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Watching Wilson and Friday before the Seahawks

Posted by Darren Urban on November 21, 2014 – 3:52 pm

When the Cardinals beat the Seahawks last season, they took a quarterback who at times had looked like an MVP candidate with his efficiency and made him look very, very bad. Russell Wilson’s stats that day: 11-for-27, 108 yards, one touchdown, one interception. More importantly, he had just two rushing attempts (for 32 yards, including one outlier 27-yard scramble).

There aren’t many quarterbacks who throw on the run as well as Wilson. Aaron Rodgers, maybe, but his is a different style. With Wilson there is the constant fear he will take off. And he’s done that a lot this season – already Wilson has rushed for at least 100 yards in three different games – or triple the amount he had in his first two seasons.

The Cardinals would love to make sure Wilson has the same kind of game Sunday as he had against the Cards last year, but “I don’t think there is a blueprint,” defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. “It’s catch ’em if you can.”

The top priority will be to slow Marshawn Lynch, because it always is. The Seahawks, without any real dynamic receivers, don’t have a scary passing game. If there is a way to slow Lynch and not let Wilson go off on broken plays, the Cardinals will have gone a long way toward winning another one in the Pacific Northwest.

— A player to watch in this regard: Rookie Deone Bucannon, the safety who is playing linebacker in in nickel and who has essentially replaced Wilson antidote Daryl Washington this season.

— This game, even if the Cardinals win, does not clinch the NFC West. But it goes a long way in doing so, as long as there isn’t an epic collapse down the stretch. And teams that win in Seattle and are 9-1 before that don’t collapse. A loss, and things could get interesting, especially with another game left to play with the Seahawks. The tough games do not end yet.

— As I mentioned, my gut here on a Friday is that Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t play, and as I mentioned, I’ve been wrong on Fitz before. It’s hard not to remember the obvious confidence OC Harold Goodwin showed in the rest of the receiving corps though. They want Fitz to play, of course. But if Jaron Brown and John Brown and Michael Floyd are the top three guys, the Cardinals can live with that. They are better suited to survive a short-term injury at receiver perhaps more than anywhere else.

— The Cards have to find a way to run the ball with some success, and it can’t be all Andre Ellington, Rashard Mendenhall had 21 carries in the Seahawks game in Seattle last year, Ellington 15 as the Cards had the most rushing attempts in a game in more than a decade. Yes, it was Jamaal Charles, but the Chiefs were able to run a lot and well against the Seahawks last week. Ellington plus, Step Taylor? Marion Grice? They just need to give Drew Stanton a chance.

— Stanton needs to be smart, but the Cards can’t be too cautious either. So far, the Cardinals, with Stanton, have moved the ball immediately in all his starts. It speaks to the Arians/Goodwin plans, and how much Stanton understands the offense. They just have to have it carry through the game.

— Great note pointed out to me on Twitter by @DylanCarey11. Stanton will be the sixth different starter at quarterback the Cardinals have used in Seattle the last six trips there:

2014 – Stanton
2013 – Palmer
2012 – John Skelton
2011 – Kevin Kolb
2010 – Max Hall
2009 – Kurt Warner

— As an additional note to that, the Cardinals will have used eight QBs in those six games, because Ryan Lindley played in relief of Skelton in 2012 and Derek Anderson came in for Hall in 2010. Neither time it was injury related. Just bad football.

— If you haven’t seen it, Michael Silver did a great piece on Bruce Arians and his path to Cardinals’ head coach. Some of it goes over familiar territory, but there is some good stuff, like the just-fired Ken Whisenhunt telling Arians good things about the franchise and encouraging Arians to interview for the job.

— There is also this great story by David Fleming covering the family of the donor woman who gave Carson Palmer his original ACL replacement – and the feeling after it gave out against the Rams, sidelining Palmer.

— There is also this story on the rise to GM by Steve Keim. It happens to be my work, so if you haven’t read it, just sayin’ …

— Matt Shaughnessy was back on the field this week for practice for the first time since a knee injury forced him to the IR-designated to return list. He can’t play the next two games, but he will be back for the Dec. 7 game against the Chiefs. Arians wasn’t definitive in how Shaughnessy will fit in the lineup; Shaughnessy’s replacement, Alex Okafor, is playing the best of the outside linebackers. Could it be Shaughnessy and Okafor, with Sam Acho as a reserve? Possible. Arians said he wants to see where Shaughnessy is first; there’s going to be rust that must be knocked off.

