Live from Tahoe: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt itching for camp, talks joint practices

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is ready to get into game mode (Associated Press)

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has spent the last couple days in Lake Tahoe, playing practice rounds for the tournament that begins tomorrow. He’s been chill and relaxed, talking with fans and hitting the ball well.

But if it looks like his mind isn’t on football, well, that’s not reality. Whisenhunt told me this placid demeanor is kind of a facade. Football is most certainly whirling around in his noggin. He’s amped.

There’s not much on golf,” Whisenhunt told me. “I mean, this is a great event, it’s a lot of fun. For a guy that can’t play football anymore, it’s great to compete in another arena. But I’m thinking about football. We got a lot of things coming up in this camp, gotta find out about our football team. Obviously winning 7 of our last 9, finishing strong, gives us a lot of excitement about our team. We got a lot of good players that have to continue to grow, got to figure out our quarterback situation and so I’m excited about it.”

Whisenhunt talked a bunch about his interesting quarterback situation, and we’ll get to that on NFL.com at some point soon. But it was noteworthy for me to know that star WR Larry Fitzgerald won’t have input into the decision.

Larry doesn’t want input into it,” the coach said. “Larry wants the best players on the field to play, that’s one thing he’s vocal about. He wants to win. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

One thing that will help figures to be their scheduled joint practice. The Cards are slated to rumble withe Chiefs during camp in a decision I love. What is the benefit?

Well, for us not to have to come all the way back to Arizona from Canton, back to Kansas City, it saves us two legs,” he said. “But I think in training camp, you’re going against the same guys every day. And this is a chance in not a football game to do some one-on-one drills, get a chance to evaluate your players against other players. And it’s a great time. You get a chance to talk and see some of their players, coaching staff. It’s a great time for competition and evaluating your players and meeting guys and see how they do things.

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