Arizona Cardinals: Five biggest disappointments in 2016

Dec 24, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham (88) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter as he is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) at CenturyLink Field. The Cardinals won 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 24, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham (88) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter as he is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) at CenturyLink Field. The Cardinals won 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 19, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (74) guard Evan Mathis (69) and quarterback Carson Palmer (3) walk to the line against the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (74) guard Evan Mathis (69) and quarterback Carson Palmer (3) walk to the line against the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

The Arizona Cardinals had plenty of disappointment to go around in 2016 

Whether through fault of their own or certain circumstances, there was plenty of disappointment to go around the locker room for the Arizona Cardinals in 2016.  All three phases were represented.

With high expectations heading into 2016, the Cardinals appeared almost as if a light switch could be turned on and they’d be back in the postseason to make another Super Bowl run.  It was not to be.

Instead, the Cardinals are left asking themselves what could have been.  The Cardinals had a hard time being consistent and had a hard time staying healthy this season.  Those are things you can’t lose if you want to win in the NFL.

The Cardinals lost a few games at the end, lost control at the beginning in a couple of games, and overall just fooled themselves at other times into thinking they could play with certain teams.

Despite a huge win in Seattle last Saturday over the Seahawks, it is little consolation in the grand scheme of things.  The Cardinals had goals and those goals were not met.  Now it is time to turn the roster over a bit and work at making one more run at the Super Bowl in 2017.

As the Cardinals are preparing to put 2016 behind them, we look back at the five biggest disappointments this season.  There were some tough calls in who made this list.

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