— Last year at the end of the Seahawks’ upset, a handful of defensive linemen had a snack of Skittles on the sidelines in the waning moments. Skittles, for the uninitiated, are famously the favorite treat of Lynch. There won’t be any this year, alledgedly.

“Naw,” defensive tackle Dan Williams said. “I got to cut back on calories.”

— Last year, the win in Seattle was the Cards’ 10th win of the season. Can they do that two years in a row?

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39 Responses to “Watching Wilson and Friday before the Seahawks”

  1. By Dynosoar on Nov 21, 2014 | Reply

    I’m good with making Seattle our tenth win of the season year in year out.

    This should be one good game. We dominate at run defense and shut down Murray in Dallas who’s still the best back in the league (according to yardage and stuff). We should be able to contain Lynch and Wilson the same way we’ve contained every RB this season.

    If our secondary plays their game, they’ll have a field day with Seattle’s receivers. This will be a tough game, most all games in the NFL are, but we’re playing better ball right now and all season.

    There “Legion of Boom” has not been very loud this season and we have as good a receiving corps as any in the league. We score quick and again in each quarter and they’ll never catch up.

    One game at a time and Seattle’s the next game.

    The Lombardi trophy or nothing at all!

  2. By Scott H on Nov 21, 2014 | Reply

    Darren –

    I understand that Lynch is having back issues and has missed a few days this week as well. Surprised that is not mentioned above. What are the chances HE might not play? Granted, he has been a beast in recent weeks, so the back thing hasn’t been holding him back, but….heck, even if he is going to be limited, that helps off-set the possible absence of Fitz.

    My gut has been telling me that Fitz will play. I don’t want to risk losing him for the big picture, but….this game is part of the big picture as it MIGHT go a long way to determining the outcome in the West.

    Not much to add to Darren’s breakdown of the game. As was the case last year in Seattle, it starts with stopping the running game and that means stopping Wilson as much as it does stopping Lynch. We know the Cardinals can stop the run. But Wilson can absolutely KILL you by running it himself. The KEY for the defense this Sunday is to keep a wall in front of Wilson and keep him behind the line. Stay in your lanes as you rush up the field, keep a wall in front of Wilson. If he has no space to step up into or no edge to get around, he can’t hurt you by running. And when the Seahawks can’t run, they are so much more manageable.

    Last year, the Cardinals also limited Wilson’s ability to hurt them by winning the time of possession battle and keeping him off the field. THAT was huge. Shoot, keeping Wilson off the field is even better than keeping him contained. So, our offense helps the defense tremendously by staying on the field as much / as long as possible. THAT means staying close OR AHEAD on the scoreboard and allowing yourself to stay balanced on offense. The Cards were able to do that last and that allowed them to stick with the run game all the way through. Again – HUGE.

    The Cardinals know how to beat this team. They have the blueprint. They executed it last year and they were successful. It’s nice to be able to look at yourself as the model you need to follow!

    And, heck, they executed it successfully last year DESPITE FOUR INT’s from Palmer! MY God, if it hadn’t been for the TO’s, the Cardinals could have won that game by double digits! So…hate to state the obvious, but limiting TO’s will be HUGE as well.

  3. By Darren Urban on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Lynch

    Lynch is playing.

  4. By Dynosoar on Nov 21, 2014 | Reply

    So ya’ll don’t forget my BOLD Predictions, like the NFL gameday guys get to do each week, only I’m not getting paid to do it. This was kind of fun. Who else is going to make some BOLD Predictions?

    Wilson for four sacks and five picks and one fumble. Lynch is held to 60 yards. Pete swallows his gum on our fourth TD as it goes through Sherman’s grasp. Seahawks held to under ten with only field goals. 0 TD’s total.

    Stanton for five TD’s to four different receiver’s and Ellington getting two, one from a run and one through the air, one interception and zero sacks. Ellington’s first 100 yard game. Hughes get’s a TD of a 50+ yard scamper. 6 TD’s total.

