The Cardinals held their annual Red-White practice this past Saturday (8/7) with the first team defense scrimmaging against the first team offense in front of approximately 11,000 Cardinals fans. The defense showed they are far ahead of the offense by only allowing one touchdown and pretty much dominating the entire contest. Leinart was picked off three times and Anderson was intercepted twice, though Whisenhunt claims that some of those picks were the result of bad protection. “You know it’s one weekend,” Whisenhunt said. “We’ve done a lot of good things in the practices this week and you can’t make assessments too quickly based on what you see on one day.” Unfortunately, this is the second report about Leinart’s interception troubles, which I still say isn’t that big of a deal at this point, but hopefully they stop sooner rather than later.
The lone bright spot for the offense came on a 10-yard touchdown throw from Derek Anderson to rookie WR Stephen Williams. In addition, the Cards ran goal line drills with a Matt Leinart running touchdown negated by a holding penalty. Further, Beanie Wells was stuffed on a third and goal as he attempted to jump over the goal line.
As expected, Whisenhunt isn’t panicking with regards to the offense. The head coach remarked that it’s “not surprising” that the defense is ahead of the offense at this point in training camp. It’s true that it usually takes longer for an offense than a defense to click together, but hopefully it does happen for the Cards before the regular season begins. I suppose we can be happy that the defense looked good, but we don’t know whether that’s only because the offense played so poorly.
Jay Feely connected on two field goals, one from 50-yards out.
- WR Early Doucet was held out with an abdominal injury. It doesn’t appear to be serious and he should be practicing soon.
- FB Charles Ali walked off the field with a hamstring injury on Friday (8/6), which will reportedly keep him out a few weeks.
- CB Michael Adams only participated in drills.
- TE Anthony Becht suited up, but did not play.