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Offseason Checkup: Arizona Cardinals

Posted on: April 18, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 6:00 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

L. Fitzgerald could walk into free agency at the end of next season (US Presswire).

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Let’s see, when your choices to fill the starting quarterback spot boil down to Derek Anderson vs. Matt Leinart, you know your season is pretty much screwed before it even begins. And that’s pretty much what happened with the Cardinals last year (though, to be fair, quarterback was far from the only problem in Arizona).

I bet you don’t remember this, though. After beating the Saints in Week 5, Arizona actually was 3-2 before falling through the floor. The only player worth a darn on offense was WR Larry Fitzgerald, and it seems like most of the defense underachieved (most notably, LB Joey Porter). Suffice to say, it was not a good year for the Cardinals.

Best player is unhappy

Fitzgerald, the only bonafide superstar on this team, was visibly frustrated last year with the offense (and the quarterback play in particular), and even though he somehow caught 90 passes for 1,137 yards last season, the Cardinals front office has to convince him that Arizona has a blueprint for the future. Otherwise, Fitzgerald could walk away after his contract is up after the 2011 season.

This is an easy spot to pick on, because if you look at the current roster of QBs, here’s who you find: Anderson (consistently terrible throughout his career, and he doesn’t like taking questions about laughing on the sideline during losses), Max Hall (probably doesn’t have the skill set to start in the NFL), John Skelton (perhaps a little potential) and Richard Bartel (no idea who this is). Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert has a pretty good shot at landing in Arizona, and if he doesn’t, the Cardinals could elect to go after Marc Bulger.

The Cardinals tried two years ago, selecting RB Beanie Wells in the first round, but that hasn’t worked out so well. Wells had a tough time staying healthy last season, and Tim Hightower had a big problem with fumbles. In fact, Arizona was last in the league in rushing offense – which kinda doesn’t help the quarterback. I actually think LaRod Stephens-Howling is a pretty good player, but I’m not sure he’s a featured back kind of guy.

Although the defense ranked No. 29 last season, I like the three players across the line (NT Dan Williams and DEs Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell), and the secondary could be very, very good. But the linebackers are brutal. Texas A&M’s Von Miller would be a blessing for the Cardinals, who pick fifth, but he might not be around by then. Besides, Gabbert might be the more exciting (though not the safer) pick.

It’s hard to believe the Cardinals are only three seasons removed from playing in the Super Bowl, and it’s hard to imagine them getting back there anytime soon. If only Arizona had a good quarterback, a dependable running back, a second WR, a decent offensive line, and some players in the LB corps, the Cardinals would have a good chance of getting back to .500.

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Offseason Checkup: Arizona Cardinals

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Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:47 am

Offseason Checkup: Arizona Cardinals

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Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:32 am

Offseason Checkup: Arizona Cardinals

5th in the 2nd round should guarantee them a shot at a Locker, Mallett, or similar QB with about as much upside and question marks as the two slated to go top 10.  Take a can't-miss player (as much as anyone can be) like Peterson, Green, Miller, or Quinn and take a shot on QB in the 2nd.  If it doesn't pan out, there's always free agency (whenever this gets settled, and until it does it's all moot anyway).

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:51 am

Offseason Checkup: Arizona Cardinals

I agree with the last comment.  If miller or peterson are gone (peterson is not a need pick but you DO NOT pass up a guy like that) then you would best be served to trade down. But everyone wants to trade down.  If you have to go with five, nothing wrong with quinn in the cards scheme.  Otherwise I suppose you bite the bullet and take a julio Jones.  It makes no sense to take amukamara......he's not a top five guy, and they just dont need another defensive lineman. Fitzgerald AND jones would be pretty impressive. And a lot of help to a kid like Skelton.  Then in the 2nd try for a brooks reed or jabal sheard or someone.

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:47 pm

Offseason Checkup: Arizona Cardinals

If the cards cant get either Patrick Peterson or Von MIller with the 5th overal selection, I say they try to trade down.  Their are no other players that are worth that high of a pick except AJ Green or Julio Jones and they have more pressing needs than wide reciever.  If they get stuck at drafting 5th overall and both Miller and Peterson are gone I say you have to pick DE/OLB Robert Quinn.  They Ideal situation is to trade down with say the Redskins or Titans for a 3rd round pick and still select Quinn or Amukamara.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 1:03 pm

Offseason Checkup: Arizona Cardinals

For the love of God, Arizona, do NOT take Blaine Gabbert.<br />

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 12:16 pm

Offseason Checkup: Arizona Cardinals

I think quarterback along with some defensive help should provide a battle for a division title.

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