To get ready for Sunday's game, I exchanged five questions with Jess Root from Revenge of the Birds, SB Nation's Arizona Cardinals blog. My answers to his questions can be found later over at ROTB, and his answers to my questions are below.
1. Given that the Cardinals have lost nine consecutive games, is it safe to say that their 4-0 start was a fluke? What has gone wrong for the Cardinals since starting 4-0?
It is hard to argue anything other than a fluke. However, you look back at how the Cards beat the Patriots and now you see how they are playing and it makes you sick to think how far the team has fallen. What happened has been a mix of just awful offensive play and a rash of injuries. Kevin Kolb, Todd Heap, Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams and Levi Brown have all missed at least six weeks. These were key players on the offensive side of the ball. The injuries and bad quarterback play sent the team into a tailspin.
2. As an observer from afar, the Cardinals' quarterback situation has been puzzling. Be it injuries or performance, it seems like a different quarterback is starting every few weeks. Why has there been such a revolving door at quarterback, and do you believe anybody currently on the roster can step in as the long-term starting option at this position?
We have learned that John Skelton is not the answer. Ryan Lindley is nowhere near being an answer yet. Kevin Kolb is clearly the best on the roster, but durability is an issue. He is tough, but he keeps suffering big injuries -- turf toe and ligament damage, concussion, detached ribs. He is the only real hope of being the long-term answer, but most believe he isn't because of the injuries. Brian Hoyer? Outside of Kolb, it's just impossible to say.
3. Although the Lions are also 4-9, they've been competitive in seemingly every game this season. The Cardinals have also managed to keep several of their losses competitive this season, but that obviously was not the case last week in a 58-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Was that just a perfect storm of bad luck or did the Cardinals give up once that game started to get out of hand?
Take that game out and almost every game has been close. I characterized it as quitting, but it was a perfectly bad game. Was it the perfect storm of bad luck? I guess we'll find out this Sunday.
4. The Lions reportedly expressed a lot of interest in moving up and drafting Patrick Peterson in 2011. Instead, they ended up staying put and selected Nick Fairley. While he has been quite good, there's no doubt that the Lions could use a playmaker in the secondary. How has Peterson performed since entering the NFL?
Goodness, you have no idea. Peterson was a special teams stud his rookie year and was picked on in coverage. This year he is all but a shutdown corner -- right here among the best in all of the NFL. He has six interceptions this year, compared to the two he had as a rookie.
5. It's hard to believe it's come to this given that the Cardinals were just in the Super Bowl in 2009, but do you think it's time for the team to make a change at head coach?
I called for a change after it looked like he lost his team. The issue is that who would replace him. Plus, the problems on offense still are sitting there glaring at them.
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