So now that I have had a day to digest the Arizona Cardinals preseason game against the Houston Texans, I will provide you with my thoughts.
The Cardinals did look good, and the score shows that we looked even better. The first thing to keep in mind is that the Texans aren't a very good team. Despite being a hot Super Bowl pick before last season, the Texans won only 2 games last year. This year likely won't be much better for them, beginning with their 32-0 loss to open up the preseason.
While the results were good, I still want to see more from the team in the remaining preseason games. While the first team offense drove down the field and scored, it did so by converting two 3rd down and long situations. There was also a touchdown negated by a penalty. When you do these things in regular season games, it doesn’t work out as nicely as it did last night. Especially when playing great defenses like Seattle and San Francisco. While the overall results were good, the first unit running game was not. I am not sure whether to attribute that to the good Houston defensive line or poor play calling.
The first play of the game was a bad play call, running Ellington right up the middle. While this may be necessary during the regular season to open up the outside lanes where Ellington is most effective, it did not look great in the preseason. I also HATE the run play where the RB stays in one spot a few yards offset and the QB runs to him to hand it off. Ellington did gain 6 yards, but he had to utilize all of his elusiveness just to pick those in a 2nd and forever situation. And just to repeat myself, I HATE that run play. I don’t understand why it would be effective.
With all that being said about the offense, I thought the defense looked good. I had much less feedback about this group. Even the 2nd team defense was able to hold their own against the Texans first team offense. That will bode well for the depth of this team in case of any additional injuries.
So right now, as a fan of the team, there is room to be excited. I would keep it to a minimum right now, but this team is already further along than the team that won 10 games last year. Let's hope that a repeat or better performance can come again this year. One last thought, right now my thought on the kicker competition is that Feely should be cut and we should go with Catanzaro. I'll have more thoughts next week after Feely plays in Minnesota.