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On the Phone with Whisenhunt and Kolb

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 7, 2011 – 4:51 PM

The 49ers and Cardinals will reprise their NFC West rivalry on Sunday in the desert. Though the 49ers have already wrapped up the division title this season, the Cardinals have won four of their last five, the only loss being a 23-7 defeat at Candlestick Park in Week 11.

With such a short time between contests with the 49ers, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt admitted game planning will be a bit different this week.

“It’s always strange,” Whisenhunt told Bay Area reporters in Wednesday’s conference call. “Because you don’t have a whole lot of new tape on them, but you do know the guys and you’re better prepared for their personnel. But it is an interesting thing.”

The last time these two teams met, it got a bit heated both before and after the whistle. Though the 49ers have won the last five contests between the two teams, both sides acknowledge there is a bit of a rivalry element when they meet.

“Any time a team in your division has clinched when they have, you have respect for what they’ve done,” Whisenhunt said. “But it also means more to you because they are the division champs for this year and this is a chance for us to go against them. If we can get a win it always is a sweet win; it always means something.”

Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb was sidelined due to injury in Week 11, but returned last week to lead Arizona to a 19-13 overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys. Sunday will mark the first time Kolb will face the 49ers as a Cardinal, but he said he learned a lot from watching the 49ers from the sidelines in the previous contest.

“(I learned what) big, athletic players they got,” Kolb said. “They got a good squad that’s stocked with a lot of studs. When you start going down the list and looking at all the first-rounders and talented players, it adds up on you.”

Kolb also revealed he had a dialogue with the 49ers this offseason and was impressed with what the organization had to offer, but that he thinks the situation worked out best for both sides. Still, Kolb is trying to overcome the shortened offseason and missed time due to injury as he builds a rapport with his receivers.

The Cardinals might face a 49ers defense without Patrick Willis, who is recovering from a hamstring injury suffered early last week. And though Whisenhunt said the 49ers defense still played well without Willis in last week’s 26-0 shutout of St. Louis, Arizona clearly has plenty of respect for the four-time Pro Bowler.

“He’s the best in the business as far as we’re concerned,” Kolb said. “We think he’s the best linebacker in the NFL and he covers up for a lot of things out there.”

Click here to listen to Whisenhunt’s conference call

Click here to listen to Kolb’s conference call


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32 Responses to “On the Phone with Whisenhunt and Kolb”

  1. By jose on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    lets blow them out big and show them who’s team to beat in the West.

  2. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    11 AND 2 THIS NEXT GAME AGAINST ARIZONA

    THAT’S RIGHT BLOW THEM OUT, PLEASE NO MORE NAIL BITERS

    GO 49ERS NFC WEST CHAMPIONS>>>>>>>

  3. By Jose on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    The Niners better not go into this game thinking that they can just go into Arizona’s house and just win easily because the cardinals have won their last four games since facing us and that’s because Kevin Kolb is back so the Niners better go into this game like they’re playing the Packers. Go Niners!

  4. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    JOSE, I GUESS YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANY OF OUR GAMES. THE 49ERS KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND THEY ARE A MUCH BETTER TEAM THEN ARIZONA. A TRUE 49ER FAN WILL HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEIR TEAM. I SEE A BLOW OUT!

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>11 AND 2 THIS SUNDAY

  5. By JT on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    Jose seems realistic, niners going down this weekend. GO CARDS!!! Just hope Whiz doesn’t pat Harbaugh on the back to hard afterward, he might cry

  6. By 49erfan4life on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    Willis come back soon!!!!!

  7. By Anthon on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    Who’s Got it better than us…..NOOOOOOOBODY…

  8. By 40Whiners on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    !!!GO CARDINALS!!!!

  9. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    JT, STICK TO YOUR OWN BLOG, CARDS ARE GOING TO BE BLOWN OUT BY THE NINERS THIS WEEKEND, HOPEFULLY HIGH FIFTIES TO ZIP

