Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is tired from a week on the road, and he’s tired of talking about snap counts.
Whisenhunt was asked how long starters would play in their third preseason game against Oakland Friday, and he made it clear his expectations have changed.
“As mad as I was last night I told them we’re going to play until we get it right. They could play the whole game,” Whisenhunt said, via Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic. “I think the theme this week is we’re not going to talk about a play count. We’re going to play. Once we feel our guys are making progress, then they’ll come out.”
The Cards looked gassed in their loss to the Chiefs, after staying in Missouri following their Hall of Fame Game appearance in Canton the weekend before. The Chiefs gashed the starting defense for a pair of touchdowns, and the first offense only crossed midfield once.
“I’m not going to allow our guys to use that as an excuse,” he said. “We have to be a better team than we showed [Friday] night, . . . I think it’s time for our players to understand the sense of urgency with preseason.
“It’s not panic. We’ve got three preseason games left. We’ve got practice time left. But we’ve got to prove to a lot of people that we can be a good football team. There’s a lot of questions about that.”
And they’re going to continue, until the Cardinals look competent enough to get off the field. That hasn’t happened yet.