    Other BOLD Predictions –

    49ers lose to Washington and the Rams tie a struggling Chargers team. The Lions win and the Packers lose to Minnesota and Wesseling of the “Around the NFL” crew will still spend four minutes talking about how we’ll play in Lambeau in the playoffs, if we even make it.

  5. By JohnnyBluenose on Nov 21, 2014 | Reply

    I hope Fitz does not dress on Sunday. Why take a chance, especially on a wet and slippery field? It’s time for Ginn and Jaron Brown and our tight ends to step up and for Robert Hughes to catch a couple more passes. I feel confident that our defense can win this game. All we need to do is protect the ball and not allow any big kick returns. Keep going.

  6. By T.Stone on Nov 21, 2014 | Reply

    Dang it Darren, with that headline you had everyone worked up thinking the Cards are watching Adrian Wilson for a comeback. As for M Lynch, his motto should now be ours. “‘Bout that action, boss” Speaking of action, Note to the Dentists in Seattle: if you are closed on Monday’s like they are in Alaska, better open up because those fans will be eating those Skittles instead of throwing them. Go Cards.

  7. By Alex on Nov 21, 2014 | Reply

    That is true. Seattle has a running game but most of their 1st downs on 3rd and long are when nobody is open and Wilson scrambles away like a scared rodent.

    The reason their o-coordinator didn’t get a head coaching gig is nobody wants a guy who runs a ‘broken play offense.’

  8. By rick on Nov 21, 2014 | Reply

    My how the tables have turned. Last year it was us fighting for a playoff spot now this year the desperate team is the Seahawks. Gonna be a great game … GO CARDS!!!

  9. By Kevin on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Darren-

    Arians said before the NYG game that the return game was lacking. Obviously Ginn returned a punt for a td in that game and all was mute on the issue for a few weeks. With all that has gone right for this team lately the one glaring disappointment seems to be our punt return and kick return avg. Has Arians or any of the other coaches addressed this issue again recently? Any chance John Brown or someone else is given a chance to return?

    Thanks

    Kevin

  10. By Darren Urban on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Kevin —

    RE: Return game

    There has been no move to make a change yet.

  11. By Eazy E on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    It’s gonna be tough, going up there with our backup QB. I think we can do it because we don’t lean on Drew to make all the plays, our defense once again is going to have to lead us to the victory. Gotta stop Marshawn, he is just a beast! Russell is so tough to contain also both passing and running. Not afraid or fear any receiver they have although I do respect them but Pat and Cro should handle business. Pass Rush has to come of course if you won’t to neutralize Russell. I really hope and pray Larry plays, you need all your weapons for Seattle! Still a great team and must respect them!

  12. By NickPepe on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    It was nice to see Michael Floyd emerge last week. This week belongs to Andre Ellington and whoever is going to spell him when he needs the rest. This one is about controlling the ball and the clock. I think we are the better team, but they are a wounded dog trapped in their own garage. And trust me when I say that there is nothing more dangerous than that, especially when the dog is as tough as nails. And the Seahawks are still tough. Very tough.

    I think we will be able to run the ball effectively. If we can keep Stanton clean and let him unload Uncle Bruce’s six shooter we should be able to handle this team. Regardless if Fitz plays or not (for the record I says he goes-no way he sits this one out).

    Defensively – rinse and repeat from last year!! I can’t wait to see Bucannon’s role. Hopefully, he and Honey Badger can contain Wilson and I expect Cromarite and Peterson to shut down the wideouts, just as they have the last three weeks.

    I am confident that despite the 9-1 record, that Uncle Bruce has kept them grounded and focused on the task at hand. Win the turnover battle, win the game.

    I can not wait for tomorrow. It’s time to shut some people up. I know I shouldn’t let it bother me what some “experts” and media think- and for the most part I don’t-but I am about to boil over on some local (Philly area – 94.1 WIP) radio personnel that still rip us. Calling us overrated and “the worst 9-1 team” ever (heard yesterday) and how the Seahawks are going to “kill them, and if the Eagles play them again it won’t even be close” (Howard Eskin on Monday). I don’t mind flying under the radar, but lets give credit where credit is due!!

    This is one wonderful ride!

