Rumors have been swirling amongst NFL pundits that Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green will be fired if his club loses to the Packers today at Green Bay.
Since blowing a 20-point lead at home against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago, Green and Co. have been in meltdown mode. Denny enacted his usual scapegoat tactics by firing offensive coordinator Keith Rowen after the Bears debacle. The Cards offense responded by scoring a mere nine points the next week against a pathetic Oakland Raiders club.
So with coach Green’s job potentially at stake, how have the Cardinals (1-6 going into today's game) responded today? They had a grand total of 20 yards of offense when Green Bay went up 14-0 early in the second quarter. I guess the Cards haven’t exactly emulated the “Win one for the Gipper” thought process.
UPDATE at 1:15 pm: The Packers have just made it 21-0. Ah but the Cardinals are hanging tough. They’ve almost double their offensive yardage since my initial post. They’re at 39 total yards!
UPDATE at 1:27 pm: The Cards complete an impressive 14 play, 84-yard drive with an Edgerrin James 1-yard touchdown run. It's now 21-7. A potential job-saving drive? We shall see!
UPDATE at 1:55 pm: After a nice finish to the first half, the Cardinals have had an inauspicious beginning to the second half. The defense is positively sieve-like against the Packers running game. Green Bay's opening drive of the third quarter is culminated with a Brett Favre 1-yard TD scamper giving the Pack a 28-7 lead.
UPDATE at 3:06 pm: Final score: Green Bay Packers 31, Arizona Cardinals 14.
If this is Dennis Green's last game as Arizona head coach, what irony that would be. Green's final game in December 2001 as Minnesota Vikings head man? Also in Green Bay, where his Vikes squad lost, 24-13.
UPDATE at 10:07 am, Monday, October 30: Arizona sports columnist calls for Green's head.