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Rams aftermath

Posted by Darren Urban on September 8, 2013 – 8:53 pm

It was toward the wrong end zone, and it was the Cardinals’ defense instead of its offense, but it was difficult not to look at Tyrann Mathieu racing down the middle of the Edward Jones turf Sunday behind a breakaway Ram and not think of Steve Breaston.

In 2010, Breaston, the wide receiver, had a wasn’t-gonna-give-up play after a Cardinal turnover, and a sure Rams TD was undercut when Breaston knocked the ball loose and into the end zone, where the Cardinals recovered. This time, it was Mathieu, flying up behind Rams tight end Jared Cook and improbably popping it loose – into the end zone, where linebacker Karlos Dansby jumped on it.

Honey Badger – remember, he’s good with it again – said he was just always going to try and make a game-changing play, and that could have been it. Perhaps should have been. The Cards save seven points there and when they took the 11-point lead into the fourth quarter, you were thinking that should have been enough.

That wasn’t the only déjà vu I had Sunday though. Watching running back Andre Ellington run that key third-down wheel route – and see him get wide open beyond the linebacker – reminded me so much of the one LaRod Stephens-Howling ran in Philadelphia in 2011 on a key third down during the Cardinals’ game-winning drive that game. Ellington was in position to do the same – except the pass never really had a chance.

(By the way, Stephens-Howling tore his ACL Sunday playing for the Steelers and is out for the season. Brutal.)

The Cards won the Breaston game. The Cards won that Hyphen game. They couldn’t win Sunday.

– We’ve had this discussion before, about Levi Brown. I’m guessing this won’t be the last time. He didn’t play well enough against the Rams. Got a holding call and was beaten three times by Robert Quinn for sacks. And then, after the game, Bruce Arians first said – before he even got a question – that he wasn’t worried about his offensive line. Then, asked about Brown specifically, said Brown was his guy and made the point there was no one better to replace him with.

I know everyone says it should be Nate Potter, but Arians gave Potter a lot of opportunity in the preseason and Potter did not seize the moment (in fact, struggled at times like Brown did, mostly against guys deeper on the depth chart.) The way Arians talked Sunday, he feels strongly there is no one on the roster for which to bench Brown. Steve Keim is always looking for upgrades, but I’m not sure you’re going to find a left tackle on the street. The Cards would have loved for one of those tackles to fall to seven in the draft, but it didn’t happen. They took Jon Cooper, and yes, I am sure left tackle will be a point of emphasis next offseason.

– Carson Palmer looked like he had plenty left to me.

– Andre Roberts had the stuffing beaten out of him, and he held the ball every time. It may have been Roberts’ best game as a pro.

– The Cardinals missed Daryl Washington. It’s obvious to say a team misses a Pro Bowl player, but he would have been able to make an impact. Maybe been a better matchup for Rams tight end Jared Cook.

– Speaking of linebackers, Arians said John Abraham was fine. He didn’t play a ton though.

– With 26 seconds left and the ball on their own 20 in the first half, it would have been easy for Bruce Arians to sit on the ball. But the man who says “No risk it, no biscuit” risked it, and Carson Palmer, after a completion, hit three straight long passes to set up a 50-yard field goal. Unfortunately, Jay Feely pushed it a bit wide right, painful in a three-point loss.

“We couldn’t have executed it any better,” Arians said. “You have to make that kick and that was the deciding factor in the ball game.”

– Javier Arenas didn’t play defense, but the veteran cornerback was in there to return kickoffs. It didn’t go well. One time he fielded the ball deep in the end zone and was stuffed short of the 10-yard line. Another time, a return from deep ended up being fumbled, although the Cards fell on it.

“You have to make better decisions,” Arians said. “Stay in there.”

– We’ll see how the Cards adjust this week. And we’ll see if the Cards make any roster moves too.


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59 Responses to “Rams aftermath”

  1. By Alfred on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Regardless of the loss, THE CARDINALS LOOKED SO GOOD VERSUS THE PAST 3 YEARS COMBINED!

  2. By Dre on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    The biggest thing with the draft is we could of trade with the raiders for the third and we didn’t . Levi is levie the worst in the nfl but little to late so move on. D gave a ton of yards and points. clean the small stuff up go cards

  3. By job on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    What about or penalties that spot of foul pass interference killed us, also that 5 yard off sides at the very end on defense.

