzgerald said, improvement ultimately can only come on the field.
— Whisenhunt said the Cards are generally in good health. One player in particular, tight end Todd Heap (hamstring), is still up in the air. “We’ll see where Todd is on Wednesday,” Whisenhunt said.
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