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Friday before the Bears

Posted by Darren Urban on December 21, 2012 – 3:52 pm

Here’s one benefit of playing the Lions and Bears in back-to-back weeks: The blueprint was already there for the defense, after covering Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, to deal with the Bears’ Brandon Marshall. Johnson has been a beast this season, no question, but Marshall has been fairly beastly himself, with 107 catches, 1,398 yards and 10 touchdowns already himself.

Now, that doesn’t mean the Cards will necessarily give Marshall the “vice” look they gave Johnson at times last week – when Johnson was in the slot, safety Kerry Rhodes and cornerback William Gay would basically double-team him at the line, like Johnson was a gunner on punt coverage. But who knows? We could see it again. It’ll be fun to watch this defense regardless, against a struggling offensive line and against a quarterback who has shown he can be harassed into bad decisions.

– We do know we’ll see Patrick Peterson on Marshall , as Peterson keeps making his late-season push. I don’t think he’s getting double-digit picks, but he’s closer than I thought he’d get earlier in the season. He also talked a little this week about his confidence which is obvious.

“All the good corners have confidence in their ability to go out and make plays for their team,” Peterson said. “I believe the confidence started in high school. It was something my Dad always instilled in me growing up – ‘Always be confident in your ability, confident in what you are doing at all times.’ Not cocky. There is definitely a difference.

“I’m not a guy who’s going to go out and boast and brag about my ability, but if I feel like I am doing something better than another guy or doing something at the top level, I’ll definitely let you guys know.”

Peterson added, in a question about whether he was the best in the game, “I believe I am playing at a top level right now.”

– Both Rashad Johnson (hamstring) and James Sanders (calf) returned to practice on a limited basis Friday for the first time this week. Both are questionable. I would guess at least one will play Sunday, if not both, but starter Adrian Wilson could get more playing time, defensive coordinator Ray Horton said.

“There’s never been a question of Adrian’s ability,” said Horton, although Wilson has lost snaps since the bye. Horton said Friday part of the reason for that was to reward the good play of Johnson and Sanders.

Nevertheless, Wilson understands – as do many – there is a chance this could be Wilson’s final home game Sunday, with his future with the team murky right now. Horton was asked about calling the blitz last weekend that got Wilson the sack he needed to reach the 25-25 club.

“I was aware of where he was in the (historical rankings) in the league and it was a perfect opportunity to do it,” Horton said. “It was kind of called for him.”

– If the Cardinals win Sunday, it will be Ken Whisenhunt’s 50th victory as Cardinals’ head coach including playoffs.

– Given the problems with the Bears’ offensive line and the way the 49ers play offense, this might be the week linebacker Daryl Washington wants to get that elusive 10th sack of the season. Time is running out for him to his double-digits.

– Nothing official, but yes, I expect the roof open Sunday.

– Don’t know what’s going to happen with quarterback Brian Hoyer. I still think he ends up active in one of the final two games, if not both. Does that mean he plays? Not necessarily. Whisenhunt made it plain he wouldn’t change things up and jeopardize winning just to look at Hoyer, so my guess would be if a game got out of hand, then he might be willing to test-drive the new guy. But again, he’s got to be active for that to happen. Which likely means John Skelton would be made inactive.

– While Sunday’s game doesn’t kick off until 2:25 p.m., the plaza at University of Phoenix Stadium will open early, at 10:45 a.m., so fans can get through screening. The stadium still does not open until 90 minutes prior to kickoff for non-premium seat holders, but food and beverage options will be available on the plaza, in addition to entertainment at Gate 2. Anyone with food or beverage purchased on the plaza can bring it into the stadium when the doors open.

We come to the end of another home schedule. Seems like we were just showing up for that Seahawks game in early September. Back then, Ryan Williams, Kevin Kolb and Lyle Sendlein were still around (playing, I mean) and so were hopes for the season. Now the Cards just want to finish above  .500 at UoP.

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14 Responses to “Friday before the Bears”

  1. By erik on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    “There’s never been a question of Adrian’s ability,”

    Then WTF is going on?

  2. By Cheese on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,

    This is the Cardinals 25th year of existence in Arizona. Is the team going to do ANYTHING to actually commemorate that time here this year? Some kind of fan appreciation… or something? Seems incredibly that an anniversary like that goes by without anything.

    Scott

  3. By Darren Urban on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Cheese –

    RE: anniversary

    I am not aware of anything.

