Beanie has surgery, and a coach candidate UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on January 24, 2012 – 9:30 am

While Beanie Wells said the day after the season he wasn’t sure he would need surgery to repair his gimpy knee, it seemed more likely than not, and this morning, the running back tweeted out what looked like a surgical announcement: “Time to go under the knife wish me luck !!! These Meds are gonna be lovely lol.”

Beanie doesn’t say the procedure is for the knee, but it would seem to be a logical conclusion. UPDATE: Wells indeed had arthroscopic surgery on his knee today. It was done by Dr. James Andrews in Florida. There’s no timetable for Wells’ return, but I don’t think there’s going to be any problem for Beanie to be ready for off-season work.

Neither coach Ken Whisenhunt or Wells ever did clarify exactly what was wrong with Wells’ right knee, but it was enough of a problem to limit him in practice ever since first getting hurt against Pittsburgh Oct. 23 and forcing Wells to play at less than 100 percent the rest of the season. Whisenhunt did acknowledge at first the fear had been torn ligaments before the team realized Wells would still be able to play. So it figures to be something less serious.

— In other news/speculation, former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who announced his retirement last week, did an interview now saying he wasn’t going to be brought back by Pittsburgh anyway. The retirement might not last long. Connecting the dots, Arians would be a prime candidate for the Cards’ vacant QB coach position if he were interested  — NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora already reported the Cards had reached out — since Arians was the QB wide receivers coach in Pittsburgh when Whisenhunt was offensive coordinator there and there was speculation Whiz had been interested in bringing Arians with him to Arizona before Mike Tomlin made Arians his OC.

Whisenhunt and the rest of the coaching staff is in Mobile, Ala., this week scouting Senior Bowl practices. Whisenhunt was expected to conduct interviews for his open spot on the coaching staff there.

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57 Responses to “Beanie has surgery, and a coach candidate UPDATE”

  1. By D on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Arians would be a solid hired.
    If these players hit free agency, should the Cards go after?

    P. Manning
    Ahmad Brooks
    P. Garcon

    should be fun to watch in March

  2. By Brian on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Not to fire up the hype train too much, but Bruce Arians doesn’t just have ties to Whisenhunt and the Steelers. He was Peyton Manning’s first QB coach with the Colts (!

    He’d be an extra selling point to convince Manning to come here once he’s released. Let the hype begin!

  3. By Chris on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    No more Pittsburgh coaches already! Oy vey…

  4. By in fitz we trust on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    so two running backs coming off surgery, should be interesting….

  5. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Glad to hear this. If Beanie didn’t have the surgery and wound up having all the knee problems in 2012 that he had in 2011, there would be a lot of second-guessing as to why he didn’t have offseason surgery. Also, having your best RB limited or unable to practice/play isn’t all that great for a coache’s job security either. Kinda makes game planning difficult when your RB is a game-time decision more often than not.

  6. By VonKromDom on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully all goes well with Beanie’s surgery and he’ll be back to full health next year. I think the Arians would be a good hire.

  7. By Paul H on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t really have a problem with being “Pittsburgh West” if our trophy case would start looking like the Steeler trophy case. Loved our NFC trophy but we need to take the next step.I have been jealous the last couple of weeks seeing SF play. No reason we can’t win our share of NFC West Titles, then go on in the playoffs.

    P.S. Nice to see coach McGinnis opportunity with the Rams. Most of us here still have a soft spot in our heart for Coach Mac.

  8. By DontTakeLoses on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Juicy intel…

    …also wonder if the wild come to bear…Manning sweepstakes. Stranger things have happened….

  9. By Kurt on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Arians would be a great adition…
    Good Luck Beanie with the surgery

  10. By 480CardFan on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Man what an exellent pic! Looking forward to improving our offensive line this offseason and bringing back Ryan Williams to our running game. Hopeful and optimistic in the development our team as a whole into a Super Bowl Contender.

    Waiting on August.

  11. By Marcelof on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    reinforcing D’s question… is there any possibility of card going after Manning and Garcon, it’s a way high cost to get both… but……..

  12. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Marcelof –

    RE: Manning/garçon

    Anything is possible.

  13. By MattAZ on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Schefter was just on sportscenter saying the cards are “making some noise” on and doing diligence on Peyton. He also mentioned 3 other teams. Personally I think Peyton’s done.

  14. By Seth on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Darren – How much cap space are we projected to have next year? Obviously, I understand that a variety of personnel decisions will influence the ultimate number, but what is the ballpark we are looking at?


  15. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Seth —

    RE: Cap space

    I don’t have the number, but I don’t anticipate cap space hindering the Cards.

