MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 09: Asher Allen #21 of the Minnesota Vikings sacks Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 9, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
After the Arizona Cardinals were beat down 31-10 to the previously winless Minnesota Vikings. After the game, starting quarterback Kevin Kolb appeared to be suggesting that teammates of his have not been as dedicated to being successful at football as they should have.
Ken Whisenhunt gave his take on the comments on Monday, more or less discounting the insinuation that the guys on the team were mailing it in and showing up late to meetings. Continue reading after the jump for the quotes and then you can chime in on what you think the story is.
Here's what Kolb said:
"Our head coach hit the nail on the head -- we have to get more detail oriented," Kolb told reporters at the Metrodome. "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."
Here's what Coach Whiz said on Monday:
"That has been happening (guys putting in extra work). I guess maybe he's talking about doing more. They've been meeting after practice, before practice. They've been doing a lot of extra work, the guys have on their own -- in addition to what we've been doing. I didn't hear it, but I would guess that his message was we've got to put even more in and be on the same page. It's good that your quarterback is saying that because that's important."
So what is closer to the truth? The case is usually that nothing you hear is exactly the truth. However, in this case, I tend to think that what Kolb said has some truth. It came just after an emotional game in which the team was embarrassed (remember the last time that happened, this was the result). He was frustrated with himself and probably his teammates as well.
In the coach's case, he had a day to mull things over and while he did not hear it, he probably knew about it. And we also know that Whiz is a master of spin.
So I tend to think that there may have, at least in preparation for the previously 0-4 Vikings, some slacking off, as it is easy to do when you feel you can ease up and still get the job done. We all do that.
Who's right? We likely will never know.
But what do you think? What do you think is the case? If Kolb throwing teammates under the bus or is Whiz just spinning things?