“Good thing it’s the bye week,” the center croaked, and while the injury is nothing serious, it’s just another reason why the Cardinals will benefit from a break.
“Me personally, I wish we could have a bye week every two games, but it don’t happen like that,” defensive tackle
“Even though it is our D-coordinator told us, ‘Make sure you stay in your plays, look over the playbook, get a jump on the Texans.’ But there are a lot of guys that are tired and can use some days off.”
There is time to rest. And reflect.
The Cardinals (4-4) are in the midst of playoff possibilities, although through half a season the 11-point lead the Cardinals blew in
“I’d like to have one or two more wins,” Arians said. “They were there. I think we’re learning about ourselves still.”
What have the Cardinals learned to this point? Arians wants better third-down conversions – at 3-for-10 Sunday, the Cards are halfway done with a 31.6 percentage for the season, much too low for his expectations. They’ve learned that rookie
They’ve learned that the defense, even with a new coordinator this year in Todd Bowles, still creates turnovers and pressure and is the backbone of the team. They’ve also learned the scouting reports on quarterback
The Cards continue to evolve. Arians said Monday he’d evaluate again the running back rotation when veteran
During this week, Arians said he and the coaching staff will break down the Cards’ third-down, red-zone and two-minute parts of the team – those areas that Arians has always deemed the most important. Offensively, especially, the Cardinals have fallen short in those areas.
“(We will) see where we can improve,” Arians said.
The players will practice Tuesday and Wednesday before getting their CBA-mandated four days off. And then the Cardinals will try to reboot for the second half of the season.
“I wish we could be undefeated like the Kansas City Chiefs,” Dockett said. “Then again, things could be worse too.”
Like being out of the race altogether at the midway point, for example. The Cardinals have the same record halfway through the season as they did last year, but the feeling now -- both with who is on the field and the schedule upcoming – provides a completely different vibe.
That can change though, which is why the Cardinals want to use the bye constructively, even while they rest.
“Nothing has been accomplished,” Palmer said. “We haven’t done anything yet. We have a long way to go, a long road ahead of us.”