Prediction! A new era will dawn for the Arizona Cardinals in 2023
The Arizona Cardinals suffered through a horrendous 2022 season, but as a phoenix rises from the ashes, a new era is also rising in the desert.
They say everything makes a full circle, and for the Arizona Cardinals, you can safely say the organization is approaching the start-finish line of what has been their worst season in nearly five years. At 4-12, 2022 has also been one of the Redbirds’ worst seasons in the current century.
But it also means the end of an era, because it’s highly likely we have seen the last of Steve Keim and Kliff Kingsbury, even if they both received contract extensions less than one year ago. Although nothing has been official, we can’t ignore the fact that Kliff is 8-19 (counting playoffs) since his Cardinals steamrolled to a 7-0 start in 2021.
Few teams have fallen flat on their faces so hard, and when you look at the record alone, Kliff deserves to be gone. Ditto for Keim, who couldn’t draft, couldn’t keep impending free agents, and his trades have, in hindsight, given the Cardinals nothing but small windows for success.
A new era dawns for the Arizona Cardinals in 2023
Yes, I am sitting here and saying 2023 will be the dawn of a new era. Even if, by some divine act, Kliff and Keim keep their jobs, a poor start to the 2023 season will seal their respective fates. This simply can’t go on, and they will be handed their walking papers sooner than later.
Kyler Murray, the much-maligned former number one overall pick, will be back in 2023, and likely better than new. Many, including myself, criticized Murray’s lack of maturity on a minor scale and leadership skills, but his ACL tear and subsequent rehabilitation could turn a new page for the quarterback.
Murray will be the leader and the face of this new era. And he will have a plethora of young teammates around him, including, but not limited to Marquise Brown, Josh Jones, D.J. Humphries, James Conner, Trey McBride, Isaiah Simmons, Zaven Collins, Marco Wilson, Budda Baker, Jalen Thompson, and if they re-sign, Greg Dortch, Zach Allen, and Byron Murphy Jr.
So, I’m getting bold and will say goodbye to the Kliff Kingsbury-Steve Keim Era one week before Black Monday. Six days, really. And I will subsequently say hello to the Redemption Era. A New Phoenix is Rising in the Sonoran Desert.
Article Source: The End of an Era for Arizona Cardinals by Blake Murphy
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