  16. By MIKE G on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren— Both Championship games were good on Sunday. Was hoping Anquan would get back to Super Bowl. Nice to get Beanie in surgery and hopefully near 100% to start the 2012 season. Hopefully Ryan Williams will provide some carries and will be productive along with the Hyphen. It will be interesting to see who gets the QB coach–it will be important because Skelton and Kolb need a good coach/mentor. Hue Jackson is enticing. Darren–Were you surprised Hue Jackson was fired after one year coaching the Raiders??? He was 8-8!!

  17. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Hue Jackson

    New GMs often want to start with a fresh slate, assuming they are given power of football ops.

  18. By Phoenixraven1 on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Man he would be a huge steal for QB coach! Might really help our QB duo shake out with best possible scenario!

  19. By brad oneill on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Manning seems kind of depressed about them firing everyone he ever knew with the organization. i think he is done with colts or they wouldn’t fire the strength training coach that has been working with him.

    i am not ready to give up on Kolb, but I imagine he would bring at least a second round pick in trade or possibly a marque player. in a perfect world tebow would announce his retirement from football to become a youth group minister and denver would offer us Von Miller for Kolb straight up. ha ha ha.

  20. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Brad ONeill —

    RE: Colts strength coach

    The coach being out may not have anything to do with it. Dockett likes working with Lott; If Lott were let go, it wouldn’t mean the Cards were dumping Darnell.

  21. By NJAzCardsFan on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    You Peyton hopefills kill me…… You don’t realize the severity of his injury and the fact that he has had 3 spinal surgeries to try to repair his nerve damage in his neck. He is damaged goods and mostly likely won’t complete a season on any team if he doesn’t retire. I can’t imagine anyone risking a chance at paralysis to continue to play football. Shannon Sharpe had the surgery and retired. Doesn’t anyone think the Colts would keep him if he had a chance to contiune his career there???
    Warner wasn’t damaged goods when we good him…. He just needed a chance for someone to believe in him and he got it from Whiz.

  22. By azcards65 on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren which teams, if any would go after peyton manning if his health is still questionable come march?

  23. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    azcards65 —

    RE: Manning suitors

    Might be smarter to ask what teams wouldn’t. His health is going to be questionable regardless.

  24. By Andy K on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Which major players in the Cardinals roster have expiring contracts? And if Dan Williams doesn’t get healthy, would that increase the chances of starting David Carter?

  25. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Andy K —

    RE: Free agents

    Here is a breakdown of the roster:

  26. By Andy K on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    And also Darren,
    Which players are guarenteed starters for next year? I’m pretty sure there are at least 10 spots guarenteed.

  27. By dustin whitlock on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    is it me or are we trying too hard to have ex steelers come in and make us win?

  28. By kaleb on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    are we really talking about peyton manning??? If you dropped Kolb in behind the patriots o-line he would look like an allstar. If the cardinals dont address the offensive line as the first priority then i have some serious concerns about graves future.
    heres my ideas for the draft so far
    1. jonathan martin, OT Stanford
    3. OLB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma ((OR)) OG Senio Kelemete, Washington ((OR)) OG Mike Brewster, Ohio State (whoever is available in that order of preference).
    4. WR Joe Adams, Arkansas ((OR)) OG Lucas Nix, Pittsburgh ((OR)) OLB Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina

    Free agents to look at are:
    Demetrius Bell (BUF) – OT
    Carl Nicks (NO) – OG
    Ben Grubbs (BAL) – OG
    Pierre Garcon (IND) – WR
    Mario Williams (HOU) – OLB
    Dwayne Bowe (KC) – WR
    Steve Johnson (BUF) – WR
    Brandon Carr (KC) – CB
    Cortland Finnegan (TEN) – CB

    In addition to all that we really need to talk long term contract for Calais Campbell, like right now. Darren you know about any??

    Other free agents that should get new deals are:
    Greg toler
    AJ Jefferson
    Jay Feely
    Richard Bartel
    LaRod Stephens-Howling
    Clark Haggans
    Deuce Lutui
    Levi Brown
    Early Doucet
    Mike Leach

  29. By BIG RED on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    What the heck is wrong with you all, saying we need Peyton Manning. Would the Cardinals, again be so stupid and give this legend of the past some retirement money. What good did it do to bring in Emmitt Smith not a damm thing, but filled up the staduim a little bit more. Look at what NJAsCardsFan just mention about the injury and his a professional Doctor and a damm good one at that. I’ll stick with Skelton or Kolb. We’d be lucky if Peyton would make it through the year. Well, maybe not us but Peyton would.

