Alex Smith is looking like he has a few seasons of top play left for Kansas City. Mahomes is looking at a longer-than-expected wait to be a starter. Meanwhile, the Chiefs are in win Super Bowl now mode and don’t have all the defensive parts especially with safety Eric Berry lost for the season to get the job done.
Sending Mahomes to Carson Palmer-less Arizona to get Larry Fitzgerald and put the offense over the top would be great, but there’s no chance of that because of Fitzgerald’s no-trade clause and the Chiefs’ limited cap space. So the Chiefs should consider moving unknown offense later for defensive help now, instead.
Nothing went well, said Fitzgerald, who caught three passes for 29 yards. The intensity wasn’t there. The urgency you need to beat good teams just wasn’t there.
Now Drew Stanton takes over for the next game, at San Francisco a week from Sunday. Coincidentally, Stanton was the quarterback in a 33-21 victory in San Francisco last season because Palmer was out with a concussion.
After that is a Thursday night home game against Seattle.
Arizona’s victories have come, barely, over Indianapolis, San Francisco and Tampa Bay, a team the Cardinals led 31-0 before the Buccaneers rallied in a 38-33 loss. Those three teams have a combined record of 4-16.
When things go wrong for the Cardinals, there’s been little fight back.
I think our team right now doesn’t overcome bad things very well, Arians said. If there’s one thing I can say about our team is – and I hate to say we’re kind of front runners.