After a game like this, it is tough to list the positives. Somehow, I managed to do it for the debacle against the Vikings, but after this inexplicably awful loss to the 49ers that gets rid of all of the positive feelings from the last two weeks, I have to go back to something from last season.
Yes, today, I am just going to list the players who are the biggest part of the loss.
Larry Fitzgerald also won last weeks positive poll with 41% of the vote, the Defense as a whole was not far behind with 39%.
If I was doing the normal poll this week, I would probably just give it to Calais Campbell after another great game by him. Daryl Washington also made some good things happen including a red zone interception of Alex Smith that was only the second one of his entire career with the 49ers.
John Skelton - 6 of 19, 99 yards, 3 Interceptions, QB Rating of 10.5
I think that a lot of the calling for Skelton to start is going to end after this performance. A lot of us like him, but clearly this was just not his day. Skelton missed numerous passes, struggled to read the 49ers defense, and he threw three horrible interceptions. This was Derek Anderson levels of bad, and I'm not talking the DA that we had, I mean the version of him that threw 3 touchdowns against 10 interceptions and only completed 44% of his passes in Cleveland back in 09.
Patrick Peterson - 4 tackles, blocked kick
As a whole, the Defense gave it everything they could, and for the first half they did a good job in attempting to bail out the inept offense against the 49ers. But in the second half everything went wrong as the defense was just too gassed to fight on anymore. And he was just coming off of a couple of very solid games against receivers who most people think are better than Michael Crabtree who abused Peterson and wormed his way out of several tackles.
The blocked kick was pretty sweet though, nice job there PP21.
Offensive Production - 229 total yards, 15:44 TOP, 1 of 9 on 3rd down, five turnovers
The things listed above sums it up doesn't it? The Cardinals only had the ball for one quarter of the game, they could not convert on third down, and the 49ers defense did a great job at shutting down everything the Cardinals tried to do.Just a pitiful excuse of a performance by the entire offense.
Right now, I'm thinking the Cardinals need to get someone who can be a more creative playcaller that actually knows how to call an offense, won't allow Fitz to get schemed out of games like we have seen happen at times this year, and can find better ways to use LaRod Stephens-Howling than running him up the middle on every play. Todd Haley has been greatly missed as an offensive coordinator.
If there is anything else that you think should be mentioned, post it in the comments section.