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Opponent Friday: The Arizona Cardinals

Cards Coach Ken Whisenhunt


(On what he saw from the Dolphins last week on film) – “I saw a physically disciplined football team. They played hard. I thought they did a good job with their responsibilities and they didn’t stop until the whistle blew. That was very impressive.”

(On Chad Pennington and how you game plan for him)  – “I was with the Jets when we drafted Chad so I know him a little bit, plus I’ve played against him during his course in the league. I know what type of quarterback he is; I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a very smart quarterback, he understands the game, anticipates things very well, had a good feel for moving in the pocket and he manages the game extremely well. I know it will be a challenge for us because I he gets into a rhythm, he can really hurt you. We’re going to have to prepare this week to face a guy that I though in the second half played pretty well.” 

(On what was his biggest challenge in his first year with Arizona) – “I guess, maybe getting everybody on the same page of how we are going to do things. I think Coach Sparano was asked a question similar to that and he answered that it was a process, and that’s exactly what it is. It’s a process. It’s not something that you can just do overnight, it takes time. That’s what it seems like was the biggest challenge for us and me, our first year, was trying to get our team, everybody; and that’s not just football. We’re talking about how you practice, how you study or prepare for a team, even as something as simple as how you travel. There are always questions about everything in your first year and until you’ve gone through that process there’s always going to be little distractions. We’re better this year because a lot of those questions have been answered and we’re able to focus in on preparing, and preparing the way we want to.”

(On how big a challenge it is to change an entire culture in a franchise) – “When we win some games here and we’ve done that, I’ll let you know. I certainly know a lot of the coaches on that staff, I’m familiar with Coach (Bill) Parcells, I know how they’re doing things and the thing that I’m impressed with and I know that they’ll have success with, is the fact that they will be consistent and they will stay true to that course. To me, it’s just a matter of time. I already see a much different football team on tape from last year to this year. I anticipate that it will be a tough match for us this week.”

(On how you prepare for a team that has 27 new players, a new 3-4 front, new offense and new coaching staff) – “To me, it’s a little bit like preseason from the standpoint that you’re going to have to make adjustments during the course of the game. I know we’ll see some things that we haven’t seen, that we haven’t prepared for because we’re looking at so many different variables, so many different players, and I’m sure they’ll adjust some of their schemes. It really comes down to being able to adjust to some of those things. I think, hopefully because we’re a year into our program, we can do a better job of adjusting. I think that’s what we did this past weekend against San Francisco. We didn’t have a great first half, but we made some adjustments and came out and played much better in the second half. I think that’s going to be a little bit of the story of this game because I know the way that unit plays, both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively, and even their special teams, there are going to be some wrinkles, there are going to be some things that you haven’t seen or haven’t prepared for. That’ll be a fun game for us.”

(On what he remembers most about this time with Joey Porter in Pittsburgh) – “What a competitor he was. What a fiery competitor and how much he was a big part of the leadership and even the personality of our football team. Knowing that he was the kind of guy that you wanted to go into battle with because you knew he was going to have your back.”

(On if he will have to keep an eye on Joey Porter during the game) – “We’ll make sure we keep the footballs away so he can’t come knock one off the tee.”

(On his impressions of Tony Sparano from their time coaching together in Cleveland) – “We were all trying to keep our head above water that first year in Cleveland. I was very impressed with Tony and the job he did. I know the transition coming from college to the NFL is a big jump for a coach and I thought he did a very good job with that. I’m certainly not surprised whatsoever that he’s had the success as an assistant coach and I know he’ll do a very good job as a head coach.”

(On if he’s ever seen a receiving tandem like Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin) – “We’re very pleased that we have Larry and Anquan. They’re both outstanding  football players and I think they make our team, not just because they are talented football players, but they bring a lot of other things to the table, I think from a leadership standpoint from how they play and I really admire the way they work with some of our younger receivers. I’m very, very fortunate to have two players of that caliber at receiver and I think our line is doing a great job protecting Kurt (Warner) and that makes us, I hope, a hard team to stop because of that.”

