QB Ryan Lindley - Free Agent
|6-4, 230||Born: 6-20-1989||College: San Diego State||Drafted: Round 6, pick 185 (2012)|
2015 Week 17 vs TEN (6 / 10 / 58 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Playing in relief of Josh Freeman on a limited basis on Sunday, Lindley played reasonably well, leading the Colts on a 58-yard touchdown pass on his first of two drives. Still, he only averaged 5.8 yards per attempt, and his 18-yard touchdown pass was lucky to not be intercepted. Lindley missed several open receivers downfield, and it's unlikely that he'll get another shot at a gig after being signed off the streets. Expect the practice squad for Lindley next fall, but little else.
2014 Week 15 vs STL (4 / 10 / 30 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The "next man up" mantra reached its comical conclusion last night with the likely season-ending Stanton injury giving way to the second iteration of the Ryan Lindley Era. Lindley, who has yet to throw a touchdown in his nearly 200 career attempts, remained poised despite the adverse circumstances, but still displayed the same struggles with reads and accuracy. In just 10 total pass attempts last night Lindley narrowly got away with 3 potential interceptions. None of this is provides much optimism for the rest of this season, be it next week's game against the defending champs, or in the playoff birth the Cardinals all but clinched last night. The Cardinals have impressively used Band-Aids for bullet wounds all season long, but it seems like last night the team ran out of Band-Aids.
2014 Week 16 vs SEA (18 / 44 / 216 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
For all intent and purpose, Ryan Lindley is a 4th-string quarterback. Against arguably the best defense and secondary in the NFL, the Cardinals started a 4th-string quarterback. That is essentially the context necessary to understand this game. It is in no way meant to take credit away from, again, arguably the best defense in the NFL, but it is a reality that must be factored. The results of the game, and of Lindley's performance, are a reflection of it. Lindley was bad in all the same areas he's struggled with throughout his short career. Lindley was slow in his progressions, late with his decisions and inaccurate with his passes, with many sailing high. Lindley did take some shots deep, and found a bit of success on boundary throws to Michael Floyd, connecting on one for 32-yards and drawing a 36-yard pass interference penalty on another. What surrounded these few successful play were incomplete passes and unproductive runs against a consistently stacked box. With Stanton still recovering it's almost certain Lindley will start next week in San Francisco with the Cardinals' playoff seed yet to be determined. UPDATE: Coach Arians said no final decision has been made, but he is leaning towards starting Logan Thomas next week in San Francisco.
2014 Week 17 vs SF (23 / 39 / 316 / 2 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ryan Lindley finally snapped his touchdown-less streak, throwing his first two touchdown throws to Michael Floyd and marking his best game as a professional. There was of course still plenty of bad from Lindley too. He threw two interceptions, narrowly got away with 2 more, and took an especially bad sack deep in 49ers territory. But its unfair to ask a 4th-string QB to do more than Lindley did. Over 300 yards passing and accounting for 17 points was more than anyone could have expected. In the end, Lindley was able to show he's more than just a punch line but still a long way away from being a viable starting quarterback in the NFL.
2014 Week 18 vs CAR (16 / 28 / 82 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Despite the mid-week bluster and bravado from Head Coach Bruce Arians, it was clear from the start that the Coach didn't have confidence in his quarterback, and Lindley simply did not have what it takes to win playoff games on the road. Conservative play calling and a completely stagnant run game conspired together to make his job more difficult, but in the end it was Lindley who continually failed to make the necessary plays in front of him. Some of these mistakes were surmountable; Lindley was able to find Darren Fells in the back of the end-zone just two plays after badly missing a wide-open Larry Fitzgerald, but others were not. Lindley's two interceptions both came in the Panther's red zone at times in which the final outcome was still in doubt.
2012 Week 11 vs ATL (9 / 20 / 64 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ryan Lindley got the nod to replace a struggling QB Skelton early in the second quarter. Lindley did not look impressive overall but this was not surprising as he was put in a difficult position as a rookie trying to rescue a mediocre offense vs. the Falcons. The Cardinals had a game plan for Lindley when he started to take snaps and he rarely looked like he was being allowed to be creative. Lindley had very little time in the pocket and often only looked at one or two receivers before checking it down. In the first half, Lindley got hit in the pocket from behind and the ball was stripped loose. No whistle was blown and most players on the Cardinals assumed wrongly that the play was over, which resulted in an easy return to the endzone for the Falcons. Lindley made some decent throws, displaying more accuracy then Skelton as he picked out WR Floyd down the field and placed the pass just over the defender. He still struggled largely however, and sacks/turnovers were the biggest reasons. Lindley should have been intercepted as he threw an ill advised pass right to the ATL defender who just dropped it. Lindley played it safe for most of the game, checking down the ball when he felt the pressure and taking dew shots downfield. He did almost connect to WR Fitzgerald but the pass was slightly overthrown deep down the sideline.
