The last two times the Arizona Cardinals didn’t make the playoffs, those years are 2007 and 2010. And between the team enjoyed a double digit win season, two division titles, one conference title, and 38 seconds from being Super Bowl XVIII Champions. In the years of 2007-09 I legitimately believed that our beloved Big Red was fully capable of bringing a Lombardi to the desert, why did I believe that? because they were FULLY CAPABLE of doing so, and proved it in 2008.
Fast-forward to current, and the 2011 Cardinals do not inspire me, as did the previous years, I don’t think we are close to a Super Bowl.
In 2007 we had two capable quarterbacks, ML and the Great Kurt Warner, in 2011 we have 1 rookie who showed a flash of great potential (Christmas Day) a proven lifetime inaccurate quarterback, and the runt of the NFL.
In 2007 we had a big name running back still performing as high as he could on a weak team. 2011 I believe we’re better now, we have a 3 young running backs all with great skill, two who haven’t found their niche just yet, and a one-dimension thriller in the third.
In 2007 we had two of the best wide receivers in the game, and they still are. In 2011 we only have one of those league best wide outs, with one who will probably never be better than he was in 2008, and young potential but nothing to brag about.
TE, we were weak than and we are still weak now, we always seem to have a young TE that is almost there: Pope, Patrick, and now Dray.
In 2007 line seemed mediocre at best than, but now proved to be one of the better lines in recent years, easily better than this past year. 2011 doesn’t seem to offer much improvement talent wise.
Today we still have Wilson and Dockett, and have great potential in DRC, Washington, Williams, and Schofield. It’s yet to be seen if we will ever field a defense as good as what we had in 2009.
Rackers vs. Feely, in the superbowl I’d take Feely.
So the only thing we can take away from this season as compared to 2007, is the fact that we have a better running game, and the possibility of having a good defense once more.
It’s obvious that we were going into the 2008 offesason with a better outlook on the year afterwards. This offseason we are already hindered because we don’t know if our team will even play next year. But to me, it doesn’t look like we have a chance at delivering another season like 2008. We have to find a quarterback to lead this team if we want to see another season like 2008, I think Skelton is a year or two away from giving us that, while many of you believe that guy is still in college or on another team.