It was clear that the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive coordinators were frustrated after their team failed to score a touchdown for the second time. This season and failed to convert on three fourth downs inside field goal range in Sunday’s 19-9 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field.
Scored The Second Fewest Points of Any Squad in History
Arizona fell to 2-4 with the defeat and matched for the second-fewest points scored by a team under coach Kliff Kingsbury with nine. Only once this season have the Cardinals gone over 400 yards in a game, and they have yet to score 30 points.
Kingsbury said he has never had his offensive struggle for so long. He said, “No, not yet since I’ve been a coach.” “A lack of rhythm as a means of attack is something I’ve never seen before. And thus, we’ll keep plugging away at it.
The six-game perspective hasn’t been good enough, so we need to look at how we can make some personnel changes and how we can improve our game plan.” Arizona’s offense hasn’t been this terrible, according to quarterback Kyler Murray, since his first year in the league.
The last time anything hurt this badly was the moment he said it. Simply put, we think things are rough right now. Tough. That’s exactly how it makes me feel.
Many of our problems are the result of our actions. I need to feel well. Murray didn’t explain exactly what the offense’s problems have been, but he did say that the Cardinals have a habit of getting themselves into bad spots following periods of success.
That Is Challenging to Execute
We moved the ball, got a big first down, and then on the following play we had to go for it on second down and ten yards, and that’s difficult to accomplish,” Murray said. It’s a difficult situation overall. We’re making some mistakes.
The Cardinals’ season has finally gotten off to the kind of start they’d hoped for. For the first time in 2022, they scored in the first quarter thanks to a field goal from kicker Matt Ammendola.
Although they only managed 131 yards in total, 56 less than they had in any other first quarter all year.
It was then that the Cardinals’ problems started to mount. There were three missed fourth down conversions, the first of which occurred on the opening play of the second quarter. After then, things went downhill, according to Kingsbury.
I thought it was important to change that, he stated. After that, for whatever reason, we seemed to lose faith in ourselves. After that, we just weren’t very good. There’s a need to be able to win over people in that predicament, and we didn’t do so well at doing so.
Arizona only converted one of five fourth downs, missing three extra-point attempts. Arizona got nothing even though they had a chance to get within a touchdown late in the game if they had taken the points.
Kingsbury has previously said that analytics are normally what influence his choice to go for it on fourth down, but he acknowledged that Arizona’s kicking situation had a role in those calls on Sunday.
Matt Prater Is Out for A Second Straight Game
With Matt Prater sidelined for a second consecutive game, the Cardinals didn’t have much trust in his substitute, Ammendola, who missed an extra point on Arizona’s lone score, which was set up by Chris Banjo’s recovery of a fumble by Seattle kicker Michael Dickson in the end zone.
In contrast to the team’s typical approach to fourth down situations, “at least a few of them would have kicked at that point” if Prater had been on the field, as Kingsbury put it.
If Prater is unable to play on Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints, Kingsbury would not say if he would back Ammendola. It’s something we need to talk about.
” Kingsbury added. Murray felt that the Cardinals’ success in moving the ball at times against the Seahawks exaggerated their problems on fourth down and in the red zone, where they went 0-for-2 on Sunday.
In the end, we simply can’t do it,” Murray remarked. We have to cut this short. The takeaway from this is the importance of completing drives and scoring touchdowns. Defeated without a fight.
Arizona only managed 184 total yards of offense after gaining 131 in the first quarter. Kingsbury acknowledged that he needed to improve his game planning.
We Are Capable of Doing Well
“I gotta do a better job of making sure we’re doing stuff that we can execute at a high level and be efficient and stay on time and score touchdowns,” he said. Simply said, we had a tough season.
The foundation is there, but right now what we’re doing in practice isn’t translating to the games.
Kingsbury has said that it is immediately apparent to him when a play he has called it a “poor call,” as well as when an aspect of Arizona’s preparation that they have been working on in practice fails to bear fruit on the field.
Murray agreed with Kingsbury that the Cardinals’ performances did not match their preparations. A terse “You might say that” was all Murray could muster in response. Cardinals wideout A.J. Green blamed some of the team’s offensive problems on a lack of attention to detail.
He said, “We’re simply not doing the simple things.” Kingsbury believes that Murray, along with the rest of the offense, is still finding its rhythm even though Murray passed for 222 yards and ran for 100 yards.
For the second time in his career, he has hit 200 passing yards and 100 running yards in a game.
We’re not as in sync as we’ve been in the past in terms of accuracy, timing, and all those things, generally, Kingsbury said, but he did think the quarterback ran the ball effectively on some of the stuff that we had planned and a couple of times when he had to make plays.
Not good enough, therefore we need to get there as soon as possible. Marquise Brown, a receiver, had a foot injury and had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter. In the changing room, he wore a soft boot on his left foot.
Brown said that he would learn more about the severity of his injuries on Monday, although X-rays came back negative.
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