Arizona Cardinals should prioritize defensive line
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals have a number of needs this offseason but fans think the defensive line should be a top priority
Recently we ran a poll on Twitter asking fans where the Arizona Cardinals should focus their needs first this offseason. Presented with several options, the one selected the most was addressing the defensive line.
The pass rush as we know has been basically Chandler Jones and that’s it. He’s doing it as a linebacker, at least now. He’s been moved around as the team moved around from a 3-4 to a 4-3 and back to a 3-4 in 2019.
Certainly obtaining a better pass rush with multiple weapons may have saved the Cardinals a couple of times last season. So, the Cardinals need to look at getting an edge rusher, either through free agency or the draft.
In the poll itself, out of 150 votes, 47 percent believed the defensive line should be the top priority. Behind that was receiver at 24 percent, offensive line 23 percent, and cornerback 7 percent.
To be fair, one of the first commenters on the poll asked if there should be a “all above” option in the poll. Agreed, but for clarity purposes it was important to see what fans specifically wanted to address the most.
The Cardinals should address all those areas. Expect names for the offensive line and receiver to come up as first round choices in the 2020 NFL Draft. They can still develop guys like Zach Allen but guys like Corey Peters and Rodney Gunter are not consistent enough to continue with the status quo.
The defense however is where the biggest needs are realistically though. Yes, adding a top receiver would be nice and all, but it isn’t the biggest need. This team has shown it can score with what they have.
The idea isn’t to necessarily just score more, see if the offense can outscore the defensive effort each week. Yes, the Cardinals need more touchdowns as opposed to field goals.
However those field goals don’t hurt you if the defense is stopping the opposing offenses more often. There really is no right or wrong answer here, just better options greater priorities.