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member ’70-’71

  13. By Andy Kw on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    I think Bruce Arian’s is overworking Andre Ellington. Our interior linemen are not doing well in the run game. Paul Fanaika, Ted Larsen, & Lyle Sendlein need to raise their game to another level.
    -Jake Ballard and Daryn Colledge were key players to our successful run game last season but with them gone, our team is struggling. We lack experience in the back field with only 2nd year pro Stepfan Taylor and Marion Grice. Rashard Mendenhall, please consider returning.

  14. By Dynosoar on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Nick Pepe,

    two thoughts on Howard Eskin’s comments. Someone about three years ago made an observation on this comments board that if we were the only team in the NFL that the “experts” would declare us the worst number one team in history. Haha! I still laugh at that one.

    The second, if we do meet the Eagles again, he’s correct, the score wouldn’t be close.

    Two reasons;

    One – BA, Moore, Goodwin and Bowles are better in the second half than in the first, a second meeting will be the equivalent of a second half.

    Two – our backup quarterback is good enough to be a starter in this league, the Eagles backup is not. We meet again and we win by 20+. He’s right, not even close.

    The Lombardi trophy or nothing at all!

  15. By Dynosoar on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    First – While everyone believes our run game is struggling, I believe we had more run yardage against Dallas, the #1 running team this season (at the time, it’s Seattle now, so we can knock off the two best rushing teams in the same season.) than they had against us.

    I too would like to see more huge runs like Hughes had last week, but we’re good enough to have won 9 games and only lost 1 and we’ve beaten Dallas, the Eagles and the Lions, all 7-3 teams. Not a bad showing for our RB squad, they are doing enough to move the chains and allow our receivers to get open and give some rest to the “Crimson Curtain” to rest. (Someone on the headlines page, for the secondary article came up with “The Crimson Curtain!”.)

    Second – last season we averaged 96.2 yards per game rushing and had a 10 win season, missing the playoffs. This year we are averaging 79.8 yards rushing per game and have are 9-1 looking at a better than ten win season with home field advantage throughout the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

    (Andy KW is correct, we had better rushing last season, but we missed the playoffs. I’d rather a Super Bowl run than better Rushing stats and I’m a stats kind of guy.)

    More rushing yards would help, but all they would do is what we’ve already done, secured the best record in the NFL.

    Lastly –

    The Lombardi trophy or nothing at all!

  16. By Coach K on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    This is a must win for Seattle. Therefore, if the Cardinals can get an early lead by two scores or more, this will put pressure on Wilson to try and win the game in the air. Advantage Cardinals if that happens.

    Also, I think the running back for the Cardinals that will make the most impact in between the tackles is Robert Hughes. I don’t understand why nobody is talking about Robert Hughes? This guy is a beast and has the size to bang up the middle. He also has great hands and excellent speed.

    I think our best inside running back is Robert Hughes. Why nobody is talking about him is confusing to me.

  17. By Sir60 on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Dyno:

    I admire your optimism. Those are very bold predictions and for some reason I feel you may be right that this may be a blowout in our favor.

  18. By NickPepe on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Dyno –

    That works for me. And if I ever get the chance to be in Eskins company I will verbally abuse him. Can’t stand the man.

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member ’70-’71
    i think this is the longest Saturday of my life!!!

  19. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    “Last year, the win in Seattle was the Cards’ 10th win of the season. Can they do that two years in a row?” Nice factoid Urb. Been pondering this game everyday. Concluded: Why can’t we beat them Sunday? Because tough sledding in Seattle? Because we have backup QB, Fitz may be out, we may be thin at RB, we’ll miss DWash shadowing Wilson and because footballs sometimes bounce crooked? Sure. But we have a better record for good reasons. We’re better. So, even on this road test, good chance to be 10-1.

  20. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Dynosoar: lol, oh my…

  21. By John The Draft Guy on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Steve Keim made a decision in building the cards, that we would be built to beat Seattle. Maybe no one said anything, but I think that was the thought.

    This team has CBs who can be left on islands and 9 up around the line to stop Lynch. They had Washington as the spy on Wilson. Now it looks to be Bucannon’s job. After Lynch, Wilson running is there greatest threat. If Bucannon can spy and mirror Wilson, there offense is done.

