We’re just one month into the 2023 offseason, and already, the Arizona Cardinals look as though they have lost. Are they still in turmoil?
In the eyes of many fans, the Arizona Cardinals 2023 season could not have started off worse. First we heard about how unlikely it would be for quarterback Kyler Murray to be ready for Week 1. And while Murray isn’t the best quarterback out there at the moment, we can all agree he’s a better option than 37-year-old Colt McCoy, or the pedestrian David Blough and Trace McSorley.
That alone will force the Cardinals to seek out a replacement worthy of starting for an extended period. Then news broke yesterday afternoon that Sean Payton would be joining the Denver Broncos. After the Redbirds lost out on Frank Reich to the Carolina Panthers, many fans were upset over Payton spurning their team for the Mile-High City.
Want more fun? The highly-coveted DeMeco Ryans canceled his interview with Arizona last week and subsequently joined his old team, the Houston Texans. In the eyes of many, this left the Cardinals with “cast-off candidates.”
Are the Arizona Cardinals doomed in February 2023?
If there’s some solace to take away, we can at least know that in the NFL, you need to expect the unexpected. Perhaps owner Michael Bidwill and general manager Monti Ossenfort hire the right “cast-off,” and they turn this organization around?
Maybe Murray IS ready for Week 1, and whoever the new coach in charge is will bring out the best in the 25-year-old? Sure, the Cardinals are behind the eight-ball, that’s a given. But their young season is far from over.
Once again, the Redbirds find themselves facing adversity, something they’re no stranger to. But to throw in the towel at this stage is just foolish. Let’s wait and see who they hire, see what they do in free agency and the draft, and see what Murray’s status is come August.
If things still look bleak when the preseason rolls around, then we can panic. But at this point, the Cardinals still have a lot of life in them here in 2023.
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