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Nothing new for Miller, and some sack changes

Posted by Darren Urban on September 28, 2012 – 9:23 am

There’s been a lot of talk about the Cardinals adjusting their playcalling to fit with what seems to be a transitioning philosophy on offense — a little more deliberate, sticking with the run, etc. But offensive coordinator Mike Miller said nothing really has changed in what he has been dialing up on game days.

“It feels pretty much the same,” Miller said. “I haven’t really done anything differently. We’ve made adjustments in-game that come up specific to that opponent. But as far as the way we call it, I mean, we ran no-huddle in the Seattle game, mixed it up in the New England game. It’s been ‘up’ we just haven’t called it.”

Through three games, the Cardinals are fairly balanced, although not 50-50. The Cardinals have 87 pass attempts and been sacked five times, and nine of the 12 quarterback runs have been scrambles from a passing play, for 101 pass plays. With the three intentional quarterback runs, they have had 78 rushing plays. Interestingly, even though the offense needs to generate more yards and have been outgained, the Cardinals have almost even time of possession with opponents (29:46 to 30:14) and the Cardinals are one of only six teams in the NFL to score at least 20 points in each of their three games.

(They are the only team in the NFL to allow less than 20 points in each game too.)

– There were a couple of statistical changes from the Philadelphia game, affecting the sack totals of a couple of linebackers. Sam Acho had previously been credited with a tackle after a Michael Vick one-yard scramble in the second quarter, but after further review it was deemed Vick only got back to the line of scrimmage — which by definition gives Acho a sack. In the third quarter, Daryl Washington had been credited with a 12-yard sack of Vick on a first down play, but after further review it was decided Vick was a runner when Washington got to him, so instead of a sack it became a 12-yard tackle-for-loss. It means Washington now only has two sacks this season and Acho now has two himself.


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13 Responses to “Nothing new for Miller, and some sack changes”

  1. By Dynosoar on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, the only team to allow less than 20 points per game. I love this team!

  2. By MIKE G on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is well! It seems Miller is doing a nice job with the offense–seems like he is calling a short controlled pass game for Kolb then sneaking in some play action passes. Kolb seems comfortable with that. Cards must stop the run game by the Fins this week. Cant take this team lightly–longer they stick around they could be dangerous. Would love to see the Cards at 4-0 that would be some start. Hey Darren on an aside –did you ever read the book by Greg Marecek–“St Louis Cardinals-Celebration of the Big Red”–traces the ascention of the team and gives some interesting history on the Chicago & St Louis Cardinals. In addition it touches on the many great players the team has had and also does a nice job on covering the Bidwell Family. Great Photos as well! — Highly recommended!!!!.

  3. By chad on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,

    How are they determining the rankings?

    The Card’s are ranked 5th… with 3 of the teams we beat ranked NE at 8, PHI at 9, and SEA at 10. Not to mention what you just wrote up above. While the Ravens where beat by the Eagles a team we beat. Plus we have a better record then the 4th and 5th ranked team’s.

    I am just interested in why, or what grounds does do they get these rankings. Is it a group of sports writers that submit there rankings and it is averaged out?

    Thanks for your time…

  4. By Peter in Canada on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    @Dynosoar I too love the team. I became a true believer, rather than just hoping for the best after the Patriot game. I wasn’t overly impressed after Seattle because we were playing against a first time pro starter. But the Pats have an explosive offence that routinely scores 30+ and despite being on the defence for a lot of time we held them to 18 andgave Brady a difficult time. We clobbered the Eagles, who are no slouches on offence. We are the better team this week and barring something unforseen we should go 4-0.

  5. By Texascard on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Pow pow powell make us proud. And what’s wrong with 16 and oh baby these cards are good.

  6. By nodavis2000 on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Yup yup yup!!! Go Cards!!!

  7. By Peter in Canada on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    The loss of the sack to D. Wash is a joke. Vick went back to pass; there is no doubt about that. He may have decided to run but it was out of desperation. If the original intent was to pass it should be a sack.

  8. By JBeecham on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Give DWash back his sack… how many running plays go for -12 yards? Not many in my book…

  9. By Darren Urban on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Book

    I have not had a chance to read it.

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Chad —

    RE: Power rankings

    lol. They are just opinions. They are different for every outlet and they mean absolutely nothing. I wouldn’t fret about it.

  11. By truths4all on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    After looking at the passing plays where Kolb drops back into the pocket, who is Miller kidding? Kolb no longer has to run plays where he has different step drops nor timing pattern routes. He is running an abbreviated West Coast Offense.

    And the major point is – Kolb is executing these WCO type of plays just fine and without any FUBARs. A limited passing attack is perfectly acceptable as long as it remains productive without turnovers. Keep in mind that the Broncos ran up to 6 different passing plays during last season with Tebow and ran the same exact passing play throughout their playoff win over the Steelers.

  12. By Scott H on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, tackles for loss, sacks, whatever. Still a beautiful thing to watch, either way!

  13. By Kevin S on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Exactly Darren. Chad, the whole point of the power rankings is to get people talking. One guy (MJD who writes for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo) put the Cardinals first and said he did so because he may never get to again. Who gives a rip whether a sportswriter says we’re the best or 10th best team?

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