Baffled Over Coach Staying With Rookie Against Jets


I’m a big-time admirer of Arizona Cardinals football coach Ken Whisenhunt mostly because he brought respectability to the team — something Joe Bugel, Gene Stallings, Buddy Ryan, Dave McGinnis and Dennis Green were never able to do.

Also having been a high school football head coach, I’m slow to criticize others trying to do what is a frustrating and demanding job.

But understanding why Whisenhunt didn’t pull the plug on rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley in Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the New York Jets is almost impossible.

After all, Lindley was simply terrible and the Cardinals were in position all game long to end their seven-game losing streak with a victory in the Big Apple.

Apparently, quarterback John Skelton is in the coach’s doghouse, but he has much more experience than Lindley and on occasions has performed well.

Against the Jets, the Cards simply were going no place with Lindley calling signals and bringing in Skelton seemed the logical thing to do.

Lindley started the game hot, but most of the early plays were practiced, scripted short passes obviously called to build the rookie’s confidence.

But as the game wore on, he got worse rather than better.

Stats prove Lindley had a miserable game: 10 for 31 for only 72 yards, one interception and a dismal 28.0 quarterback rating.

After the first quarter, Lindley looked like a deer in the headlights missing his receivers by yards on almost every attempt.

As bad as Lindley was, Skelton remained glued to the sidelines, clipboard in hand.

So what gives? Does the Cardinal brass intend to lose in hopes of getting the first draft pick and selecting Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley?

Who knows?

Outdoor expo on deck

Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 8, seasoned and amateur fishermen will have a golden opportunity to rub elbows with some of the state’s finest anglers at the Second Annual Let’s Talk Fishin’ Outdoorsman’s Yard Sale at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St.

Professional anglers Clifford Pirch, Matt Sura and Andy Manahl will attend to share some of the secrets, as will Johnny Johnson of the television show, “Fishing with Johnny Johnson” that airs Sunday Mornings on Fox Sports Az.

All are expected to be on site most of the sale hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to the presence of the professionals and Johnson, a yard sale will feature new and almost new fishing items and free gifts will be awarded to children 14 years of age and younger.

The event is being sponsored by Rim Country Custom Rods, Lil’ Chunk Baits, HPR Ammunition of the Let’s Talk Fishin’ radio show that can be heard on 95.5 FM in the Rim Country.

Longtime local angler, Let’s Talk Fishin’ radio host and Western Outdoor News (WON) Arizona Tournament Director Tracy Purtee is hosting the yard sale and welcomes those interested in selling or exchanging outdoor-related items to sign up for a table at the event.

“It’s just in time for Christmas,” Purtee says.

For more information about the upcoming Outdoors Yard Sale, call Purtee at (928) 978-3659 or e-mail: lets


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