    Their defense rushes 4 and in the past, have been able to get pressure, With Veldheer and Massie, I think we handle their DEs. They like to play zone and are very physical. The cards have 3 big physical receivers in Floyd, Fitz and Brown who can run over the middle.

    The have a tremendous safety and a great CB. To counter this, the cards love to run someone deep on every play. If Thomas is doubling the deep guy, look for Jaron, Fitz and Floyd to catch passes underneath. If Thomas jumps rountes, look for the cards to go up top to Floyd or John Brown.

    If we can stretch out this defense, Back off their big, hard hitting safety out of the box, there will be running lanes.

    Bottom line, a healthy card team handles Seattle easily. But a banged up cards will keep it close but come away with a win. If Bucannon can corral Wilson, I don’t see Seattle scoring more than 10 points. I think Stanton hits on of his receivers for a big one and the defense gets a turnover and short field for another score.

    Cards win 20-10

  22. By Scott H on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Nick Pepe / Dynosaur –

    The thing about Eskin is….well, he’s an idiot. And maybe idiot isn’t the right word, but it’s close enough. Howard Eskin is ALL about trends. Loves the trends. He goes to great lengths to know as many trends as he can so he can know more than you do and then he likes to beat you down with what HE knows and YOU don’t. That is his whole act.

    Unfortunately, he also tends to ignore certain trends that are pretty solid if they don’t support what he “knows” is going to happen. Well, unless I am incorrect, I believe the Eagles have never beaten the Cardinals at UoP since it opened. Correct? OK. But if they meet there again this year, it’s not even gonna be close? Really? Just like it wasn’t close about a month ago? Just like it wasn’t close when the Cards SMOKED the Eagles 27-6 here just a few seasons ago? Just like it wasn’t even close when the Cardinals won the NFC title game here in 2008? And, BTW, Howard was very sure the Eagles were gonna win that one, too.

    Yeah, that Eskin really knows his stuff, doesn’t he?

    He’s an idiot. Don’t even bother. But, then again, he’s not much different than the rest of the Eagles media. Less than a week after being DISMANTLED by the Packers, many of them are already pounding their chests and feeling real strong about how nobody is going to come into Philly in the playoffs and beat the Eagles. Gimme a break.

    I am staying humble and not taking anyone or anything for granted. Not the Cardinals, not any other team. Heck, I was concerned about the Raiders game, if ya remember. But assuming that the NFC playoffs would include the Cards, Seahawks OR 49ers, Packers, Lions, Eagles, and whoever wins the South….I might say the Eagles would be the team I would be the LEAST concerned about.

  23. By Scott H on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG –

    Well, I am sure encouraged by your optimism! I don’t know that I agree with the Seahawks being handled easily by anyone, but…I agree that a healthy Cardinals team should go to Seattle and win. A Cardinals team that plays as smart as it has and doesn’t hurt itself with mistakes should win in Seattle.

    I think this is a low-scoring dog fight, mean and nasty on both sides. I think the weather is going limit the big plays in the passing game, although we know BA is going to take his shots. And while the Legion of Boom has surrendered the title of league’s best secondary to the Cardinals ( no question ), they are still pretty damn good. They are big, physical, they cover well, and they lay some hits.

    Wilson is the guy who really scares me here. I don’t worry as much about stopping Lynch, I really don’t. But you have to play smart against this team. Have you noticed their tendency to overload one side of the formation, fake the handoff ( effective because Lynch is such a beast ), and send Wilson around the other side where it is often wide open??? They do that quite effectively, have done so more often this year. That’s why I preach keeping a wall in front of him.

    Look at the number of games where Wilson has had over a 100 yds rushing. They use him as a total package weapon and he is very good in that role.

    Win by 10 ( as you predict ), win by 2, I don’t care. Just win!

  24. By Richard S on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    After week 11, the system prognosticator leads Inside the NFL experts with 107 games predicted correctly, Phil Sims at 105 games, Ed Reed at 103 games and Boomer Esiason at 102 games. Further predicting the rest of the season, I saw an article that closely agrees with what I’ve earlier posted written by Nate Davis of USA today that was in MSN today in the sports section titled Projecting NFL Playoff field, which heavy weights go home. Nate agrees with me that the 2 wild card teams will be San Fran and Detroit with 5 losses each. Az will win the division, although he says Az will finish with a 12-4 record while I say it’ll be 13.3. He also agrees with me that Seattle will lose 7 games.

