Welcome to #CardsMailbag, a weekly installment that allows you to ask me questions about the Arizona Cardinals throughout the week via Twitter @joshweinfuss. I'll answer them every weekend during the season. Make sure to use the hashtag #CardsMailbag.
@joshweinfuss Do the Cards currently hold a tie-breaker against GB for better record among NFC opponents? - Caleb Lihn (@CLihn) November 25, 2014@joshweinfuss Heading into Week 13, the Cardinals own the tiebreaker over the Green Bay Packers among NFC opponents. Arizona is 7-1 against conference opponents, while the Packers are 5-3. Arizona can go 8-1 with a win over Atlanta this weekend. When it comes to common opponents, Arizona also has the tiebreaker. The Cards are 2-1 compared to 1-2 for Green Bay, but both have Atlanta coming up and Green Bay has Detroit again.
@joshweinfuss 2 plays(missed FG, dropped TD) had nothing to do with Stanton or SEA D but kept AZ from a 10-9 halftime lead. Any lost faith? - Andrew Maples (@Dmaples03114) November 26, 2014@joshweinfuss In whom? The offense? Maybe a little, but what are they going to do at this point? The Cardinals aren't bringing in a new quarterback, and neither quarterback behind Stanton is ready or good enough to take over for him. The coaching staff hasn't entirely lost faith in Stanton or the offense because they've seen what he can do -- look at his first two starts and the first quarter in Detroit. All the offensive issues aren't on him but some, contrary to what coach Bruce Arians said this week, certainly are. But all the issues are tied together. When the offensive line isn't blocking as well, the run game isn't effective, then play-action isn't working, which means defenses can stack the box because Arizona can't run.
@joshweinfuss Do you think they should rest Ellington against this 4-7 Falcons team and just use Bush and Taylor? - Benjamin Flores (@BenFlores21) November 27, 2014@joshweinfuss No, because of a few reasons. First, I don't think Michael Bush is ready yet to contribute effectively to this offense. Clearly, he'll be given a limited playbook with select packages for him, but I think that takes more than three practices to learn. I can see him being part of the game plan next week against Kansas City. As for Ellington, a day off won't help at this point. He'll need a significant amount of time -- and maybe even surgery -- before his foot his fully healed. So there's no good reason for them to rest him at this point in the season.
@joshweinfuss Chances the draft Gurley. - Alex Farnworth °o° (@AlexFarnworth) November 28, 2014@joshweinfuss I think low, if not very low. First off, Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who tore his ACL two weeks ago, might not be around when Arizona picks. ESPN Draft Insider Todd McShay still has Gurley as a first-round pick. As of now -- and this is being written, obviously, before the playoffs -- Arizona has the last pick in the draft. That could clearly change if the Cardinals don't win the Super Bowl, but Gurley might be off the board by then. I also don't think Arizona takes Gurley because he might not be completely healthy by next season, or if he is, he'll barely be back 100 percent but would've missed all of OTAs and minicamp and likely most of training camp. A first- or second-round pick isn't worth that kind of investment if he can't be around to learn the offense, as complex as it is, especially with Arizona's philosophy of going for a title now and not necessarily building for the future at the expense of the present.
@joshweinfuss When do you see Bush actually contributing to the team? - Kevin Inzunza (@kevininzunza31) November 28, 2014@joshweinfuss I see Bush contributing by next week against Kansas City and his role growing each subsequent week. He's the type of back Arizona has needed, and they'll have specific packages for him, but three days isn't enough for him to learn what he needs to do be effective. I could see him playing a few snaps this week but nothing close to what we'll be seeing in a few weeks.