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Whisenhunt: Cards need rest more than remedial work

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There’s nothing Ken Whisenhunt would rather be doing that having his guys in pads working this weekend.

But the Cardinals coach also thinking about the long haul, which is why he’s giving them some down time.

After a sloppy showing in their first loss Thursday night, Whisenhunt gave his players some time off to get well.

“Physically, it really wouldn’t be productive for us right now [to practice],” Whisenhunt said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “We’ve got too many injuries. With only 53 guys, I don’t know how many guys it would be smart to try and make practice today.

“Sometimes you have to think about getting them rest and health so you don’t have to deal with these things all season.”

But he made it clear what his preference would be.

“Trust me,” he said, “I’d love to be able to go out there and be able to correct some of these things and work on them. It burns in your gut to have to see these things and not be able to address them. But we’ll have time to be able to do that next week.”

There’s nothing any coach loves more than a “prove-a-point” practice, as the Jets did last week.

And the Cardinals clearly have things to work on, but Whisenhunt’s going to give them a few days before he gets to that.

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11 Responses to “Whisenhunt: Cards need rest more than remedial work”
  1. realfann says: Oct 6, 2012 3:50 PM

    He’s really saying Thursday night games suck. His team was tired and under prepared so they played bad.

    I hate Thursday night games. Bad for football, bad for the players.

    Get rid of them or have them for teams coming off a bye week.

  2. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 6, 2012 4:05 PM

    The Cards would have been much better off just running the ball and punting. They might have actually surprised the Rams defense with a play action pass to Fitz occasionally. That was just an incredibly stupid, inept display of play calling and execution – too bad they had to do it on a nationally televised game.

  3. pickney1 says: Oct 6, 2012 5:46 PM

    Two things no team will play up to their level on Thursday night football, the greed of the owners has lessened the quality on the field.

    Secondly, it’s a long season, no reason to crack the whip. After an excellent first quarter of the season they have to go back to the basics of sustaining a block and building of what they accomplished thus far.

  4. baloneyjohn says: Oct 6, 2012 5:51 PM

    They need better play calling and a running game.

  5. ravens1762 says: Oct 6, 2012 6:11 PM

    realfann, in theory i agree with you, but unfortunately you can’t have a thursday night game after a bye week for every team. there are more than 2 teams at a time on each bye week. there would be some type of argument if some teams had their thursday night game after a bye and others didn’t. at least now they level the playing field that every team has a thursday night game. the only good thing about a thursday night game is that the team gets a mini bye week until they play again the following sunday. so confusing, my 2 cents is just stop thursday night games altogether. but i bet it won’t happen. too much lost revenue involved.

  6. harryglyphics says: Oct 6, 2012 6:21 PM

    It’s utter nonsense that playing on a Thursday is an issue.
    It’s the nature of the beast that actors, athletes and politicians are supposed to be ready to go anytime, anywhere.
    Start a new league (again) and guys will play on Tuesday mornings.

  7. iced107 says: Oct 6, 2012 7:08 PM

    The Cards would have been much better off just running the ball and punting. They might have actually surprised the Rams defense with a play action pass to Fitz occasionally. That was just an incredibly stupid, inept display of play calling and execution – too bad they had to do it on a nationally televised game.
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    Uhh no, that’d be incredibly stupid. The Rams front 4 completely dominated the cardinals o-line,as quinn and Long were repeatedly in the backfield.

    Now you want Kolb to turn his back and take a longer drop when he was getting killed on normal ones? Seriously?

    Out of 50 Drop backs, The Rams had 42 pressures..Yea, Play action woulda been dumb – especially since the running game wasn’t working either.

  8. iced107 says: Oct 6, 2012 7:32 PM

    BTW Enough of the excuses of ‘it’s a short week and that’s why the lost.’

    The Rams were on the same schedule – they both played games on Sunday, and they both showed up to play on the same night. So the Rams were out home – but Arizona was simply outplayed and out coached. Period.

  9. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 6, 2012 7:41 PM

    Agree with the idea of Thurs games being after a bye. The schedule is unreal when you think of not having M & Tu to recover from the game and prepare for next week. TH is the first day of real implementation of the game plan. Make TH game day and you’ve got a burned out team. Especially a road team.

    Cards would be smart to send everyone home for three days except those needing to be in the training room, then get back on that schedule that made them ready enough to play to a 4-0 start.

  10. tangerinediesel says: Oct 6, 2012 8:08 PM

    ravens1762 says: Oct 6, 2012 6:11 PM

    realfann, in theory i agree with you, but unfortunately you can’t have a thursday night game after a bye week for every team. there are more than 2 teams at a time on each bye week. there would be some type of argument if some teams had their thursday night game after a bye and others didn’t. at least now they level the playing field that every team has a thursday night game. the only good thing about a thursday night game is that the team gets a mini bye week until they play again the following sunday. so confusing, my 2 cents is just stop thursday night games altogether. but i bet it won’t happen. too much lost revenue involved.
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    Exactly. The only way to solve it would be with an east coast/west coast double header.

  11. scratchnsniffnblog says: Oct 6, 2012 8:28 PM

    Rest??? The Cards’ O-line was asleep all night.

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