One exciting triumph should not stop Arizona Cardinals ownership from making the wholesale offseason changes that are needed
You have to hand it to the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Just when it appeared that they were giving up, Steve Wilks coaxed a big-time effort out of his team. A road victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, even the current version, is impressive no matter how you slice it.
Still, Arizona’s big picture can’t be ignored. The fact of the matter is, the club has won just three times in 2018. Sure, the squad has a ton of injuries, but who doesn’t at this point in the season?
Let’s face it Cardinals’ fans, the coaching is still an issue. That Wilks was still able to motivate his players is all fine and dandy. But if this organization remains serious about winning a Super Bowl, is motivation really enough?
The scariest part about bringing Wilks and his assistants back in 2019 is the negative effect it could have on Josh Rosen. If not for a fluky, game-saving completion to Larry Fitzgerald that occurred late in the fourth quarter, the Cards’ rookie quarterback was heading to yet another subpar performance. Wouldn’t Rosen benefit greatly from having an offensive-minded head coach to lead him into the future?
The defensive side of the ball certainly deserves props for holding Rodgers in check last weekend. But when the game was on the line, defensive coordinator Al Holcomb’s unit allowed the Packers’ great to march down the field towards the tying field goal. Only a botched attempt by Green Bay placekicker Mason Crosby in the waning seconds prevented what very well could’ve turned into an overtime loss.
Take nothing away from the win that Wilks and his staff were able to pull off at historic Lambeau Field. Exactly how much the triumph means in the grand scheme of things is what’s up for debate. That will be something for the Cardinals’ brass to determine when the proper time arrives.