The Arizona Cardinals for the past few years have been known for their passing offense.
Coach Bruce Arians has a reputation for wanting to throw the ball down the field. Carson Palmer has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in a season three times with Arizona — every year he has played a full season.
But with Palmer on injured reserve and with running back Adrian Peterson on the team, things could be changing.
In the Cardinals’ 20-10 win over the San Francisco, the Cardinals did not rely on the passing game. They gave Peterson the ball a lot — 37 times. It was a career high.
Arians sounded like a man who was going to change his offensive philosophy when he appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
"Never in my wildest dream did I think we'd run him 37 times & until after the game I didn't know we had.......you get injuries and your team has to re-identify itself, we've got a new identity & he's the focal point"— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) November 8, 2017
- @BruceArians on @AdrianPeterson #BeRedSeeRed pic.twitter.com/Z4Mr33Jo6B
Arians has already said Peterson could get the same sort of workload when the team plays Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks.
It is hard to believe Arians could completely change his offensive philosophy, but he is a fan of winning games. If giving him the ball 30-plus times a game is the best way to do that, it might just happen.