So the NFL draft has come to an end. Now the bricklaying of the team’s upcoming season begins. After what has been a monumental offseason in both free agency and the draft, all eyes shift to preparation. It’s on Kliff Kingsbury to get the squad ready.
After fading from the spotlight for draft season, it’s back on Kingsbury. And rightly so, as the new players the team’s acquired are an embarrassment of riches. Kingsbury said there will be a rookie minicamp in two weeks, something that wasn’t there last season. The importance of actually staying in person and holding these minicamps is what will give the team an edge in the upcoming season.
Kingsbury’s only won 13 games in his first two years. A lot of those losses have been a young team trying to learn how to win. That time has come and gone, with the teams window arguably open for the next 2 years. The Arizona Cardinals must take advantage of the lack of draft picks their rival teams have and continue to draft well.
While I’m not the biggest fan of this draft, if they prove me wrong I’ll be all for it. These new additions cannot allow the team to lose against the likes of Detroit, John Wolford and C.J. Beathard. The team as a whole needs to significantly cut down on penalties, something that killed this team down the stretch.
I’m setting this year’s success goal to “playoffs or bust”. It’s crazy to think how close this team actually was at making it to the dance last year. If it goes well, then the following year will be a “Super Bowl or bust” kind of year.
The latter is because Kyler Murray’s contract is up after then, along with J.J Watt’s. The Cardinals haven’t done a great job with cap space over the years, so rebuilding that around a franchise QB contract will be tough.
May the odds ever be in favor of the Cardinals and Kliff Kingsbury.