Who are these guys???

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by thafuture3886, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. thafuture3886

    thafuture3886 Power Rankings Analyst

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    Another season ending in a 1st round loss has led to the Cardinals Front Office making drastic changes. The front office has completely shifted to a youth movement with a few veterans sprinkled in hoping the young guys will bring a different energy than those of previous years.

    One look at the Cardinals roster and someone can easily see there are not many household names on this team. Gone are defensive stars Adrian Wilson(retired), Kerry Rhodes(retired) and Darnell Dockett(cap casualty) and the top 2 pass catchers in Malcolm Floyd(free agent - Bears) and Ed Dickson(free agent - Bears). However, that is exactly how the Cardinals GM likes it with a bunch of guys that may have been overlooked by other teams but are great fits for what this team likes to do.

    QUARTERBACK
    Returning at QB is the dual threat Jason Merian. After a slow start to his 1st non-sim season, Merian picked up his play as the season went on and he became comfortable with the new playbook. The Cards plan to open up the playbook even more to take advantage of Merian's legs as well as his arm. The Cards brought in Vince Young to back up Merian in hopes he could provide that veteran leadership Merian needs.

    RUNNING BACKS
    Ryan Williams returns after rushing for over 1,100 yards in his 1st year as starting tailback. The Cards added speedster Jahvid Best to provide a change of pace back to Williams as well as provide mismatches in the passing game. Mr. Reliable Danny Woodhead is now relegated to the 3rd down back but will also get his share of touches thanks to his sure hands. Bruising fullback Anthony Sherman(UCONN!!!) returns to lead the way for the 3-headed monster.

    WIDE RECEIVER
    With leading WR and deep threat Malcolm Floyd gone no one knows what to make of the Cardinals WR core. Jerome Simpson and Mike Williams return to provide the veteran leadership for this group. Star rookie Terrance King looks poised for a big season and 3rd year WR Jordan Griffin appears to be ready for some major playing time. The Cards picked up small but speedy Darius Crayton in the preseason and look for him to man the slot thanks to his great combination of speed and catching ability.

    TIGHT END
    Gone is Ed Dickson who was the 2nd leading receiver for the Cardinals. The Cardinals made a run to sign Dickson and even though they were unable to resign Dickson they feel confident that youngster Rob Housler can handle the load as the starter. Backing him up is another pass catcher in Tony Moeaki and rookie Zachary Alsted who both prevent mismatches on linebackers thanks to their speed.

    OFFENSIVE LINE
    The most overhauled group on this team, the Cards knew they had to improve their offensive line and specifically the left tackle position to keep Merian off of his back. The Cards have spent their last 3 1st rd picks on the offensive line with LG Shane Duncan, LT Kona Smith and RG Jordan Cameron. They also spent a 2nd rd pick on RT Jordan Keith in hopes of shoring up the right side of the line. Veteran center Lyle Sendlein still mans the middle of the line and is responsible for grooming the young guys.

    DEFENSIVE LINE
    Another group that has undergone a major transformation with the Cards stockpiling young lineman. Veteran RE Calais Campbell may be the only recognizable name of this list but the rest of this group is just as talented. Manning the LE spot is youngster Kendall Reyes(UCONN!!!) who was picked up in free agency. Reyes is backed up by young stud Harvey Ferguson and young vet Jarvis Jackson. At DT Nate Law continues to man the middle of the line in hopes of making the leap in his 3rd season and he is backed up by Jerrell Powe.

    LINEBACKER
    Easily the deepest and best position on the team, the linebacker group returns the multitalented MLB Daryl Washington as the leader of the group. Next to Washington is tackling machine Brandon Spikes who is backed up by youngster Quan Sturdivant and vet Stevenson Sylvester. On the outside is sack machine Khamari Jackson who finished with 12 sacks 2 seasons ago and pass rushing ace Sam Acho. Backing these 2 up are speedster Chris Wilson, vets Larry English and Sergio Kindle and rookie surprise Devon Burns who appears to be the next in line.

    CORNERBACKS
    The tandem of Patrick Peterson and Jayvon Parker return to lead this group of solid CB's. Greg Toler returns to man the nickel spot but is being pushed in practice by Chris Cook and Darius Butler(UCONN!!!). Late round steal Cartavious Barnes has been impressive in practice and is going to be hard to keep off the field.

    SAFETIES
    Gone are the safety net of Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes who both retired during the sim season. Enter youngster Sebastian White who was acquired via trade and rookie Alex Smith. Both may not be household names now but are both playmakers who will definitely be heard from. In the event these youngsters can't handle the bright lights, veterans Glover Quin and Amari Spievey are available to come in in a pinch.

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    Kicker Nico Bridges and Punter Matt Bosher will handle kicking duties
     
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  2. redlishus

    redlishus PMFL Staff - El Guesser

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    Good read man. I still can't believe no one has mentioned the Ravens. That guy gets no love whatsoever.
     
  3. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

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    Great read Curtis. Looking forward to finally matching up with the Cards this season!
     
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  4. Warhawk AKA dreadman

    Warhawk AKA dreadman Walk On

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    Nice Curt...cant wait to see the new faces on the field!!!
     

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