It was only two weeks ago when the confidence in the Arizona Cardinals were sky high. They were coming off a preseason where the offense looked efficient and the defense forced a record-setting 17 turnovers. But the preseason is not the regular season and the Cardinals are learning that the hard way.
With an 0-2 start, the team has not play well at all during the losing streak and the statistics speaks for itself.
- 3.0 Points Per Game (Rank: 32nd)
- 175.0 Total Yards Per Game (Rank: 32nd)
- 114 Pass Yards Per Game (Rank: 32nd)
- 61.0 Rush Yards Per Game (Rank: 31st)
- 29.0 Points Per Game (Rank: 25th)
- 430.5 Total Yards Per Game (Rank: 29th)
- 294.5 Pass Yards Per Game (Rank: 25th)
- 136.0 Rush Yards Per Game (Rank: 26th)
The Arizona Cardinals currently have the worst offense in the NFL. Sam Bradford is averaging four yards per pass, which is worst among starting quarterbacks. He does not throw the ball down field much and a lot of his passes are short and behind the line of scrimmage. David Johnson should be the playmaker of the offense but he was limited to only 27 touches in the shutout loss. The team has been penalized a total of 19 times this season, which is tied for sixth-most in the NFL.
The mastermind behind this atrocious offense is Mike McCoy. One too many times he would call run plays on back-to-back long downs. That won’t get the team anywhere. There is a reason why he was fired as the Chargers head coach and as the Broncos offensive coordinator. His plays are too conservative and nothing in his playbook so far has fooled a defense.
The Cardinals’ defense definitely stepped up against the Rams’ run game, limiting Todd Gurley to 42 yards on 19 carries. Unfortunately they allowed him to rush for three touchdowns. The defensive line needs to generate more pressure on the quarterback. Corey Peters and Robert Nkemdiche were okay at stuffing the run but they generated very little to no pressure. Benson Mayowa had a big game with two sacks but we need to see this kind of performance from him on a consistent basis.
When there is very little pressure on the quarterback, opposing offenses are bound to make big plays. Jamar Taylor needs step up his game as the number two cornerback. We will probably see a lot more Bene Benwikere very soon. Deone Bucannon and Haason Reddick were limited to nickel packages, and the run defense was a whole lot better as a result. But the pass defense wasn’t much better, even with the usual good performances by Patrick Peterson.
If Steve Wilks is truly evaluating the entire team, there are glaring problems that he needs to address immediately and it starts with the coaching staff. Is Mike McCoy the problem? Is Al Holcomb not ready to be the defensive coordinator? I won’t go as far as saying that hiring Wilks was a mistake but he needs to look at the big picture and do what is best for this team right now.
Next they will have to look at the players. Is it time to start Josh Rosen in place of the struggling Sam Bradford? What plays can be changed or taken out to better utilize David Johnson’s skill set? Is it time to look at free agents and actually consider all of the options available?
Personally, I have never seen an offense as bad as the Cardinals this season. They literally can’t do anything right.
There is no denying the fact that the Arizona Cardinals are the worst team in the NFL and have been outscored 58-6.
Accountability and taking advantage of the opportunities is key. Changes need to be made now or else the season will be lost.