What have the Arizona Cardinals done this offseason?
They reloaded a roster that has won 10 games a year the first four years of the Steve Keim and Bruce Arians era.
In doing so, they are trying to make sure that the Cardinals of the last four seasons are the Cardinals of the next dozen or so.
They want this thing they have built to not just be a good run in a moribund franchises history, but the beginning of a sustained run.
All of that being said, they have left themselves open to questions and that is exactly what Field Yates has asked in his “look at a key decision each NFL team can see on its horizon and that will unquestionably become a topic of conversation over the next two months:”
What does Yates question about the Cardinals, this isn’t a surprise:
Quarterback succession plan. The Cardinals aren't acting naïvely about the timeline they're on at quarterback. Carson Palmer's contract runs through 2018 -- along with backups Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert -- and finding a young quarterback to groom before then is essential. The team studied this year's quarterback class immensely, and many believed Arizona picking a first round signal-caller was possible. But three quarterbacks were picked before the Cardinals' spot at No. 13 -- including two trades up -- so their search for a QB of the future continues. Arizona needs to find its succession plan soon, and it could now turn to the 2018 draft.
Shocking, I know.