It’s Official: The Arizona Cardinals can start looking to 2023
By Sion Fawkes
Following a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Arizona Cardinals can officially call their 2022 season a wash as we head into the final weeks.
The Arizona Cardinals are coming off of their most dismal performance of the season following a massive loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It was a game where they could have saved their season for yet another week, but once again, poor game management by head coach Kliff Kingsbury doomed the Cardinals.
The constant turnover on downs gave San Francisco a short field to work with time and again, and midway through the fourth, the Niners held a commanding lead. While quarterback Colt McCoy once again performed well – 24/34, 218 yards, 6.4 yards per pass, and an interception that went off the hands of running back James Conner, most of the team forgot to show.
Conner was horrendous running the ball (again). The defense was lethargic (again). The pass rush sputtered (again). Are we having fun yet?
Arizona Cardinals should set their sights on 2023
It has been a season full of utter mismanagement from over the first 11 weeks, literally starting back in mid-September during a blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. And right now, you seriously have to wonder whether it’s not just best to tear this thing down and rebuild it from scratch.
Kliff has had four seasons to improve, something he did in the team’s first three seasons, only to fall flat on his face in Year 4. Kyler Murray looked like he was getting better following the Cardinals 7-0 start last season, only to fall flat on his face, himself mere months after signing a long-term deal that to be honest, wasn’t well deserved.
Odds are, Kliff and Kyler will be back next season, given their lucrative contract extensions. Logic tells me this is the case. But then again, stranger, and more sensible things, have happened. Maybe Michael Bidwill will grow wiser, admit his mistakes, and start this thing over. Because it appears the Arizona Cardinals hit their high water mark with Kliff and Kyler this time last season.
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