Last Thursday, Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals played an abysmal game of football. Unlike the first game, the Cardinals were outcoached and out hustled, plain and simple. I wanted to take a couple of days to process this game. To avoid writing a “panic” expose based on one preseason game. The blaring negativity has faded and I’m left with two concerns and a conspiracy theory.
Kyler Murray is right, it’s not the regular season. If this were the regular season, you would hear panic alarms across the valley. You would feel the doubt that comes with hitting the reset button on the Wilks/Rosen era so quickly. Clapping aside, what fans are feeling is a concern or two, especially regarding the trenches.
The run defense had another lapse, allowing 123 rushing yards. Oakland was able to move the ball at will with primarily their 2nd & 3rd string players. Mike Glennon (while still getting paid from Arizona), looked like a potential Pro Bowl quarterback. Yes, that Mike Glennon. Add losing Alford for a large chunk of the season, Steve Keim now has a defense with too many holes to plug. A trend is starting to build, and not a good one.
Offensively, Kyler Murray’s evasiveness will only get him so far. If the offensive line continues to be as porous, we may see more than the 2 sacks (1 safety) this season each game. We failed to see even a one-dimensional offense Thursday. Players like Lamarcus Joyner are ready to end “pretty boy football” before it even starts. Which leads me to the conspiracy…
Are the Cardinals Holding Back?
Could the Arizona Cardinals be limiting their offensive plays each game? One way to squash all of the expectations is to be written off before the season starts. So you limit the plays the offense can run, become predictable. That way, in week 1, the nation feels like they already know what you are capable (or incapable) of. Sounds like a “get out of judgment for free card?” Maybe. I know it seems hard to believe, but with Kingsbury being herald as an “offensive genius” you can only imagine that he’s saving the good stuff for the regular season.