  25. By jwoodaz on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    oh now people want Hughes… Look he just had his first big play of the season, his time is just becoming available this season, Andre through the first ten games, then the whole stable for the rest, unless of course we’re inside which means we’ll keep the speed attack going also proving to have worked pretty well so far even if our total run yards seem mediocre the formula works. Want to congratulate the Cards on buying in to the Arians formula for success. So far AWESOME. Keep everyone scratching there heads for just a couple more months…Counting on the depth of the backfield to hammer the Seahawks, you deserve it and Andre isn’t over demanding on his carries anyways, that type of player wouldn’t last on this Team for very long. The opportunity is yours for the Cardinals, have at..

  26. By Dr. G. on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    louis – – I have not yet seen a post pointing to the occasional issue of Ellington simply missing the holes drilled for him. As I repeat, he is best a scat back, and has a tendency toward self-preservation. Arians has not been queried yet why he thinks Ellington is 240 lbs with an “S” on his chest. RB and HC do not have complete meeting of their minds here…and not to be admitted by either, lest it blow up. Ells’ EFFORT is still superb. Stats are telling, aren’t they?

    JCarroll – – You forget that someone might run by Peetie Carroll and call him a bubble-gummer. This will upset this megalomaniac and mess with his game plan. I hope this is not your uncle!

    clssy – – Fitz? Not Stanton’s go-to guy? How do you come to that conclusion? Stanton threw the ball to Fitz last week for a 1st down to be able to run the clock that ended the game…!! That is huge trust… IMHO, your premise may be misguided because the game started with #15 coming out big.

    You will feel the Century Link Field vibrating with gentle tremors from the local 12th man fans fearful of losing again to the best team in the NFL as the Cardinals take to the field on Sunday.!!!!!!! Be well CARDS FANS…

  27. By John The Draft Guy on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    “The Cards have to find a way to run the ball with some success, and it can’t be all Andre Ellington”

    Why?

    Ellington touches the ball 22.7 times a game this year.
    Taylor is averaging only 2.7 touches a game.
    Hughes is averaging 1 touch a game (which I am not sure why so many are calling him a beast with 1 touch a game)
    Grice has 6 carries in his 4 games.

    There are no signs to this changing. Ellington had 24 touches against that Detroit front (which is better than Seattles) and had a season high 30 touches against Oakland.

    So look for Ellington to get 25 touches, Hughes to get one run and one catch, Taylor to get 3 touches and maybe Grice to get 1 or two. 30 touches for RBs is about right.

    As I said before, Ellington will get the carries because at anytime, he can go the distance. As much as some fans want us to be a smash mouth team running the ball, we are not and no Arians team has been. It is a big play offense and a great defense that will get us wins.

  28. By Iain on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Darren,

    Do you know when we will get some more information about D-Washingtons future? I am just hoping he can come back to play with the Cardinals. Thanks.

  29. By Darren Urban on Nov 23, 2014 | Reply

    Iain —

    RE: DWash

    I would guess it wouldn’t be until the offseason.

  30. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G: Arians mentioned it in his press conferences … due to lack of practice time he misses the hole too much, out of sync… BA said unavoidable due to his injury

  31. By Dr. G. on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG – – Personally, I have never suggested that we need a “smash mouth” attack. You need to interpret my commentary to mean::: If we want to run and run up the middle, we simply need a bigger back other than Ellington to take that task on. He cannot continue to take the pounding. As you say, he can take it to the house, but other backs can also inside the 50…. You are talking about a 70-80 yard run.

    It is ludicrous for Arians to continue to look for that home run RB play at this stage in the season. Ellington is a bit banged up and most CB’s will catch him because of that. Our running game would be more balanced to see the others get more time while looking for the longer ball to the WR’s…. Ells – Taylor – Grice – ((all in the middle 4’s for the 40…)) Hughes can be the grinder @ 5’11” – 226 or more. He looked good recently.

    Big game manana….be well….

