Cardinals Report Card vs. the Patriots
Gabe Watson (Jim Rogash/Getty)
Gabe Watson (Jim Rogash/Getty)

Posted Dec 23, 2008


The Arizona Cardinals have suddenly become horrible. But did any of the units live up to its hype? Here is the report card from the Cardinals @ New England.

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- QB Kurt Warner completed 6 of 18 for 30 yards. The Cardinals didn't protect him and they had a couple of drops.

RUSHING OFFENSE F -- The Cardinals called runs on seven of their first eight plays and had little success. That's not unusual. This club cannot run the football.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- Pats quarterback Matt Cassel threw for three touchdowns and wasn't intercepted. Mostly, he threw short screens and let his receivers run through the Cardinals secondary.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- The Patriots were able to run, too. Their offensive line dominated a defense that didn't seem interested in playing.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- The kicking game was busy all day and performed competently. Steve Breaston tied a club record with nine kickoff returns. He won't be telling his grandkids about that one day.

COACHING: F -- The Cardinals played with no passion and looked like they would rather be anywhere else than Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday. Even at the NFL level, a coach has to get his team ready to play. And this team wasn't.



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