Finally, a couple of people see the light, the Arizona Cardinals have a team that can make some noise in 2018
The Arizona Cardinals themselves pointed this out on their Facebook page, but they shared what the GFMB crew on NFL Network had to say about their chances in 2018. Two of the four talking heads picked the Cardinals as the team that missed the playoffs last year to make it back this year.
First, Peter Schrager said that he loves Steve Wilks. He loved what he did with the Carolina Panthers defense the last several years. He recognizes it is a different team even with receiver Larry Fitzgerald and running back David Johnson still in the fold.
However his argument was valid. He mentioned not only does Wilks have the skills as a defensive minded coach but apparently has been a huge motivator for the team in the locker room.
Then there was Kay Adams. She voiced what I’ve been trying to argue for months now. The Cardinals aren’t this start over from scratch already in the dumps kind of team. Hardly.
She brought up the Cardinals record last season, which was 8-8. They also had the top pass rusher in the NFL last season in Chandler Jones. He had 17 sacks in 2017.
So, it begs the question as to why people are predicting all this doom and gloom for them. Remember, they played more than half the season without Carson Palmer and all season without Johnson.
There are people predicting the Cardinals go 0-16, 2-14. It doesn’t make sense. There aren’t Super Bowl predictions here but the doom and gloom also doesn’t fly with some.
It was very nice to finally hear a national voice speak up in favor of the Cardinals. Now, they still have to go out and prove it on the field.
Maybe they do end up with a losing record, maybe they don’t. The biggest issue will be trying to stay healthy and getting a full team buy in from the new offense and new defense. They have the personnel to win football games.