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Posted by Darren Urban on November 12, 2010 – 3:42 pm

It didn’t take Adrian Wilson long to answer the question, sitting there on his own Big Red Rage radio show Thursday night. He was asked to give the Cardinals’ defense a grade for the first half of the season.

“F,” Wilson bluntly said.

And he didn’t back off it.

“I mean, you’ve got to be critical of yourself and you’ve got to judge yourself pretty hard,” Wilson added. “I’m pretty sure if you ask anyone in the locker room they’d say that. We’re playing nowhere near how we should be playing.”

(Hmmm. I hope that wasn’t conduct detrimental, me quoting him off the radio … I’ll consider that.)

Of course, there is no way the Cards’ defense is playing that poorly. You can be frustrated at the end of the Minnesota game, but as Seattle coach Pete Carroll said “they just got Favred” and there is truth to that too. The unit does need to finish – which Wilson emphasized, and which has apparently been emphasized all week from coaches to players – but that can happen.

Here’s the thing to me: Linebacker Joey Porter is playing well, as are guys like Alan Branch, Kerry Rhodes, even Paris Lenon. If the Cards’ Pro Bowlers start to flash more often (Wilson, Darnell Dockett and DRC come to mind), the idea of an ‘F’ will be laughable. For sure, Wilson is thinking about his season, which has been in a holding pattern since his huge season opening game in St. Louis.

“I got to start making more plays in the second half of the year, and that’s a guarantee,” Wilson said.

And with that, the Seahawks are on deck:

– In contrast to the two gut-punch losses the Cards have endured the last two weeks, the Seahawks have lost the two games since the last time these teams met by getting run off the road. There was a 33-3 shellacking against the Raiders and 41-7 ugliness against the Giants. It would seem to have made it harder to see much on video, since the games got out of hand.

But the Oakland game didn’t get sideways until later on, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said, so there was plenty to mine from that tape. The Giants, not so much. But, “when you are playing a division opponent that you have seen, you have a better feel with what they are going to do and how they will try to attack you,” Whisenhunt said, “so I don’t think it’s a big issue.”

– You’re gonna want to know about Beanie Wells. Well, I don’t know. As I said earlier, if he can’t give you something early, you have to think long and hard about making him active, since he doesn’t play special teams. My guess – and purely a guess – he will play more this week, although I’d think Tim Hightower will end up with more work.

– Speaking of Hightower, he was carving up the Seahawks last game (six rushes for 59 yards) before the fumble heard ‘round the world (or at least, ‘round the Cardinals’ locker room). More of the former without the latter this time?

– Forgot to drop this in the blog yesterday (I did tweet it, and if you’re not on twitter.com/cardschatter you’re missing some of my best stuff, at least in 140 characters or less), but the game Sunday is a sellout. That’s 49 in a row for those scoring at home.

– The legendary Kent Somers has a nice breakdown of how the Cards were Favred last week on all those killer slant passes.

– Don’t forget the food drive Sunday either. Or the chance to help the Tillman Foundation scholarship fund.

– The Cards have given up 28 sacks this season, two more than all of last year. There are some reasons for that other than questionable protection or the fact Kurt Warner isn’t playing quarterback. Rookies always tend to get sacked a little more, and Max Hall endured 12 of the sacks despite having thrown only 75 passes to Derek Anderson’s 181. A couple came last week at the end of regulation when the Cards were fruitlessly trying to move downfield in 20 seconds.

“It’s been more about mental errors than physical errors,” Whisenhunt said, noting that one game had three sacks all on missed blocks by backs.

– The Cards felt they killed themselves in Seattle more than the Seahawks beating them. That final was 22-10, and the Cards gave up five painful turnovers. Regardless of how the last two games ended, the Cards are a better team than they were when they went to Seattle. Great? No. But definitely better.

Let the second half begin.


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58 Responses to “Friday before the Seahawks”

  1. By Brandon on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Darren- Quarterback question.

    After reading the scary sack numbers that you posted,do you think getting a mobile quarterback in the offseason would be a benificial thing?

  2. By Darren Urban on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Brandon —

    RE: Mobile QB

    I think getting/creating a QB who can make quick decisions is better. Warner wasn’t mobile. But he didn’t get sacked.

  3. By D on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    I would give the defense a D. They have not had a consistant pass rush. Porter has come on last two games, but was invisible first 6 games. DRC doesn’t seem right this year, may need to work on fundamentals and watch more film instead on relying just on his speed. I think the Defense will improve maintly because Hayes is a solid tackler. I would start Watson in at DT to slow down the run.

