On Tuesday, the Arizona Cardinals wrapped up another training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona and headed back down the hill to sweltering Phoenix to get ready for their game against the Titans on Thursday night. I visited camp and overall, the team seemed to have benefited greatly from it (as they should).
It was a nice change of pace from last year, where the team was rushed through the process due to the NFL Lockout. This year, the players on both sides of the ball were able to learn their respective playbooks better and get a good grasp on what the mission is once the regular season starts.
Still, with all of that said, plenty of questions remain for this football team.
The first, and most obvious question pertains to the quarterbacks. Who will be the starter come week one? John Skelton has looked partially more effective than Kevin Kolb, but can the Cards justify benching their $65 million man? Is the young Skelton ready to take the reins?
Then you have the offensive line. Levi Brown looks to be out for the season after tearing his triceps muscle. Before him leaving, the line was already in trouble. Now, it appears to be in shambles. Young players are going to have to step up and fill his big void. On the right side, veterans are going to have to start earning their money and learn how to pass protect.
The defense has looked pretty solid overall, but they still have a few kinks to work out as well. Starting positions at the #2 cornerback spot and at the inside linebacker position remain unsettled. Again, this will be a case of whether or not young players like Stewart Bradley can step up or if the veterans like Paris Lenon will be asked to take more snaps than they probably should once again.
So when the Cards travel to Tennessee on Thursday, it won't be just a preseason game that they can relax through. Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced that the starters will likely play through the first half. That says a lot on its own. The Cardinals, with the preseason winding down, still have plenty to work on.