Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy wasn’t going to get specific about how much the Cardinals plan to scale down the gameplan for Sunday’s game against the Bears, as coach Steve Wilks had alluded to earlier in the week.
But, McCoy said, “we’re not just running five plays.”
Trimming an option or two off a category on the call sheet is a more likely result, as the Cardinals and McCoy try and figure out a way to climb out of the difficult start. In two games, the Cards have scored six points and converted 4-of-20 third downs.
“That’s all you’re trying to do, do what’s best for this week’s game,” McCoy said. “All the plays you put on paper, you think they should work. We have to do a better job executing and a better job as a group.”
“I’ve been doing this for a long time,” he added. “There’s the ups and downs. We’ll fix this.”
The veteran coach emphasized how early it was in the season and despite whatever level of offensive issues exist, “losing sucks, regardless.”
McCoy said he continues to take input from the players to figure out what might work the best. He wouldn’t say the Cardinals had to score in the first quarter Sunday against Chicago because the goal is to score every drive every game anyway.
“It’s not just one area,” McCoy said. “I can call some different things too. We’re all in this together.”
REMEMBERING THE END OF THE REDSKINS GAME, AND MESSAGE SENT
At practice Wednesday, coach Steve Wilks delivered a very specific message, and it wasn’t anything he said.
At one point, when the crowd noise was being piped in as it is most practices in preparation for a game, the players heard not the usual sounds but instead booing.
“Honestly, I knew something was up because I was like, ‘That noise sounds familiar,’” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “Normally when you hear crowd noise it’s cheering and whooping and hollering. This particular day it was the last sounds we heard when we left State Farm Stadium (after the Washington game), so we definitely don’t want to give our fans that type of outcome again.”
Peterson said the message was received, even in its almost “subliminal” state.
“As a home team, especially playing a Week 1 home game and getting booed in the second quarter, something like that, that’s an embarrassment on our behalf,” Peterson said. “We have to make sure we don’t give our fans that reaction again.”
KIRK SHOWS UP ON INJURY REPORT; FITZGERALD GETS BACK TO WORK
Coach Steve Wilks said Wednesday wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald would play Sunday – and indeed, Fitzgerald, nursing a hamstring issue, did practice on a limited basis Thursday. Wide receiver Christian Kirk (back) sat out after getting in a car accident Wednesday afternoon, but said he’d return to practice Friday.
Defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (toe) and linebacker Dennis Gardeck (ankle) also did not practice.
Still limited were safety Rudy Ford (ankle), guard Mike Iupati (chest), defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (foot) and tackle Andre Smith (elbow.)
For the Bears, there remains only one player on the list. Defensive back DeAndre Houston-Carson remained limited with a forearm injury.
Images from past matchups between the Cardinals and this week's opponent, the Bears