As the Arizona Cardinals enter the 2019 offseason workouts, there is a lingering question...
Will the offensive line be able to hold up their end of the bargain? Steve Keim has spent his entire career trying to answer this question, doing okay at times, 2014 and 2015, and failing spectacularly at others.
Well, NFL.com wants to know if the Cardinals offensive line is going to screw up the fun we all expect, as they list that as the Arizona Cardinals burning question heading into the 2019 season.
Arizona Cardinals: Will the O-line get in the way of everyone’s fun?
Thought about analyzing the Patrick Peterson suspension here, but let’s be real: The Cardinals’ offensive overhaul is still sucking up all the air in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area -- and beyond! Every football fan in America is excited to observe this experiment in aeronautics. Glowing draft grades for Steve Keim’s 2019 class flowed from most corners of the internet (including this one). But as fascinating as the Kliff Kingsbury-Kyler Murray Air Raid appears at first blush -- with weaponry like dynamic running back David Johnson, ageless wonder Larry Fitzgerald and a cadre of explosive youngsters big and small -- one potential buzzkill remains: the offensive line. At OU, Murray played behind one of the nation’s best units, a quintet that had four players selected in Rounds 2-4 of this draft. Now he’s getting behind a group that ranked dead last in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus. Granted, Arizona dealt with a lot of injuries up front. And Keim did sign a pair of veterans ... but OG J.R. Sweezy and OT Marcus Gilbert don’t come without risk. Murray’s obviously far more elusive than Josh Rosen, but no quarterback can survive playing behind an absolute sieve.
This is the question that we will continue to ask... Will the Arizona Cardinals offensive line be able to hold up? Can they provide the kind of time that Kliff Kingsbury’s offense requires? Will Kingsbury’s offense help alleviate some of the concerns?
These are the questions on the Arizona Cardinals, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.