Just when you think it can’t any worse, the Arizona Cardinals seem to find a way.
Arizona lost 40-14 and Twitter had a LOT to say about it.
The game started off good enough (as it often does) with Arizona stopping the Falcons and turning around with big plays from David Johnson for a 7-0 start.
Rosen ➡️ Johnson gain of 40.— Lisa Matthews (@LisaMatthewsAZ) December 16, 2018
Happy Birthday. #AZvsATL
DJ finished the way he started: on fire.
That was a terrific drive from Cards. Got Fitz involved early. Lots of David Johnson. Rosen nice pass to Johnson for the bulk of the yards.— Dave Burns (@Burnsy987) December 16, 2018
But after that....it was all Falcons.
The Falcons’ depleted defense stepped up big time and Arizona’s 32nd ranked offense couldn’t handle it.
And off a batted ball, the worst case happened:
That's the fourth pick-six against Cardinals rookie QB Josh Rosen this season in 11 starts. A fifth pick-six was called back earlier this year.— Bob McManaman (@azbobbymac) December 16, 2018
Debo reached a top speed of 19.10 mph on his pick six #NextGenStats— Matt Haley (@FalconsMHaley) December 16, 2018
The pick was on a screen pass, which, has been an issue with the offense all season long.
Screen passes look so easy...until the Cardinals run one.— Vince Marotta (@Vincemarotta) December 16, 2018
Rosen had another fumble that the Falcons turned into points, but it didn’t stop there. In a bizarre reversal of a game in Atlanta a few years back in which AZ’s defense forced FIVE Matt Ryan interceptions, it was Rosen who turned the ball over three times in this game:
Falcons fans like that interception by Brian Poole, though. Stole it away from Fitz. Rosen's third turnover of the day.— Bob McManaman (@azbobbymac) December 16, 2018
Soon enough, the Falcons scored 40, yes 40 unanswered points over the next few quarters, with more passing yards and more rushing yards than the Cardinals had total yards of offense.
The Falcons were dead last in rushing in the NFL (heard that before at least 3 times, right?) and finished.....not last.
There were 7 rookies, (7!) playing on offense, but it was still.
Cardinals offense is so young Post-game party will be at Peter Piper Pizza if they win— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 16, 2018
It was an utter embarrassment to say the least.
If the Cardinals coaching staff wants to stay in Atlanta, I’m all for it. Embarrassing.— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) December 16, 2018
I would call the Arizona Cardinals trash, but that is an insult to the trash can.— Schlasser (@UrinatingTree) December 16, 2018
I would call the Arizona Cardinals a dumpster fire, but the fires would be offended by the comparison.
I would call the Arizona Cardinals an affront to life itself, but even the Earth cringes.
In the end, Rosen was benched for Mike Glennon. Most likely he’ll be starting next week but AZ wanted to protect their investment. The game couldn’t have gone worse except for an injury.
Mike Glennon coming in. Josh Rosen was taking a beating. No sense in letting it continue.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) December 16, 2018
Yup, Mike Glennon is coming in. Has helmet on— scott bordow (@sbordow) December 16, 2018
Glennon to replace Rosen, who finishes 13-of-22 for 132 yards with 2 INTs; he was sacked 6 times and hit in additional 8 times#AZvsATL— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) December 16, 2018
This is so hard to watch. Feel awful for Rosen.— Johnny (@JohnnysFootball) December 16, 2018
It shouldn’t be a surprise that two questions came out of today’s game.
First.....does Rosen sit the rest of the season to be protected?
The question now will become: Do you start Rosen the last two weeks to get more reps or, given the punishment he's taken, sit him the rest of the way— scott bordow (@sbordow) December 16, 2018
Time to bench Rosen for safety issues. If we cannot pick up blitzes we can’t keep letting him get his head beat in on a 3 win team. Let Glennon take the beating and give Rosen a full offseason to prepare as the starter with a healthy offensive line— Rich (@RichardHarmon23) December 16, 2018
It’ll be something to watch over the last two games given the hits he’s taken.
As for the other question?
Well, no surprise it was about the job status of Steve Wilks and Steve Keim, starting with a report from Jason LaCanfora (who broke the Peterson trade rumors) at the beginning of the game with the Raiders potentially having interest in Keim.
The discussion has started...and it won’t stop anytime soon.
Mike Bidwill obviously going nowhere but he has to own this too. Hands on, very involved in hiring Wilks, free agency, draft. Was willing to accept credit when things were good.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 16, 2018
No way Steve Wilks survives this, or what's coming against LA and Seattle. And after 40 consecutive points by ATL, no way Josh Rosen should be allowed back on the field.— Dan Bickley (@danbickley) December 16, 2018
The nails in Keims Cardinals coffin:— Jody Oehler (@radiojody) December 16, 2018
1) Hiring a coaching staff that simply is/was a disaster
2) Building a fatally flawed OL (again)
3) Building a fatally flawed secondary (again)
4) Building a fatally flawed WR group last 2 yrs
5) Not having a true 1st round hit since P2 in '11
If they do fire Wilks, they should know their targets to replace him. Did a search a year ago and have had months to assess the current landscape— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 16, 2018
And sure enough, some insider reports seem to be trickling out in addition to LaCanfora’s and the RapSheet report from last week:
Not sure Steve Wilks is going to get a second year with the Cardinals.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) December 16, 2018
Arizona seriously considering cleaning house, GM and coach.
However, some disagree on the status of Steve Keim himself. And there’s definitely valid reasons to keep him.
Even with the good moves the first three years and what appears to be a very good ‘18 draft class?— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 16, 2018
Valid. I think Rosen is a franchise guy and they gave up little to go get him. Edmonds is good. Cole and Cummingham can be solid. I think Keim deserves a shot to fix this. There’s a track record— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 16, 2018
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