ST. LOUIS Kevin Kolb trudged toward the locker room, his gray hat flipped backward and his lips pursed, his once-unbeaten Arizona Cardinals unhinged and his offense a mangled wreck. The roar at the Edward Jones Dome was muffled behind him as he mumbled words to wide receiver Andre Roberts in a dimmed corridor. The siege that scrambled the harried quarterback was over, the results messy, and another spotless NFL record became stained.
Where to start with the Cardinals' offensive implosion during a 17-3 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, a crater that grew larger each time Kolb tumbled to the turf?
He was sacked nine times. Arizona's running game produced a scant 45 yards. The Cardinals, now 4-1, were held to 282 yards of total offense; they have failed to produce 300 yards in a game yet this season.
"That's something that we're probably going to have to discuss in the locker room," said Arizona running back Ryan Williams, who was held to 33 yards on 14 carries.