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Updated Oct 24, 2011 - 3:08 pm

Time has come for Cardinals to evaluate, maybe make changes

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) throws against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

That's now five straight losses for the Arizona Cardinals.

There's little relief in sight as the team travels to Baltimore Sunday, especially knowing the Cardinals have lost 10 straight on the road dating back to last season.

As can be expected, head coach Ken Whisenhunt says it's time to evaluate the team in hopes of finding something that works.

"We've got to look at every position, if we're not getting it done we've got to be willing to make changes," Whisenhunt said. "One-and-five, five straight losses is very frustrating; it's certainly not from lack of effort we are working our tails to try to win."

When Whisenhunt says "every position," that includes quarterback.

"I think the quarterback is the focal point of a lot of things when you lose five games in a row," Whisenhunt said. "You got to look at where Kevin [Kolb] is as a young player, I know he's been in the league for a number of years, but as a young starter there's some things we've got to work on with Kevin that he's got to get better at."

Through six games this season Kolb has thrown for 1,553 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and fumbled five times. That's probably not what the Cardinals were expecting when they gave up cornerback Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie and a second round pick to get the quarterback.

Kolb's struggles led to the team bringing offensive coordinator Mike Miller down from the booth to the field in an effort to try and improve communication between coach and quarterback.

And while the communication may have improved, Kolb's footwork didn't. The QB has struggled there this season, which Whisenhunt believes is due to Kolb not being comfortable with the offense. But the head coach also knows good footwork is a vital part of being a good quarterback.

"He's got to get better with his footwork which will allow him to stay in the pocket and make some of the throws," Whisenhunt said. "Now there's times when he's done some really good things for us, but we've got to do a better job with his footwork in the pocket so he'll be more consistent and make those throws. Those are all things that can be corrected, we've got to get it done."

While Kolb probably won't be the first change made, the head coach did say he is comfortable with backups John Skelton and Richard Bartel.


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