No one would have thought at seasons start that the Arizona Cardinals would be sitting at a shocking 1-7 at the halfway point of the season. In this dreadful start, the team has had few high points, one of which was two weeks ago when they were within a missed field goal of upsetting the undefeated Bears. Since then, back to back losses to the Raiders and Packers – two of the weaker teams in the league, have begun the rumors swirling about head coach Denny Green’s future as head man in Cardinal land.
Green made a QB change after a slow start, moving number one pick Matt Leinart into the starting lineup for vet Kurt Warner. While Leinart has shown some promise, the move has yet to produce any hard core results. In other words- wins. Free agent running back Edgerrin James, running behind a weak offensive line, has struggled to the tune of just 64.5 yards per game. “I just don’t have anything to say,” said James after the latest Cardinal setback. Injuries have also hampered the Cards, with Larry Fitzgerald out the past few games with a hamstring injury, and 12 players overall showing up on the teams injury report this past week.
So where does the overall blame lie? The Cards were expected to push the Seahawks in the NFC West in search of a playoff birth and a possible division title. They were in a new stadium, had new uni’s, but now, with half the season left, look like one of the 2-3 worst teams in the league. Sunday they allowed over 200 yards rushing to the Packers, getting beat once again 31-14 in true Cardinal fashion. Green Bay didn’t have to punt until the fourth quarter, and had scoring drives of 88, 70, 87 and 74 yards. Ouch.
Green is now 12-28 in 2 plus seasons in Arizona, but after Sunday’s latest setback it was stated by VP of football operations Rod Graves that a move would not be made. Owner Bill Bidwill, who has to be beside himself with the way this year has gone, epically with the new stadium, was not available for comment. Green’s quote about his job – “I’ll be at work (today).” If the beatings for the Cardinals continue like they have been – Green won’t be at work much longer.