  4. By NJAZCardsFan on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    If your are looking for a “mobile” QB in the off season, then don’t complain if we don’t pick up McNabb. He isn’t very mobile. Vick as much as I don’t care for him is a “mobile” QB. It would be interesting to see him as the Cards QB with his scrambling ability.

  5. By ross on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Hightower is going to have a big game.

    Darren, will he become the official starter again with a strong performance? Say yes even if you don’t know.

  6. By Darren Urban on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Ross —

    RE: Hightower starting

    Yes. I don’t know.

  7. By The Shoe on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s a Scale: 1st Place – A; 2nd Place – B; 3rd Place – C; 4th Place – D; Top 5 Draft pick – F

    Darren,

    You gonna post anything on OB Scho’s 1st game… he made a huge impact… even if it was just special teams…

    I can’t wait to see what the kid has in store.

  8. By The Fanimal on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    McNabb may not be mobile buthe does avoid the sack and buy time for his recievers.

  9. By Gary Gammiero on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    Is the hammer formation only for goal line plays or can the Cardinals use it anywhere on the field to open holes for Tim and Beanie?

  10. By Casey on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    RE: Grade for Defense

    Darren,

    Of course the lack of production/time of possession by the offense is a major contributor to the defense’s struggles this season, but just looking at the statistics, I’m not sure how you would give the Cards anything better than an “F.” They are ranked 27th or worse in every major statistical category- a point that was hammered home last night in the ticker tape at the bottom of the screen on NFL TV during the Falcons-Ravens game.

    If we’re using a forced curve to grade NFL teams, the Cards’ defense has to be given an “F” being in the last quintile of just about every statistic on record.

    Did Adub provide any explanation or feedback as to how he’s being used this year? I know pass coverage has never been a strength of his, but it just seems to me that he’s worse this year than he’s ever been- be it covering tight ends, fullbacks, running backs, or God forbid, wide receivers. I love the way Adub plays around the line of scrimmage, but my stomach turns anytime I see him dropping into coverage. I’d love to see him utilized almost exclusively in the box to stop the run or to rush the QB.

    Do you think we can expect to see more sub-packages with an extra DB (Rashad Johnson) replacing Adub as a cover guy and allowing him to move closer to the line of scrimmage? I honestly think we all (and the coaches) need to embrace Adub for what he is- a ‘tweener linebacker/strong safety who creates havoc near the line of scrimmage- instead for forcing him to be a more traditional strong safety who drops into coverage on a regular basis. Just let the guy be a play maker where he excels naturally- near the line of scrimmage.

    Thanks,
    Casey

  11. By ross on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Haha, thanks for playing along D.

  12. By sdrwe on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    we need leinart back he is a better option than anderson and max we get him and we can get the ball in the air and defense need to step up DRC has to step up wilson lets go its time to win lets make it to the play offs like we did for the past 2 years come on lets keep the streak going

  13. By Brandon on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    I would love to have McNabb! I would even more love to have Vick,so I wouldnt complain. :D

  14. By Peter in Canada on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t think the defence is that bad. They’ve made plays and they’ve scored touchdowns. I think last week they were gassed at the end thanks to the offence not making first downs in the fourth quarter and it was that as much as Favre that did them in.

  15. By Scott H on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Other than the games against the Falcons and Chargers ( ugh x 2 ), the Cardinals have not lost a game this year to a team that was better than they are. That’s what is so frustrating. Seattle cannot WIN this game but the Cardinals can LOSE it by playing down to the same level they did a few weeks ago. It’s that simple.

  16. By MikeG on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren– I agree with you on the Card’s D!–Definitely Dockett, Wilson and DRC have to make more plays the 2nd half of the season. They are our leaders and I don’t think they have had a strong first eight games. One thing that has surprised me is that I have not seen Adrian as much of a force at the line of scrimmage or a threat of getting a sack! He has been caught in coverage and has been getting beat. He must play more of a linebacker role–that is his strength—Bill Davis has to find a way to play him more at the line of scrimmage! I do think so far we have missed Karlos Dansby as a linebacker that can be a good cover guy–he allowed Adrian to be that Joker kind of player that could blitz more!! I think that is the biggest difference with our D from last year!! Right now –Do you think we have a linebacker that can cover as good as Dansby??

  17. By Steve on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Darren: quick question, what kind of surgery did Beanie receive for his knee? Torn meniscus or what? He doesn’t look the same running the ball. Is the prognosis for a complete recovery or do u think he’ll be hampered by it all season?

