The Cardinals offense was a one-hit wonder against the Saints last week. It opened the game with an 80-yard touchdown drive and judging by statistics announced its retirement less than six minutes into the game. How does a team look so in sync balanced and dangerous one possession and then miss about 1000 beats over the next 10? That’s the question the Cardinals (1-2) are trying to answer this week in Florida as they prepare to play the Buccaneers (0-3) in Tampa Bay on Sunday. “Oh man it’s just a lot of different things” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said when asked for an explanation. “It’s blown assignments to missed blocks to occasional dropped passes. “It’s a lot of guys making mistakes but it’s encouraging that it’s things we can clean up. It’s not something you want to be discouraged about because I know we can improve on it and we’re gonna improve on it.” Quarterback Carson Palmer completed 4 of 5 passes in the Cardinals’ only successful possession last Sunday. Running back Alfonso Smith gained 21 yards around left end on another. There was a mixture of run and pass plays and the Saints didn’t seem prepared to stop it. That quickly changed. New Orleans began to apply consistent pressure on Palmer. His throws were hurried. The number of sacks mounted. “Throughout the first regular-season games I think you’ve seen that when the offense is clicking it’s clicking” Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “But when it’s off it’s off. We’ve got to make sure we’re on point this week.” Much of the problem last week was a result of poor protection. Pressure came from both sides of the line as tackles Levi Brown and Eric Winston struggled. “When he’s protected the ball gets delivered” Goodwin said. “We do a better job of that this week he’s going to be OK we’re going to be OK. “Running the ball we’re doing a decent job.” Palmer has been sacked nine times this year which seems likes a lot but it’s a league-wide trend.
Fitzgerald says Cardinals’ offensive mistakes can be cleaned up
Arizona Republic | Sep 27