  4. By steve on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Funny I remember in training camp BA declaring Levi Brown an “elite player.” In a very competitive NFC West division which features stud pass rushers such as Aldon Smith, Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvins, and the Rams duo of Long and Quinn, we will struggle to win with an absolute turnstile for a LT in Levi Brown. Put pass rusher down as another major area of need in the offseason as Bradford had all day to throw the football.

  5. By steve on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Alfred: “Looking good” but not WINNING gets most coaches and GMs fired in this league. Its ALL about wins not style.

  6. By Vin on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Happy for LARRY! He finally filled up the stat sheet.
    Carson Palmer is a total upgrade!
    We need to work on defense ASAP.

  7. By Red Dead Redemption on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    One of the guys on Pro Football Focus.com was saying, it would be close but he’d like to see Massie get a shot at LT.

    Yes, there is less of a risk keeping Levi in there, because Massie has never really played LT.

    But the expert thinks he could be up for it, after the steady improvement the end of last season. He feels it’s at least a slight upgrade.

    Not saying porter is a upgrade, he isn’t. But he and Massie got valuable experience last year. I’d like to see Massie get the chance at LT.
    I feel very good having Porter incase of another injury.

    Massie just needs to play slightly better at LT, than Levi.
    Shouldn’t be too hard, he did improve last year.

    I don’t see it happening though. Levi is probably going to be eaten alive this week. The rest of the line looked good.

  8. By davemaham on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Why did Carson not spike the ball after the first down on the last drive? Instead there is a sack. Seams like spiking the ball is a no brainer in that situation. And it’s true what they say, Levi is a turnstile. Other than that, the Cards played a great game.

  9. By T.Stone on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Bring in Kickalicious and tell Jay Feely to go kick rocks.

  10. By cardsalltheway on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    “…but Arians gave Potter a lot of opportunity in the preseason and Potter did not seize the moment (in fact, struggled at times like Brown did, mostly against guys deeper on the depth chart.)”

    It’s like saying William Powell had a lot of opportunities last year but didn’t “seize the moment”(despite leading the NFL in preseason rushing) and that’s why Ryan Williams was in front of him on the depth chart at the end of preseason.

  11. By Sean K on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    A lot of noise will be made about Levi Brown (a huge liability in the passing game), but at least this time the Cards had an otherwise solid, multi-dimensional offense. And hey, when was the last time Larry caught 2 touchdowns? Very encouraged to see a ground game developing as well.

    Sacks and pressures hurt. Pass rush will be a serious concern going forward. Arenas will have to practice taking a knee in the endzone. But if we’re going to talk about the deciding factor in this game, it was Zuerlein’s unflappable, rock-solid, hope-it-turns-out-he’s-doping performance. That kind of consistency is excruciating.

    This was a tough divisional loss, but it wasn’t a beat-down, and it certainly wasn’t as bad as what happened to Pittsburgh. And unlike them, we’ve got a home opener to look forward to.

  12. By ored on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    boldin went off for 208 yds.,seattle had to battle,our game against the rams looked much better than last year,we have so many new parts but still flashed awesome at times,now the coaches have more info as to what to tweak.
    did’nt like that we had big lead in 4th and quit scoring and lost,but i think we did make a point and think the rams will take notice.

    it’s only 1 game and i think BA has already shown he plans to stay ahead of the curve.even though it was a loss,it was also a test and a chance to gather valuable information,i feel encouraged that it was a 1st game,on the road,against a division foe that had manhandled us last year.

    each week we’ll gel more,abraham will become a factor,hopefully we get washington back and we get housler back then look out,we very easily could have won this game,very excited for this team.

  13. By Darren Urban on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    davemaham —

    RE: Spike

    I was a little surprised about that myself.

  14. By Darren Urban on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    cardsalltheway —

    RE: Powell/Brown

    “It’s like saying William Powell had a lot of opportunities last year but didn’t ‘seize the moment’ ”

    Or it’s not like that at all.

  15. By AzDesertRat1953 on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    I have to say it was the Best Team Effort I have seen in a long time. Yes it was a loss, but the Battle is Not over.

    Come on over to our House Lions, the Cardinals need to play another Game and your IT this time!
    Lets see how we play at Home next Sunday.

    Honey Badger, WoW, nothing more to say about You.

