Arizona Cardinals‘ Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt sat on the decision for a few days, but announced on Wednesday that QB Ryan Lindley will start against the St. Louis Rams. It’s always nice for a rookie to start his first NFL game against a last place team. It’s no walk in the park, but if he plays like he wants to start in the future he should have success.
Does this mean the Cardinals’ playbook will get even smaller?
Not necessarily. Lindley took a few shots down the field on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Whisenhunt says he was impressed by the rookies first snaps in a regular season game. With Beanie Wells available again, the Cardinals will have a few more options on second and third down.
Personally, I think the Cardinals should put all of their weight on the rookie to see what he can do, but they probably won’t. Meaning, I expect the special teams and defense to win the field position battle so Lindley does not have to take snaps deep in his own territory.
A simple change in the way a team does things can bring success to the organization. LB Daryl Washington believes that his team can win the six remaining games on the Cardinals schedule. This is easier said than done. The Cardinals still have the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers on the road and the Chicago Bears at home. Hopefully, for one week, the Cardinals can play a complete game and help Whisenhunt keep his job.
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