Sam Bradford’s first game for the Arizona Cardinals was, well the worst of his career when it comes to season openers.
Going back through every season of his career, this Cardinals game was actually one of the worst performances of his career.
In Bradford’s first game of the season he struggled to find a rhythm and any continuity, yet it was not all on Bradford.
David Johnson was his normal self, carrying nine times for 37 yards and touchdown, but the Cardinals inability to do anything in their first two series, combined with the Cardinals defense not being able to get stops early in the game, meant that “leaning on the run” didn’t get to manifest in game one.
It also shows the flaw in the logic of leaning on the run. The Cardinals two running backs combined for 13 carries for 61 yards, good for a 4.7 yards per carry average.
Yet, even with a productive running game, the Cardinals offense was completely impotent for three plus quarters.
They have no second option emerging opposite Larry Fitzgerald, although Ricky Seals-Jones at times looked good. The problem with Seals-Jones, along with Christian Kirk and Chad Williams, is that there has never been a shred of consistency from any of these players (not that it is Kirk’s fault).
This is not uncommon for a team experiencing a new quarterback, offensive coordinator and a brand new system for even the returning players.
The good thing... It was game one. The bad thing... this was one of the worst performances from a healthy Arizona Cardinals offense I can remember. Let’s hope it was just a blip on the radar.