There's nothing like a little fan outrage in the NFL offseason, right? If you agree, then you will love (or hate) this. There was a list of the 10 most talented rosters in the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals, despite being one of the league's top four teams in 2015 and near the top of offseason power rankings, are ranked behind seven other teams in terms of roster talent. And if you didn't need more reason to be outraged, two teams Cardinals love to hate -- the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks -- are ranked at the top.
This is what he wrote about Arizona:
Blue chips: Carson Palmer, QB; Larry Fitzgerald, WR; Mike Iupati, OG; Jared Veldheer, OT; Calais Campbell, DE; Chandler Jones, DE; Deone Bucannon, LB/S; Patrick Peterson, CB; Tyrann Mathieu, S.
Risers: David Johnson, RB; John Brown, WR; Michael Floyd, WR.
Credit Steve Keim and Bruce Arians for unleashing a talented cast of playmakers on the NFC West. While most of the attention goes to the Cardinals' offense -- due to the resurgence of Palmer as an elite quarterback -- it is the team's defensive personnel that sets it apart from most others in the NFC. The acquisition of Jones gives the Cardinals a legitimate sack artist to partner with Calais Campbell along the defensive line. This will help Bucannon deliver splash plays on the second level. Peterson and Mathieu are aggressive ballhawks with superb instincts and playmaking skills on the perimeter. (Mathieu still has to get right, though, health-wise.) In an aggressive blitz scheme that challenges marquee defenders to live up to their reputation as blue-chip players, the Cardinals' raw talent has lifted Arians' squad to the top tier of the NFC.
The description is accurate, so what gives?
Should the Cardinals roster be considered more talented? Are they ranked too low? Or are we just being homers about it?