Arizona Cardinals Season Preview

The 2010-2011 season was an abysmal one for the Arizona Cardinals. After losing Kurt Warner to retirement last season, the Cardinals Quarterback spot has been virtually vacant. Formerly promising QB prospect Matt Leinart lost the starting job battle to Derek Anderson in training camp last season and was cut, therefore taking his talents to the backup spot in Houston. Derek Anderson didn’t pan out as well as the Cardinals had hoped. Anderson threw for only 7 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was so bad that he was benched and rookies Max Hall and John Skelton had to fill the starting position which isn’t tough to do when you are a rookie. Neither of these quarterbacks panned out either. The Cardinal QB’s threw for a total of 10 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, while MVP Quarterback Tom Brady threw for 36 touchdowns and 4 interceptions… The Cardinals also have the second best Wide Receiver (in my opinion) in the league, Larry Fitzgerald. With no QB, Fitzgerald was extremely ineffective and produced very low numbers compared to recent years. Two days ago the Cardinals made a trade that will change their teams chances this year drastically. The trade was for promising Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Kevin Kolb.  Pro Bowl corner Dominque Rodgers Cromartie and a 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft were sent to the Eagles.

2011-2012 Projected Record (8-8). The Cardinals did improve significantly from the 2010 Cardinals with the trade for Kolb. Quarterback was their biggest need and they got a potential pro bowler. This trade will help them a lot but they still need some help on their defense. They need a premier pass rusher to help on the defensive line.

Draft Grade  B+

In the first round of the draft the Cards drafted Patrick Peterson. Peterson is one of the most athletic players I’ve seen in years. A 6’0 220 pound corner who has blazing speed.  I think Patrick Peterson was the best player in this years draft class and will be a very nice player to fill the spot that Rodgers Cromartie left. In the 2nd round they took Running Back Ryan Williams out of Virginia Tech. I questioned the pick at first but it makes sense because Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells haven’t produced much in the past years. Williams had a great freshman campaign rushing for 1655 yards and 21 touchdowns. His sophomore year was not as memorable but he only started 5 games and only had 110 rushes due to a hamstring injury. They took Sam Acho in the 4th round which I thought was a steal. He came out as a Defensive End but he is undersized to play End in the NFL. He will have to transition to the linebacker position and has the right combination of strength and speed to become a solid linebacker in the league. In the 6th round the Cardinals stole UNC product Quan Sturdivant. Sturdivant also has the intangibles to be a productive linebacker in the NFL.

Key Games

Week 3  @ Seattle. The Cardinals won only one of their eight road games last year. Beating the reigning division champs would be a huge statement for the Cards.

Week 10 @ Philadelphia. This will be an interesting match up with Kevin Kolb heading back to his old stomping grounds. Will Kolb play harder against the Eagles? This would be a huge win for the Cardinals since the Eagles are looking like top contenders in the NFC.

Breakout Player

Kevin Kolb  I’m an Eagles fan so I’ve seen a fair share of Kolb’s game. He has loads of potential and has been an understudy to the great Donovan McNabb. This is finally Kolb’s year to become the leader of a new team and breakout as the great player he is. He also has Larry Fitzgerald. The combination of Kolb’s big arm and Fitzgeralds great hands and jumping skills could lead to another great dynamic duo in the NFL. I think Kolb will have a breakout season and jump into the pool of premier NFL Quarterbacks this season.


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