While it seems like a fire sale, but as mentioned earlier, it isn’t, it would still bring about a new era in Arizona Cardinals football. With a new coach with a knack for developing young talent, a new general manager with a savvy draft record, and a nucleus they could put in place with young talent from the previous regime while continually stockpiling young talent, the Cardinals could finally awaken from their latest slump.
Or as I like to call it, The Phoenix will finally arise from the ashes under the Sonoran Sun. Sure, they could keep going with Kingsbury, Keim, Murray, and Hopkins. But we are in Year 3 with these four together, and Year 4 of the Kliff, Steve Keim, and Murray trio, and we have seen zero playoff wins, zero division titles, and in all honesty, a perpetual circle of mediocrity.
So why keep doing this? The goal is to win Super Bowls, and if none of the above have proven themselves capable of leading the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl or even a division title in what will probably be four seasons, it’s time to take a long look in the mirror and rebuild this thing from scratch so a winner can come to town.
Just as the Buffalo Sabres went over a decade without a playoff appearance and they are now inching closer to the postseason than ever before with the NHL’s youngest roster, but one brimming with talent set to be in place for years.
Once again, even with talents like Reinhart, Eichel, and even staples like Linus Ullmark and Rasmus Ristolainen, or brass like Jason Botterill, Paul Krueger, and Phil Housley, the Sabres could do nothing with them. Why keep these guys around if they keep falling short of expectations? The Arizona Cardinals should be thinking along the same lines.
It may be painful in the short run, but the Arizona Cardinals could build a system similar to what Adams and Granato are building in Buffalo for the long haul. A system that inspired Kevyn Adams from his 2006 Stanley Cup run with the Carolina Hurricanes. We know what Kliff, Kyler, Hopkins, Steve Keim, and company can do, and it isn’t enough. So let’s scrap this thing, rebuild it from scratch, and create a sustainable system eventually capable of winning year after year.
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