TEMPE, AZ - MAY 11: The offense and defense of the Arizona Cardinals huddle up in the minicamp at the team's training center facility on May 11, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Adam Schein, a columnist for Fox Sports and a radio host in New York, has never been shy about voicing his opinions. Last season, he guaranteed months in advance that the Cardinals were going to trade for Kevin Kolb. At the time, that was solely his opinion, as there were many teams in the race for his services. But that is what happened, so it's safe to say that his guesses are backed up with some logic.
Hopefully the same can be said for his latest evaluation. He believes that the Arizona Cardinals can have a dominant defense in 2012.
Here was the tweet Schein sent out yesterday:
My sleeper dominant defense is Arizona. Look at how they played in the 2nd half. Great young talent. Well coached under Ray Horton.— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) July 8, 2012
The Cards have already begun building the pillars of success for the defense. They have solid veteran leaders like Darnell Dockett, Adrian Wilson, Paris Lenon, etc. Then, they have the talented youth that is already making an impact like Calais Campbell, Daryl Washington and Sam Acho.
As the years go by, the veterans will age and slow down, but the team will continue to add young pieces to replace them. That is what good football franchises do. Just look at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Perhaps the best part of the whole deal is that the Cardinals are finally getting some depth where they have not had any before. The secondary looks stocked and healthy, as does the defensive line. If injuries occur, the team will not suffer as badly as they would have just 2-3 years ago.
Needless to say, I think Schein is on to something. If the Cardinals play up to their standards and continue the roll they went on during the last eight games of 2011, they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2012.