TEMPE, Ariz. -- If it's true that you dont know what you've got 'til it's gone, Cardinals fans may finally be gaining a true appreciation for the talents of Levi Brown, Jeremy Bridges, Todd Heap, Jim Dray, Beanie Wells and LaRod Stephens-Howling.
Without the services of those two offensive linemen, two tight ends and two running backs, the Arizona offense is in shambles. The Cards rank 31st in the 32-team in NFL in yards per game (271). They are allowing more sacks per game than any other team (5.2) by a wide margin, and the running game is ranked 29th in average yards per game (68) and 31st in yards per carry (2.7).
Coaches dont like to use the injury excuse. It violates the NFL code. The Cards have been employing the next-man-up mantra all season.
But when asked how much of the Cardinals historically bad pass protection on Thursday (first NFL team in nine years to allow eight or more sacks in consecutive games) was due to the absence of the aforementioned players, Whisenhunts f...