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, Ariz. — Another blowout loss has left Steve Wilks on even shakier ground as first-year coach of the Arizona Cardinals.The 40-14 defeat in Atlanta to a 4-9 Falcons team left the Cardinals at 3-11.They face the Los Angeles Rams, who beat the Cardinals 34-0 in Week 2, in their final home game. That’s followed by the season finale at Seattle.Prospects do not seem good. Arizona could well be headed to a 3-13 season, matching the Cardinals’ worst since the franchise moved from St. Louis 30 years ago.With a dissatisfied fan base and a team showing little or no improvement through the season, team President Michael Bidwill — who takes great pride in making the franchise relevant after years of losing — could decide that he can’t afford to give Wilks a second season to prove his worth.“I really don’t listen to the outside noise,” Wilks said Monday of speculation about his job status. “I wake up every morning blessed, and I come in here with my nose down and just grind away, trying to get these coaches and players all on the same page and looking to try to get a win. That’s my focus.”The only other time Arizona has lost 13 games came in 2000, when Vince Tobin was fired seven games into the season and replaced by Dave McGinnis.The Cardinals took an early 7-0 lead in Atlanta Youth Jamar Taylor Jersey
, then the Falcons scored 40 unanswered points. Wilks mercifully benched rookie quarterback Josh Rosen late in the game and backup Mike Glennon got the team in the end zone.But Wilks reiterated that Rosen would start the final two games, even though he’s under constant assault by defenses behind a makeshift offensive line that has lost four starters to injuries and wasn’t all that effective to begin with.“Yesterday, I felt the need to take him out based off where we were in the game,” Wilks said. “He didn’t like that. He was disappointed a little bit, wanted to stay in there. Sometimes with great players like that, you have to help them help themselves, but moving forward, we’re not going to take a defeated attitude and say that we’re going to put him on the shelf for the remainder of the season.”Like most of the rest of the team, Rosen hasn’t seemed to get much better at his job Stitched Benson Mayowa Jersey
, although there are plenty of reasons beyond his control. Against the Falcons, Rosen completed 13 of 22 passes for 132 yards with two interceptions. For the season, Rosen has thrown 10 touchdown passes and been intercepted 14 times.“I always say have zero expectations in life so you’re never disappointed,” he said after the game. “I don’t know about humbling. I didn’t really have any expectations coming in. I just wanted to get better every day and play good football. I have good days. I have bad days. I’d like to be a little more consistent on the good days. This was a step back, and we’ll climb over the hurdle like we always do.”This Cardinals team has crashed into hurdles more often than cleared them.Arizona has eight losses of at least 10 points and four by at least 20. No other team in the NFL has that record of futility.The offense has statistically been the worst in the NFL, but the defense hasn’t been so great either. Atlanta, the worst rushing team in the league, ran for 215 yards against Arizona, the most allowed by the Cardinals this season.Wilks served one season as defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers and his entire coaching career has been on that side of the ball.The bright spot: The Cardinals are tied with Oakland for worst record in the NFL and they lost to the Raiders.So lose in the final two games — the Cardinals opened as a 12 1/2-point underdog against the Rams (it was up to 14 on Monday) — and that No. 1 draft pick is all theirs.NOTES: Wilks said OT Joe Barksdale and CB David Amerson were in the concussion protocol after being injured in Atlanta. … He said he is hopeful that WR Chad Williams (hamstring) would be available against the Rams after missing the last two games. The Cardinals are trying to simplify their offense now Youth Benson Mayowa Jersey
, rather than making wholesale changes. That doesn’t mean there’s not one big change to consider, eventual as it may be.But for Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim, the tough part is figuring out the right time for the team to take a look at rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.“It’s a tough question,” Keim said during an appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7. “When the time is right, Josh will have his opportunity.“At the same time, you never know how a guy is going to be affected. Some guys have played too early and it has crippled their career. I’m not going to name names, but I think a lot of us can think of certain players. Then there are guys who have come in and had success right away. But usually it’s a rocky road.”The Cardinals have been firm that Sam Bradford is the quarterback “right now,” and that the current problems aren’t all his fault. But the fact remains, they’re last in the league in total offense Stitched Andre Smith Jersey
, a 175.0 yards per game average which is 48 yards per game worse than the Bills for God’s sake.“I don’t think it’s a secret it needs something,” Keim said. “More than anything, it needs some balance. We need to run the ball better. We need to protect better. We need to run crisper routes. We need to get more separation.“Quite frankly, a lot of guys need to play better.”What happened in Cleveland last night will only increase the chatter about Rosen, and it seems that fan expectations are one of the things Keim is trying to generally manage today.