After the morning practice was over, the media caught up with Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who, by all accounts, still seemed pretty upset at his team's performance in Kansas City. He noted that the energy just didn't seem to be there on either side of the ball and that the complacency needs to come to an end.
"I'm displeased with all units," said Whisenhunt begrudgingly. "I would say that there's a few players that are doing what we want them to do, but there's not enough of the 22 starters getting it done they way we want to get it done."
He continued by saying that there will be no set snap count or quarter length for how long the starters will play against Oakland. They will likely play until Whiz sees what he wants to see: progress. Quarterback Kevin Kolb spoke about what he has seen so far after the morning practice.
When asked what he wants to see out of the offense this week, Kolb replied with a simple, "a lot". "Focus, touchdowns, intensity, details and that comes from top to bottom all the way from myself and John [Skelton] to the second and third teams. There's just a lot of details that we have to touch up."
Also, Jeff King is now off of the PUP list and according to both him and Coach Whisenhunt, he is expected to play when they travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans. It'll be a big boost to the offense having him back.
"There's no questioning his production, especially early in the season last year," Whisenhunt said of King. "I think that it gives us more versatility when you have a guy that can block like he can, but you can still use him in some facets of the pass game."
You may have caught SB Nation Arizona writer Cody Ulm's update earlier on Larry Fitzgerald winning another humanitarian award for his efforts in the community. Whiz didn't shy away from addressing what that means to him as his coach and what it's like having a player and a person the caliber of Fitz on the team. "I don't think that there's many guys that mean as much to the game from the standpoint of football-wise and also mean as much to a community or to other people as Larry does."
Last but certainly not least, it sounds like Ryan Williams will participate in Friday's game against the Raiders in some fashion. If his knee doesn't swell up, expect to see him on the field at University of Phoenix stadium this weekend. As for Beanie Wells, he said he is itching to get back on the field and knows that he can add another dynamic to the offense.
I'll have more after the afternoon practice.
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