(On if it’s tougher to prepare for inexperienced receivers like the ones on the Dolphins) – “I’ve seen those guys make some plays in preseason and even last week. Anytime you’re going against an NFL caliber receiver, which I think they are, you better prepare because they can hit you for a big play if you let your guard down for a minute. Experienced or not experienced, I think that they have a good, young receiver corps there. I know because of Chad’s experience that he can find those guys and get the ball to them. We have to do a very good job of being disciplined in our technique and our coverage responsibilities this week so that we don’t get lax, would be the best way to say it.”

(On what concerns him the most about Ricky Williams) – “Getting him down, getting him tackled. I think he’s a very strong runner that has good vision, that’s not afraid to hit the hole. I see him make a lot of second level runs carrying guys with him. I think he looks quick, he looks explosive in the hole. He’s a guy that if you give him enough carries where he’s getting past the line of scrimmage he’s going to wear you down. Our biggest concern this week after having faced a back last week like Frank Gore, that was similar from the standpoint of being able to get those extra yards after contact, we’ve got to do a good job of tackling him.”

(An if it’s more difficult to prepare for a team with two running backs or a team with one featured back) – “I don’t think it really makes a difference in today’s league. You face so many teams that have two backs that you have to prepare for both of them. I think we’ve become used to that and a lot of teams that we face have a couple of backs. I think both of the Dolphins’ backs are similar from the standpoint of size and how they run and they’re good players. Regardless of which player is in there, we still have to do a good job of tackling and getting those guys down because in the open field or when they break through the line, they’re tough.”

(On how Anquan Boldin has been handling himself with his contract dispute) – “he’s been working very hard. I don’t think there was ever any question about how he would interact with his teammates or how he would perform on the field. I don’t think that’s in his makeup to do anything different than that. He loves the game, he plays hard and I believe him when he said he cannot take it to the field. I haven’t seen that whatsoever. He has been very good as far as how he’s worked and even taking time with Early Doucet, our young receiver, and working on things with him and some of our receivers. I think Anquan, more than anything, wants to win football games. He’s excited because we won our first game and it looks like we’re making a little bit of progress.”

(On how he’s using Tim Hightower along with Edgerrin James) – “I think that we have certain plays that we want to get Tim in there, but we’re going to give him opportunities as well. That’s something that he had to earn. I thought he did a good job in the first game, especially on two big fourth down runs for us getting that first down. I think that he’s gotten a little bit more in the plus column as far as being able to use him in the game. We will, in certain situations, just to rest Edge, especially if we’re having success running the football so we can ease some of that burden on Edgerrin. He’s a young player and being a rookie in the league, a lot of times you don’t want to give him too much. He’s done a very good job of handling his role and I hope that we’ll be able to get enough carries that we can expand his role.”

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Give up a 1st and Ginn for Boldin. It has to happen. I don't want them to waste the first pick next year on a rookie WR, they seem to take for ever to get on track.

There will be some good WRs available in free agency next year.

bennyV

ain't gonna happen. cards would never let him go.

although, i hate paying a 1st rounder when ya never know what you are getting, i.e., ted ginn.

AND if we don't mount a pass rush quickly sunday, we will be 0-2 PDQ !!

"i hate paying a 1st rounder when ya never know what you are getting, i.e., ted ginn."

Lmao... yeah we really know what ted ginn is as of now. Save that comment for another year or two

The phins can play as hard as they want but without playmakers on Offense and D were not going to win many games. our WRs and CBs are terrible. Beefing up the OL and DL makes sense so maybe next season for playmakers?

9/11 was an inside job

checkout wtc7.net & watch the collapse videos

learn the truth

Thanks for that 911 comment Rosie!

I know they puff the opponent, but this is nice to read:

" I already see a much different football team on tape from last year to this year."

