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Tuesday Night open thread: Turnarounds and the long term plan

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NFL: Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals improved from three wins to five wins in 2019 and now are looking at an improved 6.5 win total.

Getting to the over at seven wins would be a nice progress from 2018 and the bottom of the NFL.

Yet, some think a seven win season would be not good enough.

When you look at NFL turnarounds one thing that is certain is uncertainty. There is also the fact that the NFL is a year-to-year proposition for almost every team outside of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

That is why when people look at turning things around I get both sides of the coin. Some people want to see the team improve immediately and get a chance to compete tomorrow.

Others want the team to “build the right way” and sustain success.

The reality is only one position guarantees year-to-year success and that is the quarterback.

You can build teams like the 49ers did, or the Falcons, or Rams, or Colts, that compete, but none really have sustained long-term success.

In fact, the 49ers three years with Jim Harbaugh lead to six years of terrible football. Now, they are in the Super Bowl. We won’t know if it is long-term until they do it for three to four years, but so far you have to like the way they build.

The reality is, NFL windows are small and the Cardinals are in one, but they also have to believe that Kyler Murray is a long-term success and build for 2025 as much as they are building for 2020.

Let’s hope they have the right people there to help Murray.