So we are now in what is being touted as the golden age of the passing game. Where wide receivers and shut down corners are now making as much and more in some cases than signal callers and the marquee brick wall left tackles. We all know our beloved Cardinals have had a laughable situation at quarterback since the NFL's cinderella man Kurt Warner retired. When he was here we got to cheer for the league's most prolific offense, and boy have we been spoiled because of it.
The team that went to the super bowl had an offense that can't be stopped and a defense that couldn't stop a JV squad. Now I have been questioning keeping the Whiz around because like all of us, have been reeling with this pathetic half a season losing streak, but the reality is Whiz has turned the perennial loser into a .500 squad and will probably be around next season whether some of us want it or not. Since Warner retired the team has transitioned from having an offense that can't be stopped to having a defense that can put the clamps on any opponent, and will keep any squad in the NFL from running it up. Unfortunately this new found "Red Rage" (my name) defensive squad isn't getting any help from the offense which brings me to my next point.
I don't think it's any secret that our offense has/had holes in it in almost every position that is not WR. The last few seasons have seen the team taking a BPA approach, which I firmly support however we haven't exactly addressed issues of need. Quarterback is the biggest position we seem to have an issue with, and something needs to be done with any 3 of the Qb's on the roster that we have seen play this season. Some would say the QB's issues are because of a pathetic offensive line, and calls for Russ Grimm's head have been made which I find somewhat ridiculous. If anyone has watched this offensive fielding two rookie tackles, the future looks bright for the offensive line especially knowing Levi Brown will return next season. We have seen quite a bit of Rob Housler as of late, and between him and Jeff King we look as good as anyone that isn't New England at the TE position.
What our beloved Arizona Cardinals really need is a freaking running back. We play in a division with 3 of the top 5 backs in the league and they are named Gore, Jackson, and Lynch. Take a look at the way the rest of the division has been playing offense as of late, with those RB's teams MUST commit to stacking 7 or more in the box or any of those guys will get a 1st down in three carries or less. The rest of the league may be in the golden age of the passing game, but our division is certainly leading the rushing renaissance. Is it any surprise the Niners have faltered this season when Gore can't get going? Does anyone really think Wilson would look half as good as he does if Lynch wasn't churning out the extra yards after a defender has locked onto him? Do we really believe Sam Bradford would be hitting those somewhat crazy big passes if Steven Jackson isn't the battering ram he has always been? Any of the #1 WR's on any of our division opponents teams are going to the slot on our team that's how much less talent they are working with.
What we need on offense is THAT running back. We saw Beanie "The BUST" Wells return last week, and give us a pathetic showing this last week, and it's time to part ways with him. We have Ryan Williams who I have already wiped my hands with, because outside of a decent drive in garbage time has shown us nothing, because he has been sitting on IR. LaSH is a game breaker and runs bigger than any bruiser in this league, but just isn't big enough to carry the load let alone be effective with the way the offensive coordinator has been calling plays. William Powell has seems to get the yards when they are there, but just doesn't seem to have that "it" factor. Bottom line is until we get that RB that opposing defense's have to take seriously nothing else will matter with the offense, just imagine any of the hapless QB's we have getting Fitz, Floyd, or Roberts 1 on 1 because we have that RB that defense's start selling out to stop so they can get off the field. We would see a true ball control offense and our defense sitting at the top of the league. See you all in the game thread tomorrow.