NFL Update: The Arizona Cardinals 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
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2013 Recap: Despite missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season, the Arizona Cardinals finished with a surprising 10-6 record. Keep in mind that record took place while losing four of their first seven games. The Cardinals proved they’re just a few pieces away, as they had the top run defense in the NFL and the 14th top rated secondary. The issues were on the offensive side of the ball, as the Cardinals ranked 23rd in the league in rushing yards and had a quarterback in Carson Palmer, who threw 22 interceptions. Still, the Cardinals showed they can compete in the league’s toughest conference.
Key Losses: Offensively, the biggest loss for the Cardinals came when running back Rashard Mendenhall decided to retire at the young age of 26. Mendenhall led the Cardinals with 687 rushing yards and eight touchdowns last season. Defensively, the Cardinals kept majority of their key players, but did lose Karlos Dansby to the Cleveland Browns. Dansby led the Cards with 122 tackles last season.
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Key Additions: The Cardinals felt the need to add to their stingy defense by adding cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie has been in the league for eight seasons and has racked up 28 interceptions, 94 pass deflections and 292 tackles. The offense didn’t get any huge signings, but they did versatile player Ted Ginn. Ginn has six special team touchdowns in his seven-year career and had a solid receiving game last year, hauling in 36 passes for the Carolina Panthers.
Draft: Of course the Cardinals went defense with their first round pick by selecting Deone Bucannon out of Washington State. While he’s going to fit in nicely, I think the steal for the Cardinals came when they took quarterback Logan Thomas. Thomas is a project and didn’t have a great career at Virginia Tech, but he has all of the physical tools to surprise some folks with the proper coaching.
2014 Outlook, So Far: The Cardinals are a young team that continues to fly under the radar despite winning 10 games last season. A lot of that has to do with them being in the same conference as the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. However, I really like this Cardinals squad and think they have what it takes to make playoffs this season if their quarterback situation can improve. It also helps that the Cardinals open the season with six of their first 10 games at home. Watch out for Arizona this season.
Sept. 8 San Diego Chargers (Mon), 10:20
Sept. 14 at New York Giants, 1
Sept. 21 San Francisco 49ers, 4:05
Sept. 28 BYE
Oct. 5 at Denver Broncos, 4:05
Oct. 12 Washington Redskins, 4:25
Oct. 19 at Oakland Raiders, 4:25
Oct. 26 Philadelphia Eagles, 4:05
Nov. 2 at Dallas Cowboys, 1
Nov. 9 St. Louis Rams, 4:25
Nov. 16 Detroit Lions, 4:25
Nov. 23 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05
Nov. 30 at Atlanta Falcons, 4:05
Dec. 7 Kansas City Chiefs, 4:05
Dec. 11 at St. Louis Rams (Thu), 8:25
Dec. 21 Seattle Seahawks, 8:30*
Dec. 28 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25