May 14, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs drills during organized team activities at the Cardinals Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t Write Off the Arizona Cardinals, Anything Can Happen in the NFL


Over the past several years, we’ve seen what parity has done in the NFL.  Parity has allowed teams like the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans to make it to the playoffs.  It has allowed Cincinnati Bengals into the playoffs as well, and we all know their history.  It even allowed the Arizona Cardinals to make a Super Bowl four years ago.  The Arizona Cardinals.  After reading all these predictions about no matter what the Cards have done in the off-season, they are doomed.  I say not so fast.

Anything can happen in today’s NFL.  Sure, the Cards are in a loaded division.  You can’t even count out the St. Louis Rams.  Heck, they had the NFC West’s best divisional record last year at 4-1-1.  Most have them finishing third in 2013, but they have as much a chance as the San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks.  They’ll beat up on each other.  Then you always have injuries.  Even the best teams can’t avoid them.

What I am saying is, don’t write off the Cardinals for any one reason.  I say that just as easily don’t predict success just because of any one reason either.  It will take  team effort.  I believe that’s what the Cards have built.  They have built a team that will work together.  You could say there are no superstars but then I’d feel like I’m slighting Larry Fitzgerald.  However Fitzgerald isn’t your typical superstar.  He is a true professional who only cares about team.

No doubt it will be tough to succeed in the NFC West this season for the Cards.  There’s no sugar-coating it.  However, just sit back and take a few minutes to realize the depth the Cards have created at several positions.  I think in the end the critics will unde estimate the job the Cards did in this off-season to prepare to right the ship.  I say it does translate into more wins.  How many remains to be seen.  I’ve got a feeling though this season there will be many more smiles than last.

 

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  • Ricky Bobby

    Good Read. I think Offensively, the Cards are better than the rams this season with WR Fitz,2012 1st round Pick Floyd, Roberts, Ryan Swope tied tavon Austin for the second fastest 40 time at the combine but he is not a midget, at 6″ft 205 pounds, he could be a bigger faster version of welker, he was exceptional in college and will Def see snaps this year,Byrd is also a great WR, a poor mans fitz he is known as in the valley I don’t know if well see much of him in 2013 though unless Floyd or Fitz are injured. The Cards are better on the ground as well with Mendenhall, Willams, and the 6th and 7th rated best RBs in the draft Taylor and Elllington. All of this comes together in BAs very qb friendly vertical offensive playbook. They will have a top D this year as well, Maybe not as many takeaways, but still a top 5 pass D team. Their offense makes them 3rd in the division because its not like their D is weak by any means. I cant wait to see how it all comes together, im be willing to bet the cards go 4-2 or 3-3 in division play.

    • Scott Allen

      Division will be tough no doubt! You almost forget about Byrd, but I agree, he could fight for that 4th or 5th WR slot. I think the Cards have pretty much improved themselves at every position