    LOOK AT THIS CAREFULLY JT>>>>>>>11 AND 2 THIS NEXT GAME AGAINST THE CARDS, YOU GUYS ARE PLAYING THE 49ERS PAL, ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE NFL

  10. By Hermie on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t think the 9ers will look past the Cardinals because they know they have the Saints breathing down their back. Division games can always be tricky, but I believe the 9ers have the right mind set and that they will not look past the Cardinals. One thing we do not want to do is have to go into N.O. in the playoffs, we want them at home!! I said before the season we did not want Kolb, and I hope that the 9ers show us why!! We can’t afford to let down now and do not believe we will have a let down. The O-line needs to be hitting on all cylinders now especially with the Steelers Monday night game coming up!!

  11. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    KOLB IS GOING DOWN THIS WEEKEND AND SO ARE THE CARDS

    49ER BLOWOUT MR. WHINER, YOU WILL BE CRYING BEFORE THE GAME ENDS PAL!

  12. By Trevor on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    I think this game will be another hard fought battle. The two teams know each other well. I don’t care what the records are; being 10-2 means more reason and more morale to beat the 49ers. I take the 49ers, however, by 3 and 1/2 points.

  13. By pm49 on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    We don’t whine, we WIN!!!

  14. By gary potter on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    where did these 2 jerks come from??? bad enough with 7yr and his other buddy. we will shut them up after sunday. 11-2 and we will beat steelers for good measure.
    go niners

  15. By rjdniner on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    HEY AZ FAN WHAT HAPPEN IN THE SUPER BOWL ,
    WE GOT 5 WITHOUT A LOSE
    THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOMTHING ABOUT OUR FANS AND ORG
    THOURGH THE YEARS .
    ONE CITY ONE HEARTBEAT
    YOU DO NOT HAVE IT BETTER THEN USE

  16. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    YOU KNOW GARY, AFTER WATCHING THE STEELERS / BROWNS GAME LAST NIGHT, I REALLY DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING THAT IS GOOD ABOUT THE STEELERS, THEIR LIKE ANY OTHER TEAM WE HAVE BEATEN. THEIR DEFENSE REALLY WAS NOT THAT GOOD, OUR DEFENSE WILL DISMANTLE THEIR OFFENSE. WE HAVE A GREAT CHANCE TO MAKE IT TO THE SUPERBOWL AND WIN.

    11 AND 2 THIS WEEKEND

    GO>>>>>>>49ERS

  17. By rjdniner on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    JR BACA ,
    YOUR RIGHT . POOR TACKLING ON BRWNS

  18. By tony hallerman on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    doesn’t matter the 9ers are playing have the cardinals number,11 and 2 this weekend go 49ers

  19. By ogre on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    ~ONE GAME AT A TIME! Divisional games are always hard fought contests. Let
    Patrick heal; we have an outstanding group of LB’s. Defense bring it! Offense
    turn another page and execute. Points are points in the red zone, but let’s sub-
    field goals for TD’s. Vernon in the endzone (no drops) Crab too. Tight and effi-
    cent blocking and tackling. Hopefully, Braylong will be healthy and make his
    presence felt. Alex just keep turning the page. Frank we need 100+ yds. and
    a good dose of Kendall. Special teams; continue to be outstanding. Very long
    field for the Cards. Not only the best defense overall, but likewise for the Offense
    and Special Teams. Time to start firing upon all cylinders. Go Niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US? You’ve got it. NOBODY.

  20. By gary potter on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    JR: you are right, plus if we play gbay for nfc title we can beat them. they don’t have a very good secondary and if our defense can put pressure on rogers we can get it done.
    go niners

  21. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Gary our defense will have Rogers on the ground throughout the game and our offense is getting better and healthier. With Edwards back I hope to see some spectacular plays from him, Crabtree’s healed completely, Williams, Ginn, Gore and Hunter are awesome and Davis needs to catch those balls. We could dominate every game from here on out if we just stay healthy and focused on winning every game to get to the big prize!

