Initially, the route looks clear — Cromartie has the outside receiver and is playing about ten yards off of him.
However, in a brilliantly designed scheme, the Cardinals get precisely what they wanted, and Kap takes the bait. Cromartie, who’s had his eyes in the backfield the whole time, jumps the route, and should’ve had a pick six. He drops it, but what a playcall! You can see Matheiu deeper adjusting for the Cromartie jump by taking the deep receiver, but this is still a pretty dangerous play by the defense.
Like I said, I don’t know if the Cardinals will continue to exceed expectations and run away with the division or if they’ll come back down to earth and succumb to some of their losses. Right now you have to respect the way they’re playing. They’ve got a chip on their shoulder from being overlooked. They’ve got no quit in them (three comeback wins), and most importantly, they seem to really believe in the system and in themselves. Arians has put together an interesting team in Arizona.
Tulloch has played in 131 consecutive games and has made 75 straight starts, so this injury is significant regardless. He had a torn labrum in 2009, but he played through that injury with the Tennessee Titans. Tulloch has already said that he plans to be back next season, so there’s no thoughts about potentially calling it a career after a lengthy and successful time in the league.
Tahir Whitehead will start at the middle linebacker spot in place of Tulloch. It’s his first career start.
Marshall and Cutler share a special alliance. Cutler was there for Marshall in Denver when they first became teammates and has been supportive of him in Chicago. Cutler can reach Marshall like few can. But he never takes credit for it. Or talks much about it.
The public may often view Cutler as aloof and he may be comfortable with their views, but it matters most to him what his teammates think. He is squarely into the mix with them.