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Ken Whisenhunt in uncharted territory with two rookie tackles

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The Cardinals will start two rookies at offensive tackle on Sunday, with seventh-round draft pick Nate Potter getting his first start on the left side, while fourth-rounder Bobby Massie continues to start on the right side. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has never seen that before and isn’t sure what to think about it.

“We have been through some tough situations with the line during my time in the NFL. I don’t think I’ve ever started two rookie tackles,” Whisenhunt said.

According to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910, the last time any NFL team started two rookies at offensive tackle was in 2009, when the Jaguars did it. And in Jacksonville, they were starting a high first-round pick (Eugene Monroe) and a high second-round pick (Eben Britton). Starting a fourth-round rookie and a seventh-round rookie is uncharted territory.

But that’s where the Cardinals are right now, in desperate need of help on the offensive line and down to starting a seventh-round pick at left tackle. Whisenhunt can only shake his head at the direction things are going in.

“What is there to say besides it’s not good enough?” Whisenhunt said.

When you’re on a five-game losing streak, you can’t say much more than that.

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8 Responses to “Ken Whisenhunt in uncharted territory with two rookie tackles”
  1. fordmandalay says: Nov 17, 2012 11:49 AM

    Time to use more high draft picks on additional fragile RBs with fumbleitus – that will solve the ongoing problem with the O-line!

  2. redzona says: Nov 17, 2012 12:00 PM

    Don’t take Whiz’s quote out of context, he was reffering to the team as a whole, not at starting to rookie tackles.

  3. fuglyflorio says: Nov 17, 2012 12:16 PM

    They could probably draft one next year. But the odds are that they’ll send their #1 pick to the Eagles for Nick Foles.

  4. goodguyattorney says: Nov 17, 2012 12:20 PM

    Potter and Massie say thanks for the vote of confidence Coach.

  5. calhounlambeau says: Nov 17, 2012 12:53 PM

    I feel bad for coach Whisenhunt, I think he’s a good coach who’s having to deal with the stupidity of his general manager and front office not providing him with what he needs.

  6. pkthedj says: Nov 17, 2012 1:28 PM

    “…in desperate need of help on the offensive line and down to starting a seventh-round pick at left tackle.”

    The Bears have been starting a seventh-round pick at tackle for years. #JWebbNation

  7. realitypolice says: Nov 17, 2012 1:32 PM

    I know it’s easy to be an arm chair GM, but how in the world could the GM of the Cards have looked at their O-line situation in the off season and thought “Yeah, we’re good here”?

  8. dioalice says: Nov 17, 2012 4:13 PM

    Cardinals fan since 1970 and think Whisenhunt is a fantastic coach. But, Rod Graves isn’t doing Whiz any favors by ignoring the line year after year. While it’s certainly exciting to draft a playmaker in the first round every year, the line has been verging on the worst in the NFL for years. This year, they’ve grabbed that distinction with clarity…

    It wouldn’t have mattered if the Cardinals had picked up Peyton Manning in the offseason: the O-line is spectacularly inept.

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