Insider Report: Arizona’s Grounded Backfield
Using the expertise at Scout.com, I got the inside scoop from Arizona Cardinals’ site publisher, Brad Wilbricht. In this latest “insider” piece, he discusses the backfield and where things are headed as Arizona limps toward the postseason.
Just as Kangool caps were flying off retailers’ shelves, the Bruce Arians led Cardinals have come to a screeching halt. Arizona has lost back-to-back outings, narrowing their lead in the NFC West by just one game over the Seahawks. One of the most spirited operations in the NFL, the Cards kept finding ways to win. That is until QB Carson Palmer tore his ACL in Week 10 and was lost for the season. His back-up, Drew Stanton, filled in admirably earlier in the season when Palmer was dealing with a nerve issue in his shoulder, but has been completely exposed as of late. This de-evolution under center has negatively impacted other pieces of the offense, most notably the running game.
As I mentioned in my Week 13: Fantasy Stock Watch Video, RB Andre Ellington has struggled for weeks to get anything going. While I thought a match-up against the Falcons might be enough to get the Clemson product back on track, I did not foresee Atlanta’s William Moore smashing his knee against the RB’s hip and forcing him out of the game. Reports out of Glendale appear optimistic that Ellington will play on Sunday vs. Kansas City, but trusting him to produce seems like an awfully tall order…