(While this piece is along the same lines that our own Michael Oliver wrote on, it's certainly different.)
We all know the stat line for the Cardinals Offense... 32nd in the NFL with the likes of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, and Brian Hoyer at Quarterback, and a nonexistent run game. However, since the NFL began the Super Bowl era, 1967, four teams ranked dead last in the NFL in terms of offensive yards, only to rebound and become a top 10 offensive football team the following season.
Yahoo Sports compiled the four teams, those of which are,
1971-1972 New York Jets
1983-1984 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1990-1991 Dallas Cowboys
2010-2011 Carolina Panthers.
Now, I'm not saying that we go from a five win team, to a 10 or 11 win team, because only the Cowboys were the only team to go from losing record, to winning in one season.
The Jets went from 6-8 to 7-7, the Buccaneers and Panthers went from 2-14 to 6-10, and finally the Cowboys from 1-15 to 11-5.
While only the Cowboys surpassed the .500 mark, all these teams are in the history books for the accomplishments.
Can the Cardinals do this? On paper, and by getting a feel of the environment shared by the Players and Coaches, you can't help but feel it's possible. A new Quarterback who is unfairly maligned due to his lack of success with the Raiders, a running-back who has had his fair share of ups and downs, and a rejuvenated offensive line.
Each press conference we hear from either Fitzgerald, or Palmer, or Arians, you get that feeling that something special is going to happen. Will it be Playoffs? Unlikely, but giving the Seahawks and the 49ers a run for their money this season is very likely.
An increase in wins isn't unlikely as well. We have one of the more talented Defenses in the NFL. Yes the loss of Ray Horton and Kerry Rhodes hurts a little bit, but if the news coming from Palmer and the rest of the offensive guys is anything other than blasphemy, the 2013 Cardinal defense could be just as dangerous as the one which took the field in 2012.
So what do you think, is Arizona primed to make it's way as only the fifth NFL team to go from worst to top ten? Or are we just dreaming.