Success Could Be in the Cards in Arizona

I am a Broncos fan, but I am going about writing 2011 predictions for all NFL teams in alphabetical order. Arizona is at the top of the list alphabetically, but will they be hoisting the Lombardi?

Now that the league year has commenced, I will do my best to write a preview for all 32 NFL teams and since I tackle assignments most effectively alphabetically, I start with the Arizona Cardinals.


The Cardinals have been among the more active teams in this truncated free agency period while their chief acquisition was former Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller Kevin Kolb who is Arizona's best option at quarterback since Kurt Warner's retirement.


While there is no guarantee Arizona will be in legitimate playoff contention, undoubtedly Cards fans feel much better with Kolb under center then they would Max Hall or John Skelton.


Undoubtedly, star wideout Larry Fitzgerald is pleased with an upgrade at the quarterback position as with plenty of good football left in him, one would presume, he has already amassed 613 receptions for 8,204 yards and 65 touchdowns in a stellar career.


Also adding to the Cardinals' prospects is Maricopa County native Todd Heap, a productive tight end who has been a perennial Pro-Bowler with the Baltimore Ravens since 2001.


If Heap can shake off the injury bug, he gives opposing defenses another headache while Kolb will have plenty of opportunities to succeed.


While Tim Hightower was traded to Washington for defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday, a great opportunity exists for Beanie Wells to really become the man in Arizona.


We shall soon see if he is equal to the task.


In short, the Cardinals will have a chance to be really good in 2011 and I fully believe head coach Ken Whisenhunt knows what he's doing.


The NFC West is as wide open as any other division in the NFL, so it will be fun to see things unfold.


I say the Cardinals' ceiling is 11-5 but I don't see them being any worse than 7-9. 


There is talent on this team and as we all know, the NFL is a quarterback's league so Kevin Kolb, the pressure is yours, let's see how you fare!

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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