Dec 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) catches a pass for a touchdown over Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell (41) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Arizona defeated Seattle 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
In 2013 the Arizona Cardinals defense was the biggest reason why they were able to win games in Tampa Bay, Seattle, and at home over St. Louis and Indianapolis. In 2014, with the defensive unknowns in the middle of the pack at linebacker, the offense will need to step it up. The weapons are there.
Quarterback Carson Palmer has a tight end. He has two tight ends really that can help him with short to mid range receptions. With the signing of John Carlson and the re-signing of Jake Ballard, there is no reason why the tight end position can’t see much better success in 2014.
Of course the wide receivers and the running backs will have to be a big reason for any success the offense has. Receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and Ted Ginn Jr. will be the big three. Then you have running backs Andre Ellington, Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor. It’s enough to make you salivate and dream over what could happen.
The Cards scored 379 points last season but they weren’t all offensive points. The Cards put their share of defensive points on the board as well. The 279 was just eighth-best in the NFC. This team will need to score more if it want to even come close to matching or doing better than what they did in the standings in 2013.