As we have the previous five weeks of the 2014 season, Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk asks the entire SB Nation network a question. This is his question this week.
After five weeks you begin to see what your team is made of. There are many aspects that go into being GMC Professional Grade: Focus, precision, consistency. In one word - one word - can you describe your team right now? C'mon, c'mon, give it to me. And let me know, how long will it last?
This one is easy.
The word is "resilient."
Since the offseason the Cardinals have had to bounce back from obstacle to obstacle.
They weathered the loss of a very important veteran leader in Karlos Dansby. Daryl Washington was suspended for the season. John Abraham was arrested for DUI and showed up to training camp three weeks late. Abraham then suffered a concussion and left the team to contemplate retirement. Then the concussion forced him to end his season.
Darnell Dockett was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Jonathan Dwyer was involved in a domestic violence scandal.
Carson Palmer got hurt the first week of the season and hasn't played since and then backup Drew Stanton suffered a concussion.
Calais Campbell was chop blocked and will miss time. Matt Shaughnessy and Dave Zasutil were placed on injured reserve this week.
This weekend the Cardinals will start only one of their defensive starting seven that ended last season.
After all that, Arizona is 3-1 and has a good chance to be 5-1 in the next two weeks.
There has been no self-pity -- just resiliency. The team knows someone has to step up. They have great leadership and aren't about to let things snowball.
How long will it last? That's the hard part to know. Can the team weather any more injuries? They had good leadership in 2012, but the losses mounted and things got out of control. But this year there is a different feel.
What we can say is that it looks like that resiliency will remain the entire season.
Is there a better word to describe this team?