  30. By Peter in Canada on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve got to agree with those who say we should forget about Peyton. I’ve been watching him on the sidelines and he seems to have very little mobility in his neck. Given the severity of his injuries, his limited mobility and the huge personal risk involved, I see him retiring.

  31. By Scott H on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    NJAzCardsFan –

    For now – and until it is actually established that Peyton Manning can even still play at all – I’m with you. I’m not a neurologist, but…I just cannot fathom how a person with the extent of spinal fusion surgery that Manning has had can possibly withstand the rigors of playing QB in the NFL. Who knows…but people may have to accept that Manning’s career may be over. And IF that is indeed a real possibility, then he is NOT the guy I want playing QB for my team.

    BTW, where in New Jersey are you from??? I’m a South Jersey boy, myself. Marlton, to be exact. Nice to know of other Cards fans out here.

  32. By AndyStandsUp on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    And now the aforementioned Canfora is reporting that Whiz and Graves met again with Todd Haley this afternoon.
    Two former head coaches and a respected offensive coordinator duking it out to become the Arizona quarterback coach.

    Don’t think I would have typed that sentence about 5 years ago.

  33. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Haley meeting

    I still am not sure Haley is going to be returning, despite today’s reports.

  34. By clssylssy on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    All this wild speculation has the feel of the National Enquirer…getting kinda crazy! The only thing anybody knows for sure is that anything can happen at any moment and we fans are relegated to sitting back and waiting for the smoke to clear and the chips fall where they may…Geez, it’s like this every year, the absolute worst part of the football season!

  35. By NJAzCardsFan on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Scott H- I am in the middle of No. NJ
    As I typed here before I have had a spinal fusion. I am not a doctor but being I have gone thru it, I know alot more than the average person. I went form benching 240lbs in sets of 10 to nothing. After surgery and 10 yrs later I can bench 120lbs. Mannings injury is the same. He will lose tricept and bicepts strength if he has a C5-6 level fusion with the nerve damaged. I wouldn’t want to have a beast like Dockett or Campbell landing on me several times a game after that surgery. It would be cool for the few NJ Cards fans to meet up for the Jets game. I think I am the only Az Cards fan in No. NJ…..

  36. By Rich on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Arians is a good guy……………but can we please get off of the Steelers train………….its getting embarrassing just trying to move their plyers and coaches westward..

  37. By DontTakeLoses on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    So, Manning at QB, Reggie Wayne opposite Fitz. Even jeff Saturday available? Cards could be desired destination for a lOT of top free agents when Peyton signs;)

  38. By DontTakeLoses on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    PS: Several Indy news reports, + bro lives in Indy. Manning has been lifting weights. He completely plans on playing, not even a question in his mind reportedly.

  39. By wayne on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Are we the NFC Pittsburg Steelers? we sure havn’t played like it, if we do hire Arias I hope it turns out better than Grim who we just hired for 2 more frustrating years (I hope thats not the case), yes I do think Arias is a good offensive coach and could turn the page on Kolb, Skelton.

  40. By ben on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    thanks for that roster breakdown nice stuff GO CARDS

  41. By Kent on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Darren – 99% sure that Arians was the WR’s coach in Pittsburgh when KEn was the OC. Mark Whipple was the QB’s coach.

  42. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Kent —

    RE: Arians job

    You are right, he coached receivers. Nice catch. He was Peyton Manning’s QB coach the first three years of Manning’s career.

  43. By mancosman on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply


    What stadium did Ryan Williams and Beanie Wells get hurt? Were both in Arizona? If this is the case, what other running back injuries for other teams have occured at Univeristy of Phoenix stadium come to mind? I ‘ve heard the field is the best in the NFL, but are there some injury issues with the turf?

  44. By Darren Urban on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Mancosman —

    RE: Injuries

    Williams got hurt at Lambeau Field. Beanie was hurt at home. In both cases, the injuries happened because of tackles/hits, not because of the turf.

  45. By drummer-1 on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    For all you people crying about hiring another pitt coach he also coached at Indy, does that make you feel better now..

  46. By John the Draft Guy on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t get all the anger at Coach Grimm?

    OK, the Dbacks sign me. I go out at give up 10 runs in the first inning. The pitching coach continues to work with me, but I keep giving up the runs. Then, the Dbacks refuse to sign or draft a guy to replace me. They just expect the Pitching coach to make me work. Should the Pitching coach get fired?

    Same thing that is happening to Grimm. Colledge is his only signing. Only 3 offensive lineman drafted since 2006; Levi Brown (07), Brandon Keith (08), and Herman Johnson (09). We are entering the 2012 draft. Yet, he is expected to turn these guys into the best OLine in the league. Come on.

