2011 Arizona Cardinals season

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2011 Arizona Cardinals season
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt
General manager Rod Graves
Owner Bill Bidwill
Home field University of Phoenix Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Larry Fitzgerald, WR
Patrick Peterson, CB
Adrian Wilson, SS
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2011 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 92nd season in the National Football League and the 24th season in Arizona. For Ken Whisenhunt, it was his fifth season as the head coach of the Cardinals. This was going to be the Cardinals first season with new starting QB Kevin Kolb, but he was replaced by John Skelton. The team improved on their 5–11 record from the 2010 season, but missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

The 2011 Cardinals won four overtime games, an NFL record.[1]

Offseason[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2011 NFL Draft
Arizona Cardinals 2011 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 5 5 Patrick Peterson CB 6'0" 219 lbs. LSU
2 6 38 Ryan Williams RB 5'9" 212 lbs. VT
3 5 69 Rob Housler TE 6'5" 215 lbs. FAU
4 6 103 Sam Acho OLB 6'2" 262 lbs. Texas
5 5 136 Anthony Sherman RB 5'10" 242 lbs. UConn
6 6 171 Quan Sturdivant ILB 6'1" 241 lbs. UNC
6 19 184 David Carter DE 6'5" 297 lbs. UCLA from Tampa Bay via Philadelphia
7 46 249 DeMarco Sampson WR 6'2" 204 lbs. SDSU Compensatory selection

In April 2010, the Cardinals traded their original 7th-round selection and a 2010 4th-round selection to the New York Jets for S Kerry Rhodes. The Cardinals received a new seventh-round selection as a compensatory selection.

Acquisitions[edit]

On July 28, 2011 the Cardinals acquired Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 2nd-round pick. The next day they signed former Carolina Panthers starting CB Richard Marshall.

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Cardinals' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Kickoff [a] Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 11 7:00 p.m. at Oakland Raiders W 24–18 1–0 O.co Coliseum Recap
2 August 19 5:00 p.m. at Green Bay Packers L 20–28 1–1 Lambeau Field Recap
3 August 27 7:00 p.m. San Diego Chargers L 31–34 1–2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 September 1 7:00 p.m. Denver Broncos W 26–7 2–2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff [a] Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 1:15 p.m. Carolina Panthers W 28–21 1–0 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 18 10:00 a.m. at Washington Redskins L 21–22 1–1 FedEx Field Fox Recap
3 September 25 1:15 p.m. at Seattle Seahawks L 10–13 1–2 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
4 October 2 1:05 p.m. New York Giants L 27–31 1–3 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
5 October 9 10:00 a.m. at Minnesota Vikings L 10–34 1–4 Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox Recap
6 Bye
7 October 23 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–32 1–5 University of Phoenix Stadium CBS Recap
8 October 30 10:00 a.m. at Baltimore Ravens L 27–30 1–6 M&T Bank Stadium Fox Recap
9 November 6 2:15 p.m. St. Louis Rams W 19–13 (OT) 2–6 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 13 11:00 a.m. at Philadelphia Eagles W 21–17 3–6 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
11 November 20 2:05 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers L 7–23 3–7 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
12 November 27 11:00 a.m. at St. Louis Rams W 23–20 4–7 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
13 December 4 2:15 p.m. Dallas Cowboys W 19–13 (OT) 5–7 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 11 2:05 p.m. San Francisco 49ers W 21–19 6–7 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 18 2:15 p.m. Cleveland Browns W 20–17 (OT) 7–7 University of Phoenix Stadium CBS Recap
16 December 24 11:00 a.m. at Cincinnati Bengals L 16–23 7–8 Paul Brown Stadium Fox Recap
17 January 1 2:15 p.m. Seattle Seahawks W 23–20 (OT) 8–8 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap

LEGEND:

^[a] The state of Arizona lies entirely within the Mountain Time Zone, but does not observe Daylight saving time (excluding the Navajo Nation), so it is effectively the same as Pacific Daylight Time from mid-March until the first Sunday of November. Therefore, all kickoffs during the preseason and from Weeks 1–8 during the regular season are listed as Pacific time, while kickoffs from Weeks 9–17 are listed as Mountain time.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week One: Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 7 0 21
Cardinals 7 0 7 14 28

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • ARI –

Week 2: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Two: Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 0 7 7 21
Redskins 0 10 0 12 22

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • WAS –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • WAS –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • WAS –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • WAS –

Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Three: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 10 0 0 10
Seahawks 3 3 7 0 13

