Aug 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (19) drops back to pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE
Well... It has been said that the Cardinals could be in for a St. Louis Rams type season. And the more and more I look at it, these people could be right. If this is the case, we could be in the top 3 of the draft, and there are 3 guys right there that could be our first selection. Now before I get all these, "You're a pessimist" comments, hear me out.
We could be in for a long season, with two Quarterbacks who can't play consistently, and an O-Line that hasn't been maintained for a long time and that is starting to show. If this is the case, we'll probably see some major changes in the coaching staff, the Front Office, and in Players. First off we could see the end of the Whisenhunt Era (unlikely but possible). Rod Graves would more than likely be out, and our favorite coach, Russ Grimm would be gone too. (Although that is probably already the case.) Meaning Ray Horton is now our HC, (or Chip Kelly, I would love that too). Aaron Kromer (Saints interim, interim HC) could be brought in, or even LSU's Greg Studrawa too. Studrawa was 2011 Offensive Line coach of the year. His contract with LSU ends this year I believe. (I may be wrong if someone wants to correct me). That solves our O-Line coaching woes. We could also see Mike Miller being booted as well, and if that's the case, Mike Bobo from Georgia could be a nice addition, aalthough he may come at a price, being rated the 3rd best Offensive Coordinator in the Nation.
Next we would see the possible firing of Rod Graves. While he has changed the Cardinals organization he hasn't fixed the key pieces that are needed. This would see the promotion of Steve Keim or the bringing in of someone else, although with Keims reputation within the Organization, the Fan Base, and around the league, the latter would be highly unlikely. If Keim does get promoted that means we'd have to find someone to fill his place as Vice President of Player Personnel, which would probably be Midwest Scout Mike Boni.
That wraps up the big moves in coaching and Front Office... Next up we come to the players. The first obvious roster move, will probably be the release of Kolb or him taking a pay cut.Therefore clearing plenty of Cap Space either way. Leaving two Quarterback's on the roster, Skelton and Lindley. There will be two big name QB's that may (but unlikely hit FA) Joe Flacco and Matt Schaub. Neither are close on contract extensions, so both will probably wait till the Offseason to work on those, or may just want to test FA. If that happens, expect our new Front Office to pursue one of the two if they get the chance. Leinart will also be hitting FA and could be a fit in a potentially new Offensive System.
With the QB's out of the way, the Cardinals will probably go hard at Offensive Tackles. Brian Waters could be one such guy they could bring in. Adam Snyder hasn't received much love from 49er fans and from Cardinal fans thus far. He will probably be gone by the end of the year. Whilst Waters may be getting up there in age, he can still hold off Defenders long enough for Tom Brady to make his superb passes. Next up could possibly be my favorite NFL Tackle, Leonard Davis. (Kidding, please don't beat me). Jake Long... There seemed to be trouble in paradise earlier this summer and the Cardinals could have made a helluva dash for him but thing seemed to subside, sort of. He is projected to hit Free Agency next year, and if he does Cardinals would be the first team on the phone with him. I know we would still have Levi, but with his Triceps injury, I doubt he'll being playing at half the level he was before, however bad that may have been.
And finally, the draft. If this season is a disaster, the Cardinals would probably be in the top 5 for the draft. There are 3 guys in particular that catch my eye, Luke Joeckle out of Texas A&M, Chris Faulk out of LSU, and Tyler Wilson out of Arkansas. Tyler Bray will more than likely not be entering this years draft so expect him to be the First Overall pick the following year. If we're able to secure solid players on the O-Line, Tyler Wilson would be the guy the Cardinals draft, if not Luke Joeckle (LT) would be that man. Wilson exploded onto the SEC scene after Ryan Mallet went into the draft, throwing 24 TD's and just 6 INT's, becoming the first Arkansas QB to make First Team SEC honors. Faulk is also a LT starting 13 of his 14 starts last year at the LT position.
So what do you think, is this a realistic outlook on the 2013 Offseason for Arizona? I know it's very early, but with the way things have gone down and the Quarterback situation, as well as O-Line problems, this could be happening next year.