The offense struggled in Saturday’s Red-White practice, leaving the Cards’ wide receiver lamenting a lack of execution.
“We were running our base offense, something we ought to be able to do in our sleep,” Fitzgerald said.
In front of an estimated record crowd of 14,500, the defense dominated most of the day – not a surprise, since the defense should be the Cardinals’ driving force – but that wasn’t good enough for defensive lineman
“I think everyone on the defense was a little disappointed today,” Dockett said. “We expect to dominate every time we come out.”
Coach Ken Whisenhunt could only shrug his shoulders. “I don’t see how you make both sides happy.”
Even with Dockett’s thoughts, the defense clearly came out ahead. The Cardinals had only been in camp three full days before the Red-White work, a much shorter time frame than usual, and Whisenhunt acknowledged that “you are going to be a little bit sloppy at times and I thought we were that way offensively.”
Not much was gleaned toward the starting quarterback battle between
“It all comes out of my hands, so (the interceptions) are ultimately on me,” Kolb said, adding, “Offensively, as a whole, we didn’t do real well but there are things to build on.”
Skelton, who called his day personally “up and down,” noted that the first incompletion of the day – when Fitzgerald was open deep and Skelton’s pass was overthrown –was a play that was just discussed Friday night and didn’t have the right timing yet. Skelton was also pressured on the play.
“Just gives us a barometer of where we are,” Skelton said. “We have a long ways to go. We’ve only had four days of real installs. We have a lot more camp.”
It was hard to see how the defense wouldn’t be happy, but Dockett called it “not to our standards,” pointing to a pair of touchdowns allowed in the live goal-line work.
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There was no joy in seeing the offense sputter in attempts to reach the end zone, however. As Whisenhunt said, both sides can’t be happy, and in the end, both sides need success when the opponents become real.
“We want to push the offense as much as we can,” safety