Published: October 30th, 2009 | Tags: Antrel Rolle, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Eli Manning, Houston Texans, Ken Whisenhunt, Kurt Warner, Larry Johnson, Marc Bulger, Matt Schaub, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ray Rice, St. Louis Rams, Todd Haley
The Cardinals are not your conventional team. They throw when they should be running the ball. They blitz when other teams play the prevent. Coach Ken Whisenhunt is not apologizing though. He told the Arizona Republic that his team plays its best when, as Kent Somers put it, “they are giving the lecture, not taking notes.”
The Cardinals did not try to run out the clock to close out the Giants on Sunday night. But the aggressive blitz calling did force New York QB Eli Manning to make one of his patented, ill-advised throws to seal the game for the Cardinals. Cardinals S Antrel Rolle intercepted Manning with 1:08 remaining — the third of the game.
Whisenhunt does not back down from being aggressive.
- “I really felt that was a chance to win the game,” he said, “and I had a tremendous amount of confidence in our defense. The easy thing to do was run three times and take some time off the clock, but then you are always thinking about, ‘Well, I had a chance to make a play and I didn’t call it.’ “
Other news making its way around the Web on a Friday morning.
- Is there a ‘franchise’ QB to be found in St. Louis’ future? There was a time when QB Marc Bulger pushed veteran Kurt Warner aside. Is that time coming for Bulger to be pushed aside?
- Steelers police locker room themselves. The Chiefs made news this week — in a bad way — when Larry Johnson spoke out against coach Todd Haley (which is putting it mildly). The Steelers do not have such problems because of the veterans in the locker room.
- Ravens’ Rice is living tall. Some doubted that the diminutive Ray Rice could play in the NFL. But not Rice himself.
- Schaub unseasonably cool come rain or shine. Texans QB Matt Schaub has become one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.