    Go 49ers>>>>>>>11 and 2 on Sunday

  22. By rjdniner on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    JR BACA, i think this game is going to be a dog fight ,
    get another win and no seious injurys.Then we can talk about
    MNF at the stick . niners

  23. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE GOING TO DOMINATE THIS GAME EARLY, LIKE I SAID BEFORE, HARBAUGH IS LIVING THE BEST FOR LAST. OUR TEAM IS COMING TOGETHER AND RUNNING ON ALL CYLINDERS. OUR TEAM IS ONE OF THE BEST, IF NOT THE BEST TEAM IN THE NFL AND OTHER TEAMS KNOW THAT. THEY ARE GOING TO SMASH ARIZONA IN THE MOUTH. FREDDIE P SOFT JUST NEEDS TO STAY AWAY FROM OUR TEAM!

    GO ALEX, GO 49ERS>>>>>>>11 AND 2 ON SUNDAY

  24. By rjdniner on Dec 10, 2011 | Reply

    LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE GAVE ME, NEG 1, HAHA ,
    JR BACA DO YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IF ALEX WENT DOWN
    HEAVEN FOR BIDE… UNTIL THAT LAST HALF OF THE FINAL GAME THEN I WILL RELEX , EVERYONE HAS THERE OWN OPINION
    HOPFULY IT WILL BE 11-2 NINERS

  25. By By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 10, 2011 | Reply

    RJDNINER, I NEVER THINK ABOUT THOSE THINGS, I STAY FOCUSED ON THE GAME AND MY TEAM, IF IT HAPPENS, IT HAPPENS, WE REPLACE HIM AND MOVE FOREWORD BUT NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ALEX. THE 0-LINE IS GETTING MUCH BETTER. AS 49ER FAITHFUL FANS WE HAVE TO STAY POSITIVE AND BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO WIN.

    I HOPE WE BLOWOUT ARIZONA OR SHUT THEM OUT, ONE OR THE OTHER

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS >11 AND 2 ON SUNDAY

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>> THE WORLD SHALL SEE, THANKS TO THE COACHING STAFF!

  26. By JT on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Uh, CARDS WIN, what happened to that blowout?? LOL Glad Whiz was easy on da coach………….

  27. By By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS JT FOR A HEART FOUGHT BATTLE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE WON BUT IN THE END WE ARE THE NFC WEST CHAMPIONS>>>>>>>

    GO SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS>>>>>>>11 AND 3 NEXT WEEK>>>>>>>

  28. By CO on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    The old adage: “May the better team win.” And they did. Good job, Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers played a GREAT game but Arizona showed us that they are definitely the better ball club.

  29. By JT on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    JR BACA……I agree, SF won early, but you all just do not have what it takes to get to the SB this year. Always a good battle. See you next year. No offense to any of you all, but I call it like it is, even when I know my team (cards should lose). Keep it real and love the spirit of the game. Kudos to SF and IF the Cards fail in the playoffs, Go SF!!

  30. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    I WOULD NOT SAY THAT ARIZONA IS A BETTER TEAM THEN THE 49ERS, WE SHOULD HAVE WON THIS GAME BECAUSE 49ERS ARE A WAY BETTER TEAM THEN ARIZONA, AND WE WILL BLOW THEM OUT NEXT GAME!

    SAN FRANSISCO 49ERS>>>>>>>NFC WEST CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!

  31. By CO on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    I really think we should be honest with ourselves. Lets not live up to the “whining” like a lot of our fans really do, and YOU KNOW they do. The Cardinals lit us up fair and square. Our 9ers played their game and the Cardinals are just too good of a team. On to the Rainbow Warriors and Worthlessburger/Rapelessburger!

  32. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    THANKS JT, YOU TOO BRO!

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