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For Cardinals, offseason work has arrived

Posted by Darren Urban on April 2, 2018 – 1:26 pm

Thanks to a new coaching staff, the Cardinals are allowed to have an extra couple weeks of offseason work. That means Tuesday, players will return for the beginning of the voluntary offseason program (azcardinals.com will have coverage). This is only Phase One of the three-phase offseason, which includes Phase Two (on-field work without helmets) and Phase Three (OTAs). There is also the mandatory minicamp in mid-June and a voluntary minicamp in just a couple of weeks — April 17-19 — which will be the first time the players will be doing football-related things on the field.

It’ll also be the first time the new coaching staff and Steve Wilks will be able to interact with players on more than just a cursory hello, because meetings can start. The heavy lifting of the offseason is still to come, but the relationship between staff and roster begins this week.


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43 Responses to “For Cardinals, offseason work has arrived”

  1. By Joe C. on Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

    So one way of looking at the off season is how many starters we still need to sign. So for fun. On defense we need a CB2 and maybe a safety. Not saying we couldn’t improve but if we got a legit CB2 we’d be ready to go. We need back ups, sure, but those shouldn’t be too hard to find. On offense we need a WR2, and maybe a TE. That’s really not that bad. Strictly talking about 2018. I’m assuming some combo of Shipley Boehme will be adequate. Future needs are oline, safety, and QB. That’s what I would draft: CB2, Safety, oline, WR, and QB. BPA. Maybe reach 10 picks for a QB. No order BPA.

  2. By Scott H on Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

    Looking at this pic of Larry…..such a pro and such a class act. Works harder / as hard as ANYONE on the roster. Doesn’t have to, but he does. Not about reaching a bonus….not about making the roster….not about losing his spot on the depth chart….just about being the best he can be. Because it matters to him. Period.

    It just won’t be the same when he does step down. And not too hard to feel that way when you have nothing else on the roster that remotely resembles a replacement.

  3. By creditcard on Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

    The Cardinal organization has been a doormat for the NFL for years, not so much recent years — but in years past.

    However, the Cards are proud owners of some of the best players to ever wear a jersey:

    Aeneas Williams, Larry Fitzgerald, and Pat Tillman

    Not sure if any other team could match that trio, or even come close.

  4. By drummer-1 on Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

    @Scott H… That was some good writing, you should have left at Larry.. Wait till the season start to see if we have someone… It’s like if this team doesn’t go after every big name F.A they trying to loose are don’t know what they’re doing.. I’ll wait till the final roster before i whine..

  5. By JohnnyBluenose on Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

    creditcard….you cannot be serious. i’m a cardinals fan too but any team that has been around for the past 50 years can match williams, larry and tillman. and no disrespect to tillman, a great person obviously and a good but not a great player. just look at quarterbacks. green bay has had three outstanding quarterbacks in that period, starr, favre and now rodgers. would you not have traded our three for those packers?

  6. By drummer-1 on Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

    I see the CARDS signed a legit W.R today..There’s nothing like being patient..

  7. By Big Ken on Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

    I like the Brice Butler signing. FA signings so far? Good, bad and ugly least they are sort of shaking things up. Not a lot of cap space so they are forced to be patient.

  8. By Jon on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    drummer-1

    Re: WR signing

    I’m not trying to complain and I totally understand why this offseason has played out the way it has. That being said, did you just say the Cards signed a “legit wide receiver”? You can’t really be serious. The guy’s career high mark is a 300 yard season. He’s unproven at best.

    We are still in the market for a WR2, I don’t think anyone (even within the organization itself) would seriously argue otherwise

  9. By faster on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    news from the cards clinic: we signed brice butler, and the injuryrecord is of course included:

    2017 16 Foot Questionable
    2017 15 Foot Questionable
    2017 14 Foot Questionable
    2017 3 Ankle Questionable
    2015 12 Hamstring Probable
    2015 11 Hamstring Out
    2015 10 Hamstring Out
    2015 9 Hamstring Questionable
    2015 8 Hamstring Probable
    2015 7 Hamstring Probable
    2015 5 Hamstring Out

  10. By mitchaz on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    Free Birds

    Quite recently, new Nebraska head coach Scott Frost revealed his and his staff’s novel approach to coaching, which Frost believes was one of the main reasons why his team at Central Florida went 13-0 this past season.

