49ers Gained A Starter, Arizona 'Lost A Lot'

The Arizona Cardinals will face former No. 3 receiver Bryant Johnson for the first time since his desert departure. His new digs are with the San Francisco 49ers, a team that the Cardinals face on Sunday. Kurt Warner and Ken Whisenhunt answered questions about their former wideout, and who is filling his cleats these days.

Ken Whisenhunt is disappointed with the loss of Bryant Johnson. He thought Johnson did a very good job for the Cardinals last season and Arizona would love to still have him in Cardinal red.

Instead, Arizona will face its former No. 3 receiver twice a year with the first battle on Sunday. Johnson brought a lot to both the football field and the locker room for Whisenhunt and team.

Whisenhunt is happy for Johnson in regards to the bigger role he gets to play in the Bay, but the sentiment will last only if Johnson doesn't "hurt us too badly."

For Kurt Warner Johnson was a security blanket. If both Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin were tied up, Warner could rely on Johnson to get the job done.

"I had full confidence that he'd win," Warner said.

Warner played with Johnson for three years and says that he was a great compliment to the Cardinals "other two guys." Warner describes Johnson as a "tremendous athlete," but the Cardinals have moved on and have three guys ready to separate themselves from the competition, but for now Early Doucet, Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban will all show up in the vacant No. 3 role.

Warner said rookie Doucet is making a lot of strides, Breaston is coming into his own and that Urban is out there competing everyday.

With the young talent, Whisenhunt doesn't have to adjust the game plan too much.

"Well, I felt like we had some young guys step up for us. That was one of the big competitions we had in training camp," Whisenhunt said. "Steve Breaston had an excellent spring and a very good preseason, and Jeremy Urban did that as well. This business is about the next guy stepping up. Some of the more successful teams that I've been with, that's what happens."

"You work hard to train all of your guys and when somebody gets their opportunity to step up, if you are going to be a good team that is what they have to do. We feel very good about Steve and Jeremy Urban and our receivers carrying that load, and I don't think it is going to change our offensive philosophy at all."


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