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Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt Delivers Stern Message To Team
After Monday night’s 24-3 loss to the division rival San Francisco 49ers, Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt apparently lost his cool, Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic reports.
It wasn’t so much that he yelled and screamed or pulled a Buddy Ryan and flipped over a chalkboard in the locker room, it was the message, not the tone.
According to a couple of Cardinals, including defensive tackle and team leader Darnell Dockett, Whisenhunt called out some players by name in front of the entire team, Dockett also suggested that Whisenhunt called out some players who have been on the injured list and expressed how badly their teammates need them to grit their teeth and return to action.
The Cardinals, after all, have lost four consecutive games after opening the season 4-0 and now they have to travel to Green Bay and play the Packers on short rest.
“He called out some guys in the training room that we need on the field,” Dockett said. “Hopefully the message got to some guys. We’ve got one more game before this bye week. We’ve got to do whatever we have to do to win this game, by all means necessary.
“We’re going to need some guys to suck it up to win this game and then they’ve got a whole week off. Hopefully that message rings a bell to a lot of players.”
What a head coach says to his team after an embarrassing loss on national television probably should stay in the locker room, but Dockett, for one, mentioned it publicly and Whisenhunt naturally was asked about it during his news conference Tuesday at the team’s Tempe training facility.
“I’m not sure in what context Darnell was talking about from that standpoint,” Whisenhunt said. “We’ve been banged up this year, but we welcome any guys back.
“We’re not proposing that injured guys play. I think (head athletic trainer) Tom Reed and our medical staff do a great job and our guys work to get better. But we’ll certainly take any of these players back that are ready to play, that can help us.”
Source: The Redzone
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