Bruce Arians and the Struggles of the Cardinals’ Offense

May 14, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) looks on during organized team activities at the Cardinals Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

This past Tuesday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians called out the  offense by saying “we’re just not picking it up fast enough, still not picking it up like I’d like to.”

Is it the rust being shaken off due to the off-season? Is it the defense dominating like it should? Or is it the offensive line being the offensive line?

Arians called out Larry Fitzgerald for dropping a ball that I’m sure he’d catch a hundred times out of hundred. With the abundance of new wide receivers to the team, I believe that was Arians’ way to see who responds well and who steps up their intensity, finding out who he wants to keep.

The main reason I believe for the calling out of the offense is due to the offensive line. After losing out on signing Max Starks to the San Diego Chargers and getting a first hand look of the line, Arians knows he has to get them to mesh together and fix all the little things. Arians knows that to be able to compete in the NFL, everything starts up front with the line to open up holes for the running game and to give the quarterback enough time to find an open receiver.

The offense was ranked 31st overall with scoring an average 15.6 points per games (31st in the league), 187.8 passing yards per game (28th), and 75.2 rushing yards per game (32nd).

I believe the line can get it done with them playing better at the end of the 2012 season, but how long will it take for them to get all those little fundamentals down? By calling them out, everyone is forced to think about what they need to do and hopefully make them think about what their jobs are so they don’t get called out through the media again.

The offensive line can be good if it gets all those little things together and put their minds to it. The line started to improve before their bye week and after week nine they did a good job holding their own even though they kept losing.

In Week 12 at the New York Jets, Ryan Lindley dropped back 33 times and the line allowed only one sack, one hurry, one hit and they were ranked the #1 line of the week. Bobby Massie was ranked the sixth-highest right tackle for that week also.

The line improved a great amount after Nate Potter was inserted into the lineup. They might not be a group of guys people start talking about, but with the additions of Jonathan Cooper and Earl Watford and the return of Levi Brown, the line should be great. With Carson Palmer running the offense and a deep group of receivers and running backs, the offense should get it together.

Bumps on the road are expected, and Arians’ criticism was a bump in the road for the offense. However, the team has added 46 players since Steve Keim took over at general manager, which is definitely going to lead to some chemistry issues. The revamped offense has lots of potential, and it’s realistic to expect the offense to get it together.

In other words, the Cardinals have nothing to worry about.

Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians

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  • hedshel01

    The fact that a starting QB has been named & there is no “QB controversy” (I don’t miss that crap), should help to allow the 1st string offense to build chemistry. Hopefully in August we will be talking about how well the offense has gelled as a unit.

    • Baily Deeter

      Agree. I think this isn’t going to be a problem for the team.

  • Bill Doerr

    Like the Article said, 46 player’s have been added, including a new QB and Offensive System Being Installed ( I wouldn’t call it basic but it is a proven offense comared to Whiz’s and should be easier to learn than Whiz”s trying to Force a QB into a system the QB didn’t skill’s for, this Year Palmer is the perfect fit for the playbook) so it’s gonna be a little bit before it mesh’s well.
    With guys like Levi Brown, Jonathan Cooper and Bobby Massie on our OL, Having Lyle back at Center , and a QB that just rated in the top 10 NFL QBs that get the Ball out quickest ,3.37 second’s for Palmer, all help the OL. Arizona will have a good OL this season. Especially with a QB that’s get the Ball out quickly , Read’s Ds Well, and Has good Pocket Awareness something AZs QB Haven’t had Since Kurt Warner.
    With Receiver’s M. Floyd, Fitzgerald, Robert’s, Swope, a good Pass Catching T.E in Housler with speed, King cant do much after the catch but has not droped a pass in 3 year’s, and Carson Palmer as the QB the offense will be much improved this year in the pass game, Especially with the new offensive system. Cardinal’s also wont have a problem running the ball , I think their run game will rank somewhere between 12th n 15th in the NFL Between Mendenhall and William’s, and the two of the best RBs in the Draft picked up for a Insurance policy. They shouldn’t have a problem running over 100 Yds per game between the number #1 n #2 backs, Especially with Brown and Cooper blocking on that left side.
    Arizona has a great defense and their offense will be a great one this year that is actually fun to watch, without having to make your kids play in the back yard because your constantly accidentally cursing at your TV screen LOL like last season. I really believe the Arizona Cardinal’s will finish 10-6 . At worst 7-9 and at best 11-5. I do believe with all the talent this team has , they have are more talented than the Rams both in the Passing game and the Running game, they can contend in this Division going 4-2 or 3-3. 4-2 would be beating STL twice.