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Arizona Cardinals Week 17 snap counts vs. 49ers

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Who got the playing time on Sunday?

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Week 17 is in the books and now it is time to see the playing time for the Arizona Cardinals against the San Francsico 49ers in the 20-17 loss.


There were 70 offensive snaps for the Cardinals. Quarterback Ryan Lindley and the starting offensive line of Jared Veldheer, Ted Larsen, Lyle Sendlein, Paul Fanaika and Bobby Massie played all 70 snaps. That's what you want to see.

Now for the rest:

Running back: Kerwynn Williams, 26; Stepfan Taylor, 25; Robert Hughes, 18; Marion Grice, 7

The split between Williams and Taylor is expected. The increased role by Hughes is a little more surprising. He was used more in pass blocking than anything else, although he did get one solid carry, probably to make it so the Niners wouldn't automatically think pass when he was in the game.

Wide receiver: Michael Floyd, 69; Larry Fitzgerald, 62; John Brown, 37; Ted Ginn, 8; Jaron Brown, 2

With John Brown going only slightly more than 50 percent of the snaps, you can see the game plan was to give Ryan Lindley more protection, giving him two tight ends for much of the game.

Tight end: Darren Fells, 48; Rob Housler, 30; John Carlson, 18

Carlson's playing time continues to diminish. Of course, as previously noted, Arizona played a lot with two tight ends. Carlson doesn't see much time anymore in those sets. He is used almost exclusively now in three-wide sets. Fells continues to get lots of looks. He played well and is blocking well.


There were 63 defensive snaps. Only Patrick Peterson played every snap.

Defensive back: Patrick Peterson, 63; Rashad Johnson, 62; Antonio Cromartie, 57; Tony Jefferson, 37; Deone Bucannon, 23; Jerraud Powers, 22; Tyrann Mathieu, 22; Justin Bethel, 7

Because I was watching the game on my computer (being out of town), I did not chart formations during the game as I normally would. You can see they played more base defense, with Jefferson getting more snaps than Mathieu. I did not catch where Bethel came into the game. It usually means they went with seven DBs. And Cromartie's six missed snaps makes me think they went with three DBs on five occasions. I know one other was on the Bruce Miller TD, when Bucannon and Peterson were the only DBs on the field.

Linebacker: Glenn Carson, 56; Alex Okafor, 54; Kevin Minter, 47; Matt Shaughnessy, 37; Sam Acho, 18; Marcus Benard, 9

I find it interesting that Carson played the most. I will have to go back and look, but Minter originally was getting the dime snaps. That means there were some 4-3 sets where Minter came out or Carson started getting looks in the dime package.

Defensive line: Calais Campbell, 60; Frostee Rucker, 41; Dan Williams, 36; Tommy Kelly, 31; Josh Mauro, 6; Alameda Ta'amu, 5

Like the game against the Niners in Week 3, Williams played a bigger role. Ta'amu finally saw the field. Kelly played less than normal.


Are there any other takeaways you can get from the playing time?