“Anything I can say at this point would fall upon deaf ears and it should,” Kingsbury added. “We’ve just got to get it fixed.”
It’s the second time in five games the Cardinals have surrendered 500 yards of offense, after the Saints also reached that mark. And Goff is the second NFC West quarterback in a row to throw for 400 yards. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo also had 424 in the Cardinals’ game before the bye. Higbee scored the 13th touchdown surrendered to a tight end in 12 games.
“The communication still has to get better as a whole unit on the defensive side,” rookie cornerback Byron Murphy said. “We can’t keep going back and forth. We have to stick to it.”
Rams coach Sean McVay has found a way to undercut the Cardinals’ defense ever since coming to Los Angeles. Since McVay took over, the Rams have won all five meetings by scores of 33-0, 32-16, 34-0, 31-9 and now 34-7 – and the Cards trailed, 34-0, Sunday, before Murray broke off a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
While the defense couldn’t hold up, the Cardinals’ offense didn’t provide any hope either. Murray, who said his sore hamstring didn’t bother him at all, completed 19-of-34 passes for 163 yards, was sacked six times, and threw an interception. He also was fortunate when one other potential pick was dropped, and two more that were picked but negated by Rams’ penalties.
As for the one interception, Murray admitted he never should have thrown it.
“Bad ball. Bad day,” the rookie said.
“From the jump we were kind of just flat,” Murray said. “They obviously came out with more energy than us. They wanted it more. They played harder than us. Can’t do that against a good team.”
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he didn’t want to say the Cardinals didn’t compete, but everyone knew it wasn’t good enough against the reigning NFC champions, who were coming off a beatdown in Baltimore the previous Monday night.
“When you play against teams that are that talented, there is no margin for error,” Fitzgerald said.
That was tangibly proven Sunday.
“We didn’t have the juice,” Kingsbury said. “Fans deserve better, the community deserves better than a product like that after a month (away) and coming back home.”