    Levi, You are out on a limb and it is getting Very Weak.

    GO CARDS!!!

  16. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe coach will have Levi and Jay Feely trade positions next game. But seriously, why isn’t there anyone on the roster for which to bench Brown? Isn’t left tackle the most important offensive position next to QB?

    I know we missed out on the top left tackles in this year’s draft (I’m thrilled to have landed Cooper) but does that then mean there was no other left tackle available in the draft or free agency that the Cards thought was an upgrade to Levi Brown?

    The Packer’s are starting a rookie at left tackle – David Bakhtiari – whom they drafted in the FOURTH round (109th overall). Yes, Bakhtiari is starting because of injury, but he beat out the veteran competition for that job and has done an excellent job so far. I’d like to know where Keim and Arians had Bakhtiari ranked on their big board. I’m sure they know his name now, especially after his strong showing in the preseason opener versus the Cardinals.

  17. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Interesting the Arians identified Feely’s missed 50-yd field goal as, “THE deciding factor in the ball game.”

    Feely’s going to be in Arian’s dog-house until they find somebody to replace him. I’m sure they will be trying out guys off the street in the weeks to come. Hope they try a few left tackles off the street as well. Sure can’t hurt. Everyone here knows what Levi is and isn’t capable of.

  18. By Kevin S on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Simultaneously encouraging and frustrating game. Encouraging in that we haven’t had a QB who can complete almost two-thirds of his passes and throw for 300 yards in a while. Receivers hung on to some tough balls too. Michael Floyd’s catch with one arm… Roberts taking several big hits. But frustrating in that the Cards couldn’t hold an 11-point 4th quarter lead — felt like some of the losses a couple years ago to NYG and BAL… you could just feel it slipping away. Offense couldn’t sustain a drive to run out the clock and defense couldn’t get a stop when it counted. So many key plays, like the miss on that pass to Ellington. And Feely’s miss after such a great drive in 20 seconds… was a bad omen.

    Also, this was a very tight game in the end, but the Cardinals had two lucky breaks on the ball that Mathieu punched out and the batted ball that landed in Williams’ hands for an easy TD. That’s a 14 point swing without which we’re not even in this game.

    Our D really needs to show up next week. Detroit put up almost 500 yards today.

  19. By Chuck 1 on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Prediction: Massie won’t be inactive next week. And if Levi allows too many hurries and sacks, someone will replace him or a TE and/or a RB will help protect Palmer.

    Also, If the Cards do draft a LT next year, he won’t be an upgrade because he’ll just be like Massie and Batista (?) were last year (learning on the job)..

    Looking more like 7-9 (at best) than 8-8. 0-6 in the Division.

  20. By Tien Lu on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Palmer looked great! Maybe we will get 3 receivers with 1,000 yards this season.
    And Darren, Andre Roberts said he was hurt and he took a beating today, do you think he will miss some time?

  21. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Every time I see Boldlin play, I lament the day our ex-GM and ex-HC let him go. There is no receiver in football that is tougher or more clutch than Q. Having Floyd certainly helps ease the pain of Q’s loss, but man, that Boldin bad-blood episode will forever be one big black-eye for the Bidwill’s and this organization.

    Q’s certainly had the last laugh and a Super Bowl ring to boot. Good for him. On the other hand…

    Graves: FAIL
    Whizenhunt: FAIL
    Bidwill Jr: FAIL

  22. By Kevin S on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Cardsalltheway —

    We all know about your man-crush on Powell, but a good test of these things is, what happens after the Cardinals let him go? He didn’t make anyone else’s roster, did he? 32 NFL teams can’t be wrong (kinda like with Tebow). See also Skelton, John.

  23. By Red Dead Redemption on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with brining in another kicker, to at least complete once again.
    Jay has done some great things for us, but he has also been very inconsistent (this year).
    Over the course of his time with the cards, it has painted a feast or famine type career.

    In the end, I have no doubt in my mind there is a more consistent kicker out there.
    Especially this year and overall.

    Kickalicious, undrafted free agents, anyone really.
    Not saying he needs to go, but he needs some job pressure.

