Cardinals: Week 5 News & Notes

The Cardinals are set to take on the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

--Running back Beanie Wells expressed frustration this week about his limited role in San Diego. Wells gained 19 yards on five carries and complained about not entering the game until four minutes were left in the second quarter. There were actually 10 1/2 minutes left. After Wells played two series, the Cardinals found themselves trailing 28-7.

That complaint earned Wells an audience with coach Ken Whisenhunt, who suggested Wells air complaints to him before he tells reporters. "I did tell him I didn't mean it in a disrespectful way," Wells said. "If you read the headlines, it came off like Beanie is really angry about a certain situation.

"I'm angry about not being out there contributing. I love being an Arizona Cardinal. Coach understood where I was coming from. No doghouse at all."

--Whisenhunt isn't pleased with the play of some of his more notable players. Defensive end Darnell Dockett did not have a tackle last week. Outside linebacker Joey Porter has one sack this year, and strong safety Adrian Wilson is coming off a poor performance.

"Some of our best players haven't played as well as they need to play," he said. "And we've made that point. It's our job as a group of men, a team, is to get it straightened out. We're not hitting the panic button. We're 2-2. We've got good players; we're just not playing as well as we need to play

--Max Hall is the first undrafted rookie quarterback to play in his first year since Matt Moore started three games for the Panthers in 2007.

--Coaches have been impressed by Hall's maturity since signing him last April. But Whisenhunt knows that might not translate to immediate success. While Whisenhunt praised Hall's maturity and ability to handle the huddle and play calls, he said, "It doesn't mean anything until you see it on game day. When you talk about making a decision and factoring it in, it's hard to say, 'OK, he's going to be able to do this in a regular-season game.'

"But at this point, we're going to put him in there. I'm expecting Max to do well. I'm expecting our offense to operate."


PLAYER NOTES

--WR Andre Roberts is the punt returner, if the Cardinals can ever force a team to punt. The Chargers punted only once last week.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald moved into second on the team's all-time receptions list. He passed FB Larry Centers and is 44 behind Anquan Boldin.

--RB Beanie Wells wants the ball more, but he's not likely to move into the starting lineup anytime soon. Coach Ken Whisenhunt loves Tim Hightower's versatility, especially his blocking skills and big-play ability.

--WR Jim Dray, a rookie, had the longest gain last week for the Cardinals. He caught a 24-yard pass.

--RB Tim Hightower averaged just 2.8 yards a carry as a rookie. In the past two seasons, he's averaging 4.4 yards a carry.

--DL Darnell Dockett make his 100th career start Sunday. He has played in 101 games overall.


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