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Five things we learned from the Arizona Cardinals win over the Los Angeles Chargers

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Rewind time!

I rewatched the game because I had the day off work and I’m a glutton for punishment.

Here are five observations from the Arizona Cardinals first preseason game.

Easy throws are normal throws in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense: There’s this misconception from fans that every throw has to be a tight window, down the field, between two defenders for it to be considered a good throw.

This is demonstrably false. Kingsbury’s offense gives windows for the quarterback to throw to. It’s a lot like what Time Brady and the Patriots do. It’s about creating those deeper throwing lanes later. The only thing was, there was no later for Kyler because it was one series.

The more “difficult” throws will come. But it’s going to be a lot of what we saw last night. That’s the offense. It’s not easy, it just looks like it with Kliff and Kyler working in unison.

The offensive line won’t be as much of a problem because of the offensive scheme: Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a strength of the team and it will likely hold back the team as a whole from being more than .500 in year one. The ball is going to come out quick. It’s going to more be on the line to be good enough to get the run game going consistently.

Receivers weren’t quite ready for what Kyler was doing: There were two plays that stood out to me that the wide receiver got the ball so quickly that they didn’t seem to know what to do. Instead of making a cut and move, they went out of bounds. Maybe it’s the preseason mentality, but you could see that Kyler is going to give his guys a chance to make a play with the ball in their hands. They need to do that.

Defensive depth is not a strength: They didn’t allow much in terms of points, but after the top four along the defensive line and linebackers, Pete Robertson was really the only one that looked like he belonged. You’d like to see just a bit more from the defense. Although, it’s better than the false positive of 200 turnovers forced in the preseason and than an incompetent unit after.

Specials looks like a strength: While it was ever so brief, Jeff Rodgers seems like a guy who is going to garner interest as a potential head coach moving forward. He has the special teams unit for the Arizona Cardinals ready and active. The Amos Jones era is no more.