Tuesday, September 3, 2013

2013 NFL Team Previews: Arizona Cardinals

Key Additions

QB Carson Palmer, QB Drew Stanton, RB Rashard Mendenhall, DE Frostee Rucker, DE Matt Shaughnessy, DE/OLB QUentin Groves, ILB Karlos Dansby, ILB Jasper Brinkley, CB Antoine Cason, CB Javier Arenas, CB Jerraud Powers, S Yeremiah Bell, G Jonathan Cooper (draft), ILB Kevin Minter (draft), CB/S Tyrann Mathieu (draft), DE/OLB Alex Okafor (draft), G Earl Watford (draft), RB Stepfan Taylor (draft), RB Andre Ellington (draft)

Key Losses

QB Kevin Kolb, QB John Skelton, QB Brian Hoyer, RB Chris Wells, RB LaRod Stephens-Howling, FB Anthony Sherman, WR Early Doucet, G Adam Snyder, ILB Paris Lenon, ILB Stewart Bradley, CB Greg Toler, CB William Gay, CB Michael Adams, S Adrian Wilson, S Kerry Rhodes

Team Analysis

The Cardinals are certainly an improved team from last season, but I don't see too much improvement in store for their record. That is because they are basically guaranteed to lose 4+ games within the division, and have a very tough schedule outside the division. The two aspects of this team that worry me the most are the secondary and the offensive line. The tackle position is still a mess in my eyes, and better protection will once again be a priority next off season. On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary is filled with aging players and backups. The only player that can excite you is Mathiue, but he's just a rookie. Luckily the offense will be a lot better because they actually have an NFL quarterback on the roster for the first time in years. That alone gives them a chance at a better record this season. Unfortunately, the division is just too tough for me to see them making the playoffs for a couple more years.

Projected Wins


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