  18. By Benny on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    I would even go as far as to call the team a “good” team.
    Granted a team that needs a direction.
    But I haven’t lost hope. (Not that I ever would)

  19. By TucsonTim on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    The stats speak for themselves, “F” is appropriate. Nice to see one person holding himself accountable.

  20. By georgiebird on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    Defense gets an “F” – but nobody’s been benched. It seems the 3-4 defensive scheme has hurt the Cardinals this year-the LBs are not good enough..
    What is going on with Gabe. The defense is horrible and Gabe can’t even get on the 53 man roster.
    Bill Davis is at fault for not making sure the defense has been game ready from the “neck up”- Whiz’ loyalty to Davis’ has cost Whiz a lot of credibility.
    And attributing the Minn loss to Farvian magic is a joke. The Vikings were 2-5 before last weeks game and they were a team in turmoil. For Farve to go up and down the field three straight times witout a stop has a lot more to do with a dumb defense than it does Farve magic.
    I’m waiting for the Vikings to get destroyed by the Bears this week- that’s what I think of Farve magic.

  21. By Darren Urban on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Gary —

    RE: Hammer

    I wouldn’t expect it anywhere but goal line.

  22. By Darren Urban on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Casey —

    RE: Defense/ADub

    Adrian wouldn’t be that specific, on the radio or anywhere. He doesn’t want to be specific and let the other team know what is coming.

    I don’t know what the plan is for the rest of the year (and again, if they want to make changes, they aren’t going to admit it and give the rest of the NFL a heads-up).

  23. By johnnybluenose on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    i know hightower has lost the ball a few times but if he is your better runner then you play him, even after he coughs it up. don’t punish him by sitting him. adrian peterson fumbles and he still plays. walter payton had a lot of fumbles and he still played. and i don’t really understand it when whiz says that beanie needs to practice in order to play because otherwise he won’t know the plays and/or game plan. i understand you should be healthy, not necessarily injury-free, to play. but shouldn’t beanie already know the plays and schemes and have watched enough film and attended enough meetings to know how to play on sunday without actually having practised a lot during the week? percy harvin, like beanie, is only in his second year. he doesn’t seem to practise a whole lot but he can sure play on sunday. i’m starting to think whiz just doesn’t have a lot of confidence in beanie…and maybe having games where he gets 20 carries for 35 yards is reason enough for whiz to spot him. i look for hightower to have a big day sunday and we should win by at least 20 points if we play 60 minutes of football.

  24. By Darren Urban on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: surgery

    Yes, it was arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee. And I thought he had basically recovered before this latest issue.

  25. By Jesse Robles on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    If the offense didn’t continue to give up sacks and get 3 and outs all the time, then our defense would get some rest, and they wouldn’t have a grade of an “F” in their perspective. Our defense and special teams can only carry this team so far. I don’t think they are an F, but I can see why they are down on themselves. They need help from the Offense.

  26. By QB HELP on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    D

    please tell me that we will go after mcnabb in the offseason or anyone else….granted the season is still here and there is still a chance at the west title(i really have no idea how) even with the west still up in the air the only thing the cards have going for them next year is the lockout… i say that with great sorrow. this season is far from over and it is sad to say that we dont have a chance but lets be honest with ourselves the great kurt is no longer with us and even if we took the west i really dont feel we would go much further. without a HOF QB or at least championship caliber QB we will lose fitz and about 30% fan base which has only just begun to grow and NO chance at another championship for years to come. be honest with ourselvs…i love max hall but he just “isnt” in the NFL derek anderception is at best a backup and skelton wont be ready for years at best…..bottom line i dont want to go back to the crappy days of dead last and a laughing stock we WILL not win with the QBs we have now at least not the big ones. by the way i do not blame the D whatsoever they can only play as well as the O and i feel they have done their part……its time to make a big change bring in a winner and we will win again
    thanks

  27. By brad oneill on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    Well the errors may be mental but their backsides are taking a physical beating. I still believe at this team has as much potential as any we have had before it.

    perhaps this week instead of out thinking the competition we will just go out and physically dominate them.

  28. By brad oneill on Nov 12, 2010 | Reply

    we got burned a lot in the past going all out on blitzes, but it seems the last couple of games we have been hesitant to apply pressure at the end and it is costing us.

    look adrian wilson isnt going to keep his receiver from catching it anyway so he might as well be running full speed towards the quarterback and hope to disrupt the throw.

