49ers, Cardinals and Monday night matchup

PHOENIX -- I'll be shifting gears from regular Monday blogging into "Monday Night Football" mode as the afternoon progresses.

A few pregame notes to pass along:

  • Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. and I will be chatting throughout the San Francisco 49ers-Arizona Cardinals game. I'll pass along a link as soon as I have one.

  • Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt knows his team needs to gain some confidence early against the 49ers after losing five in a row. Whisenhunt to Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix, via sportsradiointerviews.com: "I know that we’ll have a lot of energy. Our guys are excited about playing on Monday Night. But we’ve got a lot of young guys –- this is their first time playing on Monday Night Football. We’ve got to calm them down and make sure we play within our scheme, play physical, and make some of those plays early in the game."

  • The 49ers are the younger team on offense. They entered the season with the youngest offensive starters in the league. They have changed coordinators and quarterbacks since then. The new coordinator, Mike Johnson, has lamented the fact that his starting quarterback, Troy Smith, wasn't on the team in time to go through training camp.

  • If you weren't on the blog over the weekend, here's the item I put together previewing the game.

I'll be heading over to University of Phoenix Stadium a few hours before kickoff, with coverage picking up from there.