Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/10/12
When 32 souls are running about, and there's only enough air for 12 to breathe, it's inevitable that we're going to see 20 of them drop like flies, landing with a thud only heard when a team has collapsed among broken hopes and unreached expectations.The best we can do here at the Football Nation Morgue is cut them open, probe around, and provide a sense of finality to the loves ones, those who may not fully understand why the ravages of time claimed their favorite team.They can rest a little easier in knowing that, by early March, their team will be exhumed from their tombs, electroshocked back into consciousness, and given another (possible futile) stab at championship spoils.But until that day comes, hand me that scalpel....Subject: Arizona CardinalsDate of Death: December 9, 2012Record at Time of Death: 4-9Contributing Factors to Death1. Kolb Gives Way to SludgeThe Cardinals got off to an incredible 4-0 start, winning games late over Seattle and New England (in Foxborough), before crushing the Eagles and edging out the Dolphins in overtime.Former Eagle Kevin Kolb shined as much as Ray Horton's defense did in those games. Coming in for the injured John Skelton in relief in Seattle, Kolb would embark on the best journey of his career, leading Arizona with 7 touchdown passes, just 2 picks, completed about 63 percent of his passes, and had Arizona in a position of power.*cue the sad music*Problem is, Kolb wasn't long for this world. The Dolphins sacked him 8 times in that game, and St. Louis would drop him 9 times the following week. A rib injury sustained against the Bills a week later has left him sidelined.After that 4-2 start, it was up to Skelton and rookie Ryan Lindley to salvage things.Combined, the two of them have completed 52 percent of their passes, thrown 2 touchdown passes, as well as 14 interceptions.2. Quarterbacks or Offensive Line?51 sacks in 13 games. That's impressive if your defense garners over four dozen quarterback kills, but not when your offense line is the one allowing them.We've established that Kolb's taken a beating, hence his inactivity since October. The man was dropped a staggering 27 times in just 6 games. Skelton fared a little better, going down 15 times in 7 games played, while Lindley's taken 9 drops in 5 games.Incredibly, the Cardinals have only taken 8 sacks in their last 4 games, including just 2 to the same Rams team that pillaged Kolb earlier in the year.The Cardinals offensive line was savaged for their poor play earlier in the year. After all, the blame for the loss of their most competent quarterback could be placed at their feet. But Skelton and Lindley haven't been able to take advantage of the line's improved play (most notably rookie Bobby Massie at tackle).Lindley has been godawful, throwing 4 picks to the Rams, and completing less than a third of his passes against the Jets, despite better protection.Skelton is possibly worse, throwing 4 picks to the Seahawks, including a pick six, and showing none of the clutch he demonstrated a year ago.3. The Worst Offense in FootballTry as the defense can, they can't bail out this offense, who averages a league worst 14.3 PPG.We know the quarterback failures, but what about the running game? The injury bug sidelined Ryan Williams for a second straight season, though he struggled prior to that (2.8 YPA). LaRod Stephens-Howling leads the team with 318 yards and 4 touchdowns.Combined, the Cardinals, as a team, have 1021 yards. 8 individual players have more than that.Arizona has the second worst rushing average in football (3.56 YPA), the worst third down percentage (26.18 percent), and the highest rate of pass plays that become sacks or picks (12.25 percent).For a full listing of previous autopsies, click here
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