No Ellington against Rams

Posted by Darren Urban on October 4, 2015 – 11:54 am

That game-day decision about Andre Ellington? He’s a no-go again against the Rams, which really isn’t shocking after he said he wasn’t quite where he wanted to be as of yet. No reason to run him out there with Johnson and Johnson holding down the fort at running back when Ellington isn’t healthy.

The other big decision for today’s inactives: With Mike Iupati back and starting, an offensive lineman wasn’t going to play. The choice? Ted Larsen, who goes from starting to not dressing. It’s about the numbers — Bradley Sowell is the only option at left tackle behind Jared Veldheer, Earl Watford can play guard and tackle, and A.Q. Shipley has forged a role as a blocking tight end/fullback, giving him value as active.

The full inactive list:

— QB Matt Barkley

— WR J.J. Nelson (shoulder)

— RB Andre Ellington (knee)

— LB Shaq Riddick

— T D.J. Humphries

— G Ted Larsen

— DT Xavier Williams

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19 Responses to “No Ellington against Rams”

  1. By Credit Card on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    so far, fumble that resulted in a TD, two FGs by the Cards inside the 10, and an interception.

    Rams play the Cards tough — so far doesn’t look good.

  2. By rod on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    We have come out flat and scared.

    I hope we can turn this around in the second half, we don’t want this thing to be close. We need a cushion to start running the ball.

    I hate the RAMS, bunch of butt-heads !!

  3. By rod on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Actually, this will be a good gut-check for this team, they were “good and they knew it”…that was a big change in perspective in one weeks time.

    I’m glad this game is turning out like this, they were getting puffed up…I just hope Carson stays healthy.

  4. By Credit Card on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Ye who wins the turnover battle will win the game. So far, St.L 3 AZ 0.

  5. By rod on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Tyann just got owned for a TD, he was one of the “we know we’re good” guys this last week.

  6. By Credit Card on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    every turn over, has resulted in points for the rams. score is now 17-9. the season is not over, but the cards do look very mortal.

  7. By rod on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Boy that was a poor display. Especially trying to end the game, 2nd and 2 and still couldn’t convert. WOW.


  8. By Coach K on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    This loss is on Bruce Arians and his terrible third down play calling.

    CJ was ripping off large runs and three times in third and short yardage, we pass the ball. Two times in the red zone.

    Terrible, Terrible, Terrible play calling on third down.

    Bruce, you must run the ball on short yardage when you offensive is having success running the ball (for crying out loud).

  9. By dustin on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Maybe if the cards would have give the rams some respect they wouldn’t have looked like the Browns out their. Maybe if u would learn how to not overlook a team the fans wouldn’t be so surprised. U are ignorant and a terrible writter. Learn some football before u post again.

  10. By Richard S on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    On two key drives, the drives stalled when the Cards had 3rd and 2. It seems like a run would have worked the way the Rams were lined up defensively. No confidence in the running game? The passing game failed both times.

  11. By clssylssy on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Well, this was sickening but, I remember what Pete Carroll said when we beat the
    Seahawks after they had gone unbeaten and were looking bullet proof, and that was that it was a good learning experience for fixing their weaknesses, which they did and haven’t looked back. Also, recall a year we started 4-0 including a win against the Patriots in Foxboro (Kolb/Skelton era) that I think turned out to be Whiz’s last year in Arizona before the makeover. So, now we can use this as a valuable learning tool (and ego check) to get better and get payback when we meet again in St.Louis.
    This didn’t even look like the same team that played the 9ers last week and while I know the Rams have a good defense there is no reason they should have won today except that they wanted it more. Now that we’ve been humbled, we just have to go out there and not let it happen again!

  12. By Richard S on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    I don’t understand the call forward motion stopped. If you look at the replay when he was going to the ground and fumbled he was still moving forward. That was a bad call. I hope they get another look at their bad call and get written up by whomever grades the refs. You sure don’t want them working a playoff game.

  13. By jaime on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    back to reality, poor performance especially with Palmer, i know it happens and here is your inch; still this show was horrible, it was worse then watching Green Lantern. Clean it up now.

  14. By Scott H on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    Well….they weren’t gonna win every game. And I take nothing away from the Rams, who can be as good as anyone at times. They sure do always find a way to play the Cardinals tough. But the Cardinals did plenty at some key points to NOT help their own cause.

    First, simple math says you can’t score 3’s while the other team is scoring 7’s.

    We were just about into FG range right before the half. Then, a holding penalty on Veldheer. Half over. No points. That kills you in a game where points are at a premium ( as they are EVERY time we play the Rams ).

