On the first safety he took Sunday, Cardinals quarterback John Skelton said the coaches let him know there was nothing much he could have done about it, since the team had tried to go for a big play and the Rams just did a nice job defending it.
On the second he took, on the very next Arizona play? “I got my …” Skelton said with a smile, leaving out the obvious details.
Skelton “missed a number of things” in the 19-13 overtime win against St. Louis, coach Ken Whisenhunt said, but he was poised, Whisenhunt added, and he was enough.
Skelton finished 20-of-35 for 222 yards and no turnovers, reiterating his comfort level was “night and day” compared to his four starts last season. He also admitted he felt better in the fourth-quarter no-huddle in part because the Cards could play faster and he could get the ball out of his hands quicker.
There were also the safeties, which Whisenhunt acknowledged “really hurt us.”
“That’s what you have when you have a young quarterback,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s made great strides from where he was last year.”
Kolb is still expected to be the starter in Philadelphia next week, assuming his toe has healed enough.
SPECIAL DAY FOR SPECIAL TEAMS
For all the ups and downs the Cardinals have had this season offensively and defensively, special teams has played well. That was certainly on display Sunday, when
“We just made a great step-up on special teams, and sometimes that’s what you need,” Peterson said.
Campbell’s block, the fourth of his career, saved the day.
“I think our team willed that today,” Whisenhunt said.
“We have done it so many times together what whenever we go out for a field goal we are right next to each other,” Campbell said of he and Dockett. “That was the best push I have ever seen in my life.”
BEANIE’S ROUGH OUTING
Whisenhunt was asked how much Wells’ injury played a factor, but the coach just said the Cards “didn’t do a very good job running the football.”
“We’ve been better this year and that was not good enough today,” he added. “We had some things early and we didn’t hit them and that kind of got us out of that mode.”
ADAMS SHOULD BE OK