Arizona Cardinals: The goal is now Super Bowl 54
Super Bowl 53 is upon us today but for the Arizona Cardinals work is already underway to prep for the 2019 season and the road to Super Bowl 54 in Miami
The 2018 season will finally come to an end on Sunday night in Atlanta as the New England Patriots will face the Los Angeles Rams. The Arizona Cardinals will be at home again as they continue their preparations for the 2019 season.
There was very little to write home about this season. The Cardinals went 3-13, including 0-2 against their division rival Rams, being outscored 65-9 in two games.
Just two years ago the tables were turned. The Cardinals, although didn’t make the playoffs, were nowhere near as bad as they are right now. The Rams were finishing a 4-12 season with rookie Jared Goff at quarterback.
Even with a new head coach, new coaching staff, and likely another offseason of heavy roster turnover, there are key pieces in place still. They have receiver Larry Fizgerald back. Running back David Johnson looks to get back to his 2015 and 2016 form.
They have a young wideout in Christian Kirk who can fly. They also have what is hoped to be a franchise quarterback in Josh Rosen. The jury is still out but he will be given every chance to win in Arizona.
No matter how bad a team is one season, the goal the next season is always the Super Bowl. Is it likely to happen? No, not that fast, although with the right moves, they could contend for the playoffs. Can it happen? In today’s NFL, absolutely.
The NFL has its dynasty team in the Patriots, if you want to call them that. Outside of New England though, the league has been cyclical. There are new playoff teams year to year.
The Cardinals will have to be smart in both free agency and the draft. They might also have to get lucky. There’s no reason though the Cardinals can’t dream of being in the next Super Bowl or one relatively soon.