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Defense has been a big priority for the Cardinals early in the offseason

NFL: Arizona Cardinals- Kliff Kingsbury Press Conference Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

General Manager Steve Keim has made a lot of intriguing moves to put the Cardinals’ previous season behind him.

He hired Kliff Kingsbury as their next head coach, a young and innovative offensive mind. Then he brought Vance Joseph as the defensive coordinator, a coach that has had a lot of success leading a 3-4 defense and has had prior head coaching experience with the Denver Broncos.

Many teams in the NFL have been in search for the next Sean McVay and Keim believes that Kingsbury fits the bills.

Now, Keim said that there could be some changes to the scouting department. But at the end of the day, he makes the final decision.

One of the biggest problems with the Cardinals in recent years has not only been their struggles on the offensive line but also finding a long-term solution to the cornerback position opposite Patrick Peterson.

Robert Alford, who signed a three-year deal with the Cardinals, is expected to be the answer. Prior to 2018, he was considered to be one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. His career totals of 85 pass defensed, 10 interceptions, and his pick-six in the Super Bowl LI makes him a very intriguing addition.

The additions of Brooks Reed and Tanner Vallejo provides some experienced depth to the linebacker position, something the Cardinals lacked at the start of last season.

Let’s say the Cardinals sign linebacker Brandon Marshall and draft Nick Bosa with the no. 1 overall pick, then suddenly they have a very deep linebacker core.

With a lot of cap space, first waiver priority, and ownership of the first pick in round one through six of the 2019 draft, the Cardinals should be new and improved. But how much better they will be is still up in the air.

It’s too early to say that the Cardinals will be any good in 2019, but all of the moves thus far does inspire confidence for their fan base.