  29. By shannonrobinson on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    We haven’t experienced the reward of a running game deserving of Russ Grimm and his offensive line or yet see Beannie run the ball to his potential. Like the defense, they’re ‘almost’ ready to roll – this will be a great game for the Cards to come together and play hardball. We’ll miss Kenny Iwebema – he was a courageous player for us and a fan favorite; bring him back John Lott.

  30. By Kevin on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Has anyone else noticed that the Cards have really turned things around as far as penalties? Through 3 games, 27 penalties for 285 yards. Next 5 games, only 23 penalties, for only 137 yards — 27 yards a game. As a fan, there are few things worse than when you have a team in a 3rd and 12 and you watch an incomplete pass and think you’re getting the ball back, and then you find out one of our defenders not even involved in the play gets called for illegal contact or something. For years, that always seemed (to me) to happen to the Cards more often than to other teams, but they’ve cut down on that sort of thing a lot the past few games. Hopefully it’s a sign of improvement and not just an anomaly.

    It’s tough though because we all said the Cards beat themselves with turnovers, etc. in the SEA and TB losses, and then they went and played a TO-free game (other than the Rhodes fumble which I don’t really count since we didn’t even have the ball to start the play) while forcing several and yet we still didn’t win. Obviously they didn’t defend well toward the end of the MN game and vs. TB we gave up some big plays, but we’re not the Steelers — we’re unlikely to get 60 minutes of great defense. They looked like world-beaters for the first quarter (and part of the 2nd) vs. TB — I don’t think TB had a first down until mid-2nd quarter — and then ended up giving up a zillion yards for the game. We obviously need to play better on both sides of the ball, but it’s a little disheartening to play a largely mistake-free game (from a TO and penalty perspective) against a banged-up 2-5 team and still not come out on top. This is definitely a team that you can look at with the glass half-full (8 return TD’s, etc.) or half-empty (the 8 return TD’s — which are such a statistical anomaly that you have to attribute some of that to just dumb luck — are masking things and this team is actually worse than we think). It’s really hard to say.

    But I’m putting my money on the Cards this week, and then the schedule after the KC game is SO favorable to us that we still have a good shot at the division. Go Cards!

  31. By Blair on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Comments are getting pretty thin on here as the season goes on. Nooow I see whiz’s plan more clearly. Get rid of all the “super bowl band wagon” and get back to the old school cardinals ways, disapointment.

  32. By Casey on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    RE: D-Line

    Darren,

    Given Iwebema’s injury and the need to use BRob as a back-up DE, are you expecting Watson or Williams to start at NT and get most of the playing time at that position?

    I’m hoping Iwebema’s injury is a blessing in disguise in allowing Watson to finally play the role most of us feel that he should on this D-line. Although none of us are qualified to be coaches, it just seems counterintuitive to most of us to use BRob as the primary NT in a 3-4 defense. He just doesn’t have the prototypical size/strength to occupy two offensive linemen like typical NTs do. We all understand Whiz’s reluctance to start rookies- even if they are 1st Round picks originally projected to go in the top 10 like Dan Williams- but at the every least, it seems like Gabe Watson is more deserving of getting a shot as the primary NT for this team with Dan Williams working as his back-up.

    Like I said, maybe the Iwebema injury is now the impetus to moving BRob away from NT and allowing Watson/Williams to use their obvious size/strength to play the traditional role of a NT in a 3-4. I just can’t help but think that some of the Cards’ problems against bigger backs this year is a result of not having a true NT clogging up the middle and occupying O-linemen so that LBs are freed up to plug the running lanes. If O-linemen are permitted to get to their 2nd level blocks on LBs, it usually spells a long day for any defense. That’s why the NT is so important in making a 3-4 work properly (I know you know all of this).

    Thanks,
    Casey

  33. By tRiGidY on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Darren if are D! grade from ADUB! is a F”??

    Is there a Grade for are O?? maybe a I.??

    Lets go Big Red, Lets get it together! Not at are Nest”

    Beat the Sea-chickens!!

  34. By tRiGidY on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    The Big Red List!

    1) I sure hope Coach is at the Mcnabb’s House Next Door!! This Summer!!

    2) How about a team party at coach’s house BBQ? With Mcnabb an his agent!!

    3)Then we Show Fitz the money!!

    4)An Draft A.J. Green to take away the Fitz over-under coverage!
    keep other teams honest!!

    Lets get it done! lets go RedBirds!!

