Whisenhunt accepts criticism; Kolb works to master offense

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says criticism of quarterback Kevin Kolb and the rest of the team is justified.

The embattled coach says with the Cardinals 1-5 and on a five-game losing streak, fans have a right to be upset with a season that began with much higher expectations.

"I don't think anybody can take too much heat when your record is where it is," Whisenhunt said after the team practiced on Wednesday. "We have to be very clear about it. Our expectations are not to be where we are as a team. We are disappointed. It hurts. We hurt all the time, because we want to be good."

Kolb, meanwhile, acknowledges that he's had a tougher time than anticipated learning the nuances of an offense that is far different than the one he learned with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I'm not going to lie. It's a tough deal," he said, "especially after getting trained a certain way for four years. I wish I had the offseason and I didn't. We are here at 1 and 5. Let's strap it up and go to work..."

The challenge only grows for Kolb and the rest of the Arizona offense on Sunday when the Cardinals travel to Baltimore to face what's bound to be an angry Ravens team coming off an upset Monday night loss at home to Jacksonville.

Kolb said he put in extra time on Wednesday working on the footwork required of a quarterback in Arizona's offense.

"We have a lot of route changing going on during the play. I'm trying to adjust to that on the fly sometimes and I'm not used to having to do that," he said. "I'm used to coming back seven steps, hit your back foot, one hitch, boom get it out, where here it could be a three-step, a five-step, or a seven-step on any given play depending on the look we get.

"I'm looking around the league and there are a lot of quarterbacks who are going through some stuff," he said. "Every coach feels like the same thing. When you get in this grind sometimes you are just like, `Man, let's just get a win and get out of this thing."'

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