Jaguars aftermath

Posted by Darren Urban on September 20, 2009 – 10:51 pm

The plane ride home is so much different after a win. Why wouldn’t it be, after a big win like the Cards had Sunday? Get into the Way-Back machine for a moment, and try to remember Jake Plummer’s middle screen to tight end Freddie Jones for a touchdown, and Bill Gramatica’s late field goal. That 16-13 win on Oct. 6, 2002 was the last time the Cardinals won a game with a 10 a.m. Arizona time start. Since then they had played nine eight such games, all of them losses:

  • 9/7/03  @Detroit  42-24
  • 9/26/04  @Atlanta  6-3
  • 9/11/05  @NY Giants  42-19 (Oops. Realized in the shower Monday morning this game was a late start)
  • 10/1/06  @Atlanta  32-10
  • 9/23/07  @Baltimore  26-23
  • 10/21/07  @Washington  21-19
  • 9/21/08  @Washington  24-17
  • 9/28/08  @NY Jets  56-35
  • 10/26/08  @Carolina  27-23

So now you can understand the significance of Sunday (and FYI, the Cards don’t have another 10 a.m. game this season).

On to other thoughts:

— Coach Ken Whisenhunt on Beanie Wells’ fumbles: “Trust me, he may be carrying the ball around all day now.” So why wasn’t it surprising to see Wells at the end of the game when the defense was on the field, helmet on his head and ball tucked firmly in the crook of his arm – despite sitting on the bench?

— The punt returns were (very very) ugly. But the whole reason Antrel Rolle is back there was on display during that field-goal return of 83 yards. Six touchdowns on 11 “quick change” plays is insane. His teammates know what’s what. This is Darnell Dockett: “When he gets the ball in his hands, there’s an 80 percent chance he’s gonna score. When he took off I was like, ‘Don’t nobody block in the back, just let him do his thing.’ We learned the lesson when we played Seattle a couple years back, when he gets the ball, everybody just move out of the way. He’ll create his own plays and we don’t want nothing called back.”

I’m not sure if Dockett meant the infamous Cincinnati game where Rolle lost a third touchdown return in the game, but he made his point.

— It was weird hearing this from Whisenhunt: “It is funny, people say practice isn’t important, but it is for us.” I don’t know if anyone doesn’t think practice is important for this team, because the players and coaches often talk about how it matters. I get fans and cohorts asking me all the time how they look at practice, when a) one of the big rules about being able to watch is that you can’t talk about it and b) I can’t really tell who’s having a good practice or not, not when I don’t know exactly what’s being worked on. I think Whiz’s message has to be more for the players, to remind them what practice means.

— Larry Fitzgerald tried to pretend he wasn’t getting upset at not getting many passes, including one point after he looked to be open down the field but didn’t get the ball. “I was just tired,” Fitz said, trying to suppress a smile. “It was humid out there today I was just trying to save my energy so that’s why I walked off so slowly. That’s all that was.” Nevertheless, Fitz got a TD catch in his eighth straight game, including that playoff run.

— Think NBC, which has Colts at Cardinals next Sunday night, is breathing a sigh of relief that the Cards’ offense got out of its funk, and that they aren’t 0-2? Me too.

— The defensive front continues to impress. Calais Campbell is going to be a player (Nice field-goal block, by the way). Clark Haggans had a good game. And Bertrand Berry has two sacks in two games. That’ll be important against a guy like Peyton Manning.


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11 Responses to “Jaguars aftermath”

  1. By TARL SAMPSON on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    I have to say good job guys. It was an awesome game to watch. I was thinking the same thoughts of pulling Kurt Warner, I mean thats what they used to always do with the good Quarter backs. Your up alot, save your star. And what a way to give Matt some playing time. No pressure, just run the ball, pass a bit, punt. The best thing is Warner doesn’t get butt hurt. He is being put aside as a Stallion, an ace in the hole. I think our defense played pretty solid too. The secondary has made leaps and bounds. DRC, McFadden and WIlson are some bad Mo Fos. Its nice to have such talent.

  2. By merill on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    Go Cards!

  3. By Chris R on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    Great Win Cards!! Big congratulations to Warner on the record setting performance.

  4. By Devin on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    MUCH better performance. Looked like a return to form from a year ago, but with an effective running game added in. There is no reason that this should not be the norm. Jacksonville is a solid defensive team, and if we can do this against them, we ought to be able to do it on demand. Way to go, guys.

  5. By Dirak on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    I’ll be the one to ask it, do we have a secondary issue? It was a good game and all but let’s not forget it was the Jaguars. We proved we can rebound after 49ers lose but honestly its time we realize that we had already proven ourselves as a good football team. People would still doubt us but we have to go past that. But now comes a test from Indy and if our secondary can’t Man cover when we are blitzing then there is no reason to blitz. We might as well go back to 4-3 and just leave LB’s in coverage. Double teaming Darnell Docket and using TE block on our LB’s wouldn’t be Colts concern if they can just throw to Wayne/Gonzalez in man coverage.

  6. By Scott Allen on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    Actually the Cards do have 3 more early games though this season. They are only not at 10am because of Daylight Savings Time ending. They will still have 3 games at 11:00am – one in the Eastern Time Zone (Detroit) and two in the Central (Chicago and Tennessee). Just thought I’d point that out so we can further drive home the fact that the Cards can win in morning games in AZ. They should beat Detroit. Chicago and Tennessee might be tougher, but winable.

  7. By Eazy E on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    They played well against Jacksonville. Indy not going to have Anthony Gonzalez. We have 8 sacks! I expect to keep that up cuz the colts o-line is above average at best. I see the cards shining in a game like this, nationally televised game, Dockett vs. whoever on their line, he’s going to dominate. bert,hagg, okeafor, they should get very good pressure because of their average o-line. That’s the only way you’re beating a great qb such as Peyton Manning. Pressure him the first play of the game and on to the last one.

  8. By chem dawg on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    steve breaston is the key ingredient and spark this offense needed, that and a healthy boldin. im glad to see warner bounce back an run the offense the way it is supposed to be run. beanie is learning a valuable lesson…..have to wrap the ball up !
    good win cardinals, lets go get some more, the 49ers think they are going to run away with this division and take our nfc west crown ! lets show them whats up by goin all out and stomp the colts ! go cardinals !

  9. By Robert on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    Watching the game a second time. it looked like the secondary break downs were when Gerrard extended the play, after a close sack. Thats all Holt kept doing was run his route, and then try to find a hole in the coverage. DRC may shy away from contact, but i still think he will be a shut down corner.

  10. By Evan on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Is there a place on the website that lists when the Cardinals take off for road trips and when they’ll return? If so, could it be publicized better so more fans can show their support? And if not, would you mind posting the info in your blog when known?

    Many Thx,

  11. By darrenurban on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Evan —

    There isn’t a place for that on the site and to be honest, I don’t know if the team wants details about the itinerary out there for the world to see. I can tell you that the the team is planning on leaving on Saturdays for every other road trip aside from Detroit (which I believe will be a two-day, leave-on-Friday trip). We always fly back immediately after the game.

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