There’s no easy fix for the Arizona Cardinals’ broken offense

Oct 30, 2012, 5:17 AM | Updated: 6:53 am

I’ve always been impressed with the movies that can take several different stories, with several different characters and somehow intertwine them throughout the course of two and a half hours. I’m talking about movies like “Traffic” and “Crash” and even “Pulp Fiction” (in fact if you Google “movies with intertwining storylines” you get this). How the director and writer are able to take all those separate angles and turn it into one singular story is, at worst, a neat gimmick and, at best, a work of art.

My first temptation following the nationally televised punchline on Monday Night Football was to lay into John Skelton. But that’s not fair, his offensive line is terrible. Although let’s be honest, it’s not their fault when a Skelton pass sails away like a kite when the string is let go. A running game would help too, but you know, the Cardinals are missing their top two running backs, haven’t bothered with trying to find another, and frankly the way they run block, really what’s the point. There have been a few missed kicks in there too. I suppose, if I wanted, I could make a case for all the dropped balls that have hindered the Cardinals offense these last few weeks.

Drafting a wideout would have helped – oh wait, they did that – but I’ve hardly noticed Michael Floyd this entire season. Maybe that pick would have been better spent on a tackle, but then again how could they have predicted their left tackle was going to hurt in August. And until the last eight games of the 2011 regular season, Levi Brown was a massive bust in his own right. I guess that’s part of the reason why Russ Grimm gets so much grief from the fans; it doesn’t feel like he’s really developed any of his linemen, but, let’s be fair, it’s not like they’ve really committed to drafting offensive linemen.

You can assume they’ll take one next year in the draft, unless they take a quarterback, unless they think they already have one in Ryan Lindley and really, isn’t the clock ticking on his NFL debut?

There is not one definitive angle. Not one person to blame. Not one overriding theme or obvious solution. All these intertwining Cardinal storylines add up to one simple conclusion: this offense is broken.

Coach Whisenhunt knows there is no easy fix. He was asked after the game if he still has confidence in the offense as a whole.

His answer: “I guess we don’t have a lot of choices.”

My point can be illustrated by a question. If I gave you the opportunity to change out one part. One position, player or coach. At this point would it make much of a difference in the overall production? While the Cards shouldn’t give up trying, it’s hard to see that one switch could make a world of difference.

The Eagles made a big change heading into their bye week by firing their defensive coordinator. In the end, their defense got worse at home against Atlanta. Perhaps, after the Green Bay game, the Cards will look to change things up going into their bye week but I imagine the same conclusion will be reached. They don’t have a lot of choices.

San Francisco 49ers' Allen Rossum (20) runs back the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. At left is Cardinals' Jerheme Urban. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Cardinals' Karlos Dansby, right, gets his hands on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill (13) during the second quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner (13) scrambles as San Francisco 49ers' Justin Smith (94) hurries him during the second quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Anquan Boldin (81) scores a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers' Walt Harris (27) and Tarell Brown, right, defend during the second quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco 49ers' Josh Morgan (84) and Bryant Johnson, right, celebrate Morgan's touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco 49ers' Allen Rossum runs back the game-opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Jason Babyak) San Francisco 49ers' Allen Rossum, left, celebrates with Michael Robinson (24) after Rossum scored on the game-opening kickoff against the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Jason Babyak) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner looks to throw against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Cardinals running back Tim Hightower (34) picks up yards as San Francisco 49ers' Walt Harris grabs his jersey during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Cardinals' Karlos Dansby (58) returns an interception on a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers' Jason Hill, back left, in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 29-24. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco 49ers' Shaun Hill, right, gets his arm hit by Arizona Cardinals' Clark Haggans and throws an interception in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 29-24. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco 49ers' Shaun Hill, left, gets his fumble recovered by Arizona Cardinals' Clark Haggans (53) as 49ers' David Baas (64) arrives late to help in the third quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 29-24. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) San Francisco 49ers runningback Frank Gore falls just shy of the end zone against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 29-24.(AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Shaun Hill (13) speaks with line judge John Hussey (35) against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Jason Babyak) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill (13) watches from his knees after throwing an interception against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. At rear is Cardinals' Ralph Brown. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Cardinals' Darnell Dockett (90) forces San Francisco 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill to fumble during the third quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Francisco 49ers runningback Michael Robinson , right, is stopped at the goal line by Arizona Cardinals' Clark Haggans (53) Darnell Dockett (90), and Karlos Dansby, center, during the final quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 29-24.(AP Photo/Paul Connors) The San Francisco 49ers are stopped by the Arizona Cardinals defensive line during final play of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 29-24.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)

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