There's a gap between public comments from the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback and head coach.
"Our head coach hit the nail on the head -- we have to get more detail-oriented," quarterback Kevin Kolb told reporters following the Cardinals' 34-10 defeat at Minnesota in Week 5. "It starts with meetings, showing up to work on time, getting in early, getting your work done, and all the stuff a professional is supposed to do. Maybe it takes a game like this to figure that out."
Coach Ken Whisenhunt, asked about Kolb's call for players to spend more time in meetings, told reporters Monday that his players were doing exactly that, and had been for a while:
"I guess maybe he’s talking about doing even more. They’ve been meeting after practice and before practice. They’ve been doing a lot of extra work on their own, in addition to what we’ve been doing. I didn’t hear it, but my guess is his message was, 'We have to put even more in and get on the same page.' It’s good that your quarterback is saying that, because that’s important. But I’ll say this: They have been. They meet after practice. They get together, the players and the quarterback, and it’s not just quarterback. It’s a bunch of defensive guys. They’ve all been doing that. We’ve been doing that the past couple weeks."
My guess is that Kolb, frustrated following a tough defeat, said what he was feeling at the time. Whisenhunt, speaking a day later and from a different vantage point, sought to prevent perceptions from becoming exaggerated following a 1-4 start.
The takeaway? Kolb would know whether some players could do more. Whisenhunt would, too, but head coaches generally prefer to handle such things privately.