Being a Monday and all, I figured it would be a good time to make some outrageous predictions for the 2009 season of the Arizona Cardinals. Obviously one or none of these may come true, but it's always interesting to put some predictions out there.
- Kurt Warner will miss 1 or more games at one point throughout the year. Now this prediction goes hand in hand with another one: Matt Leinart will fill in for Warner and have an outstanding performance. Call it high-hopes or whatever you want, but Leinart has had plenty of time to develop and learn under a 2-time MVP. Kurt is 38 now and the odds of him facing injury are very high. If Matt needs to step in, he has one of the most explosive offenses behind him and possibly the best wide receiver tandem in the game. He will surprise many fans and have a great game.
- The Cardinals defense will be tops in the NFC West. I won't go too outrageous and say they will be the best in the NFC, but I really thinks its possible within the division. The defense is currently coming off a great run in the playoffs, and with Bill Davis as the new defensive coordinator, it brings the stability that Clancy lacked. With the maturity of some younger players and even the older ones, it will only help the defense as well. The additions of Johnson, Brown, and Toler also bring depth and talent.
- Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower will account for over 1,500 Yards and 12 touchdowns. It's actually not asking a lot but for the Cardinals it would be a huge improvement. With Hightower further developing and losing weight, hopefully he can shed away his dancing ways and gain more then 2.8 ypc. Wells brings a punishing runner to the rushing game and should have a successful rookie year. If he can stay healthy, hopefully will see some 20+ long runs.
- Larry Fitzgerald's post season run will carry over into 2009. This isn't saying Fitzgerald will have a great season(once again). I'm saying Fitzgerald will have the best season of his career in 2009 and possibly one of the best seasons for a wide receiver all time. He flew all over some of the top defenses in the league in last year's playoffs, and made Pittsburgh's #1 defense look mediocre. He's returning in top form and with Kurt Warner and possibly Anquan Boldin to compliment him, there's no reason why he shouldn't dominate the league in '09.
- Finally, the Cardinals will make the Super Bowl again in 2009. It's very difficult for a team to make the Super Bowl once, but to make it again is nearly impossible. But with the Cardinals roster ever improving, not losing many key players to free agency, and the quality of depth taken in the draft, the Cardinals of '09 will have a better overall team then '08. They also have the advantage of a weaker division and that thing called home field advantage.
Well there you have it, 5 outrageous predictions for the 2009 season that are sure to get some eyebrows raised. What are some other predictions that you aren't scared to make? Which of these do you think will not happen?