The Arizona Cardinals had a fine year.
Sure, it ended poorly, but they again grew in Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray’s second season.
That means a bigger jump in the third season is not only needed, but will be expected based on the progression thus far.
ESPN agrees and thinks the Cardinals are on the right track.
Check out the E$PN article and some of what they had to say:
Priorities this offseason: The Cardinals’ postseason meetings should address why a 6-3 season fell apart. Kliff Kingsbury suffered a few growing pains when trying to close out games, and the vertical passing game was uneven despite moments of brilliance from Kyler Murray.
Most of the Cardinals’ issues are not talent-based, though. The franchise jumped from holding the No. 1 pick to the cusp of the playoffs in two years, and Kingsbury deserves some credit for that. This is a roster that can win big next year. The offense averaged 385 yards per game, and the defense played at a respectable level, despite the need for an extra pass-rusher and more secondary help.
Success hinges largely on Kingsbury, Murray and GM Steve Keim making a leap in their third year together.
I think this is a safe assumption and mostly accurate account of the road the Cardinals are on.
Now, can Keim and Kingsbury put enough around Murray to allow him to continue to grow, but also get the team off in the right direction.
What do you think?