The Arizona Cardinals went and invested in key free agents and may have had the best draft in years
The changes started almost immediately once the 2018 regular season ended for the Arizona Cardinals. It all started with the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury as their head coach.
Since then the Cardinals front office has shown a commitment to at least try and right the ship from a 3-13 season in 2018. Like with anything else, there are no guarantees and we make none here either.
However what you are likely to see is some exciting football. Kingsbury brings his Air Raid offense to the desert. Per his own words it isn’t an offense chalk-full of passing plays but a balanced offense of both running and passing.
The Cardinals plan on utilizing running back David Johnson much more effectively this season. Hopefully more opportunities from a receiving standpoint.
It was suggested this past week by Pro Football Talk the Cardinals may have rookie quarterback Kyler Murray taking many snaps from the shotgun position. If they aren’t going to be passing every down, they may give off the appearance they are doing so.
As for the defense, Kingsbury assembled a staff of very smart coaches. That all starts and ends with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.
Joseph struggled as head coach of the Denver Broncos but is back in a position he is familiar with. The Cardinals front office has assembled a roster full of free agents along with a mix of rookies.
Adding linebackers Jordan Hicks, Terrell Suggs, and Brooks Reed and then cornerbacks Tramaine Brock and Robert Alford certainly gives fans some excitement entering the season. We should know early on just how much the absence of Patrick Peterson will hurt.
Every year there are teams that don’t have many expectations put on them except for more losing. The Cardinals are no exception to that. Most rank Kingsbury low in the coaches rankings and don’t give the Cardinals a chance to win more than 5 games.
There seems to be a number of teams going into the 2019 season with unknowns. The schedule isn’t completely daunting and they start out with four of the first six at home.
The Cardinals may pleasantly surprise a few teams this year. Hopefully collecting a few more wins than most expect along the way. The unknown can be exciting many times.