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 1:15 p.m.[a]
  • Game weather: 68° F (Rain)
  • Game attendance: 66,199
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Drea Avent
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • SEA –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • SEA –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • SEA –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • SEA –

Week 4: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Four: New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 10 0 21 31
Cardinals 3 3 14 7 27

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 27/40, 321 YDS, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • ARI – Kevin Kolb – 20/34, 237 YDS, 0 TD, INT
Top rushers
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 12 CAR, 39 YDS, TD
  • ARI – Beanie Wells – 27 CAR, 138 YDS, 3 TD
Top receivers
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks – 10 REC, 162 YDS, TD
  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald – 8 REC, 102 YDS
Top tacklers

Week 5: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Five: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 3 7 0 10
Vikings 28 0 3 3 34

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 10:00 a.m.[a]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,479
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers and Tim Ryan
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Week 7: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Seven: Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 10 9 6 32
Cardinals 0 7 7 6 20

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their bye week, the Cardinals went home for a Week 7 interconference duel with the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII. Arizona trailed early in the first quarter as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller. Pittsburgh would add onto their lead in the second quarter as Roethlisberger completed a 95-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace. The Cardinals would answer with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Alfonso Smith. The Steelers would close out the half with kicker Shaun Suisham getting a 41-yard field goal.

Arizona opened the third quarter with quarterback Kevin Kolb finding running back LaRod Stephens-Howling on a 73-yard touchdown pass, but Pittsburgh struck back with Roethlisberger completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, along with Kolb's intentional grounding penalty in the endzone resulting in a safety. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers continued to pull away with Suisham making a 42-yard and a 39-yard field goal. The Cardinals tried to rally as Kolb found wide receiver Early Doucet on a 2-yard touchdown pass (with a failed two-point conversion), but Pittsburgh held on to preserve the victory.

With the loss, Arizona fell to 1–5.

Week 8: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Eight: Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 21 0 3 27
Ravens 0 6 14 10 30

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • BAL –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • BAL –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • BAL –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • BAL –

Week 9: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Nine: St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Rams 3 6 4 0 0 13
Cardinals 3 0 3 7 6 19

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof open)
  • Game attendance: 60,628
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen and Chad Pennington
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • ARI –

Week 10: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Ten: Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 0 14 21
Eagles 0 14 0 3 17

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 11: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Eleven: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 0 7 7
49ers 6 3 14 0 23

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 55° F (Rain)
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • SF –

Week 12: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Twelve: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 0 17 3 23
Rams 7 3 0 10 20

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 56,029
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Chad Pennington and Tina Cervasio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • STL –

Week 13: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Thirteen: Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cowboys 0 10 3 0 0 13
Cardinals 3 0 3 7 6 19

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof open)
  • Game attendance: 62,180
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • ARI –

Week 14: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Fourteen: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 9 7 0 19
Cardinals 0 7 7 7 21

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof open)
  • Game attendance: 60,808
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • ARI –

Week 15: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Fifteen: Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Browns 7 3 7 0 0 17
Cardinals 0 7 0 10 3 20

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 60,443
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CLE –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • CLE –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • CLE –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • CLE –
  • ARI –

Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Sixteen: Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 0 16 16
Bengals 10 10 3 0 23

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • CIN –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • CIN –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • CIN –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • CIN –

Week 17: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Seventeen: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Seahawks 0 3 7 10 0 20
Cardinals 7 3 7 3 3 23

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: January 1
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 61,798
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen & Chad Pennington
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SEA –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • SEA –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • SEA –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • SEA –
  • ARI –

Final standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 380 229 W3
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 312 348 W1
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 321 315 L2
St. Louis Rams 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 193 407 L7

Coaching staff[edit]

Arizona Cardinals 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2011 Arizona Cardinals final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 9 Inactive, 7 Practice squad


Defense




CB
Patrick Peterson


CB
Richard Marshall
A.J. Jefferson
Offense
WR
Larry Fitzgerald
DeMarco Sampson
WR
LT LG C RG RT
Levi Brown Daryn Colledge Lyle Sendlein Rex Hadnot Brandon Keith
D'Anthony Batiste D'Anthony Batiste Rex Hadnot Deuce Lutui Jeremy Bridges
TE
Todd Heap
Jeff King
WR
Andre Roberts
Early Doucet
QB
Kevin Kolb
John Skelton
Special Teams
PK Jay Feely
P Dave Zastudil
KR LaRod Stephens-Howling
PR Patrick Peterson
LS Mike Leach
H Dave Zastudil
RB
Beanie Wells
LaRod Stephens-Howling


References[edit]