Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Scouting report: Cardinals' rushing offense

Nov. 4, 2012
 

A scouting report on the Cardinals based on interviews with NFL coaches and scouts:

The Cardinals are built on both sides of the ball in the mold of the Pittsburgh Steelers, where coach Ken Whisenhunt was an offensive assistant from 2001 to 2006. Whisenhunt would prefer a power rushing game like the Steelers had even a few years ago, but the Cardinals have become punchless on offense during a four-game losing streak, during which they've averaged nine points a game. They rank No. 31 in the 32-team NFL in total yards, No. 31 in rushing yards, No. 32 in yards per rush and No. 31 in scoring.

Their running problems are mainly because of injury. They lost their best halfback, second-year pro Ryan Williams, to a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 5, and their second-best back, Beanie Wells (6-2, 229), who is on temporary injured reserve because of a toe injury.

That leaves the starting job in the hands of LaRod Stephens-Howling (5-7, 185), who should be a third-down and change-of-pace No. 3 back. He's averaging only 2.5 yards on 51 carries and can't do much between the tackles. Backup William Powell (509, 205), a first-year pro from Kansas State, is more of a slasher and is averaging 4.5 yards in limited work (20 carries).

The Cardinals are average to below average on the offensive line, where their best player, left tackle Levi Brown, was lost for the season during training camp, when he sustained a torn triceps. Former Packers guard Daryn Colledge, who is a good athlete but lacks power, starts at left guard and might be their best lineman. Lyle Sendlein provides some toughness at center.

About this blog

Get Green Bay Packers updates as they happen from our reporting team: (from left) Mike Vandermause, Wes Hodkiewicz and Pete Dougherty.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
573 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
854 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1013 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1270 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports

ORDER YOURS

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports