During their bye week and leading up to Sunday’s game, the Cardinals had better practices, they believed. They had a team meeting to clear the air.
They needed to be rewarded for that, quarterback
“It’s not any fun,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “I’m really upset that we can’t make enough plays to change an outcome of a game.
“We are not going to give up.”
That’s obviously not an option, given that the Cardinals (1-5) still have the majority of the season left to play. Losing doesn’t make next week’s trip to Baltimore any easier, nor does the possibility running back
The missed plays remained painful. Quarterback Kevin Kolb was intercepted on the game’s first possession and what looked like a miscommunication in coverage allowed Pittsburgh’s first touchdown pass. Kolb missed wide-open tight end
And in the most crucial sequence, after a short swing pass to running back
A penalty on the ensuing kickoff put the Cards back on their own 7-yard line, and on the first play, Kolb took a safety when he was called for intentional grounding – although he would have been sacked anyway.
The Steelers were back up by 12, and in control from there.
“Once we scored, everyone on the defensive side was excited,” safety
That started with Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had a fantastic day. Moving around and escaping pressure when he had to, Roethlisberger had 361 yards passing and three touchdowns, completing 26-of-39 throws. Two of his receivers – Wallace (118) and Antonio Brown (102) – surpassed 100 yards.
In contrast, the big day from Wells never materialized because of the injury. Beanie finished with 42 yards on 12 carries, while backup
And that has become an all too familiar refrain.
“You just have to be mentally tough,” Kolb said. “That’s all you can do. You have to know you’re doing it right and get a little extra inch. What choice do you have? There is no simple answer.”
The Cardinals made some changes coming off the bye. They got more playing time for young linebackers
It didn’t make enough of an impact. Wide receiver
“We're not going to allow any losses to affect us, or adversity to make us separate or splinter,” Fitzgerald said. “We've got to stick together.”
With 10 games to go, there can be no other plan.
“We are moving in a direction we believe that, in the future, we are going to be something special,” Kolb said. “That future can be one week, that future can be one year. Whatever it is, we feel like we have a lot of key components here.
“I feel we got a lot better this week, but not good enough to win. That’s not good enough at this level.”