    Then, the Fitz fumble. Another killer.

    We come within 17-15. Then, ensuing drive, the Rams score ( a TD, of course ) on 3 plays.

    We FINALLY fine the end zone, make it 24-22, the D holds, we get the ball back, we move it right to the edge of FG range, and we can’t convert. Game over.

    The Rams just looked faster than we did today. When they needed to make plays, they did. When the Cardinals needed the plays, they failed to come up with them.

    Nothing complicated about it. The Cardinals may be the better team but the Rams played better today. More often than not, that is the team that wins.

    Pretty much NO WAY the Seahawks lose tomorrow night, so…they are already right on our heels. As are the Rams, by the way. We can hope we don’t end up looking back at this one as the loss that killed us ( because we SHOULD have been good enough to beat the Rams at home ), but….this IS exactly that kind of loss. The kind of loss that the NFC West does not forgive.

    Onward. And on the road we go – for 6 of the next 8.

  15. By don on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    very disappointing game .. Palmer can’t find a receiver in the red zone . which is alarming . but , the defense giving up that many yards to gurley is pathetic . everything the rams run . is misdirection , cutbacks .. feeble against a disciplined well coached defense .. but these guys have no discipline . 11 hats on the ball is nice in theory . in reality . you over pursue , over commit , completely ignore your responsibility , they did the same thing against the 9ers . every positive run they had . was from undisciplined defense . . as i said then .. this is an easily correctable mistake .. but a jr high mistake . now it’s cost us a game . and they show no inclination to correct it .. it’s only 1 game .. and even with pathetic defense against cutback runs . we might have won . with a little bit better job of play calling at the very end .. we had loads of time . it’s just really disheartening to loose at home . when you clearly have a better team .. maybe they should concentrate on playing . instead of how much better prepared they are or that they’re just an 8-8 team .
    nfl teams don’t need chalk board stuff . stop giving it to them ..
    GO CARDS ! ! ! ! !!

  16. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 4, 2015 | Reply

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who will be posting this, but that had to be one of the worst calls I’ve seen in a while. How do you say that a guy’s forward progress was stopped on an ordinary tackle where he is hit and fumbles on the way down? Cardinals got hosed there. It’s bad enough that we couldn’t recover a fumble two plays earlier when there were nothing but Cardinals falling on the ball.

  17. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Scott H —

    “… the Rams played better today.”

    No, they didn’t. The Cardinals had 26 first downs to the Rams’ 12. We had 115 more total yards.

    We just turned the ball over 3 times to their zero. (And the one turnover we should have had — on the Rams’ 8 yard line — turned into an inexplicable call.)

    We beat ourselves this game. But, the good news is, because we beat ourselves, I’m not too worried. If I felt like the Rams had actually outplayed us, I’d have cause for concern.

  18. By Scott H on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin –

    OK. Obviously, just because you had more first downs or more yards, it doesn’t mean you played better. What was the ratio of turnovers?

    Flip the score and all of the stats. I would then say that the Cardinals played the better game.

    Look, as stated, we did plenty to shoot ourselves in the foot yesterday. The Rams still had to make enough plays and score enough points to win the game. And they did. So, I stand by the statement that the Rams played the better game.

  19. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 5, 2015 | Reply


    I agree that it’s not all about stats. You can have more yards than the other team but still get blown out — that happens a lot when one team gets a big early lead and the other team ends up posting a bunch of meaningless yards trying to catch up.

    But this was not one of those games. Sometimes you outplay the opponent and still lose because of bad breaks. Yes, good defenses force turnovers (and the INT in the end zone where the Ram pinned the ball to his head was impressive), but some turnovers are just dumb luck. Fitz catches a ball, turns, and a guy trying to hit him happens to put his helmet right on the ball. Meanwhile, the Rams fumble inside their own 10 and 4 Cardinals fall on it but somehow another Ram comes out of the scrum with the ball. Then two plays later the Rams fumble again, still inside their own 10, and the Cards recover but somehow it’s not a fumble because the referee determined that in the millisecond between being hit and fumbling, the runner’s forward progress was stopped.

    I’m not trying to make excuses… the Cards needed to put the ball in the end zone more, and didn’t. Especially when they had it on the Rams’ 1 yard line. In some ways, the Rams reminded me of our own bend-but-don’t-break defense of the past few years, where we seemed to give up a lot of yards relative to the points we allowed. I’ll give them credit for that, but we beat ourselves more than the Rams beat us. I’m not about to say we were outplayed.

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