Final Grade: B-
Just like last week, Ray Horton and the defensive staff will walk away with an "A+" grade. The rest of the staff is not as fortunate.
Similar to the offense, there were both positive and negatives in the coaching department.
At times, the play calling was great. Seeing the screens to Stephens-Howling and Patrick Peterson out of the wildcat was great. This should be continued going forward.
There were a couple of things that brought their grade down. To start, Coach Ken Whisenhunt was o-for-2 on challenges. I will give him a break on the second one because the Larry Fitzgerald catch should have been ruled a catch, however it just wasn't his day in terms of dealing with the officials.
The second thing that brought there mark down was the fact that they ran the ball instead of taking a knee at the end of the game. After that result, I doubt we will be seeing anymore of that.
The Arizona Cardinals coaching staff was headed for another "A" grade this quarter right up until the end. They used Stephens-Howling nicely and they even snuck Rob Housler in there.
My one disagreement was this... why, after a Ryan Williams "game clinching" first down are they not taking a knee? That was a foolish mistake that almost cost them the game.
After harping on the coaching staff earlier, they made several great play calls in the third quarter that allowed the team to control the clock and pick up a touchdown.
The run, fade, screen sequence after the blocked punt was great and we also saw Patrick Peterson out of the wildcat again.
In the second quarter we saw another good call by the coaching staff. After a successful run by Kevin Kolb, they went right back to it, calling a quarterback draw. After this, the play calling was just as flat as the offense.
Ray Horton did a great job of sending pressure, but offensively they need to throw a couple more curve balls at the Patriots defense.
It was very fun to watch the offense early in the first quarter. Anytime Patrick Peterson is in the game, something is usually going to happen. Seeing him on offense is great, even if it was only for one play.
The play calling was unorthodox and it involved two of the Cardinals most versatile players in Peterson and LaRod Stephens-Howling. The only thing that prevents the coaching from an "A" grade is the pass play calls on third and short.