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  • [Cardinals] Cards feeling defeated

    4-9 record takes its toll on Green

    Tim Tyers
    The Arizona Republic
    Dec. 14, 2004 12:00 AM

    The demeanor of Cardinals coach Dennis Green on Monday was that of a man ready to cut loose with a refrain from an old country song: "You ripped my heart out and stomped that sucker flat."

    The man who predicted a winning season and possible playoff berth upon his arrival had nothing good to say about his four-win team, or the way the season has transpired during his first season with the Cardinals.

    San Francisco, with only two wins, is considered the worst team in pro football. But both of its wins have come against the Cardinals, including Sunday's 31-28 win in overtime, so where does that leave the Cardinals? advertisement




    Emmitt Smith, the NFL's career rushing leader, said after Sunday's loss that the team is making elementary mistakes and insinuated that some of the problem is coaching.

    "You know," Green said, "everybody has their own opinion. I will reserve mine."

    To his credit, Green didn't dodge the issue when asked if he was worried about losing the attention of his team.

    "Absolutely," he said. "You worry about losing everybody. I don't think (owner) Mr. Bill Bidwill is very happy right now. I don't think he counted on hiring a new coach and having the new coach be 4-9. It's everybody. I don't think the fans counted on being 4-9. I know I didn't count on being 4-9 . . .

    "There is a chance to lose everybody when you get into a situation where you are not winning . . . "

    Green took on a huge task when he came to Arizona in January to rebuild the franchise. Yet, Sunday's loss guaranteed the Cardinals their 15th losing season in the past 17 years. The question now is, how much progress has been made?

    "I would hope to say a lot of things are better, but you know . . . sometimes we are in a bottom line business. In fact, most of the time we are.

    "We only had 35,000 people there (Sunday). That's not a very big crowd, not a lot of people for the fifth-largest city in America. That's not a lot of people who want to come and watch you play in your stadium."

    In Sunday's game there were five major errors on special teams, the offense didn't report for duty until the second half and Arizona's gambling defense was once again porous against the run. Nondescript Maurice Hicks, an undrafted free agent, not only became the eighth rusher to top 100 yards against Arizona, but his 139 yards came within 5 yards of matching his season total entering the game.

    Green said the Cardinals are not physical enough at the point of attack against the run. They've tried to offset that with blitzes, but sometimes the formation takes away the blitz and the lack of physicality and failure to gain penetration in their base defense leaves them vulnerable to the run.

    Asked what the mood of his team was in the wake of Sunday's loss, Green said, "I haven't seen them today. I know what my mood is. It's obvious. There's five teams out of 16 in the NFC that have winning records, so there have been opportunities for us to be a winning team, and we are not."


    Extra points


    Anthony Clement will replace L.J. Shelton at right tackle Sunday when the Cardinals host the St. Louis Rams. The team is expected to learn today whether Shelton's knee injury involves a ligament tear or a sprain.

    The same situation applies to linebacker Ray Thompson, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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    Re: [Cardinals] Cards feeling defeated

    Denny Green just had a meltdown this year when he started messing around with his QB situation. It sent his team into a tailspin that hopefully they won't break out of next Sunday. It worries me though that the Rams seem to be the best medicine for every down-and-out team they play. That is of course with the exception of the whiners who wish they were just down-and-out instead of DEAD-and-pathetic.

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      Re: [Cardinals] Cards feeling defeated

      Arizona scares me a bit with the new coach and everything. As a Big Blue fan, Navarre is a good quarterback and should do well in the NFL with some time and experience. Messing with the QB situation was incredibly idiotic. They, like the Giants, should have stayed with the original QB's. That's not Monday morning quarterbacking either as everyone said that when they made the switch.

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        Arizona Cardinals lose player
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        "We'll just have to see what's going to take place," Green said. "They can get a little more examination of the information and make a decision on him."

        Ross, an eight-year veteran, said he hurt his knee during a blocking drill Wednesday morning during practice at Northern Arizona University. "My foot slipped, and then I felt something," he said. "I was just like, 'Football.' I kind of tried to work through it. It started getting tighter and tighter as practice went on."

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      • Varg6
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        Green was dismissed one day after the Cardinals concluded a 5-11 season with a 27-20 loss at San Diego. He finished with a 16-32 record at Arizona. The Cardinals will pay $2.5 million to buy out the final year of his contract.

        He was the seventh coach the Cardinals have had since the franchise moved to Arizona in 1988. Green's mission was to turn around the perpetually losing Cardinals, who have had one winning season since 1984, and put a winner into the new stadium when it opened this season.

        The stadium, the signing of running back Edgerrin James and the drafting of quarterback Matt Leinart stirred up interest in the team, which sold out every home game this year.

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        Green was out of coaching after his decade with the Minnesota Vikings ended in 2001. He was lured back by a four-year, $10 million contract and the belief that Arizona was on the brink of becoming a successful team.

        He made several moves that seemed to backfire, beginning with the abrupt release of offensive lineman Pete Kendall on the eve of his first training camp. In his first season, Green benched quarterback Josh McCown for Shaun King even though the team had won three of its last four. By the time McCown got the job back, the Cardinals had lost three straight.

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      • Nick
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        EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE (Mesa, Ariz.) Where's the key? Oh, there it is. Top row, right-hand corner.
        I've used the letter P before when writing about the Cardinals. But usually I have to buy a vowel after hitting it.
        Pathetic. Putrid. Pitiful.

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        Yeah, way back in 1998, when Jake Plummer was still the darling of Arizona sports fans.

        Since then, however, I've avoided the wishful thinking that comes with a Cardinals victory.

        If they can win next week they'll be right back in it. Look at their schedule.
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        Hey, Bordow, didn't you read what you wrote a few paragraphs up? Quit dreaming. These are the Cardinals.

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        “Winning two straight games is nothing to get excited about,” said nose tackle Russell Davis. “We'll look back on that after our playoff game and say that's
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      • Nick
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        Kent Somers
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        Oct. 9, 2006 12:00 AM

        Running back Edgerrin James harshly criticized the team's play-calling after Sunday's 23-20 loss to Kansas City, saying the Cardinals didn't run the ball enough in the fourth quarter.

        "We just got away from the run," said James, who gained 71 yards on 24 carries. "That's the stupidest thing. You have to be able to finish the game. You got to give us a chance, you know."

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      • Nick
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        Dennis Green sounded more like a motivational speaker than a head football coach during a speech to the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon Tuesday.

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        Green, who lives in Ahwatukee Foothills, guaranteed a playoff berth and predicted a record of 10-6, a far cry from the Cardinals' record of 4-12 one year ago.

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        -06-24-2004, 10:16 PM
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