  24. By kauaicardsfan on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    This is what we have from week 1 observations compared to last year:

    1) At least we are better at QB and we can throw down field
    2) We have a threat of a running game, other defenses cant just pin theirs back now
    3) Our O-line is slightly better other than Levi who needs help from a TE or back
    4) LSH was a better kick returner ( Put Ellington in for KR’s and pull Arenas)
    5) Feely has been getting less consistent, may consider looking at who is available again?

    On the Defense,
    1) No pressure on QB, also Schofield was looking good for the Seahawks so releasing him was still a head scratcher?

    2) We missed Dwash’s speed to cover TE’s, Dansby is not as fast as before but still added a solid presence in the middle

    I dont know if the Giants has a good OT, their in need of a RB and we have 5?

    Oh and we will be forever haunted by not drafting AP instead of Levi Brown.

    Honey Badger will be the steal of the Draft.

    Keep the roster churning
    Find a sold Left tackle
    Consistent kicker
    Every down DT or DE/LB that can get to the QB

    We arent that far away, keep looking Kiem !!!

    But no matter what I will always be a Fan through bad or good! We have 15 more games to go, lets make this the only lost of the year!

    GO CARDS!

  25. By Wnycardfan on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Defense surprise we couldn’t hold on to the lead in 4th.
    But, as someone else said, we looked a lot better than the last two years. Actually some offense. Need some defense pressure and power. Worried a bit about that. Ok, so to me, at this point willing to trust BA opinion on his team etc. but I’d say not to get your hopes up beyond a break even season.

  26. By Dan The Man on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Darren Urban and Davemaham –

    RE:Spike

    You spike the ball to stop the play clock and get a new play in. If you already know the play you want to run, why waste a down? Palmer already knew what the play was, it just wasn’t executed properly.

  27. By Corgon on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Tough loss. I know BA don’t want to be patient, but he has to be…a bit. The parts were there, Levi had an awful game, the Rams D is good and Bradford have a ton of weapons.
    Of course it’s not good at all, but not as terrible as it was last year. It’s something to build on, not next year, but the next week.

    I expected a bit more Larry int the 4th.
    The PP21 plays are still life-threatening. We don’t use him for diversion or deep routs, but for screens? Even I would be able to defend those plays.
    “Hey guys, here is that fast kid from the D. I think I’ll just stay here and wait the INT.” Please BA, don’t use this screens anymore or I’ll get a heartattack.

    Fitz, Andre and Folyd are the best! They were so calm and cool. It was good to watch.

  28. By skodly 22 on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Everyone was so worried about the offense,they looked great(except Levi).Where the heck was the defense!!They made two plays all day.No pressure from front four,horrible tackling,bad against the run,I thought the defense was supposed to be our strong point?We have two great return men on this team in Patrick P. and Tryann M. why can’t they return a kickoff too? is there that much of a difference from returning a punt? We had this game can’t let a eleven point lead slip away in the fourth quarter to the Ram’s.

  29. By Louisville Card on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    I’m with T-Stone…any chance they bring Rugland in for a tryout Darren? I know you said you expect a few roster moves this should be the first…

    Red Dead brought up a good point too, Darren. Why can’t they move Massie or Winston to LT? They couldn’t be worse could they?

  30. By red bird of death! on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Not having one score of any kind in the fourth is unacceptable, and what’s with Feely he used to be super reliable. The d needs to tighten up, but there were a lot of good things that we saw so hopefully that lockeroom gets pissed and wins the next 5 or 10 games because the Rams are not that good and we are GO FRIGGIN CARDS!!!

  31. By georgiebird on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Where was the outrage when Andre Roberts was clearly hit helmet to helmet just before the half. Our sideline and the guys in the booth seemed to be silent. The announcers in the game even commented on the helmet to helmet.
    Maybe the 15 yards could have helped Feely who is turning into a liability.

  32. By georgiebird on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    The Cards have to realize that blocking Robert Quinn is like blocking a linebacker -Quinn is 6-4 and 260. Any LT in football would have a hard time with Quinn who plays like a Simeon Rice.
    How about a game plan that runs directly at Quinn- Yes, that’s our 324 lb LT creating a hole right thru Quinn’s spot. That would be a fairer assessment of Levi Brown.
    In future games, other teams will run right at Quinn with fast running backs and their speed WRs will clear out that side of the field making for big time gains against the Rams. Oh!, we don’t have those type of offensive players.

