2014 Arizona Cardinals Season Preview
The Cardinals were the best team in the NFL last season that did not get a playoff spot, and that can only make the drive for the postseason more intense for the team going into the 2014 season. Arizona went 10-6, including a win over the eventual Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks behind new QB Carson Palmer. This year the Cards added Jonathan Dwyer and Ted Ginn to help smooth over the losses of Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Roberts, as well as picking up Antonio Cromartie to help out in the secondary. The Cards will kick off the season at home against the Chargers, and then have a tough Week 3-4 with match ups against the 49ers and Broncos. A trip to Dallas is on the agenda in Week 9, and Arizona will have to finish strong to make the playoffs with the final two regular season games coming against the Seahawks and 49ers. The Cardinals have one of the best secondaries in the game, but they’ll need to be better in stopping the run to make their own run in 2014.
2013 Arizona Cardinals Season Preview
The Cardinals have made significant changes in order to improve for the 2013 season. First off, Arizona dismissed head coach Ken Whisenhunt and replaced him with Bruce Arians, who oversaw the Indianapolis Colts while their head coach Chuck Pagano was away from the team while dealing with cancer. Offensively, the Cardinals set out to solidify their quarterback situation, trading for the Raiders’ Carson Palmer. Rashard Mendenhall was signed as a free agent to bring more talent into the running back corps. Defensively, Arizona signed free agents Yeremiah Bell, Jasper Brinkley, Antoine Cason and Jerraud Powers to improve the team’s overall defensive play. In the NFL Draft the Cardinals acquired help for both sides of the football, taking North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper in the first round and later embattled former LSU safety Tyrann Mathieu. With changes to all aspects of the team, Arizona hopes to change the franchise’s fortunes and make a statement in 2013.
2011 Arizona Cardinals Season Preview
The Arizona Cardinals struggled last year after Kurt Warner retired. They could never find a consistent quarterback, often shuffling between the turnover-prone Derek Anderson and the inexperienced John Skelton. Head coach Ken Wisenhunt has made some moves heading into the 2011 season, and there's no reason why the Cardinals can't compete in a wide open NFC West.
Perhaps the biggest move that the Cardinals made in the abbreviated off-season was trading for former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb. Though he has not gotten much time under center, Kolb has a very high ceiling, and at just 26-years-old, can lead the team for years to come. He also has one of the best wide-receivers in the game in Larry Fitzgerald, who will certainly be happy to have a reliable quarterback throwing to him.
Although the defense had to give up cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Cardinals still have a number of playmakers on that side of the ball. Adrian Wilson is one of the best safeties in the league and Darnell Dockett turned in a Pro Bowl performance in 2010.
2010 Arizona Cardinals Season Preview
The Arizona Cardinals underwent a lot of changes this offseason, and with and improved San Fransico 49ers team favored to win the division, it may be difficult for them to match their recent level of success.
One of the most noticeable absences will be quarterback Kurt Warner. The former Super Bowl MVP, who guided the Cardinals to the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance and brought them back-to-back NFC West championships, retired shortly after the end of the season. Warner will be replaced by Matt Leinart, who has yet to show the skill in the pros that made him a Heisman Trophy winner at USC.
Also gone from the offense is wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens in the offseason, leaving Leinart with Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston as the leading targets. In the backfield, Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower will likely get the majority of the carries, but will need to show more than they have.
The defense lost one of its leaders as well, as linebacker Karlos Dansby signed with the Miami Dolphins. The secondary lost standout safety Antrel Rolle, was picked up by the New York Giants, and a lot of pressure will be on third-year cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to perform.
2009 Arizona Cardinals Season Preview
It will be hard for the 2009 Arizona Cardinals to match the magical season the Cards had in 2008. Unless Arizona can play its way back into the Super Bowl in Miami in February 2010. And returning to the Super Bowl might not be as difficult as it sounds because the Cardinals return the bulk of their roster from '08. Quarterback Kurt Warner is resigned and back to lead the Red Birds offense. Alongside Warner is mega stud wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who often looks unstoppable against the best defenses in the NFL, and WR Anquan Boldin. The Cards will be searching for a reliable running game, something that they have not yet been able to get from Edgerrin James. The Arizona defense will probably be overlooked again by most experts, but they have a salty crew that should help keep them in close NFC West games. The Cardinals had the dream season in 2008, but fell one game short of their goal. The 2009 season will give the chance to add the title of "Super Bowl Champions" to their list of franchise accomplishments.
2008 Arizona Cardinals Season Preview
The Arizona Cardinals are an exciting team to watch this year in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals are looking for their first winning season since 1998 this year, and with last year's 8-8 record, it is looking like a possibility. However, 25 year-old Matt Leinart, the Heisman Trophy winner from USC and starting quarterback for the Cardinals, is going to have to prove he can be comfortable in a hurry-up offense. So far, Leinart has failed to impress, and has needed backup from Super Bowl winning veteran Kurt Warner. Things are looking up in Arizona, with former Colts star running back Edgerrin James at the helm for moving the ball on the ground, and Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin preparing to make some big catches no matter who is throwing the ball. Also, the defense is going to have to step up their passing coverage, ranking near the bottom of the league in pass defense for the last two years. All in all, this team is going to be adjusting its lineup for the better (or at least they hope), and we should be seeing some quality football in Arizona this year. A game in Phoenix will be a slugfest as the Arizona Cardinals fight to climb the stats board.