When Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia, it seemed like the Colts were doomed. However, interim coach Bruce Arians refused to enter rebuilding mode, and the Colts went 11-5.
In Arizona, a similar thing is happening. Arians, who is now coaching the Cardinals, told NFL.com that the Cardinals are reloading, not rebuilding. One would think that a team coming off of 11 losses in 12 games would want to rebuild, but that’s not the case in Arizona.
The Cardinals added about 50 players this offseason, including a new quarterback and running back. The talent is there for the Cardinals to make a playoff run now, and fans are buzzing about the team’s potential. There’s no reason to suffer losing seasons in rebuilding mode when the talent is there right now.
As the article said, the optimism is almost as high as the temperature in Arizona. 2013 has the potential to be a great season for the Cardinals, and everyone on the team knows that.