The game against the Colts highlighted several weaknesses in the Cardinals personnel (i.e., OT, and the lack of pass rush by the OLB.), but it also highlighted a bigger question in my mind. Who are the Cardinals? You know what the Colts are. They are a pass oriented offense and they have build their team around that notion. That is who they are and who they will be. Their defense if designed to stop the pass. They can build future pieces into the system because they know who they are. They can do this because of Peyton Manning.
Who are the Cardinals? Are they a pass oriented offense- yes, this year. The Cards have the skill players that fit that description but obviously the offensive line does not. The OL seems more designed to plow block in a running game, yet they haven't really demonstrated that ability yet. Warner is the quarterback for now but what should the Cardinals be building for in two years? Will they be a pass oriented team? Will they be a ball control, play-action team (which I think fits Leinart's ability better)? Should they keep two high-priced receivers? All consistently great teams have a system and have a vision and find players to fit it.
The same questions could be asked on the defensive side. Right now the defense seems build to bend but not break so that the offense can outscore the opponent. (Someone needs to teach DRC this principle) That approach won't be very effective if the offense is a ball-control offense. The front seven have demonstrated an ability to stop the run (if we could convince Berry to hold the edge just one time!). Is that by design or has the increased beef along the DL just naturally had this effect? The defense is only a few pass rushers away from being solid. Why didn't we go that way in the off season?
So what are the Cardinals trying to become? Why did we draft a running back and took a pass on pass-rushers in the first round? (That is not intended to slight B.Wells or C. Brown- just a question of priorities.) What is the vision?
For me the Colts game made me wonder where the Cardinals are going? (I am assuming we are not just making it up as we go along.) From what you have seen and heard will the Cards move towards a Steelers-style of offense? If so what does that mean for Boldin? Should we expect an increased focus on the OLB in the off season? Is Dansby that essential for the future? Anybody think they have a clear and consistant picutre of where Graves, Whiz, and the front office is taking this team?