The fall and demise of the offensive line... and the offense

This is the offensive squad that went to the Super Bowl in 2009. The 2008-2009 squad won the NFC west with a 9-7 record and the offensive line was a group that allowed Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner to break single season records in completions and touchdown passes.

WR Larry Fitzgerald

LT Mike Gandy

LG Reggie Wells

C Lyle Sendlein

RG Deuce Lutui

RT Levi Brown

TE Leonard Pope

WR Anquan Boldin

QB Kurt Warner

RB Edgerrin James


Terrelle Smith

Two players remain from this particular year, Levi Brown and Lyle Sendlein. The left tackle, left guard, and right guard has been replaced.

Mike Gandy was a 3rd Round pick by the Chicago Bears, and went on to start 106 games with the Bills and Cardinals. No pro bowls or special acknowledgments as a player.

Reggie Wells was a 6th Round pick by the Arizona Cardinals, and went on to start 91 games, playing mainly for the Cardinals until 2010 before drifting around various teams. No awards or anything for him as well.

Deuce Lutui was a 2nd Round Pick by the Arizona Cardinals and went on to start 72 games, 9 as a rookie. No career highlights here, again.

As you can see, there isn't a 'star' offensive lineman in the group. But the group was successful in providing Kurt Warner with time to break passing records.

At LT 3rd Round Pick

LG 6th Round Pick

C Undrafted

RG 2nd Round Pick

RT 1st Round Pick (Brown)

Assuming the undrafted as a 8th round pick, that's a total numeral of 20. No one has any awards or Recognition from their play during this era.

Now, let's take a look at who we have now.

D'Anthony Batiste was undrafted in 2004. He played in the CFL before signing with various NFL teams, finally playing in 2009 with the Falcons. Was cut later, and went through Broncos and Redskins before finally coming to the Cardinals and starting for Jeremy Bridges who was out injured.

Jeremy Bridges was drafted in the 6th Round by the Eagles in 2003.Bounced around various teams.

Adam Snyder was a 3rd Round draft pick by the San Francisco 49'ers in 2005, clinching a starting spot in 2009. He has started 65 games so far. He won the Morris Trophy during college, the same award that Matt Kalil won who ws drafted 4th overall this year.

Daryn Colledge was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2006 draft by the Green Bay Packers. He started 88 games and was a part of the Packers team that won the Super Bowl in 2011.

Bobby Massie was drafted this year in the 4th Round. He was considered one of the best 15 tackle prospects coming out of college.

LT Undrafted

LG 2nd Round(Super Bowl unit)

C Undrafted (Super Bowl unit)

RG 3rd Round (Morris Trophy)

RT 4th Round (Top 15 prospect)

That's a total numeral of 25. If Levi Brown was not injured then the numeral would drop all the way to 18. Although the chosen Round of a draft can tell only so much, the current squad is actually supposed to be better, on paper according to the Draft Rounds, with the exception of Batiste. Also, Everyone except Batiste on the current squad has some kind of a recognition for their play, and if Brown was still playing, then everyone would, as he has status as a pro bowl alternate.

So on paper, the current Offensive Line squad should be better than the one that went to the Super Bowl in 2009.

So what is the problem? It is debatable that the 2009 squad got tremendous help from Warner and his quick releases. The 2009 offense wasn't exactly running so much, so the ratio of passing plays to running plays were considerably higher, just like this year. Is it the plays? The coaching? The players? What happened between the 4 years that deteriorated this offensive line, and the offense in general? What contributed to the fall and demise of the once mighty Cardinals offense?

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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