The first game of the 2012 regular season is in the books, and the Arizona Cardinals placed a check in the win column. The game itself was a chippy, physical game which I expect to be the norm for all NFC West division games from now on, and the final score of 20 - 16 displayed that.
However, even as sweet as victory is, there were issues that the Cardinals need to address before they move forward, or check-marks in the W column will prove to be very elusive. Hit the jump to see what the players and coaching staff had to say about the teams performance last night.First quote of the game comes from a guy who started the game on the sideline, Kevin Kolb, who came in after John Skelton went down with an ankle injury. "This was pretty special, I'm not gonna lie." To be honest, to come off the bench and lead the team to a come from behind victory without getting any first team reps just shows that Kolb was ready. He also looked good in the no huddle, which gave the Cards some fire.
Adrian Wilson had this to say about Kolb's coming in off the bench, "I want to talk about Kevin. Let's talk about how poetic that was." This is high praise coming from Adrian Wilson, and once again readily deserved by what Kolb managed to do.
Even thought the Cardinals did win this game, I mentioned issues above. Coach Whisenhunt also made mention of them, including this quote. "We didn't run the ball very well. We have to get that fixed." With twenty-three yards on fifteen carries, I'd say you need to get that fixed pronto, or the season will turn long quickly.
Speaking of players who didn't get many reps, Michael Adams stepped up when Jamell Fleming went down and broke up a couple of passes on the final drive to safe guard the Card's lead. Here's what Money Mike said about it, "When your number is called, you go out and make plays. Today I was able to make plays. I'm living for today."
Keeping to the defensive side of the ball, Paris Lenon had a career high two sacks. When asked, here was his reply. "I just played within the scheme."
Darnell Dockett also stopped made sure to get in a few words of praise for Kolb's performance. "I'm so proud of Kevin Kolb to come in and really do something a lot of people probable didn't think he could do."
And lastly, a bit of humor regarding the time out situation when Coach Whis tried to call one right before the TD score by Andre Roberts. The officials missed him trying to make the call, and Coach Whis said this about it, "Thank God for small favors, right?"
That's it for the quotes. Tune in next week when the Cardinals head back east to play the New England Patriots. And go Cardinals!