It is easy to write off the Arizona Cardinals for next year after how they lost in the NFC Championship Game. Suddenly, despite a record setting season, all the flaws seem to be right out in front for everyone to see. But we forget they were a 13-win team. So it is nice to see the Cardinals still being mentioned among top teams and top contenders.
"A couple things on the Cardinals, Carson Palmer's not going to turn the ball over six times again," he said . "I know not everybody believes in him, maybe you don't think that he's a top-five quarterback, but you could argue he's a top-15 quarterback, top-10.
"He was an MVP candidate, and even if you think that was an anomaly, fine, but I don't think he's going to have those kind of turnover problems in a game again.
"This defense is going to be better. Bruce Arians made it very clear he's going after pass rushers. And while we're on the subject of Bruce Arians, is there a better head coach than Bruce Arians?"
The common thread? A quality, veteran quarterback leading the way and key offensive pieces. Pittsburgh and Arizona have big needs on defense.
Should we still be looking at this Cardinals team as "primed to win it all," or are we just too hopeful after a magical season by Carson Palmer that can't be repeated?