The Arizona Cardinals have long been the franchise where vaunted veterans have to die, but this season the troubled football organization is again displaying the once a decade flash of potential that could signal a new beginnings for a team that has moved westward throughout its history in an attempt to look for brighter horizons.
Cardinals tickets this season are actually something people other than the Phoenix faithful want. Kurt Warner is the former star that has come to town for his last hurrah before ending his days as a football player. His time and his talent are being well spent at University of Phoenix Stadium (I love the irony that the stadium naming rites have been sold to an online university without an athletics program, but that is another blog for another day) with Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald running routes.
Boldin and Fitzgerald are, without question, the most exciting and most talented receiving duo in the league. Whoever faces them every week on the NFL schedule knows that at least one of them is going to score. The two should have Pro Bowl tickets every season. If they are not both sent, it will be an egregious crime.
The offense is not all pass though. It is mostly passing, but Edgerrin James takes the ball out of the backfield to keep the defense a little honest. The line may not be the best in the world and each week Warner may be risking career ending injury taking snaps, but if he is given a little time and James can keep the front seven guessing run enough, Warner hits his targets often.
A questionable line alone will most likely keep the Cardinals out of the Super Bowl, but the improved defense with safety Adrain Wilson, linebacker Karlos Dansby, and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is enough to guarantee the title in the wild NFC West. The 49ers, the Seahawks, and the Rams all have major questions and major problems and the Cardinals have become the unlikely team to beat.