    By the way, Rhodes is under contract for 2013. No option.

  4. By cardsalltheway on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    “Whisenhunt made it plain he wouldn’t change things up and jeopardize winning…”

    Hehehe, I’ve seen him do it before(after the buy week against Atlanta in Ga.) so what’s so special about this week? Ken W. stuck with Batiste when he sucked and didn’t play William Powell when it was obvious he was our best horse early in the year. Ken W. is such a horrible coach it’s haunting.

  5. By cardsalltheway on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Here are the offensive team stats to date for all teams…
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/total

    Yes, we are still the worst(32nd) ranked offensive team in the NFL. We have rushed for the least amount of yards and gained the least amount of total yards.

    We rank 30th in rushing attempts, only New Orleans and Jacksonville have ran the ball less than us…
    http://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/rushing-attempts-per-game

    But guess what? We are ranked 9th in total passing attempts even when Ken W. makes our QB’s the butt-of-his-jokes. We have passed more than 23 other NFL teams with laughable QB’s(according to Ken W.). Too bad he can’t laugh at himself.
    http://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/pass-attempts-per-game

    Doesn’t make any sense whatsoever when Ken W. can’t game plan/make the right play calling decisions, for this reason alone Ken W. deserves to be fired. Really though, there are countless other reasons.

    Bears – 21
    Cardinals – 3

  6. By Tim on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    The 2013 season will be the Cardinals 25th in Arizona and they will be promoting it starting with the draft party.

  7. By Cheese on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the update/

  8. By Scott H on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Hate to say it, but I almost cringe at the thought of something being done to commemorate 25 years in Arizona. Because, really, it hasn’t exactly been a great 25 years…has it??? During all those years when Sun devil stadium would have 23,000 fans showing up OR would be filled BUT would be filled with Cowboys fans or Bears fans or Broncos fans, we were an absolute joke among football fans and pretty much in the world of pro sports. OK. Then we got the new stadium, it became a new atmosphere, and we had some success. And it was clear that there WERE really people out there who WERE fanatical about the Cardinals. But, fact is, we’ve pretty much gone right back in the crapper over the last 3 seasons and it doesn’t look like we’re coming out any time soon. To the perception of most, and to quote the great Denny Green, we are who we thought they were. Sad, but true. And that general percpetion will remain until this organization truly figures out how to conduct their affairs differently.

    Or, until they get lucky with another Kurt Warner…

  9. By cobra on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    cardsalltheway:

    I really feel sorry for you, and the people you know. They don’t deserve to put up with you. Scrooge you are, can you find your way back to reality? I’m serious.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  10. By Louisville Card on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Did I miss something? It seems like your story is setting up Wilson being cut in the off season? He seems to be having a pretty good season for what he’s getting to play… his cap number isn’t ridiculous so why the story? Is this a Whiz or Horton decision?

  11. By AzDesertRat1953 on Dec 22, 2012 | Reply

    All I want for Christmas is Two more WINS!!!

    I won’t mind at all if the second Win is six days late.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!

    GO CARDS!!!

  12. By Campbells on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Shame on you fans that see the Cards organization for what it is…
    Why can’t you just support these underachievers?
    You should spend your hard earned money watching these guys fail in person.
    Truth is, diehard fans just hurt the organization. Having the guts to be critical will force change. Bidwill’s may not know winning, but they’re committed to making $$$. Dwindling profits will force change. Nothing to regret when criticism is truthful. Wouldn’t it be something, if the worst thing you could say is,
    “The Cardinals were a game or two away from a perfect season?”
    Looking forward to positive change.
    Happy holidays.

  13. By Darren Urban on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Louisville –

    RE: Wilson

    I think the story is pretty self-explanatory.

    http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/article-2/Adrian-Wilson-Fights-For-Future/8831a259-f1a5-4443-85eb-c86ca1314f42

  14. By cardsalltheway on Dec 23, 2012 | Reply

    Cobra,
    I feel sorry for you pretending that there is something to be happy about when the Cardinals and Ken W. is concerned. Ken W. is the WORST head coach in the NFC West with a 1-4 reacord and soon to be 1-5. Actually, I think he’s the WORST head coach in the NFL. Mike Singletary had a better head to head record vs. Ken W. and that was in Ken W.’s short lived hay day. Some Cardinal fans still live in that short lived hay day and don’t care if we suck as long as Ken W. is our head coach.

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