    Frost said that he and his staff do not f-bomb kids and publicly or privately shame them. The philosophy here is that shaming and berating players prevents them from playing free and more aggressive, because they worry less about making mistakes.

    “When a player of our makes a mistake, rather than curse at him, we simply try to teach them the correct approach,” he said. “We want our players to feel free to play great football.”

    As Cardinals’ fans, we know that Bruce Arians’ and the majority of his assistant coaches’ style was straight out of the Bear Bryant school of coaching: “coach ‘em up hard now, and hug ‘em later.” That philosophy, as written, appears strikingly euphemistic. With Arians the “coach ‘em up hard” part included public ridiculing and berating of some of his players to the pojnt where he stigmatized a first round draft pick as “Knee Deep” and a two-time 1st team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl special teams player as a “failure in progress” at cornerback.

    When I ran this philosophy by a good friend of mine who is a psychologist, she said, “what people will always remember more is the slap, not the hug.” She continued, “it’s like the student who gets all A’s but one C-…that student will always think more about the C- than the A’s…it’s human nature.”

    How refreshing and exciting it is to know that Steve Wilks and his new staff in Arizona have decided from day one to take a more individualized approach. Right from the get-go at his opening press conference, Wilks asserted, that he was looking for assistant coaches who are teachers and highly effective communicators. “It’s not about yelling and screaming,” Wilks said. “I want coaches who can relate to players with all kinds of different personalities.”
    Wilks had made it very clear that player development is one of the staff’s highest priorities. “You make your wealth in this league by developing players.”

    In recent years, player development under Arians and his staff was in the majority of cases painfully slow. Arians was not a fan of playing rookies—he relegated the vast majority of them to a second practice field—and gave the veterans the upper hand in securing starting jobs, often without any direct competition.

    It’s significant to note that Arians’ first two draft classes are now entirely gone, save for LB Deone Bucannon who is still playing on his 1st round rookie contract at a rather cap unfriendly $8.7M 2018 salary.

    Other draft picks who have yet to fulfill their initial promise since coming into the league are 2015 draftees T D.J. Humphries (1st), DT Rodney Gunter (4th), WR J.J. Nelson (5th); 2016 draftees DT Robert Nkemdiche (1st), CB Brandon Williams (3rd), C Evan Boehm (4th), S Harlan Miller (6th); and 2017 draftees LB Haason Reddick (1st), WR Chad Williams (3rd), T Will Holden (5th), RB T.J. Logan (5th) and S Rudy Ford (6th).

    In losing over 20 of their own free agents the past two years, it would be a boon for the Cardinals if Wilks and his staff could get solid production from these former draft picks.

    In five years, only one of Steve Keim’s draft picks has been signed to a second contract, but that was Tyrann Mathieu (3rd round 2013) who was recently released after collecting $31M from the Cardinals the past two lackluster seasons.
    Steve Wilks has vowed that his Cardinals are going to play with “great effort” and with a superior “physicality.” Those are the kind of players Wilks covets—high effort dynamos who bring imposing physical presence and the day to day will to prevail.

    Furthermore, Wilks has spoken at length about freeing up the players’ minds so they can play fast and instinctively. Wilks maintains that practice is for ironing out the details and fundamentals so that come game day, the players can tee it up, pin their ears back, and play with certainty and confidence. “When you come to watch us play,” ‘Wilks avows, “it’s going to start up front with the offensive and defensive lines, but most importantly it is going to be across the board a physical football team that plays with extreme effort.”

    Wilks wants to develop a spirited and resilient charge of free birds. He wants to teach these birds, unlock the cage and watch them fly. He wants each and every individual one of them to be able to sing (a la Lynyrd Skynyrd):

    “Cause I’m as free as a bird now…and this bird you cannot change…oh, oh, oh, oh oh…and this bird you cannot change.”

  11. By D on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    I wonder what Belicheck would want for Comp on Gronk. He has 2 years left on his current deal.

  12. By Scott H on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    drummer-1

    You obviously don’t realize it but you do plenty of whining in your own way. Always whining that others need to be patient.

    As always, you do being a fan in your way. I’ll do it in mine.

    And I direct you to Jon’s response, which is exactly what I was going to say.

    Maybe YOU need to wait to see finished products as well before you proclaim players like Butler a “legit” WR. You’re doing the same thing you accuse me ( and others ) of doing, you’re just doing it in the opposite direction.

    All that said, I think Butler can help. I think he is a decent addition. That is what I WAS going to say before you jumped all over me.

    Nothing like being patient, huh? Why don’t you try it sometime.

  13. By Coach K on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    Insiders reporting Josh Rosen could fall out of the top ten. They simply don’t like his attitude.

    I wonder how far he falls? Could be another Aaron Rogers situation on draft day.

    As for the Cardinals, I hope they trade down and get an extra second round pick.

    Trading down will still give us Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph if they are on our board. But with an extra second round pick, we can get a starting offensive tackle and a game breaking receiver in round two.

    Mr. Keim, trade down please.

  14. By Blijiojiodiblido on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    WR Courtland Sutton, I’m so high on this kid. If we miss out on him in the second round, it’s gonna be a big one.

  15. By davemaham on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    mitchaz- Good lord dude. Your comment is three times as long a the original blog.

  16. By lloyd wolf on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    K. I am not a great Rosen fan but find it virtually impossible for him to drop from the top 10. Too many desperadoes out there who will never pass on him. As I mentioned before if Rudolph is available in round 2….take a shot..he might even last to round 3

  17. By Scott H on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    faster –

    As always, speak to rather in-convenient facts and the thumbs downs will follow.

  18. By Scott H on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    I keep wondering why so many people are saying trade down / possibly out of the first round and get extra picks. Not that I don’t understand the logic…..I just wonder why we wouldn’t want to take the best player available at 15 if there are REALLY good players to be taken there.

    Then again, look at what our first round picks have tended to be….

    OK, never mind. Now I get it.

  19. By JCH on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    Dot dot dot…………….. Okay the Arizona Cardinals are dead this year Rams are going to destroy the NFC west….. Rams get Brandin Cooks “shaking my head is silence”…
    My guess for the top teams in NFC WEST 2018
    1. Rams
    2. 49ers
    3. Cardinals
    4. SeaHawks
    I would not be surprised to see the Rams to win the SuperBowl because they are stacked and loaded.
    They acquired Ndamukong Suh and now Brandin Cooks on top of not really loosing anyone in free agency. Jees……
    Good luck Cardinals I hope u can survive the Rams also good luck Sam Bradford on not getting killed my the Rams in the wild NFC west.

  20. By RagingREDBird on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    Mitchaz

    I liked that article as well.

    It is interesting how Wilks seems to be everything BA was not

    Run first vs overwhelming pass attack
    Old school vs risk driven
    D mind vs O mind
    Coach them up vs F–bombs and public abuse
    Develop players/communication vs veteran will get the locker room in line
    Young Head coach vs one of the oldest

    Why the drastic change? When something is not broken you don’t fix it. Cards could have gone with a BA guy or something that looked like a BA philosophy of football, BUT they did not do that at all. It looks from the outside that they wanted a complete change from the ground up. I wonder how much Keim felt that his draft picks were not being developed, cause if that was the problem than Keim was not the problem. BA was?

  21. By Aaron Allery on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    You all make great points. Now we wait….as the Cardinals always do. Wait while other teams make moves. Obviously New England sees something in the draft. That is why they stockpiled (2) 1st round, (2) 2nd round in this year’s draft so far because they make moves and deal with teams they can make moves with, who aren’t gun shy and paranoid under pressure. The Cards could have gotten Cooks too, one of the hardest working WRs in league who did not miss practice last year…….but no. We will still see him plenty. Now NE can basically do what it wants, trade up for Rosen, Mayfield, Darnold. Grab (4) defensive studs. Whatever they want and they got rid of excess salary in the meantime. Get your notebook out Cards Coach and GM. Class has already begun and you missed the first assignment, keep upgrading every year, all the time.

  22. By Scott H on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    Aaron –

    Yeah, the Rams signed Cooks but didn’t you hear? WE signed a “legit” WR today. I think between him and the guy we picked up off waivers, we’ve definitely made up for the losses of John and Jaron Brown.

    I mean, we STILL haven’t replaced Michael Floyd, but…..hey, we’re not supposed to get hung up on PAST outcomes, we’re only supposed to wait to see the FUTURE finished product.

