The Arizona Cardinals lost another disappointing game. A game that, on paper, they should have dominated. However it was the Cardinals getting dominated. Another slow start for the offense, causing the defense to wear down. Special Teams only added to the issues, including yet another bad snap from Rookie Kam Canaday.
Offensively this unit does not look right. Palmer was pressured all day, the receivers seem to be on separate pages than Palmer is, and Palmer continues to misdiagnose the defense. Of his four picks, only one can be blamed on a poor route. The other three were forced into double, and the occasional triple coverage. The offensive line without Evan Mathis was disgusting. They gave up five sacks, and countless pressures. Needless to say with Mathis it would have likely been a similar outcome, but Humphries appeared lost on numerous occasions.
The entire right side of the offensive line are among the lowest graded players at their positions by Pro Football Focus. Shipley is the 31st ranked center out of 34 graded centers. Earl Watford is 61st out of 71 total ranked guards. And Humphries is the 55th ranked tackle out of 71 ranked tackles. Whether there are to be changes on the offensive line is to be seen. Evan Boehm was a fan favorite for much of camp, and could get the nod in the coming weeks if Shipley's play continues to cause the team harm.
Defensively they looked much better against the pass. Tyrod Taylor completed 14/25 passes for only 119 yards. Only two of his completions came from passes 20 yards or more, and was also picked off. Chandler Jones recorded his third sack of the season while also adding four hurries to his stat sheet.
Against the run however they looked putrid. They allowed 208 yards on the ground on 32 carries. That's 6.5 yards per carry. They did record four tackles for a loss, and a safety however. Only Tony Jefferson and Calais Campbell received positive grades for their run defense.
On Special Teams we learned it's time for change. With the inevitable change we will see at long snapper, the Cardinals must also find a new punter, and a new Special Teams coordiantor. Amos Jones unit has been lackluster under his tenure. Chandler Catanzaro and John Brown's safety kick return were the lone bright spots on this dumpster fire of a unit.
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