2012 Week 12 vs STL (31 / 52 / 312 / 0 / 4 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Lindley threw very accurate short and intermediate passes on his first drive, while showing good poise in the pocket. The Cardinals were reliant on the run to set up the pass however, and Lindley didn't have to make any difficult or deep throws. With the opening throw of his second drive, Lindley was attempting another of those easy, quick throws but Janoris Jenkins jumped a quick out route to score a touchdown the other way. Lindley didn't read the defense as he expected Jenkins to move down the field in man coverage, when he actually sat in a zone. Lindley was nearly intercepted again at the start of the third quarter when he attempted a throw to the flat off of his backfoot. It was a poor decision and bad throw that was fortunately dropped by Quintin Mikell. Lindley was starting to get anxious at this point as he missed Larry Fitzgerald over the middle. Fitzgerald ran a crossing route underneath. Lindley threw the ball high and behind him and Fitzgerald tipped it into the air as he stretched. Fortunately for the Cardinals, it fell to a spot where no Rams were waiting to catch it. After evading a defender or two to extend a play and hit Andre Roberts for a first down, Lindley threw another interception as he and Larry Fitzgerald read different routes. Fitzgerald ran a deep route down the field, but Lindley threw the ball underneath expecting him to come out of a break. The ball sailed straight into the arms of Craig Dahl. The throw looked really bad on first viewing, but the reality is it was simply a miscommunication between two teammates. Lindley completed his unravelling with a second pick six to Janoris Jenkins when he underthrew a pass into double coverage off of his backfoot. It was another terrible decision and throw. Lindley's final interception of the game was a pass that was tipped multiple times before landing in James Laurinaitis' hands.
2012 Week 13 vs NYJ (10 / 31 / 72 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ryan Lindley is not an NFL-caliber quarterback. Throughout the game, Lindley overthrew his intended receivers and succumbed to interior pressure. To illustrate how poorly Lindley played, he failed to convert any of his 15 third down opportunities. On each of these third downs, the Jets deployed single coverage on the outside and brought pressure up the middle. Despite taking just two sacks, the Jets hit Lindley early and forced him to make some poor reads. On a 3rd-and-7 play from the New York 18-yard line, Larry Fitzgerald ran freely down the right sideline, but Lindley overthrew him and settled for a field goal. If Lindley completes this pass, the Cardinals may win this game. Instead, Lindley's ineptness allowed the Jets to sneak away with the win. Rex Ryan's defenses thrive on bringing pressure on third down, so it's no secret Lindley faced stacked boxes and single coverage on the outside.
2012 Week 14 vs SEA (8 / 17 / 59 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Lindley received about a quarter and a half of playing time after the Cardinals were behind 48-0. He struggled to find any sort of rhythm to sustain a drive against the swarming Seattle defense. All three of his obvious passing situations on third-and-long resulted in big hits. Twice he was sacked and another, with plenty of time in the pocket, Lindley held the ball far too long before delivering a floating pass to the far side of the field to Rob Housler. His tight end worked his way down the field after the catch, but Lindley took a huge hit on the play. Lindley's best play of the day came on a 10-yard out route to Michael Floyd. The ball came out on time with power and accuracy. It was one of the lone bright spots for the Arizona offense.
2012 Week 15 vs DET (14 / 21 / 104 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Lindley arguably had his best game this season against Detroit. He only had to throw 21 passes as Detroit shot themselves in the foot with four turnovers, but showed more skill as a game manager with just seven incompletions and one interception on the day. He was able to identify free rushers frequently and use his outlet receivers or short crossing routes to keep the chains moving. After his early interception, Lindley regrouped did not let the growing lead Arizona had by halftime disappear. Lindley did not make any spectacular throws, but found Fitzgerald, Roberts, and Floyd on short and intermediate routes when needed. The game plan shifted squarely to the running game as the lead expanded, which helped Lindley's efficiency and limited mistakes.
2012 Week 16 vs CHI (17 / 30 / 141 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Lindley continued to show how desperate the Cardinals are for a quarterback as he continued to show erratic accuracy, no pocket presence and poor decision-making throughout this game, until he was yanked in the third quarter. That move came after a brutal pick-six by, of course, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. All Lindley's issues were on display on that interception. He didn't see Tillman haunting Andre Robert's route, threw the ball behind Roberts, almost to Tillman and with no power to get it past the defender. That it was thrown from his own end zone only compounds the poor decision. It was first down, in his own end. There was time to scan the field further or throw the ball away but instead he did the one thing he couldn't do. The game was already out of hand but Lindley's interception put it out of reach for good. Lindley had another interception, this time by safety Anthony Walters, which was wiped out due to penalty.