Arizona Cardinals scouting report: Broncos to face one of NFL’s worst offenses
The Cardinals are the NFL’s worst offense through six weeks. They rank last in yards (220.5), rushing (64.0), yards per rush (3.2), third down conversion rate (21.9) and time of possession (24:12) and second-to-last in scoring (13.7), yards per play (4.4) and passing (156.5).
Coach: Steve Wilks (first year — 1-5).
Record: 1-5 (tied for last in NFC West).
Last week: Lost 27-17 at Minnesota.
Play caller: Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Analysis: McCoy was on the Broncos’ staff from 2009-12 and rejoined the team in 2017 as coordinator, but was fired in November…The Cardinals are the NFL’s worst offense through six weeks. They rank last in yards (220.5), rushing (64.0), yards per rush (3.2), third down conversion rate (21.9) and time of possession (24:12) and second-to-last in scoring (13.7), yards per play (4.4) and passing (156.5). … Former UCLA QB Josh Rosen was selected No. 10 by the Cardinals in April and replaced veteran Sam Bradford last month. Bradford has been a healthy inactive and Mike Glennon is the No. 2. … Rosen is 50-of-90 passing for 626 yards and two TDs and INTs apiece. His 75.5 passer rating is 30th in the league. … RB David Johnson has been slow to get going. He is sixth in carries (92) but 21st in yards (297) and is averaging only 3.2 yards per attempt. … WR Larry Fitzgerald, now in his 15th season, is a future Hall of Famer. He has 22 catches this year but no TDs. … Rookie second-round WR Christian Kirk (Texas A&M) has emerged as a favorite target for Rosen. He leads the team in catches (25) and receiving yards (311). … The Nos. 3-4 WRs are Chad Williams (five catches) and J.J. Nelson (two catches). … TE Ricky Seals-Jones has 15 catches and a solid 12.8-yard average and veteran TE Jermaine Gresham has only three catches. … The offensive line has been plagued by injuries. Against Minnesota on Sunday, LG Mike Iupati (back) and RT Justin Pugh (hand) were unable to finish the game. Iupati’s replacement, Jeremy Vujnovich, left with a hamstring injury. RT Andre Smith is nursing a right elbow issue. LT DJ Humphries (a 2015 first-round pick) and C Mason Cole (a third-round rookie) are healthy. … It will be another big nickel game for the Broncos’ defense (five defensive backs). Sixty-one of the Cardinals’ first down snaps this year have been in three-receiver personnel. … Arizona was 0 of 10 on third down against the Vikings.
Play caller: Coordinator Al Holcomb.
Analysis: Holcomb, 47, followed Wilks from the Carolina Panthers, where he was the linebackers coach from 2013-17. The Cardinals are Holcomb’s first NFL coordinator post. … The Cardinals’ defense is 24th in yards (394.3), 31st against the run (151.2), 12th vs. the pass (243.2), tied for 17th on third down (41 percent) and tied for 13th in points (23.2). … Arizona runs a base 4-3 front. … The Cardinals have 11 takeaways. … Six players were on the field for all 71 snaps against the Vikings. … Only the Broncos are worse at stopping the run; the Cardinals allowed 195 yards rushing to Minnesota, which was without starter Dalvin Cook. Replacement Latavius Murray gained a career-high 155 yards. … The starting DL on Sunday was DE Markus Golden, DT Corey Peters, DT Robert Nkemdiche and DE Chandler Jones. … Jones has 5 1/2 sacks, tied for fifth in the league. … Peters and Nkemdiche have two sacks apiece. … MLB Josh Bynes and OLB Haason Reddick were every-down players against the Vikings. Bynes’ 51 tackles are third on the team. … The every-down players in the secondary are CB Patrick Peterson, CB Bene Benwikere, SS Budda Baker and FS Antoine Bethea. … Baker (55) and Bethea (53) are the team’s top tacklers. … S Tre Boston is the nickel player. He played 63 snaps on Sunday and his three interceptions are tied for first in the league.
Coordinator: Jeff Rodgers.
Analysis: Rodgers, 40, the Broncos’ special teams coordinator from 2011-14, joined the Cardinals after spending the last three years with John Fox in Chicago. … Veteran K Phil Dawson is 2 of 4 on field goals. … P Andy Lee has a 40.3-yard net average and has already punted 36 times (tied for second-most in the league). … The Cardinals are 16th on punt returns (6.0-yard average) and tied for 24th on kick returns (20.5-yard average). … They are 29th covering punts and eighth covering kicks.
Published on 16 Oct 2018 at 01:57PM