1988: The Cardinals were no longer in St. Louis, instead coming to Arizona and being named the Phoenix Cardinals. In 1988 we saw Neil Lomax take the Cardinals to a 7-7 record after being 7-4 at one point. He sustained an injury and Cliff Stoudt would fill in going 0-2.
Gene Stallings, the then Cardinals HC, did not pursue a Quarterback in free-agency following a Neil Lomax injury, leaving Cliff Stoudt, and rookie Tom Tupa at Quarterback. The Cardinals finish '88 with a 7-9 record for 3rd in the NFC East.
1989: Neil Lomax left the team, leaving the Cardinals with a mess at the position... Gary Hogeboom, Tom Tupa, and Timm Rosenbach.
This reminds me of 2013 a little bit. Just less ugly as we went 5-11 but not the 4-0 start to give us hope. We wrap up '89 with a 5-11 record for 4th in the NFC East.
1990: Timm Rosenbach would remain on the roster from 1989 and be the only QB during that season carrying us to a 5-11 season.
Not a horrible stat line, but only enough for a 5-11 record, and dead last in the NFC East at 5th.
1991: Tom Tupa finally takes over, and it is ugly.
Yet again our season is horrible as we go 4-12, putting them dead last in the NFC East.
1992: For the fourth straight season we have a different quarterback to start the season.
Cardinals went 4-12 in the NFC East dropping them to 5th in the division.
The Cardinals had a 7-9 record that season, coming in fourth in the NFC East, but lost 8 games by seven points or less. Sound familiar?
Steve Beuerlein becomes the first quarterback since Neil Lomax to start back to back seasons. Cardinals had an 8-8 record in 1994, for 3rd best in the NFC East. Buddy Ryan begins his stint as Cardinals HC.
I see where Rex Ryan picks up his "stick with the worst quarterback" syndrome. This is the year I was born and it didn't help the Cardinals chances. Cardinals finished with 17 points per game, 27th out of 30 in the league, while finishing dead last giving up 422 points.
I plan to split this portion of the series into two, because there is a lot of back story with these quarterbacks. I became a Cardinal fan in 2002, when I was but a wee seven-year old so I ask those of you... elder individuals within the community to give your feedback on these guys from 1988-1995. The only guy I know of is Neil Lomax and that's due to his successes and failures in the desert.
I'll be sure to have Part 2 up by no later than Friday.