SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 25: Larry Fitzgerald #11 and Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrate a touchdown for a 10-3 lead over the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field on September 25, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals are off to a bad start to the season, but don't go telling them that it's already over. The team took the bye week off to reevaluate where they are at and regroup- both mentally and physically. Players were able to not only practice, but also visit their loved ones and get set for the rest of the season.
While the Cards look to close out strong and hopefully make a run at a division title, they also know they have plenty of work to do. Azcardinals.com posted this video on their website recently. The Cardinals, this week, are doing what guard Rex Hadnot would call a, "self check."
A 16 game season can be very rough on players and as Jody Jackson mentions in the video, it always seems like the bye comes at the perfect time.
Vonnie Holliday was gracious enough to give some of his time for an interview and what he had to say really resonated with me. He seemed very upbeat and he knows that this team still has a chance to turn things around with a few minor tweaks to their play. Holliday is a veteran in this league, so it is without a doubt that he has been in situations like this before.
Kevin Kolb had this to say:
"The gist of it all was accountability. I think we have a really good group here, of men, professionals, I think Whiz (head coach Ken Whisenhunt) did a great job along with Rod (Graves, general manager), of getting the right guys here as far as that's concerned. Now it's our job to step up and have some self-accountability."
Accountability. Those are the words that coaches, teammates and fans want to hear from their starting quarterback. We didn't hear too much in the line of 'accountability' from Derek Anderson last year or really any of the veterans. It just seemed that they were stuck and they knew it and didn't want to do much about it.
This season, there is a different vibe in this locker room. These players know they have to step up and get after it if they want to achieve success. That starts next week when they host an always lethal Pittsburgh Steelers team. Hopefully for anyone involved with this Cardinals team, the ship can get righted then.