A promising start to the season was followed by a collapse as the Cards ended their season at a mediocre 8-8 and gave up a shot at the playoffs. Notable games include wins over a strong Bengals team as well as division rivals 49ers to take control of the NFC West. Later in the season the Cardinals fell apart, giving up games to the Steelers, Cowboys, Seahawks, and Browns. The Cardinal's rookies put on an impressive show this season. Starting QB and first round draft pick JaMarcus Austin put up 3929 yards and 33 TDs as well as 2 TDs on the ground and was named the league's offensive rookie of the year. Rookie tight end Tanner Talbert also had an outstanding year, crossing the 1000 yds receiving mark in his first year in the league and lead the Cardinals recievers in both yards and touchdowns. The big numbers on offense however disguise the struggles the Cards had getting the ball down the field. Turnovers were a huge problem this year and AZ led the league in interceptions. A big problem was that the team was never able to really find a scheme that worked well for them. The AZ run game looked great at times but mistakes early in games forced the team to become one dimensional in an effort to try to catch up. The defensive was ranked as one of the league's best early in the season but would fall apart as blown coverages and missed opportunities contributed to the team's late season slide. For next season, the plan is to get Beanie Wells more involved as well as take advantage of JaMarcus Austin's scrambling ability to create more opportunities for Larry Fitzgerald & Co. Coach Sibellius has also talked about the possibility of moving to a 4-3 defense if the Cardinals are unable to acquire some speed at the linebacker position in the off season. "We have to come to grips with the fact that we're no longer the high flying passing oriented team of years past. We need to utilize the talent we have at our running back position and return to a more balanced style of play" said Coach Sibellius at a recent press conference. "There is a lot of talent on this team that went to waste this season because we didn't give them the opportunity to make plays. That's not gonna be the case next year. We're going to prove to the world that we're a championship caliber team."