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Whisenhunt successfully gets under unnamed draft prospect’s skin

Ken Whisenhunt AP

It’s no secret that NFL brass like to push the buttons of draft prospects during interviews at the Scouting Combine, to see how the soon-to-be rookies respond. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt did just that in his private meeting with an unnamed offensive guard prospect in Indianapolis late this week.

(We suspect it was Stanford guard David DeCastro.)

Per Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com, Whisenhunt said he interviewed “one of the better guards in the draft” on Friday night. “He is a very passionate, stone-faced guy, very intense,” Whisenhunt explained. “He did 30-something reps in the bench press.”

(DeCastro did 34 reps.)

“I was kind of joking around but I wanted to see how he’d take it,” Whisenhunt continued. “I said, ‘So let me get this right, you did 18 reps in the bench press?’

“I thought he was going to come out of his chair and fight me, because he was upset I had shorted him out of 14 reps on the bench press. We were laughing about that.”

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15 Responses to “Whisenhunt successfully gets under unnamed draft prospect’s skin”
  1. riderspantherssk says: Feb 25, 2012 3:08 PM

    18+14 is only 32, not 34. So either it is not Decastro or someone has their numbers wrong.

  2. joetorious says: Feb 25, 2012 3:09 PM

    So if Whisenhunt actually said 18, as he claims (and there’s no reason not to believe him), and he was 14 short of the actual number, that equals 32. Not 34 (eliminating David DeCastro if, in fact, he did 34).

  3. cbass59 says: Feb 25, 2012 3:17 PM

    Free UAB.

  4. ottawabrave91 says: Feb 25, 2012 3:19 PM

    I thought maybe he talked bad about his girlfriend………..

  5. tinytim4115 says: Feb 25, 2012 3:26 PM

    As childish as that seems, this is actually really useful for this team. this shows that this OG (supposedly DeCastro) may be thin skinned and not able to take criticism. that might cause issues if he gets called out in practice or meetings or the locker room. i love that whisenhunt did this

  6. fsf7 says: Feb 25, 2012 4:17 PM

    First – this story is a complete joke. To anyone who has really been a gym rat and took a different level of pride in working out would understand what Wisenhunt said and what it meant to the young man who put the nightly effort to bench press 225 lbs 34 more times than 99% of the people who will read this non-sense article.

  7. rayguyreturns says: Feb 25, 2012 4:26 PM

    riderspantherssk says:

    18+14 is only 32, not 34. So either it is not Decastro or someone has their numbers wrong.
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    Maybe that’s why the Arizona defense has problems with “too many players on the field penalties” during games.

  8. eddiemeredith says: Feb 25, 2012 4:29 PM

    No @tinytim4115
    That would be too menial an example. Probably joking. If its Decastro in question it shouldn’t even matter. That dude is so good that there is no way he wouldnt be able to respond to criticism well. Best Guard since Hutchinson is the line people use. I can say its accurate

  9. bigbluedeadhead says: Feb 25, 2012 4:40 PM

    Wow that Whisenhunt is a mastermind genius at the combine! Way to go! Sorry AZ fans…

  10. thingamajig says: Feb 25, 2012 4:43 PM

    If thats all Whisenhunt could come up with to get under someones skin he needs some lessions from Ireland.

  11. donfelder440 says: Feb 25, 2012 5:19 PM

    I would hardly fault the guy for getting upset about this. Taking constructive criticism is one thing. Having someone flat out lie or understate your credentials and accomplishments is another thing.

  12. stevenfbrackett says: Feb 25, 2012 5:37 PM

    This doesn’t tell a coach anything except that he was able to get a guy to react. But why? there are a bunch of different reasons. Some good. So bad.

    Was his reaction a show of pride or a short fuse? Was it passion or lack of self-discipline, for example. Or was it something else entirely.

    It tells the coach nothing about the player but it does tell the player something about what kind of guy the coach is. Dishonest and manipulative.

  13. jimboinbigd says: Feb 25, 2012 5:48 PM

    18? 14? I was skimming this article and thought it was about Defensive Back Wonderlic scores for a second.

  14. justincohn says: Feb 25, 2012 6:05 PM

    The guy’s response should have been, “Yeah, well, I heard you won only 8 games last season. Oh…wait…you did only win 8 games. Sorry for thinking that was a mistake.”

  15. tatum064 says: Feb 25, 2012 6:32 PM

    inytim4115 says:
    Feb 25, 2012 3:26 PM
    As childish as that seems, this is actually really useful for this team. this shows that this OG (supposedly DeCastro) may be thin skinned and not able to take criticism. that might cause issues if he gets called out in practice or meetings or the locker room. i love that whisenhunt did this

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    I love it, because Whisenhunt hasnt won squat – but he can still “get under” someone’s skin. There is NO indication whatsoever that this means someone couldnt take criticism. Its a silly head game that has no bearing whatsoever. At the end of the day, someone is either dominant or not dominant, and guards arent really valued that much anyway.

    that type of thing is more for a wide receiver or db, the ones who typically display that type behavior. DeCastro is straight up man. OL’s do the thankless , dirty work.

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