I know we didn't play perfect or even great BUT people have taken notice. Check out www.nfl.com
I'm rethinking what I said last week about admiring the fact Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was happy with what he was taking into the season despite going 0-4 and looking sloppy in the preseason. The Cards were very sloppy in their 20-16 loss to San Francisco. They were penalized 12 times, and what is supposed to be one of the most explosive offenses in the league was out of sync and showing a general lack of energy. You have to wonder if the Cardinals are feeling the effects of the loss of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who went onto become coach and (after the recent firing of Chan Gailey) offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs.
» Let's be sure to give plenty of credit to the 49ers. Their defense played well. And as unimpressive as they were on offense, they did accomplish this much: They made a statement that they are going to be a tough, physical team. They kept pounding the ball on the ground, with not a whole lot to show for it, but the persistence gave the Cardinals something to think about during the game and, more importantly, beyond. By constantly running Frank Gore -- even when Arizona packed eight defenders at the line -- and playing sound defense, the Cards and the rest of the teams in the NFC West were put on notice that a game with the 49ers requires you to expend everything you have physically and emotionally. And that's how the Cardinals felt. The 49ers could make an even louder statement when they face the Seattle Seahawks at home in Week 2.
Check out what Lombardi said.