It’s been five long years since the Arizona Cardinals were in the playoffs, ending up one game shy of the Super Bowl in the NFC Championship. We’ve come a long way since then.
Since 2015, we’ve seen some pretty depressing things as the Arizona Cardinals slowly sank over time and bottomed out in the 2018 season, where the team went 3-13 and secured their first number one overall draft pick for the first time since 1958 which was King Hill (no relation to the television series King of the Hill, nor propane). With the biggest game for Kliff Kingsbury, it’s a moment we have to enjoy and be thankful for.
Now we have been critical about Kliff and his performance this year, myself included. Maybe we had been conditioned to losing and this “learning to win” and placing trust in what has gotten us to this point undoubtedly has taken some time to get used to. But these are moments that we could only have dreamed of years ago.
Give credit to Steve Keim for having the guts to admit that Josh Rosen was the wrong pick. Making NFL history by selecting quarterbacks in the first round in back-to-back years is one way to leave your mark. It’s another when there is early success with Kyler Murray. With the team just hours away from a wildcard spot only shows how much potential this team really has.
This also could be Larry Fitzgerald’s last game in the NFL. We’ve been spoiled to have seen our franchise’s best player for so long. Just think of how many Cardinals fans never got to see Larry dominate the way he has in his career.
No matter what happens, this should have the Cardinals fans thankful to be in this spot. It’s hard to build a winning team in this league and even if the team finishes 8-8, it’s still an improvement from last year. Just imagine what an offseason of actual prep would do for both sides of this team.
There’s nowhere to go but up.