August 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (19) goes under center in the first quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Looking to bounce back from their loss to the New Orlens Saints last Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals traveled to Arrowhead Stadium to spend some time with the Kansas City Chiefs, capping off a few days of joint practice with a last night's preseason game.
However, this game was much like it's predecessor, with the Cards not doing enough to get the job done on both sides of the ball. Hit the jump to see what the team had to say about their performance.
From the top, Coach Whisenhunt on the team's performance, "I'm disappointed we didn't play better than we did. I just don't think it was a good effort by our team and I'm glad we have three games left to clear that up."
Coach Whis also pointed to the little mistakes adding up, saying this about the run where Alfonso Smith was stacked up in the backfield for a drive changing loss. "You'd like to think we are sharp enough we could make the adjustment because we talked about it. That's part of the preseason but when there are enough of those, it becomes frustrating. Because you feel like you are a better team than you showed."
One of the faces of the franchise, Larry Fitzgerald had this to say, "It wasn't pretty today by any stretch of the imagination. I don't know what it is but we have to get it fixed and get it fixed pretty quickly."
John Skelton, who had an up and down night, offered this up, "We came out a little slow, a little lackadaisical. We can't do that, especially after our defense was on the field for an extended drive like that. We just have to find a way to start faster."
The other QB in the starting race equation, Kevin Kolb, said, "I think there is some frustration with the whole team. The good thing is it is early, but we have to pick it up."
Calais Campbell had this to say about the defense's night. "We are a better defense than what we showed but it's still a preseason game. I'm not too worried. We just have to regroup."
While safety Kerry Rhodes noted, "There will be a difference when we game plan."
In the end it is still a preseason game. That being said, it is eerily similar to the 2011 season in feel. Slow defensive start. Offensive drama at QB. Levi Brown reverting to the LT of old. There are three games left though, plenty of time to right the course. And lets hope they do, or we'll be treated to a season of "I don't know why our team performed so badly. We're a better team than our record shows."
Tune in next week Friday to see the Cards at home taking on the Oakland Raiders.