Writing the Evolutionary series for our quarterbacks gave me a new insight as to how Cardinal fans before the arrival of Kurt Warner felt. I always look at a bad season and complain, but what occurred prior to 2007 dating all the way back to 1989 was humbling. I'll always look at a bad season and realize, it could have been worse. (No we won't go 0-16)
This is what the Cardinals Overall stats for the last 25 years look like, and their average per season. If we were to eliminate the success that Kurt Warner had from 2007-2009, then our stats would look much worse.
Here are the league averages from 1988 to present:
|Year:||Completions:||Attempts:||Completion %||Yards:||Touchdowns:||Interceptions:||Cardinal Pass Rank:|
As you can see, the Cardinals had a few good years passing, and others they looked absolutely horrible. We were above league average 11 out of the 25 years, falling below, and in most cases, far below the other 14 years.
This is not a lack of talent. As someone stated in one of the other stories, it was mainly a case of being stingy with our fat purse. We had some really talented teams, and some talented individuals, but whether it came down to coaching, or down to the lack of talent that year, the team was only able to pull it together for a playoff run in 1998, 2008, and 2009.
The new regime has promise, but so did Ken Whisenhunt, Vince Tobin, and other coaches, but it appears that on paper this team is far superior to that of the 2008 Cardinals, it will all come down to Carson Palmer and the coaching staff.