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The True Stud of the Arizona Game

The biggest stud from the Cardinals game has been overlooked so far today. In an abysmal game, the really standout performance belonged to the Rush Defense. Yes, that’s right the Rush Defense. All Night long the Cardinals kept trying to assert their running offense to no real avail. Get these statistics. 37 rushing plays for Arizona. Net Gain, 75 years. Average per rush of 2.0 yards per carry. And this is the topper. Number of rushing plays with a net loss…13! 13 tackles for loss. And all this from 2nd and 3rd string players who were awful for the most part.

The huge worry expressed here the last month or so has been for the ability of the defense to stop the run. And last night they did it ! Course this also forced Arizona to pass which we could not stop. But the front 7 took on the run game and excelled in that area.

Now ponder this. Since our Dbs played as though it was against the rules to break on the ball until after it had been caught, perhaps it was not the focus of our defensive work for the game. I would love to think so anyway. And those front 7 players who are being so maligned today may have been deliberately kept in such vanilla formations on purpose. On a day devoted to evaluation and when all the starters are non participants, its clear that winning a meaningless game was never a serious objective.

Just some food for thought on an otherwise abysmal morning after.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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