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Stewart Bradley has barely been on field for Cardinals

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Kevin Kolb has taken a lot of the heat for his struggles in Arizona, but there are plenty of holes on the Cardinals roster.

The offensive tackles are struggling.  The defense is well below average.  Some snap count numbers from Mike Sando of ESPN.com helps point out why they are struggling.

Arizona just isn’t getting enough from too many young players.

Linebacker Stewart Bradley sticks out the most. The Cardinals gave him a big contract to start, including a $10 million signing bonus. He’s only on the field of 19.5% of the snaps.  That number might be even lower if Darryl Washington wasn’t hurt earlier in the year. The team is playing Paris Lenon over Bradley.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Bradley is among the most disappointing free agent pickups in the league.

Young outside linebackers O’Brien Schofield and Sam Acho also haven’t made much of an impact.  Schofield is playing 19% of the team’s snaps and Acho is at 9.9%.  The aging Joey Porter and Clark Haggans combination is getting almost all the work.

Last year’s first-round pick Dan Williams isn’t playing that much at nose tackle either, splitting time on running downs.

Add it all up, and the Cardinals are relying on too many “get by” guys that aren’t doing a good job of helping the Cardinals get by with a respectable record.

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15 Responses to “Stewart Bradley has barely been on field for Cardinals”
  1. jeffw says: Oct 21, 2011 1:05 PM

    This team has been on a downward spiral since Kurt Warner left the team. They were irrelevant for many years before he got there and have slowly sunk back into that position.
    Obviously Wiesenhunt is not the answer either.

  2. countsnail says: Oct 21, 2011 1:08 PM

    Philly will take Bradley back. They’ll also take back Jeremiah Trotter and William Thomas, if they want to un-retire. Sure, they’re old as dirt now, but they have to be better than the linebackers we currently have.

  3. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 21, 2011 1:15 PM

    Sounds like the Cardinals have be following the draft blueprint of the Miami Dolphins: a bunch of players who will be out of the league in a few seasons.

    At least they have’t followed Denver’s draft blueprint, ha ha.

  4. terrellblowens says: Oct 21, 2011 1:52 PM

    Stewart Bradley showed a lot of promise his second year but his injuries set him back big time. He just wasn’t worth the risk of a big long term deal. The Cards overpaid for an average LB with injury issues. These kinds of signings set apart the good front offices from the bad ones.

  5. upperdecker19 says: Oct 21, 2011 1:54 PM

    Dream Team 2.0

  6. ticklemepickle77 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:24 PM

    Who knew he was with the Cardinals!

  7. omnipresentfan says: Oct 21, 2011 2:36 PM

    wow. I thought the “writing was on the wall” when the Eagles, the team with the WORSE LB corps in the history of the league, let Bradley walk.

    The media is really screwing AZ up. They need to stop watching tv and do some actual research before they pick up or trade for guys and reward them with huge money.

  8. b3nz0z says: Oct 21, 2011 3:05 PM

    the worse one ever, huh?

  9. greymares says: Oct 21, 2011 3:10 PM

    you can say what you want but when Andy Reid lets them go or gets rid of them they can’t play. PERIOD. if you disagree please name me who could.

  10. snowpea84 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:13 PM

    Wait? How many free agents tht completely switched schemes are performing so well? He went from a 4-3 to a 3-4. It is in no way a shock that by not having an offseason guys like him are severely hindered coming into the year. He didn’t even know what team he would be on.
    Give him time to get up to speed, instead of jsut time to be where he would have been mid summer.

  11. lbdpatch says: Oct 21, 2011 3:30 PM

    Don’t blame the EAGLES because Arizona picked up their throw aways and way oveer paid them..

  12. seandm69 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:35 PM

    I suppose this too is Ken Wisenhunts Fault?

    When are Cardinal fans going to wake up and realize that it isn’t the coaching all the time. The fault lies squarely with Rod Graves and his pathetic assessment of talent. The main reason the Cards were able to make it to the superbowl was due to the talent that Dennis Green picked when the Bidwills gave him the ability to do so. It took a good coach like Wisenhunt to whip them into shape and play hard.

    Look at Rod Graves Draft history before and after and you can see that their roster is consistently loaded with duds and busts. I believe this current roster has the most Free agents of any team and that is not how you build championship teams.

  13. alaricsrevenge says: Oct 21, 2011 3:43 PM

    greymares says:
    Oct 21, 2011 3:10 PM
    you can say what you want but when Andy Reid lets them go or gets rid of them they can’t play. PERIOD. if you disagree please name me who could.

    ——————————

    T.O.

  14. pjcostello says: Oct 21, 2011 3:49 PM

    greymares says:
    Oct 21, 2011 3:10 PM
    you can say what you want but when Andy Reid lets them go or gets rid of them they can’t play. PERIOD. if you disagree please name me who could.
    —————
    There are a few, though only a few, because you’re correct… These guys played well for their next teams:

    Derrick Burgess
    Quintin Mikell
    Terrell Owens
    Brian Dawkins
    Raheem Brock
    Dhani Jones
    Takeo Spikes

  15. lbdpatch says: Oct 21, 2011 3:49 PM

    Yea T.O. did so well with the bengals. He and Ochostinko sucked. If he Is so great why doesnt any team in the NFL want him or couldnt wait to dump him..

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