The Arizona Cardinals looked like trash last Sunday. Every message board and facebook group I am in are calling for Josh Rosen and an overhaul of the roster. Everyone knows that I am an eternal optimist, especially when it comes to my Cardinals, but is no time to panic.
Let Him Sit
Watching Patrick Mahomes this week gives me hope of what resting a rookie quarterback can do for their development. Mahomes looked poised in the pocket and looked like he will be excellent for a long time. Aaron Rodgers history of sitting behind Bret Farve is well documented. In many interviews, Rodgers talks about what he learned from Farve and much of it was about avoiding many of Farve’s bad tendencies, like turning the ball over. I expect that Rosen will have lots to learn from Bradford, good and bad.
The Roster Is Fine
The roster has talent. It has four guys that have all-pro ability and handful of other pro-bowl long shots. Regardless of the top end talent, some issues must be fixed on both sides of the ball.
Last season I criticized a player and they blocked me on Twitter, so I risk that again. Deone Bucannon played one of the worst football games I have ever seen. He was beaten to the spot by a tackle an a swing pass and was taken for a ride for ten yards. He was burned twice in coverage by either being out of position or flat out getting shook on an option route. The switch to a 4-3 exaggerates those mistakes.
In the 2017 season the Saints, Titans, and Patriots lost their opening game and still made the playoffs. Now, nobody is comparing the 2018 Cardinals to the Drew Brees led Saints or the Patriots, but 25% of teams that lose week one make the playoffs. I do not expect the Cardinals to win in week two on the road against the Rams, but still, 12% of teams that start 0-2 make the playoffs.
This Arizona team is brand new and has never faced adversity together. Nobody has any idea how they respond to the likely scenario of going 0-2 to start the season. I still think that this roster is better than the 8-8 team that took the field for the Cardinals in 2017 and I am still sticking to that evaluation.
This might come back to bite me later, but that is the whole point of putting my thoughts on paper.
So as Aaron Rodgers would say R-E-L-A-X.