Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim addresses team’s struggling running game

Nov 24, 2014, 4:03 PM | Updated: 6:21 pm
Follow @Vincemarotta...
LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals GM

The Arizona Cardinals saw their six-game winning streak come to an end with a resounding thud in a 19-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

In the loss, the Cardinals once again struggled to run the football, gaining only 64 yards on 20 attempts. If you take away scrambles from quarterback Drew Stanton, Arizona had only 41 yards on 16 carries from running backs Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor and Robert Hughes.

There are many issues with the running game, according to general manager Steve Keim, starting with the health of Ellington.

“I think he’s played the entire season a little knicked up,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “But we need to get more out of Andre, as we need to get more out of all of our backs.”

Ellington, the second-year back out of Clemson, has played in every game this season despite being bothered with a foot injury. But he has lacked the same explosion he showed as a rookie. In 196 carries, Ellington’s longest run has been 22 yards and he has only three carries of 20 or more yards. Last season, he had eight such gains in only 118 carries.

But the problem is not solely Ellington, according to Keim.

“We need to get more production out of our offensive line,” he said. “We need to get more physical up front. We have to get our guys playing in better unison. You see in the run game, it could be one guy coming off a combination block too early or a back making a wrong read.

“Those are the little things that make the run game.”

Sunday’s output again opens the door for questions about personnel changes — questions that have persisted for most of the season. Do the continued struggles in the running game mean changes are coming on the offensive line?

“I think you’d have to ask Bruce that,” Keim said. “He and I talked after the game, and we’re on the same page. (Tackle) Bobby (Massie) played poorly, I thought. I thought the other guys were up and down. It certainly wasn’t our best game across the board on the offensive line.”

Arizona Cardinals

Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass during the NFL game against the ...
Wills Rice

The 33rd Team: Cardinals’ Kyler Murray in Tier 1 of NFL players under 25

The 33rd Team ranked Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray the seventh best player in the league age 25 and under.
2 days ago
DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a pass for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions dur...
Tyler Drake

NFC West offseason outlook: The Seattle Seahawks

After taking a look at the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams, it's time to turn the attention to the Seattle Seahawks:
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals WR Marquise Brown looks on during minicamp on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Tempe....
Sam Graveline

Shook: Marquise Brown best Cards’ candidate to be 1st-time Pro Bowler

Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown has yet to make the Pro Bowl in his career, but NFL.com's Nick Shook thinks that could change in 2022.
3 days ago
Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams talks with players before mini camp on June 8, 2022 a...
Tyler Drake

NFC West offseason outlook: The Los Angeles Rams

After diving into the 49ers' current state of affairs, it's time to take a look at the 2021 Super Bowl champion Rams.
3 days ago
Detroit Lions fullback Jason Cabinda (45) pulls away from Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Isaia...
Wills Rice

PFF’s Linsey: Arizona Cardinals have NFL’s No. 23 ranked roster for 2022

Pro Football Focus' Ben Linsey has the Arizona Cardinals as the No. 23 ranked roster heading into the 2022 season.
3 days ago
Kyler Murray #1 and Justin Pugh #67 of the Arizona Cardinals react after a penalty during the secon...
Arizona Sports

ESPN: OL Justin Pugh is Arizona Cardinals’ most underrated player

ESPN posted a list made by Football Outsiders of every team's most underrated player, and Justin Pugh was selected to represent the Cardinals.
4 days ago
Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim addresses team’s struggling running game