    Hey, we’re just gonna have to ask Larry to pull in about 50-60 more balls this year and we’ll be fine.

    So be patient. Stop whining.

    OK, end sarcasm. I hear ya. But look at where we started this off-season…..not even a QB under contract after Palmer retired. So, where were we? Waaaaaaay behind the 8-ball. UNDER the damn 8-ball is more like it We needed not just one BUT AT LEAST TWO QB’s before we did ANYTHING.

    Oh, and by the way, our O-line was in shambles. Our whole FA was taken up by signing two QB’s and two O-linemen. And an average CB. And a marginal WR.

    Meanwhile, the Rams, already sitting at the point of being one of THE top dogs in the NFC, just makes one monster mover after another.

    Where we were was light years behind where the Rams were. We’re still digging out of the hole we’ve fallen into. The Rams were already high on the mountain and they are closing in on the summit.

    There was NO WAY we were going after a player like Brandin Cooks. Our need to take care of bare necessities pretty much negated the pursuit of posh luxuries.

  23. By Dan Nicholson on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    JCH
    Re: Brandon Cooks
    Their is a reason he has been traded 2 times. New England gave up a 1st& 3rd to Saints last year & already trading him? Story is my good friend I play baseball with has a nephew that was Drew Brees teamate& roommate @ Purdue. Drew paid for a cruise with those guys and they asked him why Cooks was traded. Brees told them he was a me player, not a team player & a cancer stick in the lockerroom.Rams getting a lot of bad attitudes with that talent.

  24. By creditcard on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    New England has two 1’s and two 2’s, they’ll be trading up to grab a QBOF.

    Cards have MANY needs, drafting a QBOF in 2018 behind the current O-line we have now is fool-hearty. Trade down with New England. NE gets # 15, the Cards obtain #31 and a second round pick.

    Draft unsexy players, O-linemen, D-linemen, TE, a CB. Lauletta can be snatched up in the 3rd round. Look at some small schools — some very good players at small schools,and they tend to get unnoticed. For instance, the kid from Fort Hayes at DL.

    If no QB looks good in the draft, sign Trevor Simian. I’m sure he’s equally as good as Randolph, Rosen, or Mayfield.

    The lack of player development is haunting the Cards

  25. By creditcard on Apr 3, 2018 | Reply

    Brice Butler’s best year was 300-yards, and this was with a better QB and a much better O-line.

    My prediction: Cooks will have more yardage against the Cards for the 1st game against the Rams than Butler will have amassed season to date.

  26. By mitchaz on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    RagingREDBird—

    I think Michael Bidwill and Steve Keim made it clear to the coaching candidates what they wanted:

    * Player development
    * Treating players individually and with respect
    * Day to day accountability
    * Bringing a stronger “physicality” to the field
    * Stronger special teams
    * Stronger attention to details
    * Greater work ethic from the coaches and players
    * Less talk and more action

    And when you look at what Bidwill and Keim wanted, Steve Wilks is an outstanding choice.These improvement points are right up his alley.

  27. By clssylssy on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    Excellent post as usual Mitchaz, that, I’m afraid was lost on many of our newer and younger fans. In retrospect, I think that press conference gave fans a very idealized vision of what to expect this season rather than a more realistic status report on a dismal reality.
    I too was encouraged and cautiously optimistic at Coach Wilks’ first press conference and was hopeful that he would have more input in FA, that would be reflected in a roster more resembling the Panthers than a patchwork of the walking wounded. Reading Buddy Morris’s report of our first day of strength & condition, pretty much sealed my assessment of Keim’s roster, when he said, “some things made me want to go home and drink heavily”! and in the above picture it seems Larry is the only guy working! (No big surprise here as most of the other guys are coming back from injuries and not up to his nearly 35-year-old abilities). The thing is, while I liked what I heard from Wilks, I keep wondering WHEN, he is going to be allowed to have a voice in getting the physical players he talked about having this team become or if Keim is just going to present him with a bunch of discounted and damaged players and expect him to work a miracle and put together a competitive, winning team?
    The thing is, love him or not, BA won us some games and there is no arguing that you didn’t hear people complain when he/we were winning. We had some exciting and entertaining games with him as we did with Coach Whisenhunt when he took us to the Superbowl. We also had an impressive roster of players with some name recognition that other teams took notice of and you wanted to run out an buy jerseys for. Now, it seems the front office wants to trash everything and start over again rather than planning ahead financially so we can build on the assets we have (had). I have a bunch of jerseys from the greats, but none of these guys seem to have a shelf life worth buying a jersey for!
    But, oh yeah, we still have the draft and all five picks to strike fear in to the hearts of all these other teams like the Rams, 9ers, Eagles, Saints, Ravens… And, I’m still wondering WHEN is the front office going to let Wilks into the conversation because so far things aren’t matching up with what his stated goals were in that first press conference.
    On a different note, I see the City of Glendale unanimously agreed to support the Cardinals bid for the Superbowl in 2023? Mr. Bidwill has done a great job in the past of putting on a great party, but if the Cardinals don’t pick it up and earn some
    positive recognition, our marketing value as a “football town” is going to be viewed as a joke.

