The Cardinals might be in despair entering Week 13 with a 2-9 record after one of their more devastating losses — a 35-point blow out at the hands of quarterback Philip Rivers and the Chargers — but that hasn’t stopped coach Steve Wilks from making roster moves to try and turn around Arizona’s season in its final weeks.
On Monday, the Cardinals announced a number of changes, including cutting two starters: right tackle Andre Smith and cornerback Bene Benwikere.
Smith, a 10-year veteran, struggled in his recent outings as he was flagged four times for holding in the past three weeks. Benwikere’s woes came from inconsistent play, Wilks said. He leaves the team with 51 total tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.
“If you’re not doing it our way, if you’re not giving us the best opportunity to win football games, number one, you won’t be on the field,” Wilks said, via ESPN. “And if it gets to that point, we’ll move on. And that’s what we did.”
With five games left, Wilks wants to see some more wins. The Cardinals’ only two victories came against the 49ers, who have also struggled and put together a 2-9 record.
“Number one, I’m going to keep working hard each and every day,” Wilks said. “Trying to do everything I can to help this team win football games, starting with the coaches, making sure we’re doing the things upstairs and the message is being delivered downstairs and the approach in how we practice.
“I’m not changing. There’s no quit. We’re going to persevere. We’re going to find a way to finish strong.”