This loss pretty much dismisses any chance of the Cardinals making the playoffs, as they have tough games coming up against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, and the Seattle Seahawks before the end of the season.
It started with a failed fourth-and-inches in the fourth quarter and the Cards' down three, the coach said, and a failure Arians took on himself after the 31-21 loss at NRG Stadium. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday at his press conference that Gabbert would continue to start while Drew Stanton's sprained knee continues to heal. "I thought he played his (expletive) off", he said after the game.
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Gabbert, 28, was drafted in the first-round of the 2011 NFL Draft by then general manager Gene Smith.
After that, however, the Cardinals got into Houston territory just once more in five possessions, with Gabbert throwing two interceptions late and the fourth-down stuff changing the complexion of the game. The resulting long third-down led to a rough 3-for-10 in that category.
Fitzgerald, who led the Cardinals with nine catches for 91 yards, praised Gabbert, but said the rest of the offense needed to be better. Throughout his three-year tenure in Jacksonville, he started a total of 27 games, but when Caldwell took over the team chose to part ways with Gabbert, who had a less than memorable run with the team. "I trusted Adrian, and we just turned too many guys loose up the middle".
"He saw the field extremely well", Arians said.