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Belief remains strong in locker room as Cardinals search for answers


Anquan Boldin and the Cardinals believe they will rebound from their 1-2 start.
The practices are shorter this week, and coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't even want to fully assess where his team was after just one bye week practice, not with the next game 11 days away.

But the Cardinals were back to work Wednesday searching for whatever it is that has been missing through their two losses, especially since there is still little doubt within the locker room they should be a good team.

"If you are going against good football teams and you're giving yourself chances to win and you don't win, you can handle that," quarterback Kurt Warner said. "But when you are losing games because you are doing the same things you've been doing for weeks, not cleaning it up and not fixing the problem, that's really frustrating. Now you're losing games because you're not giving yourself a chance.

"That's what we have to figure out, why is that continuing to happen? We are all saying the same things, but why is it continuing to happen?"

The Cardinals aren't short on confidence. The theme of training camp was, given the postseason success of last season, these players understood they could win because they had already proven it.

"We're always going to believe in each other," linebacker Karlos Dansby said.

Finding ways to have that belief manifest into results has been another matter. The Cardinals talk about details, and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said fellow wideout Anquan Boldin delivered yet another message to his teammates Wednesday about looking inward and making a commitment to doing everything possible to help the team.

Dansby talked about how it was "sickening to my stomach" to know he made two large mental errors against the Colts, which he said cost the Cardinals 14 points.

Yet Fitzgerald dismissed the idea the Cardinals are lacking focus.

"You go and watch practice, you won't see many mistakes, you won't see many balls on the ground, you won't see blown assignments," Fitzgerald said. "Every week, I come off the practice field thinking, as a team, we worked hard and we executed our game plans, but for some reason on Sunday, we're not executing the plays."

Whisenhunt said he'd like to see his team show more of what it did when it won in Carolina in the playoffs. In that game, the Panthers marched down for a relatively easy 7-0 lead, but the Cardinals rallied for a huge road win.

The current Cards always do well when they are clicking, Whisenhunt said. But when things turn sideways – like the Tim Hightower fumble and resulting 95-yard Colts' drive – the Cardinals don't always respond.

"What we have to get better at is when things don't go our way," Whisenhunt said. "This game this past Sunday, we had chances to come back. We have to find a way to get out of that funk we get into."

The margin for error is also smaller, Warner said, as opposed to last year, when the offense was so potent it could overcome mistakes. "That's the biggest difference," Warner said.

"We know we have to make corrections," Fitzgerald said. "We have no time to waste."


Whisenhunt was asked about his playcalling and whether it had been any different from last season, when former offensive coordinator Todd Haley had those duties. "I don't think you can compare it because the games are different," Whisenhunt said. "We've had opportunities, we've made bad calls and (players) have bailed us out, we've had good calls that worked. That's the flow of the game. We have to adjust to who are playing and how we are doing." …

The Cardinals did not release any information on who practiced and who did not. A team on the bye week is not required to put out an injury report. …

Warner apparently practiced and Whisenhunt said there were no plans to rest him. "I don't think Kurt wants to rest," Whisenhunt said. "That's his makeup, that's his nature and that's why he has been so successful."

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