The Arizona Cardinals have had a disappointing season to say the least. They finished the season as strong as they could have competing with the San Francisco 49ers for the entire first half before losing badly in the second half. On “Black Monday” the Cardinals fired Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt along with almost all of the offensive staff and GM. According to ESPN the Cardinals will finish the season in the bottom six of the NFL Power Rankings and get the 7th pick in the 2013 draft.
The season started quite well for the Cardinals. They won their first four games behind a great defense and gutsy performances of QB Kevin Kolb. In week six, he destroyed his ribs and was lost for the season. He left his team to the original starter John Skelton and he ran the team into the ground. QB Ryan Lindley probably did worse and Brian Hoyer did alright considering he only had a couple of weeks with the team.
The first point of concern going into the off-season for this team should be getting healthy. They are beat up and they might be down right now, but in the 2013 season they will not be out. The next step for the Cardinals is the most important one. There new coach will determine the future of this team. If the Cardinals choose wrong they could lose the heart of this team, which is their defense.
Andy Reid should be the only direction the Cardinals are looking, but they need to pay DC Ray Horton the money he needs to stay in town. If the Cardinals can keep Horton and bring in a cheap offensive coordinator they could have enough money left over to go after a quarterback in free agency. Since Reid calls his own plays, the offensive side of the ball will be taken care of.
What ever happens next season for this team will be huge for the fan base. The University of Phoenix Stadium gets rocking and they could lose that base if they don’t make the right decisions right now for next season.
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