Jeff, believe me it's not just about Rosie...there are thousands of military officials, politicians, professors, 9/11 survivors, 9/11 commissioners, etc, etc that believe the official story of 9/11 is a lie...

you can see their statements here-

patriotsquestion911.com

Look deeper than Rosie...

You ask why I tell you.

Boomer Grigsby was not cut because of a sub-par performance vs the Jets. He was cut to make a statement. As a populair locker room guy; with a knack for media attention. Boomer was infact one of the more colorful players for the Miami, Dolphins. I can guerantee that the choice between himself and Regan Maui had alot to do with character and leadership issues. Maui is a "SCUM-BAG".

A familiar fullback with the versitility to line up at TE emerged and the Dolphins pounced. This made it possible to lose Ryan as well. Now don't expect to see too much of Cramer in the backfield; expect Fasano and Martin to move from TE to FB to provide some movement up front. As FBs they will have to do better than Boomer. He had trouble holding on to blocks and driving those defenders downfield. Both Fasano and Martin lead the way for a miediore pass offense by Miami, but I felt neither did an exception job blocking on the line. It will be interesting to see if the Trifecta's "MIND GAME" works out. Bring out the IV Bags the coaches in Miami are putting an amount of pressure on their team that has not been in years.

0-2 Looms; disaster awaits; the nightmare continues.

9/11 was not an inside job. That would mean that someone in the Bush admin had brains. That isn't true. Proven fact. The economy stinks, oil is higher than every, the war in Irag and Afghanistan. Need I say more.

This Boldin stuff is as tiring as that kid that went to Cleveland last year. (name with held as we don't want to hear that name again)

IF Parcels could pull the trigger on this guy, we get a great receiveer. But trouble. he is complaining in sunny Arizona. Can you imagine what he would be like here.

hey miami you will never get boldin from us because you dont have anything we want except for Beck. He looks like a young Kurt Warner, with his cannon of an arm and how he has had troubles with handling the ball. But we would never trade boldin for beck. i just wish we had a young guy with such a great arm because Matt "LionHeart" week dick arm sucks. well i cant wait to kill you guys this weekend and keep you losers losing and complaining.

hey miami you will never get boldin from us because you dont have anything we want except for Beck. He looks like a young Kurt Warner, with his cannon of an arm and how he has had troubles with handling the ball. But we would never trade boldin for beck. i just wish we had a young guy with such a great arm because Matt "LionHeart" week dick arm sucks. well i cant wait to kill you guys this weekend and keep you losers losing and complaining.

Trifecta will not mortgage the farm to get a single player. The front office will continue making small brick and mortar changes to the team's foundation long before a marquis player will be wearing a receivers jersey for Aqua.

And for all the doom forecasting, lighten up. We weren't even a good college-level team last year. We'll see glimpses of hope this year, but we're still a long way from being good. Sit back, relax, and cheer the best you can. Something tells me every game is going to be a nail-biter like last week, and I'm guessing we don't have those start going our way until the end of the season.

Sure, It's been 10 years of suck, but we're probably going to have to wait one more year.

Go Dolphins.


(Oh, and the Alamo was an inside job. Read the truth at: www.ImafrigginNUTcaseandBWbushsucksandwearsladiesunderwear.com)

The Dolphins cut Ryan to make room for K Barton. The bears released him and were hoping to stash him on the practice squad but we nabbed him up. The kid was a good blocker at Ohio state and this is the kind of move that churns the bottom of the roster, gives us depth, and gives us someone to develop and use in the future. Ireland and Parcells had him on their board so they have studied him thouroughly. These are the kinds of moves that go under the radar but have the possibility to pay off big dividends. The Loss? Sean Ryan so really there is no loss.

Hey 911 who cares. You really want to be scared? Look up Planet X on you tube and watch that video. You will no longer care about a few buldings being destroyed. Scary stuff if it's true.

