Arizona Cardinals: Can the Cardinals Make History?
Jun. 11, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall during mini camp at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Cardinals had a terrible offense last season, as the running backs ranked last in rushing yards and the quarterbacks combined for 11 passing touchdowns and 21 interceptions.
However, the offense has made some significant improvements, and they are bound to help the Cardinals. According to Yahoo Sports, the Cardinals could become one of the only teams to finish last in total yards in one year and finish in the top 10 in the next year.
It has happened four times since 1966, which means it’s extremely rare. Teams that finish last usually stay there, unless a dramatic change takes place. Multiple dramatic changes took place in Arizona, as the Cardinals have a new quarterback, a new running back and a revamped offensive line.
Finishing 10th or better in total offense will be hard to do, but quarterback Carson Palmer has always been known for accumulating a multitude of passing yards. Palmer racked up 4,018 yards passing last season in about 14 games, and he played with a paucity of talent in Oakland.
With the changes the Cardinals made, the offense should do well. It remains to be seen if it can finish in the top 10, but we know that the significant improvements made will show in the desert.