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Leinart, Whisenhunt blame selves for Cardinals’ loss

Matt Leinart Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken WhisenhuntIt is refreshing when a pro football player and the head coach blame themselves, not each other, when a loss happens.  Such was the case with both Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart and head coach Ken Whisenhunt.  Whisenhunt factored in several items in the Cardinals’ loss at San Francisco Monday night. 

As Whisenhunt told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, “I really believe it was too much time between games, and we put too much stuff in,” Whisenhunt said. “Not that (Leinart) can’t handle it, but you don’t have enough time to practice everything.  All of sudden, you’ve got all these good plays that you’ve been working on in camp, and you want to put all of them in because you’re excited about them.  And you can’t physically work on all of them.”  Sounds like a lack of preparation to me.

And the end results bear that out.  Leinart completed only half of his 28 passes for only 102 yards, and Cards’ wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald between them caught seven passes for only 42 yards.  Leinart, to his credit, blamed himself after the game and appeared to do the same recently, as well, telling the Republic, “We had all week to prepare.  Maybe we had a lot of stuff (in the game plan), but I don’t think there was too much. I just have to do a better job of studying it and understanding it. It’s my responsibility to know out there.”

Be that as it may, this is really a matter of the Cardinals simply putting that ugly loss behind them and concentrate on the task at hand – beating the visiting Seattle Seahawks, their opponent this weekend.  But Ken, do the team and the Cards’ fans a favor – be more judicial in your game planning, time-wise.  It will do the team a world of good; time management can be your friend assuming you don’t “micromanage” the gameplan preparation.


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