The Arizona Cardinals are starting the season with much anticipation, and many writers say we have a leg up against the competition. Do we?
I don’t know if we actually have the type of team that could eventually be a Super Bowl winner this year, sure feels different from the perspective that we have a team of respectability. I don’t think the media has ever given the Cardinals a chance, but according to Vegas, the Cardinals are 11-1 odds to make the big dance.
That’s very hefty odds, considering the Cards are considered a partially older team. In 2015, the Cardinals were in the bottom half of the age category, ranked 27th in the NFL with an average age of 27.6.
Why does this matter to the Cardinals? Injuries end up stacking up at the end of season, injured reserve makes for a list of it’s own, and we start wondering if the Cards can make the necessary step to make a run. I think that for the Cardinals to make a big jump to Super Bowl favorites, they need to continue what they’ve done in the last few years. Adding a big piece.
Signing veterans like Dwight Freeney, John Abraham, and Chris Johnson has made this team a threat every year. Losing in the NFC Championship is very disheartening, but I don’t think they’ll have a problem getting over the proverbial hump they face. Steve Keim needs to continue to look at street free agents if they want to FINALLY get to the big dance.
What about a piece that has already played for the Cardinals before? According to Adam Green of Arizona Sports back in March, Dwight Freeney wanted to play for the Cards, instead it seems like a dying dream for the veteran who is 36 this season.
I have a very distinct feeling that the Cardinals will add someone, but who? Well, until it actually happens, we will be waiting for the transaction. You’ll be hearing from me about the subject soon.