NFL Season Preview: Arizona Cardinals Look For Stability In 2013
After another horrid season with a quarterback carousel the Arizona Cardinals look for stability in 2013 in the form of ex-Raider QB Carson Palmer. Arizona acquired Palmer via trade for mere peanuts an exchange for a sixth round pick for a seventh.
The Cardinals organization sure seem happy to have their new QB on board with Cardinals president Michael Bidwell stating “ When we learned that he would be available via trade and that we had a shot at getting him, we were aggressive. We went out there, we put our best foot forward and made sure that we got the deal done.”
For a team that had just five wins last season Palmer and his new coach Bruce Arians do not think this is a team in a rebuilding phase. “ We are not in that stage. This is too good of a football team for a youth movement. We’re in it to win and win now” stated Arians.
“ It’s not a rebuilding process “ said Palmer about his new team. “ It’s not we think we’re going to be pretty good in a couple of years. They want to win now and at the point I’m at in my career, I want to win now, too. I don’t have years to build and get better, I’ve got to e ready to play week one.”
The Arizona Cardinals could be a vastly improved team in 2013 with their new QB and a very much improved offensive line. In the first round of the ’13 NFL Draft the Cardinals selected Jonathan Cooper who instantly upgraded the interior of the line. In the fourth round Arizona grabbed another guard in Earl Watford who will start opposite of Cooper.
Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald could have a revival with Carson Palmer now sliging the ball. People forgot how good Fitzgerald is due to his awful QB situation since Kurt Warner’s departure, if he gets back on track and developes a rapport with Palmer this team could be good.
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