  35. By tRiGidY on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    A.J. Green the best thing since Fitz an Sliced Bread!

  36. By Dre on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    re: defense

    I give them a “C” with room to improve.

    I can see if this team had a real superstar/ playmaker on defense but they don’t. The defense is giving us chances to win and with the offense we have that’s all you can ask for. They give up a lot of yards and points but they make up for it with INTs, forced fumbles, sacks and defensive TDs…actually I think we are in the top ten in each of those categories. I like to point out the fact that we lost a veteran MLB and replaced him with a rookie MLB.

    The offense has given up to many turnovers game after game for this defense to stay mentally tough and make a difference. Like I said, it would be a different story if we had the superstar player like a younger Ray Lewis, Revis or James Harrison who can come up with the big stops in crunch but we don’t. All we have are some good to very good players without the superstar or defensive coach to get them over the hump. For what they are working with they are doing ok…can they be better? YES and they should if the offense stop making them fight up hill. We have had only one game so far were that hasn’t been the case and still the O did nothing to help out in the closing minutes.

    The offense has to step up and the architect on offense has to find ways to stay on the field long enough to rest and help reduce the other team’s time of possession. So far that has been the difference along with turnovers and is why we aren’t .500 or better.

    The blame always start with the coach. It is good to see the players taking responsibility and acknowledging they can play better but the truth at the same time is the coaches have to coach better.

  37. By Darren Urban on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Casey —

    RE: D-line

    I expect Robinson to continue to start at NT. I think there is a good chance Watson plays more special teams; the emergence of Branch has changed a lot of things. For instance, in pass rush situations, I could see Dockett/Branch/Campbell. I think if they had bigger plans for Watson, he would have been in there sooner.

  38. By J on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Summary of Cardinals: God awful QB. God awful. Throws bullets from 2 yards away. Cant scramble. Cant throw accurate. Terrible. Our Defense: Torch Adams’ side, then once in a awhile throw to DRC because nobody throws to his side anymore, and when they do, hes not expecting it.

    Fitz: Do not leave man. ily. Stick with it. We know you beat your man every single time and your the dirtiest receiver, we just cant deliver it to you. Stay stong

  39. By Eazy E on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    McNabb is still extremely mobile and one of the best he recently broke a 36 yard run vs. detroit

  40. By KyCardsfan on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Everybody still wishing we shouldve got merriman? Lol

  41. By Nick on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    I’m going out on a limb but i would love to see the cardinals pick up Mike Vick in free agency this upcoming offseason, it will help Fitz stay because it shows that QB is one of our concerns.

  42. By darrel on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Umm yes he is that good. Remind me of moss/and fitz put together wow what a combo

  43. By darrel on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Darren off topic ? Steven threet or max hall as nfl qb not just for a particular team

  44. By wheele27 on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, Just a couple questions:

    If you had to guess, what percentage of the offensive snaps do you think Beanie will be out there for?

    It appears as though Derek Anderson is going to be the guy we have to get behind for a playoff run. Fitzgerald and Anderson looked to have a little chemistry between them last week. Any word as to how Anderson is “gelling” with Breaston and Doucet now that they are getting healthy?

  45. By TucsonTim on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    We’re half way thru the season and I’m curious, how have the d’backs responded to Henderson? How has Henderson responded to a 2 time loser D-coordinator?

  46. By TucsonTim on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    Remember when I actually thought the organization was using you as a McNabb decoy, that was in April I think. Have the Bidwills expressed any interest since “briefly” considering him. Obviously, he is not going to sign with Washington this year. Are the Bidwills going to wait this one out thru the lock out? Like I said before, you absolutely knew that the Cards were not going to make a play for McNabb last season. So clue us in….please

  47. By TucsonTim on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Casey –

    Glad to see you are back on your medicine and you and Darren have made up…

  48. By TucsonTim on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    Dre –

    How do you get a C for being in the bottom of the class?

  49. By TucsonTim on Nov 13, 2010 | Reply

    “I got to start making more plays in the second half of the year, and that’s a guarantee,” Wilson said

    So are they going to move you to a outside LB position, because you suck as a safety. You’ve got a lead and you let someone, anyone get behind you. You couldn’t start in pop warner with that performance,

    Look at that game winning TD, Rhodes has his man covered and he looks inside like he should have. A-dub you’re a half step behind the tight end…no excuse and you LOOK THE WRONG WAY turning your hips outside. Did you think the pass was coming from the sidelines???
    Grade “F” is correct

  50. By JimJam on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Reduce the turnovers and the Cards should be right.
    21 fumbles for the season, wow that’s a lot. Halve that number and there’s at least 2 more wins on the board.

    http://www.nfcwest.blogspot.com/

  51. By Darren Urban on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Wheele —

    RE: Beanie snaps/DA

    I’m done trying to guess what Beanie will do.