  33. By monzz on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    -davemaham look Palmer isn’t Aron Rogers material, that’s called game management, it looked to me Palmer gave up and just wanted the game over and wanted to get his total yardage stats over 300 yds and wasn’t trying to get the cardinals in position to at least attempt a tieing field goal, I don’t like the way he played the last 40 seconds, looked pretty selfish,

  34. By georgiebird on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    As we continue to play the 3-4, our defense is very ordinary. We need monster LBs to make the 3-4 work and we don’t have any-NEVER DID!!!
    And Dockett is desperately out of position in the 3-4.
    Todd Bowles doesn’t have the credentials to turn the Cardinals’ defense around- and that’s no knock against Bowles. No one in the last 50 years has been able to make the Cards’ defense a force. Horton, Pendergast, McGinnis and others have tried but none of them was a true “heavyweight” .
    It’s time that BA figures out how to get the most from our front seven-and that might mean moving to a 4-3 defense for starters.

  35. By georgiebird on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    There is one HUGE danger in the Cards’ 2013 season. The danger is that the gap between the Cards and SF/Sea gets bigger instead of smaller. From what I saw yesterday that question is still unanswered. If that gap should grow rather than contract, it will make it clear to BA that all options should be on the table for getting our franchise QB in here ASAP..

  36. By georgiebird on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Levi Brown isn’t the only slow guy on our offense. The problem is -every player on our offense is slow for the position they play (except maybe for Roberts as a slot guy).
    There are only about 2 or 3 LTs in all football who can stop a speed rusher like Quinn without any help. This is especially magnified when the QB (Palmer) is basically a statue. Palmer didn’t bail out Levi yesterday- not even one time with a little scramble and throw.
    If we ran the correct plays yesterday, we could have exposed Quinn instead of exposing Levi. Maybe our other guys and coaches are also the problem- not only Levi.

  37. By johnnybluenose on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    i like michael floyd as a player and, no doubt, much will be made of his one-handed catch. too much, in my opinion. it wasn’t really that difficult and i really have no idea anyhow why he didn’t use both hands to catch the ball. maybe he was using his left hand to keep the defender away, i don’t know. maybe someone will ask him.

  38. By Rugbymuffin on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Good game, good effort.

    Of course we would have all liked to have won, but that is a good start to this season, IMO.

  39. By Dynosoar on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    I loved seeing Fitz in the endzone, ball in hand. Playoff quarterbacks pass for >60%. I think only two last year were under 60%, it was nice to have a QB on the roster that threw 65%. Thank you Carson.

    As to BA’s list, will he be on it for punting on 4th and 2 with under 2 minutes to play. Opposing teams practice the two-minute drill. I’m extremely pleased with having Arians as our coach and extremely unsatisfied with this NFL mentality of punting on every 4th down. (The Rams punted with inches, inches!) If 3 down get 8 yards, statistically we’ll make the first down more times than not and if we keep the ball, we’re hugely more likely to see OT or score and win the game.

    There are a few players on my list for mental errors this game and one coach. I like Chip Kelley for the reason he goes for 4th and short. All of my family and friends in the room thought the same. Looking forward to Chip Kelley influencing NFL coaches to abandon the punt on 4th and short.

    All in all, a loss, but I enjoyed the game oh so much more than the last few years. We’ll do quite well this season.

    Being a Tennessee fan, loved seeing Dan Williams rumble into the endzone Fridge style. If Peterson can line up wide out, how about Williams as our 6th RB? Yeah, that’d be huge man.

  40. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Heres my take,

    With the draft of Levi Brown in 2007 till now, coaches keep declaring him a LT. I am puzzled by this since he is consistently beat at LT.

    Arians says Levi is the best LT on the team and that is true. My question is why? After all these years of failure, why don’t we have another LT? Menelik Watson was a first round talent who dropped to the second that we could have had. Jake Long is a FA we might of been able to sign. Keim and Arians can’t use that excuse, they knew what they had and instead of upgrading, they choose to call him Elite.

    A draft of Mathews or Lewan and a healthy Cooper will fix this line. Massie is not the answer,he had to be replaced at RT.

    Maybe we should have kept Rhodes and that 4 million dollar contract. Cook killed our safeties. I can’t remember seeing too many plays out of Johnson and Bell.

    Did Dockett play?? Cuz I thought he was suppose to wreck havoc. I think he was credited with one tackle.

