Cardinals-Chargers Aftermath: Five Changes Arizona Needs to Make

Jack London@@Londonbridges21Correspondent IOctober 4, 2010

Cardinals-Chargers Aftermath: Five Changes Arizona Needs to Make

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Running back Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball while being pursued by Joey Porter #55 of the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Cha
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    Sometimes writing about your favorite team is really fun.

    This is not one of those times.

    After yet another embarrassing loss to a good team on the road Sunday, the Cardinals find themselves in need of serious changes.

    I usually do a slideshow about 10 things that we learned from a game, but let's be honest with ourselves here: Most fans only saw the bad, so it's hard to learn from a performance this bad.

    So when things go really badly, in life, in sports, etc., changes need to be made. Here are a few suggestions.

1. Joey Porter Needs to Be Benched

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball while being pursued by Joey Porter #55 of the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Cha
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    The guy who was supposed to come in and provide veteran leadership for the defense is getting his tail whipped.

    Anybody else see how many times Porter missed tackles? Or simply got run around by a huge, 243-pound fullback?

    Porter has gotten little pressure on the quarterback, made few plays, and talks too much trash on the field.

    He's called out the defense to do better.

    How about he calls out himself to do better?

    Or maybe he can just do us all a favor: Bench himself.

    One man does not a team make, but Joey is only hurting this defense right now.

2. Max Hall Needs to Start This Week

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Max Hall #6 of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass in the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 41-10.  (
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    Let me say this before we get too much further:

    The Cardinals did not lose because of Derek Anderson.

    He was one of the main reasons we lost, but there were other big reasons as well.

    Regardless, he needs to be replaced this week.

    As many of you have thought and expressed, the sooner we start the Max Hall era, the better for everyone.

    That's just an opinion, but if the Cardinals continue to perform poorly with Anderson while they could go ahead and get Hall some valuable experience, why not start him now?

3. Brandon Keith Needs to Sit at Least This Week

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Linebacker Shaun Phillips #95 of the San Diego Chargers sacks quarterback Max Hall #6 of the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California.   The Chargers won 41-10.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Gett
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    The entire offensive line suffered this week, as Hall and Anderson were sacked eight times.

    So, like with Anderson, the offensive line woes are not because of Keith.

    But he contributed more than his fair share.

    The project child of Russ Grimm has looked terrible through four games thus far, getting beat more than any other lineman by far.

    Granted, Shaun Phillips was just difficult to stop Sunday, but when Keith continues to get beat, he needs to be pulled.

    I'm not sure if Rex Hadnot plays tackle, but the Cards may want to give him a shot. He can't do any worse.

4. The Game Plan Needs to Revolve Around the Running Game, i.e. Beanie Wells

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Running back Tim Hightower #34 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 41-10.    (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Image
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    The Cardinals came out well on Sunday, I'll admit it.

    They looked very good on the first drive and should have scored.

    But after that...not so much.

    When your offense continues to get into difficult third down situations, it's time to change the offensive plans.

    With Max Hall probably starting next week, I think it's about time the Cardinals just turn to the run to allow them to control the clock and keep the defense off the field.

    In the NFL, as you know, the offense can help or hurt the defense, and that's what we're seeing here with Arizona.

    Not that Hall moved it any better, but if the Cardinals used Wells earlier in the game to soften up defenses and then brought in Tim Hightower, it may work better than the other way around.

    And if Arizona can actually force itself to go to the run early in games, rather than go to the air immediately, it will probably help everyone involved.

    Sorry Larry Fitzgerald, but Beanie Wells needs to be the new center of this offense.

5. The Cardinals Need to Sign Some Free Agents

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by Stephen Cooper #54 of the San Diego Chargers after a reception in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Cha
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    There are numerous areas where the Cards can use some help: LB, WR, QB even.

    As a local Arizona writer put eloquently, for example, there are better QBs in the UFL (Jeff Garcia) than on Arizona's roster.

    When what you have doesn't work, you must look elsewhere.

    While I'm all about giving Hall a chance, why not get another vet out there in case he doesn't?

    While you're at it, why not get a WR so Larry Fitzgerald isn't working by himself?

    Sure, Larry had a decent game, but the other receivers played like...well, like rookies.

    I know the front office isn't a fan of going to get someone that doesn't know the offense, but something has to be done.

    Now.

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