Arizona Cardinals News: Offensive Line Woes Continue As Cardinals Organization Fail To Commit To Improvement
The Arizona Cardinals have the worst offensive line in all of football. It's just that simple. There is not a single measurable category where their line do not rank at or near the bottom of the NFL table. Though they have had some success in certain limited phases of the game, looking at times improved during hurry-up drills and creating enough room for LaRod Stevens-Howling to have a career game against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, for example, it's hard to heap any praise on this unit.
Of course, it would be wrong to suggest that this line is in any way the one the Cardinals envisioned coming into the season, with both starting tackles, Levi Brown and Jeremy Bridges placed on injured reserve for the season early in training camp. But it would be just as wrong to suggest that their issues are not of their own making either.
The Cardinals seem to have a culture of complacency within the organization, when it comes to shoring up their offensive line.
Only seven Months ago, Peyton Manning was without a team for the first time in his NFL career. Unsurprisingly, there were no shortage of options for Manning to consider before he finally selected the Denver Broncos.
But at just 3-3 in a tough AFC East division, and with many of his other suitors holding better records than the Broncos, it's only fair to consider the question; Did Peyton Manning make the right choice, and what might his career have looked like had he picked someone else?
In the first part of this article we considered what the future may have held for the Denver Broncos had Manning signed with someone else, as well as considering what his career would have looked like in Kansas City, Seattle and Miami.
In this second part, we look at the Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.
It's hard to imagine that it is now seven months since the Peyton Manning sweepstakes reached their peak. In hindsight, Manning to the Denver Broncos seems the only choice, the obvious outcome.
But it wasn't always the case. Seven months ago, Cardinals fans and writers like myself were convinced that Manning was coming to Arizona. It just made too much sense. Similar sentiment was also felt in Tennessee, Miami and San Francisco, and though hope was crushed early in Kansas City and Seattle, had once bloomed there too.
At just six games into the season, it is still too early to accurately judge exactly what Manning's legacy in Denver will be. Similarly, speculating about what could have been is just that—speculation.
However, as the Broncos now sit at 3-3, and several of his suitors now have the same, or better records than the Broncos even without Manning, speculating is likely to be exactly what he is doing.
So what might have happened had Manning joined another team? Join me as we take a look.
Denver Broncos - The first obvious question would be, what would have happened to the Broncos without Manning?
The Arizona Cardinals have placed running back Ryan Williams on injured reserve, officially ending his season. The team surprised many by filling his roster spot not with a running back, but by bringing in cornerback Crezdon Butler, recently released by the Redskins.
Butler was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, and claimed off waivers by the Cardinals soon after. He was waived by the team during final cuts this preseason, and spent two games with the Washington Redskins, before being waived injured.
With such obvious lack of depth at running back, and with former Cardinals running back Tim Hightower currently a free agent, many were surprised by the move. The Cardinals secondary has been relatively solid throughout the course of the season, and already have depth at the position, making the decision even more confusing.
Arizona Cardinals Running Game Takes Another Blow As Ryan Williams Declared Out For Remainder of Season
The Arizona Cardinals have been dealt yet another crushing blow to their already anaemic ground game as Ryan Williams has been ruled out for the remainder of the season according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Williams suffered a shoulder injury during Thursday night's loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Williams initially indicated that he felt okay immediately following the game, and appeared confident that he would not be limited. Williams, it seemed needed to remain positive, after he missed the entirety of his rookie season due to a knee injury.
However, further examinations appear to have revealed more significant damage which will need surgery to correct. Though specific details were limited, Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt indicated that the injury has a recovery timetable of around three months, ending his season.