    Finally, do we have anyone to rush the passer? Abraham had a pressure but maybe the Falcons knew something. Acho and Alexander had no rush. Even our Blitzes were easily picked up. We cant win if we cant get to the QB.

    For my good;
    Andre Roberts was awesome. The kid hung in there, took some hits and converted some nice third downs.

    It was good to see Fitz being Fitz again. I love the touchdown(not the fade) how he slowed up just a bit and put his body between the defender and the ball for the over the shoulder TD. Just brilliant.

    Palmer overall was very good. He missed Ellington on the wheel route and threw the pick, but was awesome the rest of the time.

    Smith runs hard. I never saw it out of him till the one preseason game this year. But he hits the line hard. Mendenhal also looked good. He needs a little better holes. We were missing Cooper in the run game. Colledge doesnt pull as well, but then again, nobody does.

    0-1. 1 game behind the rest of the West. Not how you want to start and Reggie is coming to town. Can you say huge game?

  41. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Tien —

    RE: Roberts

    I think he’ll be fine.

  42. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: LT

    I keep trying to tell everyone: Potter played LT all of camp. There was open competition. Brown is still there as starter. People need to start thinking about that.

    As for Massie, they may try him. I don’t know. But he hasn’t done it yet. Winston I don’t think can play LT. I don’t think that’s an option.

  43. By Mike G on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is good! Happy that football season has started. Tough loss for Arizona yesterday–that one got away. Thought they did some good things yesterday but just did not shut the door. I thought the Cards just could not maintain momentum once they had the 24-13 lead. They could not move the sticks in the 4th Qtr offensively and the D could not make a play when the game was on the line. Passing game will be improved from last year and that is a good sign.Glad Dan Williams made a nice play–maybe a good sign of things to come from him. Still — 2 turnovers, 4 sacks and a missed FG before half hurt the Cards in this one. St Louis played a cleaner game and that is why I think they won!!!!!! Fans can’t over-react with this game. The team should improve as the season goes on–lots of new faces from last year. Darren—-Do you think the noise in the dome and playing on that fast surface(certainly playing against Quinn doesn’t help) caused problems
    with L Browns footwork????? I don’t think Levi has had a problem in being overpowered playing that position!!!!

  44. By Louisville Card on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Sorry if I touched a nerve, but I never mentioned Potter. I have faith in BA’s assessment, if he thinks Potter isn’t ready he isn’t.

  45. By clssylssy on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Amazing at fan “selective memory” in recalling how much better we are this year than last at this time (0/1 vs 1/0?). As with most things, this is not an either/or situation and that kind of mentality is simplistic. Overall.our defense IS NOT as good as last year and needs tweaking, although there were some awesome plays and interceptions by a few. We have no pass rush to speak of and need to be more aggressive in getting sacks. Our ground game is light years better than it has been in ever, and when the game started there was a renewed enthusiasm and confidence that seemed to fade in the second half except for some of the rookies like the Honey Badger. While Palmer had a good first half, his accuracy diminished in the second half with fatigue and getting sacked x3?…gotta do something to protect him better. I have to agree with Georgiebird that Palmer is not gonna be our longterm answer at QB but is doable for the moment. In years past, the Cards have come alive under heavy pressure but yesterday I saw the opposite which is bothersome. It was fantastic to see Palmer get his first TD as a Card with Fitz but at the end of the day couldn’t help thinking of Boldin’s 200 yrds + a TD,compared to Fitz’s 80 yrds +2 TDs:( Even the Packers and the Ravens lost their season opener and so hopefully lessons will be learned from our mistakes and corrected in time to face a much improved Lions team at home without being over confident .
    GO CARDS!

  46. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Noise

    The noise didn’t help, but that shouldn’t make a difference and certainly not to that level.

  47. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Potter

    I know you didn’t. You just gave me an opening to address more than you. Needed to be said.

  48. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Hurt by:

    1. LT turnstyle, Arians failure to adjust in time, as he promised he would (could have parked Sowell or Potter as TE in front of RE for half the game, double team him to death, worn him out, opposite happened);
    2. Kickoff returns, sheeeez, he’s gotta go, remember BA said “no patience”
    3.Missed FG;
    4. Poor defense, gave up 27, shoulda been 34, no pass rush, Bowles failure to adjust before 4th Q flop;
    5. Their tight end…adjust! Instead, beat like a drum;

    On balance, coaches lost this game on failure to adjust. Very disappointing loss. almost speechless…

  49. By Thom on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    A football first for me…. I have never seen a game in the NFL, where the Left Offensive Tackle lost the game for the team.

