The Arizona Cardinals fell to 3-10 after losing to the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon
It looked like a great chance for the Arizona Cardinals to get their second consecutive win for the first time this season. Even a couple of NFL on Fox experts picked the Cardinals to beat the Detroit Lions.
However the Cardinals instead turned in one of their least inspired efforts of the season on Sunday at State Farm Stadium. The Cardinals lost for the first time at home to the Lions since 1993, snapping an eight game winning streak at home over Detroit.
It seemed plausible the Cardinals, who seemed inspired to comeback and win last weekend at the Green Bay Packers, they would come out full of fire and continue to build towards 2019. The Cardinals fell flat though.
The statistics will say the Cardinals outgained the Lions. But the Lions did more with their offensive plays, especially in the crucial fourth quarter.
Once again, it seemed the Cardinals had quit. Not as a collective group. But some appeared to be just going through the motions.
That included Steve Wilks and his coaching staff. Never have we seen, at least in Arizona, a head coach not full of fire when things aren’t going their way.
The play calling, whether that was coming from offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich himself or at Wilks’ direction, the fact is Wilks is the head coach. The bottom line falls with him.
I see again some would like him gone by morning. That likely doesn’t happen but only because there are only three games left. Making a change now just doesn’t seem like the best option.
Certainly most coaches should be given a second year to try and get things turned around. It doesn’t seem like that is likely under defensive-minded Wilks. At this point, cleaning house and starting over seems like the best course of action on December 31st, the day after the last day of the 2018 regular season.
Everytime it seems the Cardinals have turned a corner, they recede back into hiding and show their former selves. There is also this roster which is lacking NFL talent at a number of positions.
There will be changes after the season. It’s just a matter now of determining if that means players and coaches and possibly front office, or if just a change in roster.