Tag:Ken Whisenhunt
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:41 pm

Looking like Ray Horton will be Cards' new DC

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ken Whisenhunt had been patiently waiting for the Super Bowl to finish up so that he could talk to some of the Steelers assistants about Arizona’s vacant defensive coordinator position. Reportedly, Whisenhunt’s top choice was Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler. But when the Cardinals requested to interview Butler, the Steelers said no.

Thus, it will be Whisenhunt’s second choice who likely gets the job: Ray Horton. The Steelers defensive backs coach has an expiring contract. Horton, 50, is flying to Phoenix on Wednesday. The longtime NFL defensive back worked with Whisenhunt for three years under Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh. In all, Horton has been an NFL assistant for 17 years.

As for Butler, don’t feel too bad about the Steelers denying him an opportunity to chat with the Cards. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, Butler is the heir apparent to Dick LeBeau.

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Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:55 pm

Hot Routes 2.8.11: Two sides of Vick

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Vick didn’t get out of the ceremony unscathed, though. As this YouTube video will attest. To be fair, though, take the video with a grain of salt. It’s hard to tell if Vick even heard the radio guy or looked at him.
  • If you’re thinking new Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will contact QB Carson Palmer to make a pitch at him to stay in Cincinnati, think again. Gruden will wait until Palmer’s job status is sorted out before making contact.
  • Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post thinks the Super Bowl has become too bloated.
  • If you were driving in the Washington D.C. area Sunday night, there’s a pretty good chance you were given a ticket by Maryland or Virginia police. Forty-two drivers were arrested on DUI suspicion.
  • The Washington City Paper has announced the Washington City Paper Defense Fund so the outlet can fight the multi-million dollar lawsuit leveled at it by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Apparently, the newspaper is getting plenty of support from its readers.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 2:38 pm

Hot Routes 1.28.11 Pro Bowl tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Amazing stat: the Packers have a chance to become the first team in 48 years to go an entire season without trailing by more than seven at any point.

Reggie Wayne took his fellow Colts wideouts with him to Hawaii

The Raiders have hired their former offensive lineman Steve Wisniewski as an assistant offensive line coach. In a press release announcing the move, Wisniewski, who wore the silver and black from 1989-2001, was referred to as a “Raider legend”.

Ken Whisenhunt confirmed what many have long speculated: he wants to interview assistants on both Super Bowl teams (mainly Steelers, we’ll assume) before choosing a new defensive coordinator. 

Tampa has reason to believe that its upcoming October bid for the 2015 Super Bowl will be successful. 

Packers personnel legend Ron Wolf offers praise for Ted Thompson.

Noted Chiefs fan Tony DiPardo passed away this week at the age of 98.

Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com believes the Eagles want to appoint Packers secondary coach Darren Perry to their defensive coordinator position. (That could explain why the job has remained vacant for nearly two weeks.)

Donovan McNabb will serve as a guest analysts for ESPN during Super Bowl week.

A suite for Super Bowl XLV costs $163,000 – and it’s on the 30-yard-line, no less!

It’s very likely the Bucs will look to draft a defensive end.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 4:34 pm

Hot Routes 1.24.11 everything else in the NFL

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Charles Woodson had the best line ever about President Barack Obama. Before Sunday’s NFC Championship, Obama said the First Family would be going to the Super Bowl if the Bears made it. Woodson said after the game, "If you're not going to see us, then we're going to come see you."

Cam Newton is in San Diego working with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. in preparation for April’s draft.

Jon Beason will replace Lance Briggs in the Pro Bowl. London Fletcher will replace Brian Urlacher. (Next year we’ll just report when original Pro Bowlers do NOT drop out of the game.)

Receivers coach Todd Monken will replace Mike Shula as the quarterbacks coach in Jacksonville. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter also has experience coaching NFL QB’s (he spent a short time in Green Bay).

Because Ken Whisenhunt figures to pluck his new defensive coordinator from Pittsburgh’s staff, the Cardinals must wait another two weeks to fill the position. (Though he’ll interview several candidates at the Senior Bowl.)

Gotta give some love to our pal Peter King. He picked Packers-Steelers back in August.

This news is a few days old, but what the heck. The Chiefs promoted Mark Donovan to president.

11-year tight end Dan Campbell (former Cowboy and Giant) is now the tight ends coach for the Dolphins. Campbell was one of the sounder blockers in the game.

Some of New York’s football pundits are criticizing Brian Schottenheimer’s play-calling. (One particularly clever New York Daily News headline referred to the play-calling as “Schotty”.

The mere mention of Eric Mangini’s name in Tennessee sparked discussion about the Titans possibly switching to a 3-4 defense. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says that won’t happen.

Our buddies over in CBS’s college football blog sorted out the Super Bowl rosters by college football conference. The SEC, of course, has the most players (18). Following is the Big Ten (15). In third? The MAC, with 13. No joke.

