Here’s what we know about who is going to start at quarterback this week against Cincinnati: He’ll get the vast majority of the practice reps. That’s a lesson learned for coach Ken Whisenhunt, on the idea that he could split reps between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton.
“I think that’s a fair assessment,” Whisenhunt said. “We tried to (split) a couple of weeks ago and neither one of them were comfortable with that. I’m not going to say either one of them couldn’t play without getting most of the reps, but as far as trying to prepare them, I think that’s the fairest way to do it.”
That said, Kolb’s status remains unclear. Whisenhunt said Kolb was still bothered “a little” by the lights and noise at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday coming off of his concussion. He will continue to be monitored Tuesday and Wednesday morning and the Cards will determine where he is for practice. Asked if Kolb was still considered the starter, Whiz stayed vague.
Noting that the Cards’ focus after starting 1-6 was just winning week-to-week, “and that’s how we are approaching everything right now. I understand (the QB) is a hot topic, a popular topic, but that’s not something we’re not going to have any absolutes on right now because we don’t have to do that. We are focused on this game (against the Bengals). I’m not trying to dodge the question or give you any insight one way or the other. I really think it’s important to stay focused on each week. That’s what has worked for us.”
Skelton is “getting better,” Whisenhunt said, and praised his ability to be effective in the fourth quarter — although he did note Kolb did it against the Cowboys.
— RB Beanie Wells’ 15 carries apparently had to do with his sore knee. “Beanie is a week-to-week thing,” Whiz said. “It’s a different struggle every week trying to get his knee ready and I have a lot of respect for Beanie and what he is doing. He’s not as elusive as he would be if he were 100 percent healthy and we understand that. There are times that doesn’t allow us to get into the runs as good as we would want to. We have to adjust.
“It’s once he gets through the interior of the line, the ability to plant that leg and get past a defender, or pick his feet us. We have gotten past the defender the last couple of games and they have either come to cut him or he’s gotten hit from the side, where he can’t plant and cut back under or pick his feet up and get through the tackle. That’s where you see it. Every week is different. Some weeks he’s more confident (with the knee) and some weeks he’s less confident with it. That’s what you fight. But let’s not forget Beanie has had a good year. ”
— Whisenhunt, as mentioned yesterday, is the franchise’s all-time winningest coach. He got a ball from team president Michael Bidwill afterward to commemorate the occasion. “I knew (the record) was out there, but I wasn’t focused on it. It’s great, but it’s more a representation of what our coaches and players have done.
“I am proud of it, but I am so engrossed in the season, I’ll think about it later. I am human. I acknowledge I am aware of it because Michael has made a big deal of it, and I appreciate that. It’s more important of what this team has done.”
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