When the season started, blah blah blah, we are here now, and ‘things’ recently have not been great for the Arizona Cardinals. ‘Things’ including an up-and-down season, injuries, shutouts, and embarrassing late-game failures.
All things considered, in a weak NFC, the Cardinals are still squeaking along, and can still qualify for the playoffs.
I don’t know if the Cardinals have what it takes to possibly go on an undefeated adventure, but that’s probably the best way for them to sneak into the playoff discussion.
At 4-6, it’s time to experiment, which will either bring on more wins, or the results could be bad and lead to defeat.
Playing a third string quarterback, that’s a great idea if you're experimenting. You want to play a rookie free safety and/or rookie tight end, that’s a great idea if you’re experimenting.
Experimenting could lead to replacing some of the offensive line, as Will Holden, Max Tuerk, and the constantly cut Vinston Painter could replace or fill in if others on the o-line struggle. I was very high on Tuerk in 2016, and he is long enough to play either guard spot (6’5’’, 296 pounds).
Than you have the possibility of playing two rookies at receiver to make up for the shortcomings of the current receivers John Brown and J.J. Nelson. Chad Williams and Carlton Agudosi are, in my opinion, needing to have an impact, and very well could over the last six games of the 2017 season.
Don’t think it stops at the players, because if the team as a whole continues to struggle, the coaches will be churned out like beer in a Phoenix bar. Maybe Bruce Arians changes (doubt it) his play calling, but if he doesn’t, development could ensue.
Who knows? Malcolm Butler wasn’t a pro-bowl corner until the Super Bowl. Ricky Seals-Jones started the season on practice squad, could he have a similar path like Butler, who was also undrafted? Maybe D.J. Foster becomes a secret weapon running and catching during week 13 or 14? Bryson Albright could become a stud linebacker for us, but we won’t know until we experiment.
In my next article, I will be discussing the possible changes with my very own “It’s November, is it too early to want a coaching change?”. Until then, Go Cards.