Cardianls: Season-to-date report card

The Arizona Cardinals' 2011 campaign hasn't gone according to plan so far and their season-to-date report card reflects the team's struggles.

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- QB Kevin Kolb has gotten worse in the past three weeks, throwing one touchdown pass and five interceptions. His completion rate has dropped to 58.7 percent. His protection is breaking down, too.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- Beanie Wells has proven to be a punishing runner, and the Cardinals are rushing the ball as well as they have in Ken Whisenhunt's four-plus seasons. They probably need to do more of it.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- The Cardinals have yielded too many big plays. There are fewer mental breakdowns, but defensive backs have to be more competitive in coverage. The pass rush comes and goes, mostly goes late in the games.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- It's improved since the second week of the season, although the Vikings' Adrian Peterson rushed for 122 yards a week ago. The front three of end Darnell Dockett, nose tackles Dan Williams and David Carter and end Calais Campbell are playing well.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Poor punts and coverage played a big role in two losses. Punt returner Patrick Peterson won a game with a touchdown. Arizona has a deep corps of dangerous kickoff returners, but with the new rules, those players aren't getting many opportunities. Jay Feely missed three of his first four field-goal attempts but has since made three straight, including a 51-yarder.

COACHING: D -- The team is underachieving. Kolb is struggling, and it doesn't seem as if the staff is doing much to help him. Players have struggled to pick up the defense, and little mistakes have hurt the team in every loss. There have to be some repercussions for these kinds of mistakes.


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