Week 12 Recap: Cardinals Get Steamrolled by 49ers, 27-6

Not only did the Cardinals end their season in embarrasing fashion, Derek Andreson brought some unwanted attention to the team in a post-game press conference tirade

As the Derek Anderson tirade plays on SportsCenter for about the sixth time in the past hour, Cardinals fans are left to make sense out of a game that pretty much epitomized the 2010 season for Arizona.  The Cardinals squandered their last opportunity to climb back into the division race with a loss to the 49ers on Monday Night Football.  It wasn’t even a contest, really.  The Niners controlled the game from the first snap to the last play when 49ers quarterback Troy Smith took a knee to end the game.

“We got ‘outphysicaled’ tonight, and that’s not something I’m very happy with,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “I’m disappointed; I’m hurt.  I feel like we have a better team than what we showed tonight, but obviously we don’t.  This is what we are.”  It’s the first time Whisenhunt admitted that his team isn’t better than what they’ve shown on the field.  Being “outphysicaled,” as Whisenhunt put it, simply means that the 49ers came ready to play and the Cardinals did not. 

I’m not a fan of Steve Young’s on-screen demeanor, but he hit it on the head during his post-game comments last night.  Young pointed to the fact that the Cardinals didn’t just lose, they failed to even play competitvely.  There’s no excuse for Brian Westbrook breaking off 20+ yard runs when the Cardinals stack eight men in the box on a run blitz.  There’s no way to explain how Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie gets toasted play after play and game after game with the physical abilities he possesses.  It’s hard to understand how Beanie Wells can fumble a simple hand off on Arizona’s first play from scrimmage.  Finally, there’s no justification for allowing Ted Ginn, Jr. to repeatedly break of long kick returns during the course of a game.  It all boils down to desire and competitiveness.  The Cardinals didn’t have either last night.

It’s seems pointless to break down the numbers.  The 49ers dominated every statistical category, but if you want the full breakdown, here’s the boxscore.  I will point out, however, that the Cardinals had 13 yards rushing the entire game, which is absolutely amazing.  It’s the lowest total for the Cardinals in their franchise history that includes some terrible performances.

As far as Anderson’s post-game press conference goes, it really isn’t a big deal considering the way the season has gone for Arizona.  The press is obviously making  a big deal about it, but at this point it doesn’t seem that the Cardinals’ organization will have any reaction to Anderson’s conduct in terms of playing time.  Addressing personnel changes, Whisenhunt said “we’re going to stick with what we do,” which I guess means that Andreson will start as of now. 

Fans will probably be clamoring to see John Skelton, but that probably isn’t the best idea.  This team is in a total free fall right now.  If Arizona has any hope for Skelton it seems like a bad idea to give him his first taste of NFL action with such a deflated team.  It makes more sense to allow Skelton to continue to learn from the sideline instead of sending him out to sea on a sinking ship.

After the game, a number of Cardinals that have seen better days in recent years were really struggling to come to grips with what’s happened to this team.  Larry Fitzgerald flatly stated, “I’m at a loss for words.”  Steve Breaston had a little more to say.  “We have been through trying times and we have responded so I think the people on this team know how to respond,” Breaston said. “I don’t know what’s going on…. ‘X’s’ and ‘O’s’ are cool, but sometimes, you gotta jump over somebody, you gotta run through somebody.  That’s all about being a football player and playing beyond the expectations of that play.” 

The Cardinals don’t look like they have many football players these days.

NEXT WEEK:

The Cardinals (3-8) will take on the division co-leader St. Louis Rams (5-6) at home.  The Cardinals beat the Rams 17-13 in Week 1.

 


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  1. […] completely agree with Whisenhunt regarding Skelton.  In the Cardinals Gab Week 12 Recap, I wrote that “fans will probably be clamoring to see John Skelton, but that probably isn’t […]

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