  28. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Fitz is the only one working

    Um, you do understand that picture of Fitz is from last year, right? Since this post went up before this year’s work started.

  29. By clssylssy on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    Darren…
    And, how would I know that? Perhaps you should have used a more appropriate picture of yesterday’s group when you made the post… just say’n…ya know? It’s a great picture and shows how it’s possible for a 34-year-old to stay in amazing shape and stay football ready!

  30. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Post

    It was posted Monday — before they had done anything this April — so it was appropriate when it was put up.

    In any event, basing your “evaluation” on a singular still photo, even if it was from this years, seems a bit reckless to me.

  31. By RagingREDBird on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    Clssy is right BA did win!

    I just wonder why it seems like a change of philosophy is happening?

    My guess is BA was burned out. Maybe age, health, his loyalty to players after 3 years? I am not sure or even know if I am right. I just know that every practice seemed to be the best ever or cut short. WR were 6 deep. Young guys could not get on the field. Coaches were always protected from fault. His play calling was predictable even to a novice like myself. What seemed so radical the first few years changes to that is just how BA called games? Once the league adjusted to the philosophy that he was never really going to run the ball and you had to always cover the deep ball. Even on 3rd and one, 4th and one 1st and 10 it did not matter. We all knew BA would NEVER play a whole game just running 2 to 5 yards while dinking and dunking the ball for 3 to 5 yard gain. Watch the Patriot game two years ago and that was the blue print to beat a BA coached team. Could it be that it was easier to just deal with veteran and stick to the play book everyone knew? Is is possible that BA was starting to do more coasting than coaching?

  32. By faster on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    i just read:

    “.@AZCardinals working with QB Sam Bradford to create a plan of offseason/practice work that will keep him on the field. ”

    and i will not comment on this post. no, no, no, i will not ………………

    but let`s agree, IT IS POSITIVE ……..

  33. By Scott H on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    FWIW, I’ve heard some other interesting takes on what may be going on in New England, if anyone cares. And none of what I heard indicated anything about Cooks being a problem. The source of all of this is Fox Sports radio.

    I’ve heard that Belicheck did not want to trade Jimmy G and is pretty irked that Craft went ahead and did it, anyway. Also, there is more of a rift ( = power struggle ) in NE between Belicheck and Brady than people realize. That is not hard to believe given their personalities. And Belicheck seems to be making moves that are intended to take the power back.

    Look at the departures on offense. Their top RB gone. Amendola gone. Two of their best O-lineman gone. And now Brandin Cooks. That is a LOT of key losses around Tom Brady.

    And there may be nothing to it but rumors have been out there about Gronk being traded. Even if he is not, the losses to that offense are already enough to raise eyebrows.

    It’s an interesting take. And not so ridiculous that I wouldn’t give it some credence. Can’t say I know if Cooks was a problem there or not.

    But I’m pretty sure he IS going to be a problem for the rest of the NFC West this season.

  34. By Scott H on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    clssy –

    RE: Fitz is the only one working

    Um, if ya look all the way to the left of the picture, you can see the hand of another player who is jumping the hurdles with Fitz.

