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It has been quite a while since the feeling of helplessness was part of being an Arizona Cardinals fan, but after two games, it is undoubtedly back.
In their hapless performance against the Los Angeles Rams, that resulted in a 34-0 loss, the Cardinals didn’t have many performances to write home about, but a couple players did play well.
Benson Mayowa - Mayowa recorded two sacks, had four tackles for loss and otherwise played pretty well in what was a forgettable game for the rest of the team.
Patrick Peterson - Peterson showed up well in pass coverage while offering the most physical play in run support we have seen from him in two or three years. It is not much and it is really scraping, but Mayowa and Peterson get the positives.
Deone Bucannon and Haason Reddick - Why are your two first round linebackers sitting in nickel situations? The whole idea behind Bucannon and Reddick was they were athletic, they had the ability to be two-way linebackers who could play in the run game and in the passing game. Now, they are sitting behind Josh Bynes and Gerald Hodges.
The offensive line - The Rams are phenomenal, don’t get me wrong, but this is disheartening. Two weeks, six points, no consistent push in the run game, no ability to hold the pocket for the pass. It means that another revamped offensive line, the sixth in Steve Keim’s six seasons as GM, looks like it has failed.
Jamar Taylor - Speaking of failed. Another cornerback two, opposite of Patrick Peterson, another hole on the defense.
Sam Bradford - Some people disagreed with Kyle Posey’s observation that Bradford’s arm looks cooked. Well, after two weeks, it may not be an overstatement. Bradford doesn’t have much on his throws when he is trying to stand in the pocket and deliver, and when he is on the move, he has almost nothing. He also has completely lost the accuracy that was lauded when the Cardinals said he was the man.
Steve Wilks - The complete 180 from Bruce Arians, it seems it also applies to the winning aspect.
Mike McCoy - We are seeing why McCoy has been run out of town from his last two jobs.
Al Holcomb - It looks like the moment is a bit too big for him right now.
Special Teams - Remember when last week was, “Look how much better they are without Amos Jones?: Now this week it looks like, “Is Amos back?”
Fans - This looks like it will be a long season.
What do you think?