Cardinals’ offense still struggling, especially on ground
Arizona looks to revamp season with a new-look offensive line after a slow start
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TEMPE — Five games into the season, the Arizona Cardinals’ offense is running like some old car with a sputtering engine.
The Cardinals (1-4) rank 31st out of 32 teams in total offense (210 yards a game), 31st in passing offense (146 yards per game) and dead last in rushing offense (64.6 yards per game). This with a team that features one of the best running backs in the NFL in David Johnson. “Well, we’ve definitely got to improve in that area,” Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said after Wednesday’s practice. “We’ve got to make sure that we put the ball in the end zone, No. 1, get more points, and that starts with being more effective upfront, from a standpoint of getting movement, being able to run the ball, being able to protect. Also, taking advantage of our opportunities. When the ball’s thrown, we’ve got to make sure we make the catch.”
Arizona made much of its rebuilt offensive line this season, with D.J. Humphries at left tackle, Mike Iupati at left guard, rookie Mason Cole at center and Justin Pugh at right guard. Andre Smith was brought in to play right tackle, but his time has been limited by injuries, leaving the job to John Wetzel.
“We definitely can play better, without a doubt,” Wilks said of the O-line. “I think if you asked those guys that question, they’d tell you the same thing — too inconsistent, not running the ball well. We’ve