The boss is not happy. When the boss isn’t happy, no one’s happy. That was the message sent by Coach Whisenhunt when the Cardinals returned for the last week of training camp after “defeating” the Houston Texans in both squads’ first taste of the 2010 season.
“There were a couple of times in the first half, offensively, where it was a joke, to be quite honest with you,” Whisenhunt torted. “Plays that we had run 25 times in two weeks looked like it was the first time we’d run it.” It really can’t get worse than that for an offense that is trying to build a level of comfort with a new QB at the helm.
Speaking of Matt Leinart, he apparently was playing and watching a different game than Whisenhunt. “I haven’t watched the film yet, but I think we played pretty well,” Leinart said. “Obviously, we can get better, but (I) completed most of the passes, did everything I think we could. We just want to be able to move the ball a little better.” The offense can get a lot better as it failed to move the ball at all and couldn’t do any better than setting up Jay Feely for a 47-yard field goal attempt, which he missed. Leinart’s completed passes only compiled a minuscule amount of meaningless yards, but he apparently thinks the offense played “pretty well.”
Whisenhunt and basically anyone else watching the game feels differently. The first team offense had receivers running the wrong routes, lineman missing blocking assignments, a fumbled hand off that doomed the opening possession, and both starting tackles gave up a sack in only one quarter. These things must be corrected before the season starts. Except for the sacks, which resulted from Mario Williams just whooping Brandon Keith and Levi Brown getting beat, the other problems are inexcusable errors.
The order of the day to correct the offense seems to be focusing on the little things, according to Whisenhunt. “It’s more about paying attention to the details,” Whisenhunt said. “We’re rough around the edges. I’m not down on our team whatsoever. I think it’s a great opportunity to clean things up and improve.” There’s plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball so tightening up execution should go a long way if it’s done quickly.