The sky is falling in Glendale, Ariz., at least Cardinals general manager Steve Keim thinks so.
The Cardinals, a popular pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, were “upset” by the short-handed New England Patriots at home Sunday night, 23-21.
The Cardinals were probably a good snap on the game-winning field goal away from stealing a victory out of Bill Belichick’s hands. But, Arizona ultimately wasn’t the better team throughout the night and that ticked off general manager Steve Keim
I know we have a talented bunch, yet at the same time if they don’t play to their level, we’re going to have disappointment,” Keim told Arizonasports.com. “The sky is failing Monday, that’s the feeling we should all have.”
This might be a bit of an overreaction after the first game of the 2016 season. But Keim is right in one regard: Arizona didn’t play close to its best.
The vaunted Cardinals defense allowed Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to throw for 264 yards in his first career start and never really rattled Garoppolo aside from a pair of sacks. Arizona allowed 106 rushing yards to a New England offense that averaged 87.8 rushing yards per game last season. New England moved the chains 10 times on third down, including a couple of back breakers that extended drives.
Belichick and his staff deserve a world of credit for arguably one of the best coaching jobs in recent memory, given the circumstances. But that doesn’t hide the fact that the Cardinals weren’t at their best and have a long way to go before they can claim to be true Super Bowl contenders.
So is the sky falling in Arizona? Probably not. The Cardinals possess an extremely talented roster that got tripped up against an extremely well-coached team. But, the Cardinals can’t get to the Super Bowl playing like they did Sunday night.