Hey guys, Joe from Revenge of the Birds for the weekly chat with our next opponent. Feel free to ask any questions you have about the Cards and I or someone else will answer them. Drop by our place and start up one of these posts too.
First off I would like to say that a lot of us at RotB liked A.J. Green (some people even wanted us to draft him, I had a mancrush on Von Miller but I would have loved to see Green with Fitz) and Andy Dalton before the draft and it is nice to see them doing well. When I have seen Green play he reminds me so much of Fitz in the way he plays the game. Its a shame this game will be blacked out in Cincy too because you guys look like you have a great young team growing right now.
On to some basic notes.There is a QB controversy on our blog. After injuries to Kevin Kolb, John Skelton has come in and although he isn't putting up great numbers he just finds ways to win games in the fourth quarter like Tebow does. Right now, I haven't seen enough consistency from either guy for them to be the outright starter, but I have seen good things from both. I think when he is healthy Kolb should be the starter, I think he will benefit a lot from a full offseason to learn the offense and build chemistry with the team, and I also would not mind seeing both of them compete for the job in training camp.
You guys get to see some great defense in the AFC North, and former Bengals Cornerback Ray Horton has done a great job in his first year with the defense. Ever since the brutal second half collapse in Baltimore, the Defense has been lights out and more than anything they deserve the credit for getting this team from 1-6 to 7-7 with a slim chance of making the playoffs.
Patrick Peterson hasn't come in and been elite at his position like Green has for you guys, but he is developing well, you see improvement in coverage every week, and he has been outstanding at punt returns. The rest of our draft class has been solid this season too. Especially Sam Acho, Anthony Sherman, and David Carter.
Two players you guys should watch out for that don't get a lot of recognition for their play. Defensive end Calais Campbell and Linebacker Daryl Washington. Campbell has been among the elite 3-4 DEs in the NFL this year (according to PFF) and he makes tons of impact plays that you don't normally see 3-4 DEs making. Washington is also lightning fast, he is normally good in coverage, he also makes a ton of plays in the backfield in the run game.