Cardinals 2014 Season Outlook

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by thafuture3886, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. thafuture3886

    thafuture3886 Power Rankings Analyst

    Jul 23, 2010
    After a successful season 1 in which the Cards overachieved and made the playoffs only to fall short in the Divisional Round, the Cards seemed to underachieve in season 2 in which the Cards started out hot only to lose their last 11 games to finish 4-12. It was apparent many changes needed to be made to this Cardinals team and the front office has put together a team they feel can compete not only in the NFC but also for a Super Bowl.


    Quarterback: 2013 #1 pick, Jason Merian takes over for John Skelton after Skelton proved he's not the guy the franchise needs to lead the team and is now relegated to being the backup. Merian can make all the throws thanks to his pinpoint accuracy but also opens up another dimension with his speed as he is faster than most defenders. Merian should lead this team for many years to come.

    Running Back: Another familiar face is gone as Ryan Williams now takes over for Beanie Wells who was not signed in free agency. Williams' speed and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield gave the front office the confidence he was ready to break out as a lead back. Danny Woodhead was picked up in the offseason to spell Williams and to provide a reliable 3rd down back if Williams wasn't up to the task. Speedster Andre Brown was picked up late in free agency to provide help in special teams.

    Wide Receiver: Another position that has been overhauled now trots out former Bucs WR Mike Williams and 3rd year WR Malcolm Floyd. The front office hopes Williams can provide some of the things fan favorite and NFL great Larry Fitzgerald did in regards to being the possession guy while Floyd and the other receivers such as Jerome Simpson, Andre Roberts and 2nd year wideout Jordan Griffin can stretch the field.

    Tight End: Gone is veteran Todd Heap and enter Ed Dickson and Tony Moeaki. Dickson was picked up in the 2013 offseason which lead to the releasing of Heap. Young TE Rob Housler still sits in the fold as the 2nd TE on the depth chart. With these 3 fast tight ends, the Cardinals hope to create mismatches on tight ends and safeties when they come out in their 2 and 3 TE sets.

    Offensive Line: The offensive line remains unchanged except for the arrival of 2014 #1 pick Shane Duncan who takes over at left guard. Levi Brown, Lyle Sendlein, Adam Snyder and Stephen Heyer round out the rest of the bunch.


    Defensive Line: Probably the deepest position on the team, the front office has stockpiled a group of 7 guys that can rotate all 3 positions. Starting at ends are stalwarts Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell with Arthur Jones, Ziggy Hood, Landon Cohen and Ronald Talley all ready to come in when needed. At Nose Tackle is 2nd year man Nate Law who takes over for departed Dan Williams. Dockett and Hood are also expected to see time at NT if Law is not up to the challenge.

    Linebackers: Another fairly deep position is the linebacker position. Pro bowler Daryl Washington still leads this group as the middle linebacker but now has another tackling machine next to him in Brandon Spikes. Veterans Stewart Bradley and Paris Lenon back these 2 up. At Outside Linebacker is the vastly improved Quinton Groves coming off a probowl season in 2013 and 2014 2nd rd pick Khamari Jackson starts weak side. Pass rush specialist Sam Acho serves as the backup to these two with speedster Chris Wilson helping out in passing situations.

    Secondary: Lead by veteran safeties Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes this group comes in vastly improved from season 1. Patrick "mini Deion" Peterson still mans the #1 CB Spot with 2013 draft pick Jayvon Parker lining up on the opposite side. Nickel CB will be occupied by Greg Toler or free agent pickup Chris Cook with Jamell Fleming coming in on Quarter Situations.

    Special Teams: Punter Dave Zastudil remains while K Jay Feely is gone and youngster Randy Bullock steps in hoping to fill the void. Andre Brown till take over as lead return man in hopes he can provide the spark that Larod Stevens-Howlings provided during his time here.

    Well folks there you have it, the front office is happy with the team they have put together and while their still may be a few pieces missing we feel we can compete with any and everybody and will make that known during this 2014 season! :mad:
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  2. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

    Jul 22, 2010
    Good stuff Curtis, I don't think anybody will make the mistake of sleeping on these Cards.
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  3. Michael Overman

    Michael Overman Walk On

    Jul 31, 2012
    Great Write Up...I'd love to see everyone write something like this

    Great job man!
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