Different year, same sorry Arizona Cardinals at season’s midpoint
By Sion Fawkes
The Arizona Cardinals should send their friends in Mullet Arena a Thank You Card. If not for them, the Cards would be the region’s least-relevant franchise.
The Arizona Cardinals are 3-6, with no end to their horrendous 2022 season in sight. Quarterback Kyler Murray was once again blaming someone else, probably for his 4.9 yards per pass attempt after three quarters. Yet DeAndre Hopkins will probably get booed out of town before Murray, because Murray is the one making the big bucks, so he can therefore make the rules, right?
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense sputtered (again), after actually scoring a touchdown in the first quarter for the first time all season. The defense allowed over 400 yards (again), now a far cry from the stellar unit they were earlier in the year, which now feels as though it had taken place a thousand years ago.
Running back Kenneth Walker III sliced and diced his way through the Cardinals backfield (again). And the Cardinals lost at home (again), where they are now 1-9 dating back to October 28th, 2021. It was yet another completely unacceptable performance from a team that looks as though it’s destined to go nowhere but the NFC West’s cellar after a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The Arizona Cardinals season is hanging by a thread
Unless the Cardinals miraculously embark on a remarkable winning streak, something that would take a miracle at this point, their season is over. Kliff Kingsbury should be fired, but owner Michael Bidwill did the most Bidwill thing and signed a man who couldn’t even win in college with Patrick Mahomes playing quarterback to a contract extension.
Sure, he can still let Kingsbury go, and he should. But really, there is a reason the coach has a contract, and Kingsbury is going to be paid the entirety of that contract regardless of whether he’s on the sidelines.
Overall, through nine weeks, this team has been nothing short of a disaster. Gone are the days of the high-octane offense. Gone is the razzle and dazzle in Kyler Murray’s game after he got a contract extension himself. Gone are the days where Cardinals fans could boast about general manager Steve Keim being the NFL’s Executive of the Year.
Goodbye all of what could have been. And hello franchise turmoil. Something the Arizona Cardinals franchise has seen far too much of over the past 75 seasons, whether their home was in the desert, in the Windy City, or the Gateway to the West.
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