Arizona Cardinals would make a good comeback story
With Tiger Woods making a comeback to win the Masters 14 years removed from his last win in Augusta, the Arizona Cardinals too would make a nice comeback story in 2019
Now it hasn’t been 14 years since the Arizona Cardinals were last playoff winners but the way 2018 turned out it sure seems like it was. Also, 2017 and 2016 didn’t help either.
After last making the playoffs in 2015 after a 13-3 season, the Cardinals have been nothing close to what they were that season. Personnel changes on and off the field have made this into a rebuild in Arizona.
The Cardinals went to the NFC Championship Game in January 2016 only to be blasted by the Carolina Panthers. Everyone pretty much assumed it would be back to business in in the 2016 season.
Many thought the Cardinals were just a player or two away. Unfortunately it was a difficult season for them. They limped to a 7-8-1 record.
In 2017 it just got worse. They lost running back David Johnson in week one and several weeks later in London, lost quarterback Carson Palmer for the season as well.
Amazingly, the Cardinals finished 8-8 but that was thanks to a defense that was able to shut down some offensively challenged teams. Then 2018 happened and we know just how long the 3-13 season went.
Now another new head coach has arrived. Larry Fitzgerald is one of only a small handful of Cardinals left on the current roster that was here in 2015.
The others in that group are Patrick Peterson, Rodney Gunter, David Johnson, D.J. Humphries, and D.J. Swearinger. They are the ones the young guys need to look to for guidance.
Do the Cardinals have it in them to make a comeback like Tiger did? It would be hard to top but the Cardinals have to make all the right moves in the draft and then maybe hope for some bounces to go their way after.
Most don’t expect the Cardinals to contend in 2019. The schedule isn’t horrific but it will be difficult in spots. It’s crazy though. Outside of the New England Patriots, it really is a year to year proposition in the NFL.