The Arizona Cardinals are worth the price of admission
In no time at all, first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury has transformed the Arizona Cardinals into an exciting football team
Thanks to a dreadful performance last season, many prognosticators were predicting doom and gloom for the Arizona Cardinals in 2019. With just three victories to their credit in the past 10 weeks, the squad is doing very little to prove their detractors wrong. The difference between this year’s Cards and the 2018 version, however, is like night and day.
To the surprise of many, the Cardinals have morphed into one of the most exciting teams in football. First-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury is proving to the world that his “Air Raid” offense can work at the professional level. Rookie Kyler Murray has displayed the skill set and poise of a seasoned quarterback that’s been performing in the NFL for years.
Arizona fans have vivid memories of how bad things were just 12 months ago. Former head coach Steve Wilks presided over a group of Cards that were simply unwatchable. How did the transformation occur so quickly?
Much of the credit should be given to Kingsbury. The offensive guru convinced Steve Keim to draft the stellar Murray, despite the fact that the general manager had already hitched his wagons to the now-departed Josh Rosen. Kingsbury’s play-calling has been both imaginative and effective as well.
Another impressive aspect of the current Cardinals has been their competitiveness. Kingsbury’s crew has been in just about every game they’ve participated in thus far. There have been no blowout losses like there were when Wilks was in charge.
If not for a defense that consistently struggles to get off of the field, Arizona could’ve very well been contending for a playoff spot. If management can fix that side of the ball during the next offseason, a postseason berth in 2020 will not be out of the question. Until then, we can all be thankful that the Cards have once again become a joy to watch.