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NFL Season Preview: #12 Arizona Cardinals

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Overview: The Cardinals came from nowhere last season, and made it all the way to the Super Bowl, before losing to Pittsburgh. Kurt Warner proved he was still an elite quarterback, and WR Larry Fitzgerald showed that he was the NFL’s best receiver. Arizona only had a 9-7 record in ’08, but that was enough to win the weak NFC West.

Offseason Moves: For a team having just made a Super Bowl, the Cardinals made a lot of moves in the off season. First off, their offensive and defensive coordinators, Todd Haley and Clancy Pendergast, both left to coach at Kansas City. The Cardinals also subtracted RB Edgerrin James from the equation, because he was mostly unhappy all season with the team. Arizona then replaced James by selecting Ohio State RB Chris “Beanie” Wells in the first round of the draft. On defense, the Cardinals added CB Bryant McFadden from defending champion Pittsburgh.

Upcoming Season: The Cardinals look just as good, if not better on offense this season. QB Kurt Warner has a great weapons in WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston, and Early Doucet. On the ground, RBs Tim Hightower and Chris Wells should share the load, and be more efficient than the running game last year. On defense, the same core is there, with a few different players mixed in. The biggest change on both sides of the balls are the coordinators, but the results should be similar to last season.

Tim HightowerPlayer to watch: RB Tim Hightower now has to be the starter this season, and needs to balance out the air game, with a solid ground game. Hightower only had 399 yards last season, but did score 10 TDs. If Hightower can gain about double the yards he did last season, plus splitting the load with RB Chris Wells, the Cardinals should be very successful.

Prediction: 10-6, 1st in NFC West

There is no reason to believe that the Cardinals will be weaker than last season, and no reason to think that they won’t win this division easily.


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