The Arizona Cardinals have assembled a triumvirate that could potentially mimic the Dallas Cowboys threesome of the 1990s
Over the past week or so, the Arizona Cardinals have put the finishing touches on something that could potentially turn into something special. The construction began in April of 2019, when general manager Steve Keim selected signal-caller Kyler Murray with the NFL Draft’s first-overall pick. Arizona had acquired Josh Rosen just one year before, but the club obviously felt that the former Oklahoma Sooner star was too good to pass up.
Six months later, Keim orchestrated a trade that immediately paid dividends. Running back Kenyan Drake was brought to town, and proceeded to run roughshod over opposing defenses. The former Miami Dolphin turned out to be a perfect fit for the squad’s “Air Raid” attack, and the Cards management team received kudos for landing such a talented ball-carrier.
The last piece to what is shaping up to be an impressive group of Cardinals was secured last Monday. Keim stunned the football world when he somehow convinced the Houston Texans to part with wideout DeAndre Hopkins. The four-time Pro Bowler is the third and final component to be added to Arizona’s formidable-looking trio.
Possessing an offensive unit that contains Murray, Drake and Hopkins is an exciting proposition for Kliff Kingsbury. The franchise’s head coach has to be licking his chops at the thought of designing plays that can utilize each of their talents. In fact, the Cards have assembled what appears to be one of the most prolific scoring machines in the league.
Back in the 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys offense was in possession of a sensational threesome of their own. Quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Michael Irvin terrorized opposing defenses for a good portion of the decade. The “Triplets” played a huge part in the three Super Bowl victories celebrated by Dallas following the 1992, 1993 and 1995 campaigns.
The Cardinals are banking on the fact that Murray, Drake and Hopkins can do the same for them. Keim has certainly put together an imposing array of offensive weapons. Arizona can only hope that the triumvirate will help the organization taste the success that the Cowboys enjoyed almost 30 years ago.