While the Arizona Cardinals still don’t have a win, Twitter won the day for a number of reasons.
The Cardinals had another disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks but two key players, one current and one former, had big days while the team’s General Manager...didn’t.
The day started with a conversation between two “GOAT’s”:
Good luck the GOAT Larry Fritzgerald on today’s game Cardinals vs Seahawks!! goatfuel #neverstop #neverquit #begreat https://t.co/EQqoo4NCgo— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) September 29, 2019
Very cool! Rice was rooting for Fitzgerald to move into #2 of all time (although let’s be honest it’s a bit different than if he was surpassing him).
Also important was the fact that a new member was being added to the Cardinals ring of honor in Carson Palmer:
Carson Palmer will become the 18th member of our Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony during tomorrow's matchup vs. Seattle. #CarsonROH— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 28, 2019
➡️ https://t.co/ywlCt5Rfrm pic.twitter.com/qpxeuycliZ
Of course it wasn’t without some controvery from Seattle Seahawks fans...
Cards fans, you sure about inducting Carson Palmer into the Ring of Honor? He won 38 games in five years, was injured twice, had one good season and made one Pro Bowl. He threw six INT’s in the playoffs in 2015, four of which in the NFCCG, which he lost 49-15. Really odd choice.— Andy Greenberg (@AndyTheG) September 29, 2019
Carson Palmer is in the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor? Ha! He’s a Bengal!— Mike Salk, 710 ESPN (@TheMikeSalk) September 29, 2019
And Kurt Warner is a Ram. Silly Cardinals.
An interesting point in how Palmer was added in part for the person he was, but also demonstrated how Arizona’s seen little great QB play over its storied history.
As for the game itself, it got off to a similar start as other past Cardinals games in 2019...a great drive down the field that unfortunately didn’t end in points once they got into the red zone. Oof.
Zane Gonzalez wide right on a 43-yard FG attempt, his first miss of the season. No points from a nice opening drive.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) September 29, 2019
The new holder in place of the injured Andy Lee might have had something to do with it, but you’ll never hear a kicker blame their holder.
Zane Gonzalez is missing due to a new holder.— Depressed AZ Fan (@AllAZBaby) September 29, 2019
The Seahawks got a field goal and the Cardinals took back over and then....disaster struck.
JADEVEON CLOWNEY PICK-6! @clownejd #SEAvsAZ— NFL (@NFL) September 29, 2019
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Ouch. Tough to throw on a screen pass and a great play by Clowney which of course put Arizona on the back end and playing from behind once again.
The Cardinals however recovered and went on another drive deep into Seahawks territory that stalled once again and once again...the field goal was missed again.
Zane Gonzalez misses his second.— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) September 29, 2019
A reminder that his holder is new ...
I’m reaching for reasons here but Zane Gonzalez is perfect on the season with Andy Lee as holder and 1-3 with Ryan Winslow— doug franz (@doug987FM) September 29, 2019
The Cardinals ended up getting a field goal on the ensuing possession only to see their old nemesis return. The tight end.
Breaking news... if you’re playing the Cardinals the tight end is open.#SEAvsAZ— Michael McVay (@Bear_DownCats) September 29, 2019
This inability to cover a Tight End has quickly become a bigger story line that Kliff and Kyler's debut season.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) September 29, 2019
The Cardinals struggled and came out of the half after giving up another field goal and entering 20-3 at the half.
During Halftime, Carson Palmer gave a speech and saw his name hung up in the ring of honor with numerous other Cardinal greats.
Carson Palmer gets a standing ovation from the crowd as he gets inducted into the Cardinals Ring of Honor.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) September 29, 2019
Congrats to Carson Palmer, who will enter the @AZCardinals Ring of Honor today. He started 60 games and won 38 of them. In 2015 he led the Cards to the NFC Championship. A great guy and teammate who brought the guys together for a common goal. Thanks for the memories! pic.twitter.com/y0ifSR0BRm— Jody Jackson (@Jody_Jackson) September 29, 2019
Cardinals’ fans commemorating famed QB Carson Palmer, whom had the “winningest era” in @AZCardinals history, as he is inducted into the Ring of Honor. #JMC306 pic.twitter.com/8NqvvHAXhu— Allison Row (@allison_row) September 29, 2019
So cool to see.
The 3rd quarter was mostly a dud but in the 4th quarter, the Cardinals offense sparked to life.
4TH QUARTER KYLER MURRAY HERE WE GO— J.J. Digos (@JDigosPhoto) September 29, 2019
Here comes Kyler Murray's 4th Qtr Magic... #BeRedSeeRed— Rashid Coleman (@Rashid_Coleman) September 29, 2019
Murray ended up scoring his first rushing touchdown of his career on a well designed quarterback draw. Maybe a little bit of Murray Magic was possible!
Good luck catching Kyler Murray #SEAvsAZ pic.twitter.com/bgh1Vtbv2P— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 29, 2019
With 10 minutes left the Cardinals needed a stop. Of course, the Seahawks managed to run the ball all the way to the other side of the field and multiple penalties kept the Hawks in it until there were basically no time outs and only enough time for one garbage time drive.
The game ended unfortunately on a Murray sack and a worrisome injury for Christian Kirk:
Christian Kirk looks injured in a way that may take a while to heal :(— Josh Hermsmeyer (@friscojosh) September 29, 2019
Here’s hoping Kirk can come back quickly.
After reviewing the #Cardinals Christian Kirk’s video again it looks like a high ankle sprain but unable to rule out possible MCL sprain. Expect X-rays & MRI tmr. If high-ankle sprain confirmed, that’s usually 4-6 weeks (I.e Tevin Coleman, Saquon). @AZCardinals @TheFantasyDRS— Dr. Jesse Morse (@DrJesseMorse) September 30, 2019
Christian Kirk had a nasty leg injury still got up to run a play and also made the play. I’m currently sitting on the floor because I stubbed my toe like 10 minutes ago. What a man.— Eddie Garcia (@Eddie_GarciaOVO) September 30, 2019
And in the end, what can you say? It was a disappointment across the board.
Most fans weren’t too pleased with the talent level they had expected for a competitive team this year and ultimately the one they got was far below those expectations. And the person who got the blame for it was Steve Keim...
Every single day that Steve Keim retains his job is a complete embarrassment for Michael Bidwill and this franchise.— Max (@maxmcc11) September 29, 2019
The Cardinals are now 3-16-1 in their last 20 games. They’ve changed coaches, philosophies, schemes, players and even the name of the stadium. The losing has continued. Only change left to make now is at GM.— Jody Oehler (@radiojody) September 29, 2019
For the fourth consecutive offseason, the free agent additions have been a letdown. It’s time to fire Steve Keim and let someone else do this.— Johnny (@JohnnyTouchdown) September 29, 2019
Some of the #Keim tweets tonight....yeesh. pic.twitter.com/q08LsQoiDz— Blake Allen Murf (@blakemurphy7) September 30, 2019
Even longtime beat writer Kent Somers’ optimism seems to be fading around the general manager (to be fair he’s always been a realist)
Cardinals are winless and General Manager Steve Keim should be nervous https://t.co/C65IXDhddi via @— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 30, 2019
And in the end, maybe some expectations are just too much...
I bet on Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury over Pete Carrol and Russell Wilson. (w points of course) I deserve to lose.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 29, 2019