Cardinals' Francisco needs to make plays

Cardinals' Francisco needs to make plays

There are 3 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Aug 17, 2008, titled Cardinals' Francisco needs to make plays. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. The mistake was a glaring one and the kind that hurts a player trying to avoid the Turk.

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Honolulu, HI

#1 Aug 17, 2008
Aaron Francisco gave up a 60-yard touchdown pass to Robert Meachem in the Cardinals preseason opener last weekend.

Totally Incorrect Caption!

The sports writer needs to get his facts right.

I wonder if he even watched the game or the player that he is writing about?


I know what the truth is because I watch the game and I watched the video hightlight many times on the website.

That photo is of the 45 yard pass play that was from Mark Brunell to Robert Meachum and Meachum was tackled inside the 5 yard line. Francisco did not give up a touchdown as the photo caption would lead you to believe.


New Orleans did not score on that series as the Arizona Cardinals Defense stopped them on 4th and goal from the 2 yard line. New Orleans turned the ball over on downs to the Cardinals at the Cardinala 1 yard line.

The touchdown pass that New Orleans did complete against
Aaron Francisco was from Drew Brees to David Patten.

Anatomy of a Play.

On their opening drive on third-and-goal from the 7-yard line, the Saints came out in a four wide receiver set with Bush set up in the backfield directly behind Stinchcomb. Billy Miller and Terrance Copper were split about three yards to the left with Copper off the line, making Miller eligible, and Moore and Patten were split about three yards to the right with Patten off of the line making Moore eligible.

At the snap, the Cardinals rushed their four down linemen. Jammal Brown blocked Bertrand Berry, who then tried to go inside. Lined up next to Berry at tackle was Antonio Smith who was blocked by Jamar Nesbit. Jonathan Goodwin and Jahri Evans teamed up on the other tackle, Darnell Dockett, and forced him outside, and Stinchcomb blocked Chike Okeafor to the outside as well. This opened up the middle of the field for Brees to see. Bertrand Berry recovered after being blocked by Brown, went around Antonio Smith and had an open path to Brees.

Terrance Copper's route took him about three yards down the field and then to the sideline, Billy Miller went about five yards deep into the endzone before veering to the sideline, Lance Moore went about five yards deep before turning for the back corner, and Reggie Bush released to the sideline about even with the line of scrimmage. David Patten ran off Moore's back at the snap and ran straight to MLB Gerald Hayes. Hayes met Patten straight up and bumped him at which point Patten broke to the endzone.

Cardinals FS Aaron Francisco took about two steps towards the sideline when Moore broke for it and this provided just enough space in the middle of the field for Brees to float a ball over the head of Gerald Hayes and right into the arms of David Patten who made the catch directly in front of Francisco, who recovered a fraction of a second too late. Touchdown Saints.

Another thing...

Tyler Plako's short pass to Meachum in which he out ran the entire Cardinals Defense on that play for a 60 yard touchdown.

Aaron Francisco was on the side line with the coaches.

You can confirm my assertation with video highlights at



Arizona Cardinals

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Saints 24, Carninals 10 03:14


Since: Aug 08

Wailuku, HI

#2 Aug 17, 2008
Good Luck, NFL is so tough to be employed, one mistake and you could be out of a job.
Michelle Wie Fan

Oakland, CA

#3 Aug 17, 2008

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