2005 Arizona Cardinals season

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2005 Arizona Cardinals season
Head coachDennis Green
General managerRod Graves
OwnerBill Bidwill
Home fieldSun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Arizona
Results
Record5–11
Division place3rd NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR Larry Fitzgerald
K Neil Rackers

The 2005 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 107th season, 86th season in the National Football League and the 18th in Arizona. The team was unable to improve upon their previous season's six wins in 2004, and failed to make the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.[1]

The October 2 game was the first regular season game to be played outside the United States, and was known as NFL Futbol Americano. The game was a Cardinals home game, and the Cardinals defeated their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, 31–14.

The Cardinals, as a team, had a paltry 1,138 rushing yards in 2005, only 71.1 yards per game.[2] Remarkably, the Cardinals only had one 100-yard rushing game, when they ran for 129 yards in the season finale at Indianapolis.[3] Arizona's season total is the fifth-fewest rushing yards by a team in a 16-game season.[4]

The Cardinals passing offense, however, led the league, with 4,437 yards. Kurt Warner's 271.3 passing yards per game were third in the NFL, and his 24.2 pass completions per-game led the league.[5] Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tied for the league lead in receptions, with 103,[note 1] edging out his teammate Anquan Boldin, who had 102 (tied for third in the NFL)[note 2] Fitzgerald's 1,409 yards, and Boldin’s 1,402 yards receiving were fourth and fifth in the NFL, respectively, in 2005. Boldin’s 100.1 receiving yards per game led the NFL.

The season also saw the Cardinals change their logo and uniforms, which remains in use today. It was also their final season playing at Sun Devil Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 8 Antrel Rolle Defensive Back Miami (FL)
2 44 J.J. Arrington Running Back Cal
3 75 Eric Green Defensive Back Virginia Tech
3 95 Darryl Blackstock Linebacker Virginia
4 111 Elton Brown Guard Virginia
5 168 Lance Mitchell Linebacker Oklahoma
7 226 LeRon McCoy Wide Receiver Indiana (PA)

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2005 Arizona Cardinals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Clancy Pendergast
  • Defensive Line – Deek Pollard
  • Linebackers – Frank Bush
  • Defensive Backs – Richard Solomon
  • Defensive Quality Control – Rick Courtright

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Steve Wetzel
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Ryan Capretta
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Daryl Lawrence

Roster[edit]

2005 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

In the 2005 regular season, the Cardinals’ non-divisional, conference opponents were primarily from the NFC East, although they also played the Carolina Panthers from the NFC South, and the Detroit Lions from the NFC North. Their non-conference opponents were from the AFC South.

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 11, 2005 at New York Giants L 42–19
78,387
2 September 18, 2005 St. Louis Rams L 17–12
45,160
3 September 25, 2005 at Seattle Seahawks L 37–12
64,843
4 October 2, 2005 San Francisco 49ers W 31–14
103,467
5 October 9, 2005 Carolina Panthers L 24–20
38,809
6 Bye
7 October 23, 2005 Tennessee Titans W 20–10
39,482
8 October 30, 2005 at Dallas Cowboys L 34–13
62,068
9 November 6, 2005 Seattle Seahawks L 33–19
43,542
10 November 13, 2005 at Detroit Lions L 29–21
61,091
11 November 20, 2005 at St. Louis Rams W 38–28
65,750
12 November 27, 2005 Jacksonville Jaguars L 24–17
39,198
13 December 4, 2005 at San Francisco 49ers W 17–10
60,439
14 December 11, 2005 Washington Redskins L 17–13
46,654
15 December 18, 2005 at Houston Texans L 30–19
70,024
16 December 25, 2005 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–21
44,723
17 January 1, 2006 at Indianapolis Colts L 17–13
57,211

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Seattle Seahawks 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 454 271 L1
St. Louis Rams 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 363 429 W1
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 311 387 L1
San Francisco 49ers 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 239 428 W2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tied with Carolina’s Steve Smith
  2. ^ Tied with St. Louis's Torry Holt.

References[edit]