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Confidence is a funny thing.
Even though the Arizona Cardinals played their best game against the Los Angeles Rams in the last six meetings, spanning three years, three head coaches, four offensive coordinators and three defensive coordinators, it still wasn’t enough.
The final week of the regular season saw the confidence in the Arizona Cardinals direction fall from 76% to 65%.
That 65% is not bad overall. The Cardinals entered the 2019 offseason, so one year ago 15% confident in the direction of the team.
Steve Keim was retained, Kliff Kingsbury was hired and things went way up to 61% coming out of the first week of free agency.
Then things got weird.
The reality began to set in that the Cardinals were going to do something never done before, trade away a top ten quarterback entering year two to take a new quarterback with the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
That dropped confidence to 53%.
The haters, of which there were many, were wrong and the Cardinals gambled correctly.
Kyler Murray is now a Rookie of the Year candidate and that other guy was benched in favor of a journeyman who somehow won five games.
Murray is the franchise foundation in which the Cardinals are building, but the question many have is simply, is the contractor the right one to build it?
That will certainly be put to the test this offseason, in what is without a doubt the most important in Steve Keim’s career.
Get it right again, and the future is bright.
Get it wrong again and, well 2018 won’t seem like that long ago.
I’m confident in the pieces around Keim that they can get it done.
What do you think?