It’s no secret the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line is not great, good, or even average. San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Aldon Smith lead the team in sacks and will line up over left tackle D’Anthony Batiste. It won’t be totally up to him to guard the San Francisco stand out, but he and right tackle Bobby Massie have given up a total of 22 sacks this season. For those of you counting at home that is more than 30 out of the 32 NFL teams, and that is just the two of them.
Batiste and Massie will need some help and the return of FB Anthony Sherman should help, but there comes a point in time when you have to tell your players that they need to do better. Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt needs to sit down with them, if he hasn’t already done so, and tell them they are terrible and they need to do better. It’s rarely a good thing to sit down and tell a player that they are bad, but this is one of those times when their play is so horrendous it makes the whole team look bad.
LB Aldon Smith has 5.5 sacks this season and he will be looking to feast on QB John Skelton. The 49ers defense does not get after the quarterback as well as you would think, but this week against the Cardinals they are looking to change that. That is why it is imperative for the Cardinals to come out throwing the ball and doing so very quickly. If there is enough first downs on quick throws the 49ers will be forced to hang back. This will open up the run game for LaRod Stephens-Howling, along with William Powell, to get something going before the first half ends.
If the Cardinals can pull out a win this week it won’t be pretty, but a “W” is a “W” especially playing in the NFC West.