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 6:35 pm

Whisenhunt could be looking East for help

Pittsburgh LB coach Keith Butler could be pursued by Arizona (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It looks like Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is going after a few of the Steelers defensive assistant coaches in order to fill Arizona’s defensive coordinator spot.

As the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers blogs today, Whisenhunt wants to talk to Pittsburgh LB coach Keith Butler for the position (the Cardinals already interviewed Greg Manusky but he took the Chargers job instead). Thing is, Whisenhunt has to wait until next week at the earliest to ask the Steelers for permission to talk to Butler, because Pittsburgh is still alive in the playoffs.

But here’s why Butler (pictured at right) might want to stay in Pittsburgh: he supposedly will take over the Steelers defensive coordinator role when Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau decides to retire (though that doesn’t appear to be happening in time for next season).

If Butler’s not interested in Whisenhunt's offer – or if Pittsburgh declines to let Arizona interview him – the Cardinals could go after Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton. As Somers writes, Horton “knows the LeBeau scheme as well as anyone.”

If that’s the case, perhaps the Cardinals should do what makes the most sense for them: ask for permission to speak to – and then hire – LeBeau himself.

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:30 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 2:34 pm

Max Hall to IR, John Skelton to start for Cards

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Cardinals have placed rookie QB Max Hall on the IR list with a dislocated shoulder, and rookie John Skelton – who coach Ken Whisenhunt basically has said is not ready to play NFL football – likely will get the start, according to the Arizona Republic.

And Skelton sounds pretty pleased about the opportunity.

“I'm pretty excited about it,” he told the paper. “I've been preparing for it for a while now. It's unfortunate having two guys (Derek Anderson with a concussion and Hall) go down in front of me, but at the same time, it's an opportunity.”

If you’ve never heard of Skelton, you’re not alone. He played his college ball at Fordham, and until the fourth quarter last week, he hadn’t stepped foot on the field. And now, what do you know, he’s an NFL starting quarterback.

“I kind of anticipated it coming, but it's nice having your name called and have something happen that you always waited for, and to have it come true,” he said.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:29 pm

Playmakers finding tough time getting on field

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of injury updates for players who mean a great deal to their respective teams.

1) It’s looking less and less likely that Vikings WR Percy Harvin’s ankle will allow him to play this weekend.

Harvin According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Harvin isn’t making much progress in the rehab process, and he’s missed the past two days of practice.

Harvin is the team's leading receiver with 31 catches for 393 yards, and if he’s out, Minnesota is left with TE Visanthe Shiancoe, RB Adrian Peterson out of the backfield and a host of receivers who haven’t yet hit double-digits in receptions this year.

But it’s not a big deal, because the team still has a really good down-field threat in Randy Mo … oh, never mind.

2) Cardinals RB Beanie Wells’ knee is acting up, because of a bad reaction to a medicine that provides lubrication to joints (um, OK. Let’s try that again. The medicine is supposed to make his knee feel better). Instead, the medication has made his knee swell.

He hasn’t fully participated in practice the past few days, but Wells says the knee is feeling better. He’s hopeful about practicing Friday.

Wells "Very, very seldom do you have a reaction like he did," coach Ken Whisenhunt said in quotes captured by the Arizona Republic. "So there is really nothing wrong with his knee. It's just about getting the swelling out."

Perhaps there’s a good medicine they can inject directly into his knee and that will help ge … oh, never mind.

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:46 am

Hot Routes 11.2.10: No Randy Moss references!

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asks today: what is wrong with the Packers offense? Maybe the answer is: because they’re using Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn as their featured running backs. Just a thought.

- Throughout most of this what-was-Mike-Shanahan-thinking-to-
bench-Donovan-McNabb incident, not much attention has been paid to what Rex Grossman, the one who replaced McNabb and immediately coughed up a fumble, thought about the move. The Washington Post gets to the bottom of the story here.

- This isn’t the first time McNabb’s practice habits have been questioned, by the way. It also happened in Philadelphia.

- Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt isn’t sure who will start at QB this week. The Arizona Republic asks if it really matters anyway.

- Although Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck suffered a concussion last Sunday, he’s expected to play this week. If not, Charlie Whitehurst is waiting in the wings.

- Jets coach Rex Ryan said he was pretty surprised when punter Steve Weatherford tried to fake-punt on a fourth-and-18 from New York’s 20-yard line. Yet, it seems to make sense that if you give your punter the green light to make a decision like that, you shouldn’t ever be surprised.

- The attorney for Jenn Sterger apparently wants to meet with the unnamed Jets employee who might have slipped Sterger’s phone number to Brett Favre.

- This seems like a weird compromise to make. Raiders LB Rolando McClain said he’d only talk to the media if Oakland sells out a game.

- Rams WR Danario Alexander had knee surgery to repair damaged cartilage, and apparently, everything went well.

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