  35. By Joe C. on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    The Rams have added Suh, Peters, Talib, and now Cook. I don’t know much about Cook but I do note the Pats gave up on him after one year. That used to be the gold standard for judging talent/attitude. Let’s hold off on awarding them the Lombardi trophy until we see how all that personality works out. Darren, how does the team look in their first off season workout? Speaking off gold standards for judging talent, you should have a pretty good feel for this team by now.

  36. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    Joe C —

    RE: Judging

    Appreciate the compliment, but there were a bunch of guys lifting some weights, doing some pushups and running some semi-sprints. In other words, it looked like my gym except with professional athletes. Other than that, who knows? It has little to do with what they might do in September, to be honest, especially after a day.

  37. By mitchaz on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    Clssy—

    Thank you for your feedback and your insights. As always, you thoughts are much appreciated.

    BA won 50 games and deserves a lot credit for re-teaching the Cardinals the aggressiveness it takes to win.

    Like you said, virtually no one was complaining the first three years..

    But, when a coach preaches to his team All or Nothing and then tries to replace Todd Bowles with an inexperienced, under qualified coach, when the likes of Wade Phillips, Jim Schwartz and Dick LeBeau were available—and—sticks with a ST’s coordinator whose units were consistently sub par—the message began to lose its veracity and persuasiveness..

    Bettcher did some good things, but he could not match Bowles’ ability to make salient half-time adjustments and late game pressures.. While Jones continued to be one of the most ineffective STCs in the league.

    At the same time, just when BA’s first few draft classes should have been paying dividends, more often than not, the player development was disappointingly slow or ravaged by injuries. Look at BA’s WRs (other than Fitz), Floyd, John Brown and Nelson all regressed—and all looked and played like nervous nellies out there.

    Can you imagine what it must feel like to be a GM and within a couple months of drafting a highly touted 1st round tackle and then finding out that the HC and the OC are publicly calling the rookie “Knee Deep”? It would be like you setting up your best friend with a guy you think she would like and ten minutes into the date she says to you and your friends that he’s a deadbeat.

    I think it is great that Steve Wilks has asked the players not to talk about the Super Bowl. The Patriots have that rule—they are asked not to talk about until it is a reality. That’s a good first step. The team under BA was a lot of brash talk which wound up more often than not making the Cardinals look like fools and exposed as pretenders.

  38. By NJAzCardsFan on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    With all of the “personalities” in the Rams locker room, it will be interesting to see when the chips are down if there will be any in-fighting in the locker room or will they all have that certain team chemistry that will lead to the Superbowl???Chemistry on a team can make up for a lot of deficiencies, the 2008 Superbowl bound Cards had it with KW as QB and over achieved…..

  39. By Scott H on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    NJAzCardsFan –

    RE: 2008 Cards over-achieved

    I disagree. Maybe the 2008 Cardinals didn’t play their best until the post-season started but that is not a bad thing. That’s what you want. Many would argue that the 2007 Giants did the same thing. All the way to a SB win. They didn’t look like the best team in the NFC during the season but as the playoffs progressed, they WERE the best team.

    I think the 2008 Cardinals were exactly that kind of team. By the time they reached the SB, there was not a team from the NFC you could say was a better team than they were.

  40. By Scott H on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    OK, so now I’m getting thumbs down’s for pointing out something in a picture…..my God, how pathetic is that? I think at this point we should just be able to put the thumbs down’s next to the person’s name because that is clearly what this is all about. The content of the post doesn’t even matter.

    What a joke. Seriously. I’m laughing as I write this.

  41. By Coach K on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    Cooks was traded because he was not the thick body receiver the Patriots like. He was not the ideal fit for NE

    New England got the advantage in this trade.

  42. By NJAzCardsFan on Apr 4, 2018 | Reply

    Scott H….

    Remember the 2008 Cards were only 9-7. They squeaked into the playoffs on a blocked Punt in OT. The defense was so-so and the offense was lights out because of KW, Fitz, Boldin, Breaston. They peaked maybe a better term, at the perfect time rather than over achieved…… They came so close…..

  43. By Scott H on Apr 5, 2018 | Reply

    NJAzCardsFan –

    RE: 2008 Cards

    Wait, they squeaked into the playoffs??? They clinched the division with several weeks left in the season. That isn’t really what I would call squeaking in….

    I hear ya about how they looked at times during that regular season. But once that post-season started, they became a team I think people were not expecting.

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