Why people keep even talking about trading for Boldin? what's gonna be the difference? 2-3 more wins??
boldin wants to be traded because he wants more money, that aint gonna happen in south florida, he aint a playoff contender, just yet so the best thing is keep working on Ginn, hagan, and Bess (which im really high on this guy).
Please stop talking cr@p about Ginn, this is his 2nd year, 2nd coach, 2nd QB....give him some time, be patient dolphins fan, it's gonna take some time but it will happen!!

Benny V - it didn't take Eddie Royal forever to get on track. Or Devin Hester, Calvin Johnson, Steve Smith etc.
When you have a QB that can make all of the throws you find out how athletic and skilled your receivers really are.

'I know they puff the opponent, but this is nice to read:

" I already see a much different football team on tape from last year to this year."

Posted by: jon | September 12, 2008 at 01:17 PM'

Yeah, everybody looks different. What? 27 new players? Oh, that explains it.


Bill Parcells wrote: "Please stop talking cr@p about Ginn, this is his 2nd year, 2nd coach, 2nd QB...."

I think it's actually his 4th QB in regular season, 6th overall.

tinshaker
exactly and im glad u get my point.
some receivers take longer to develop especially with the receivers he has around

tinshaker
exactly and im glad u get my point.
some receivers take longer to develop especially with the receivers he has around

Question, is Parcells travling with the team, this weekend? I know he said he wouldn't, but GM's sometimes parlay during game weekends. The reason I ask is Anquan Boldin. I don't see Parcells giving a first round pick, but our 2nd round pick and a player a caliber player seems a good deal for both teams. Just a little Fantasy GMing. Joey Porter and the Washington 2 for Boldin.

Waiter theres an Osama in in my Football. I live in NY, I saw the towers collapse with my own eyes. This is a forum about football. Lets stick with that. As for Boldin, man he would be a great pickup but prolly not in the cards, ha. And my last comment on the subject is if you werent in NYC you don't know jack sh*t what 9/11 means. I get extremely weary of 911 "tourists", you didnt ever ever smell the scent of electrical fire and rotting flesh in your subway. No one is bombing Pensacola. Anyway I digress. And i apologize for making any offence. Speaking of offence, I think we may eek out a win here but on the back of a running game. I saw OC Henning illustrate a good game plan for the next game and hopefully he'll make good on the promise.

Waiter theres an Osama in in my Football. I live in NY, I saw the towers collapse with my own eyes. This is a forum about football. Lets stick with that. As for Boldin, man he would be a great pickup but prolly not in the cards, ha. And my last comment on the subject is if you werent in NYC you don't know jack sh*t what 9/11 means. I get extremely weary of 911 "tourists", you didnt ever ever smell the scent of electrical fire and rotting flesh in your subway. No one is bombing Pensacola. Anyway I digress. And i apologize for making any offence. Speaking of offence, I think we may eek out a win here but on the back of a running game. I saw OC Henning illustrate a good game plan for the next game and hopefully he'll make good on the promise.

And lastly 911 was an Inside Job you just shamed yourself with your ignorance. And even dumber is that you chose a forum dedicated to football. I'm embarrased to even make this post but you hit a nerve. I could go on for many more paragraphs but your verbose incongruent ignorance seems to be the badge of shame that fits you.

Go Fins. A 2 Back pounding against what is now a up a coming Cards D is the remedy here. Just pound it, and pound it, set up some dinks and dunks. If we can get a long one with our protection that would be great. And put Ginn back on returns..... We need points on special teams where it was touted as an area we addressed.

You're right Dave and I think they should stick with one RB at a time. Let Rickie or Ronnie get in a groove( at least ten carries ) then bring in some fresh legs and pound it some more.

Hey Dolphins Fans,

Congratulations on a great game played. You beat the $3!t out of the us! You earned it. Porter you backed up what you said. It was a nice run of 21 wins but all good things... See you in Miami in a few weeks. We owe you one.

Bill B.
- Foxboro, MA

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