  50. By red bird of death! on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    The Honey Badger play was unreal I just watched it again, that guy made some damn play,looking foward to more we have a great team but I agree with Draft Guy, where the heck was our front 4 ?

  51. By Kevin S on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Dan the Man —

    You spike the ball to avoid being so hurried and disorganized that your line lets up an easy sack and the game is over, which is exactly what happened. There were only 25 seconds or so when the ball was snapped. Wasting a down is irrelevant… if we couldn’t get 10 yards in the next 3 plays we wouldn’t have had a chance anyway.

    Of course, Palmer also should’ve known that getting sacked there was the one thing he couldn’t do… if you’re going to run a play and then get immediately pressured, throw the ball at someone’s feet for an incompletion… Sack ends the game, basically.

  52. By georgiebird on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    @Thom
    Cards had an 11 point lead in the 4th quarter. How does that translate into the LT losing the game???

  53. By georgiebird on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    How many plays did we run straight thru left tackle?? It should have been easy for a fast back to go right thru the hole. After all Quinn was doing the wide rush on each play- he probably didn’t even have to be blocked. Levi could have just cleaned up right thru the hole.
    How many times did we run this play ???. That’s the counter to what Quinn was doing..
    I remember years ago when Simeon Rice played for the Cards- he was a speed guy just like Quinn. Good teams like the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins would destroy Rice when he would begin his wide sweep. They would ride him out of the play so far that he needed a ticket to get back in the Stadium.

  54. By georgiebird on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Sam Bradford made our “stellar” defense look like chumps on the two point conversion. If one of 10 other QBs made that run I could understand but Bradford??? That was hard to watch and it was so easy for fast Sammy.

  55. By ored on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    now we have game film,lets give em a chance to consider all your brilliant ideas and a few of their own…1st game,give it time.

  56. By Cautiously Optimistic on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    I saw some good things from the offense that we haven’t seen since the Warner days. Would like to see Palmer work a little bit on getting the ball out sooner because he’s going to need to if he wants to survive a season with Levi Brown watching his back. Just ask Warner about that.

    I felt like we could have given Levi some help with the running game and maybe a chip block or two more. (Or 3, specifically) Looked like BA tried to run a few plays in that vein but nothing took. Coach really needs to focus on this because it isn’t just the first time it has reared its ugly head (Or 10th time it has, for that matter) and the more it happens the more pissed the fans will get. LT aren’t easy to come by but I’d hate to see this team keep getting older as windows like Fitzgerald close with no real chance to flourish since they’re rendered somewhat ineffective by this perpetual Achillees’ heel by the name of Levi Brown.

    I’d really like to see the defensive front get their feet held to the fire. Campbell had some good plays even if they didn’t show up on the stat sheet. Dockett was nowhere to be found. Sideline to sideline our LB’s just didn’t show up most of the time. Jasper Brinkley was getting dirty in the box, but his ability to operate on the fringe is limited. We sorely missed D-Wash for that game.

    Overall, defensively, it’s all based on being able to get pressure from the down linemen. If we have to dial up blitz packages to get pressure that is going to leave guys open downfield and take away playmaking ability from our defensive backs- which is where we’re built to make plays. Really need that d-line and linebacking core to step up their game.

    Overall feeling much better with the new regime at the helm and sincerely hoping they can give us something to root for

  57. By tbru on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Overall good effort, Brown and Arenas were definite liabilities. Feely’s miss wasn’t exactly a chip shot. Roberts, Floyd, Fitz, Palmer, Mendenhall and Smith all look really promising for this year. We played a tough divisional road game with a whole lot of new faces, I don’t think there is any reason to hit the panic button.

  58. By ored on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    hoping for an okafor sighting,he could be very good once he breaks out,loved his college game,he was a man among boys at times,next year i think a local kid from asu will be up for the draft,might be a nice fit,we get washington back,cooper next year,the rooks will have a year behind them,things starting to look brighter

  59. By Eazy E on Oct 9, 2013 | Reply

    Levi Levi Levi!!!

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