Cards Down at Halftime

The Cardinals are down 14-3 at halftime to the San Diego Chargers.  There are definitely some positives and most definitely things the Cards need to work on.

The good:

  • The opening kickoff returned for 89 yards by LaRod Stephens-Howling.  It set up a Neil Rackers field goal (hint – the field goal was not the good part of this equation).
  • Running back Tim Hightower rushing 9 times for 42 yards.
  • The first team defensive line had four sacks.  I really liked the intensity they brought, especially for a preseason game.

The bad:

  • The secondary.  After the Cards took a 3-0 lead, Ralph Brown was torched on the first pass by the Chargers Philip Rivers.
  • Kurt Warner looked less than sharp, including being picked off at the end zone.
  • The offensive play calling.  I’m not sure why, even in a preseason game, the Cards didn’t get the fans and players charged up with a follow-up to the long opening kickoff return, by throwing a jump ball in the end zone to Larry Fitzgerald.  Boggles the mind.  This is the time to get the timing down on those type of plays.

The Ugly:

  • Quarterback Brian St. Pierre.  He is playing awful for the second week in a row.  He also was intercepted once.  He doesn’t even look like he’s a candidate for third string, much less fighting for the backup with Matt Leinart.  Coach Ken Whisenhunt wanted to see what he could do with the second team.  Well, I think he got his answer.

Almost time for the second half.

Scott Allen

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Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Brian St. Pierre, Ken Whisenhunt, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Leinart, Neil Rackers, Philip Rivers, Ralph Brown, San Diego Chargers, Tim Hightower

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