    I think DA has already had chemistry with Breaston. I think the passing game definitely looks better, although there will probably always be limitations with Anderson as QB.

  52. By Darren Urban on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Tucson —

    RE: McNabb

    Actually, there is now a report McNabb and the Redskins are talking contract again. So I will wait to see what happens there first.

  53. By ross on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    The breadtruck is going off today. Just a feeling (although I have it every Sunday).

  54. By Dre on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    TucsonTim–

    Re: grade

    Did you read my comment?

    If the offense doesn’t turn the ball over 3, 4 and 5 times a game we are having a total different discussion about the defense. They are in the top ten in interceptions, forced fumbles, sacks and defensive TD. They just have to much ground to make up because the offense is so bad. Our defense is pretty sound and you will see the difference in overall performance once the O steps up. Considering the injuries and rookies that we have dealt with, this defense is pretty good.

    I know they got their butts whoop against the Falcons and Chargers but other then those two games our defense have keep us in every game with chances to win.

    Against the Bucs, our offense spotted 14 points to the other team and threw four interceptions. It was our defense who got 7 points back for us and we still had a shot for a tie at the end.

    In Seattle we gave up 5 turnovers on the road and the only TD for the Seahawks came on a 1st and goal on the 2 yard line.

    In Minnesota the Cards D held the Vikes to only 10 points with 5 minutes left to go. They had 2 interceptions, 3 sacks and a beautiful goal in stance on the road in one of the loudest places to play in the NFL. Brett Farve is a living legend like it or not, he should of never ever had a chance to tie that game…I know if Kurt was here we would have gotten a couple of first downs to run the clock out.

    You guys are pointing the finger in the wrong direction. If it wasn’t for our D we might be winless like the BILLS.

    Don’t let these writers steer you folks in the wrong direction…notice they don’t ever question the Arizona Almighty Savior God…Whisenhunt!!!

  55. By Casey on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    RE: Adub

    Darren,

    I suspect that you probably think I’ve been too harsh/negative in my assessment of Adrian Wilson’s play this year, so I’m just curious as to what you think about what your colleague, Kent Somers, has to say:

    “CARDINALS KEY PLAYER: Strong safety Adrian Wilson: This has not been a strong season for the three-time Pro Bowler, who has been exposed in coverage. Despite having many veterans, this defense needs some leadership and not via the spoken world. The group has enough guys who can talk. It needs someone to make a play in crunch time. Through most of his 10 year career, Wilson (pictured) has been that kind of guy. But after coming up with big plays in the opening-day victory over the Rams, Wilson has been noticed more for his poor plays. At this time of year, stars have to play like it.”

    Wolf and Damien Anderson have expressed similar thoughts, among others.

    Do you think this is just the case of 10-years in the league catching up with Adub at the worst possible time?

    As far as things look going forward, what does Adub have left in terms of guaranteed money on this contract?

    Thanks,
    Casey

  56. By Darren Urban on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Casey —

    RE: Wilson

    After his opening game, I was expecting another big year. I’m not sure what has happened. As far as his deal, I’d have to look up the numbers, but I don’t think he’s going anywhere anytime soon.

  57. By IRISHRED on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    Warner didn’t get sacked???? Then his premature retirement didn’t happen either, and this season was only a nightmare? Sweet!! I thought it was real. Kurt-lets rehearse: 100…93…..86…70 something…hey! I love this song; anyone else feel like dancing?

  58. By Dre on Nov 14, 2010 | Reply

    hey it looks like the Cards defense responded just like I thought the would after being called out or thrown under the bus by their coach. Great job whisenhunt…you are a shoe in for Coach of the Year.

    Can someone please tell me what kind of game plan he had prepared this week. Did they practice at all this week? I mean every time i hear them on TV they always claim to fix their mistakes in practice. Everybody has a career day against the Cards. Hey I bet I can tell you what he is going to say this week…you probably can to b/c we hear it every week.

    I wonder how many fans had their “Sad Face” on at the game earlier…I knew Whisenhunt would be exposed but at least he fits the image right. Hey tell me this when was the last time we lost 5 in a row? Has D. Green ever lost 5 in a row.

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