Clear example of stupid coaches and stupid players in the University of Phoenix Beer Keg.
NOTE TO ARIANS, BETCHER AND A FAIRLY DECENT TEAM:
The Cardinals have endless potential. But for the last two seasons they got full of themselves and threw away all the hard work in those seasons, believing all the hype instead of just doing the work to finish it off.
It’s a simple fact: As a State, as an Idea and as an NFL Franchise, Arizona’s just not accustomed to success. Such is life, when you’re sitting in the middle of a natural ceramic kiln, with no industry but tourists, golf and alfalfa.
In my opinion, worth exactly what you paid for it, these guys are just going to jump straight to playoff mode, and give up right away this year.
Just streamline the process and forgo the 50-point Southern Fried Ass Whuppin this time around. What is the point of winning 13 games if you still have to play another half a season? At Bruce’s age, you really can use those extra snaps. Er. I mean uh NAPS.
There were a few individual good plays by the Little Colorful Birds, most notably some incredible individual efforts by Chandler Jones, He Whose Name Is Not Marshall Fawke, and as always Larry Fitzgerald. Oh, and that weird bird guy put in a decent performance, too, but still not in mid-season shape yet.
However, and this is a BUT, the leadership of Palmer, Arians and Betcher was appalling. It wasn’t the kicker’s fault, necessarily, considering how atrocious the snap was. Cards fans know from long decades of heartache that you never leave it to the kicker.
Don’t believe your own hype, for crying out loud; play the game to your potential! Teams like Carolina, Seattle and New England don’t just give up because some columnist has an opinion.
Carson Palmer’s loss, with a horrific first half.
Arians’ loss, with that ridiculous clock management, which has bit him in the ass many a time now, with this team.
Betcher’s loss, because all he ever does is call blitzes when he’s got a green cornerback who can’t seal his spot off.
Jimmy Garoppolo’s win.
His leadership, poise under fire and impressive demonstration of essential skill and athleticism was as responsible for this win as the coaching and strategy were.
Arizona’s defense has the capability to become disruptive now and again, and he stood solidly in the pocket and discarded the noise, making incredible throws from beginning to end. His audibles were spot on for the majority of the game, and he exposed the Arizona D as all Tweet and no bite.
Chandler Jones got his licks in, including a strip sack, but after all, what would you expect from last year’s Patriots starter at his position? Only the best, am I right? Cardinals “standouts” like Deone Bucannon, Tyran Mathieu and Calais Campbell had almost no effect on the course of the game, though all of them had several positive plays in the game. Coach Bellichek took that huge D-Line, scrambling Linebackers and smothering cover (on half of the field) completely out of the game, allowing his rookie to roam the field at will, and without fear.
Number 11, once again, completely dominated the game, changing its complexion single-handedly on several occasions. Throughout the game Edelman’s performance was crucial, and never let the Patriots down, sustaining several drives with outstanding individual effort.
The crowd never really got into the game, largely because the Patriots D mugged the Cardinals, Carson Palmer and almost every receiver not named Larry. He Who Is Not Marshall Fawke had one good run, and a workmanlike effort, but Bellichek gave a clinic on real NFL running backs, bludgeoning the hapless Arizona D with a Blount instrument until they were simply too tired to stop the minutemen when it really mattered.
Arians and his feathered coterie’s “Air Raid” offense delivered substandard results, finding themselves completely out-prepared, out-practiced, out-strategized, outsmarted and outlasted by the Bastard God of Football. Of course they were. Neither Tom Brady nor Gronk can crank out the performances they offer week in and week out, without the guys that were on the field today doing their part.
And if they do their part, this team will be the gatekeepers to the hardware as this season progresses and the starters come back on line. If this rookie can dismantle a team like this, without his starting tight end, what is Tommy B. going to do to New England rivals this season? Honestly, I don’t think it’s going to be anything new. Just the usual domination, abuse and dismantling we see every season.
Have a brewski.