Cardinals: YTD Report Card

Find out how the Arizona Cardinals grade out over their first five games of the year.

PASSING OFFENSE: D -- Max Hall is the team's third starting quarterback since August, and not one of the changes has been because of injuries. The team has struggled getting the ball consistently to Larry Fitzgerald, and two of its other top receivers, Steve Breaston and Early Doucet, have missed significant time because of injuries.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- The yards per rush average, 4.5, is solid, but the Cardinals are averaging just 87.4 yards a game, mostly because they've been blown out twice. The line has blocked fairly well, but in two games the backs have missed holes that have been there. The potential for a solid ground game is there.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- The pass rush has been inconsistent, and two of the better defensive backs, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and SS Adrian Wilson, have been inconsistent. Defending quality tight ends is a real problem. FS Kerry Rhodes has been quality addition, and CB Greg Toler has been steady.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- The run defense was wretched in road blowouts to the Falcons and Chargers. The front seven was manhandled and made numerous mental errors. When this unit is focused, it can stop the run. But so far, it hasn't shown the ability to focus every week.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- KR LaRod Stephens-Howling has a touchdown and has set up a handful of other scores. K Jay Feely has been reliable, as has P Ben Graham. The punt coverage team has been decent. The Cardinals are still searching for a punt returner who can make something happen.

COACHING: C -- The quarterback mess could have been handled better. Coach Ken Whisenhunt never had faith in Matt Leinart, yet he kept him as the starter until midway through the preseason. Offensively, the Cardinals are still searching for an identity. The defense has underperformed through five games.

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