  32. By T. Stone on Nov 22, 2014 | Reply

    Dyno

    RE: Bold Predictions.

    Cards 38
    Seahawks 17

    touchdown on ST, DE, and O. CC has TD, sack, FF, FR and TD.

  33. By BluePitt on Nov 23, 2014 | Reply

    Great read on Palmers Donor! Thank You Darren!

  34. By red bird of death! on Nov 23, 2014 | Reply

    Have to contain Lynch , he can wreak havoc. We have the tools to do it, contain Wilson we also have these tools, just keep those guys from scoring like our life depends on it and we will take this one. Win today and talk about clinching tomorrow!

  35. By rod on Nov 23, 2014 | Reply

    There is only one game on tv in the morning…that’s lame. Glad I have Redzone.

    Oh, and GO CARDS!!

  36. By John The Draft Guy on Nov 23, 2014 | Reply

    Dr G,

    I am just saying that is not Arians. His back is Ellington. He said the offense will go through Andre and everyone laughed. He said he will get 25 touches, and no one believed him. But he is true to his word. Ellington has averaged 23 touches a game, Taylor is 2nd with 3 touches.

    By saying you want a bigger back between the tackles is saying Bruce is wrong. I’m Ok with that. But just come out and say BA , you are wrong, because BA does believe Ellington can run between the tackles.

    Against Seattle;

    Ellington – 15 touches
    Taylor – 5 touches
    Hughes – 1 touch

    It is clear what Bruce thinks. Do you think he is wrong?

  37. By clssylssy on Nov 24, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G.
    Stanton usually seems to “go-to” his TEs, John Brown, Floyd and Fitz when it’s crunch time and we HAVE TO have the play because it’s a deal maker/breaker. Both Palmer and Stanton know Fitz is old dependable, has the maturity, experience, skills, but it would seem Stanton goes to the younger guys first (not just my observation but also opinion of various commentators).
    JTDG
    I completely agree with your assessment of the RB situation. As I have said numerous times, Ellington is a great talent but lacks the size to be another Darren Sproles and I will say (wait for it…wait for it..thumbs down) I don’t think Arians is right all the time, and especially in his stubbornness to not make adjustments to our run game because of his obsession with Ellington, even now that he is dinged up with a bad ankle!). What is it they say about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?
    Regarding Wilson and the Seahawks, they are who they were last season when we beat them. We figured it out then and need to stick to the same plan. Marshawn Lynch is the same guy and while we are missing many of our defenders, we have a different and, in some ways, more dynamic defense this year, Our weakness, again, is our offense and without Fitz to help block and open up routes we are in trouble.
    This game is HUGE. It’s a division game that is closing fast, as well as a statement game that we are legit and capable of running with the big dogs. While we have talented receivers, we need them all and especially the veteran presence and leadership of Larry Fitzgerald.

  38. By Dr. G. on Nov 24, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG- – We are on the same page. As an observer, I know you are just quoting BA. You asked. OK, here you go. “”BA is WRONG.”” I have made this very clear numerous times. You may have missed it.

    My rap is not on Ellington, it is how he is used. He is a scat, not a bull rusher. He needs to go outside a good bit, perhaps pulling the linemen and/or with a lead TE to keep the D off balance. ((Theoretical commentary from other D-Lines:: #38 up the middle? Very cool, bring him on.!!)) It’s like Ells is on a goal-line rush frequently.

    We have specific stats to review. For Ellington::

    STATS ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG
    Seattle Game 10 24 2.4 7 0 5 39 7.8
    November 68 184 2.7 20 1 18 121 6.7
    Totals 2014 196 648 3.3 22

    Matt Forte 196 822 4.2 32 5 Same # of carries..!

    Ellington is ranked 13th among RBs in the league by yds.. Only McCoy and Murray have more attempts. Every RB above him has many fewer carries and many more yds. Check it out. Your conclusions?

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/rushing/sort/rushingYards

    I’m lovin’ what Keim, BA and the staff has accomplished with the Cards, but no one person possesses perfection. And BA could help his own cause with some minor tweaks on this subject…. Be well…

  39. By Dr. G. on Nov 24, 2014 | Reply

    That little chart was aligned correctly – I hope you are able to read it OK….
    The site blog must auto adjust…thx

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