  47. By John the Draft Guy on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    If the Cards were to sign Manning after his release, don’t you think they will do their due diligence with him? Before any talk of a contract, they will make sure his strength is there, he can make the throws and he checks out. If he can’t, they won’t sign him.

    If Manning was healthy and checks out, we would be crazy not to try to sign him. Past his prime? Why? Because he didn’t play last year?(see above statement) In 2010, he threw for 4700 yards and 33 tds. That, by the way, is the most yards of his career and 2nd most TDs. Can you imagine if Kolb or Skelton put up 4700 yds and 33 tds? We probably would be playing this weekend. OK, maybe Manning has an off year and he only throws for 4000 and 27tds. I’ll take it.

    As for Free agents,
    My top 3 picks; (Unless Manning is available)
    Brandon Carr or Terrel Thomas at CB
    Pierre Garcon or Mario Manningham at wr
    Carl Nicks G

    Demetreus Bell seems attractive at first. But he has only played 16 games 1 time in 3 years. Risk and reward player.
    OT would be better addressed in the draft. I would love to see the Cards draft a pair of tackles. I would love to trade down in the first and add a second (provided we have a partner)
    In the late 20’s, I would draft Whitney Mercelis, very athletic pass rusher. Loved him in the bowl game. (I see as an OLB opposite Acho)
    Come back in the 2nd and take a tackle like Zebrie Sanders
    Then come back in the 3rd and take another tackle like Nate Potter

  48. By lg on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    in order to get manning kolb got to go dont get me wrong i love kolb but to have peyton in arizona would be a dream come ture

  49. By SSG Tim Roberts on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve read some of the comments posted on here and can’t help but wonder some things: why pass on a Hall of Famer QB? Health is an issue, but the rewards of having someone of Peytons calibur would be just like having Kurt back all over again. The real issue isnt whether we could get him (which it seems may not be a problem with cap space) but if he would choose to come here or anywhere else. The man has a talent for the game and with the poor recievers that currently are in Indy, wouldn’t it make sense to put him with Larry or Andre? He knows just how good both our guys are and it would be like him and Marvin Harrison all over again. Just look at what he could do with Beanie and La’rod! All he would have to do is throw to Larry or Andre and pitch the ball to Beanie and they would complement each other. People forget its a TEAM sport. If the team doesnt produce, then NOBODY wins.

    Face it, the man can lead drives and knows the game very well. With the talent we have right now, and our defense coming into its own, why would it be a problem? I like Kolb and Skelton. But imagine having Peyton there to help develop both of them into the quarterbacks they can really be? Anybody knows that if healthy, Peyton would get the nod. But IF he did go down we know without a doubt that both Kolb and Skelton could fill in. The real question is whether or not he wants to play like he is or not. And a coach is a coach. Whether they coached in Philly or Pittsburgh is not a factor. Not to me anyway. If he gets the job done then who cares who they coached with last year! Seriously folks, lets win and worry about who did what and where later! Its a team sport!

  50. By Kevin on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply


    Your roster breakdown lists Womack as UFA. I thought he signed a 2 year contract.


  51. By Darren Urban on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Kevin —

    RE: Womack

    You are correct. I will fix that.

  52. By SuperBird on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nice to see that coaches are wanting to come to AZ. Just goes to show that they are wanting to improve their own career with the talent that we have here. Whiz has done a fantastic job of surrounding himself with high caliber coaches. It does not matter that they are from the Steelers, I am just glad that we are getting past the 4 win seasons that I have been used to while growing up as a Cards fan. Fitz, Beanie, Adub, P2, Dockett, Calais, Washington, Acho… How can anyone NOT be a Cards fan right now. Cannot wait for the season to start!

  53. By DontTakeLoses on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Best QB depth in NFL?: Manning Kolb Skelton…it could happen…they’ll try to keep Kolb if Manning signed imho

  54. By Scott H on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    NJAzCardsFan –

    Interesting stuff. For yourself, I wish you well going forward. I know much less about it than yourself, but I understand the prognoses with these surgeries is often limited, shal we say?. And THAT’s for the average guy. For an NFL QB??? Can’t imagine.

    Hey, wear the colors proudly up there! I guess you are surrounded by Giants and Jets people. For me, it’s highly ignorant Eagles fans. Beating them in Philly this year was SOOOOOOO friggin ‘ sweet!!!

  55. By Scott H on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    DontTake Loses –

    Uh-huh…and with what it would probably take to pay Manning to come here AND with what we are already paying Kolb…how are we paying the other 51 guys on the roster???

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