The schedule and draft for 2012

Posted by Darren Urban on January 1, 2012 – 10:24 pm

With the season over, the Cardinals will pick 13th in April’s draft. Their opponents for 2012 have also been set (although dates, of course, aren’t announced until April too):

Home games: Seattle, San Francisco, St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia.

Away games: Seattle, San Francisco, St. Louis, Green Bay, Minnesota, New England, New York Jets, Atlanta.

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  1. By Code on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Do you think the Cards would bring in someone else to compete with Kolb and Skelton?

    Matt Flynn?

    Probably going to get a lot of these questions. But I imagine it is on most people’s minds.

  2. By Darren Urban on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Code —

    RE: Flynn

    Don’t see them signing another QB to a huge contract, which is what Flynn will likely demand.

  3. By ZeroX on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Looks rough

  4. By Brandon Orgeron on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    We never get minnisota or atlanta at home anymore except for that atl playoff game its their turn to come see us.

  5. By George on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Very proud of the way the team did not quit and rallied the second half of the season. Looking foward with optimism on what free agency and the draft will bring for next season. Hope the team re-signs Calais Campbell and lets go of Levi Brown. That would be a good start. Go Cards 2012!!!

  6. By Jeffrey on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t the Cards play Dallas at home since both finished 2nd in their division?

  7. By Darren Urban on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Jeffrey —

    RE: Dallas/Phil

    The Eagles also finished 8-8 and swept Dallas, so they were second.

  8. By Marcus on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    I dont think I’m mad at our schedule anymore. When I think about it, I like a harder schedule. Io know my team is legit. I want to know that the team is good. I dont want to play scrubs every year. Play Brady, play Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers. If we get shredded, well… I guess we cant play with the big boys. But next year with a better O-Line, Ryan Williams back, hopefully another WR to compliment the almighty great THE Larry Fitzgerald, and a more experienced within the system defense, I want to test all that out on the upper crust teams in the league. Can the draft get here any sooner? I think we have the QB we need in Kolb, we are close I think.

  9. By Procen on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply


    Their schedule looks hard on 2012. I hope the offense will play better or it will be a very difficult time for the defense. What do you think?

  10. By Zach on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply


    In my opinion the offensive line needs work; this fact has been pretty evident throughout the entire 2011 season. Obviously the lockout had some effect on how well the O-line played, but do you think it was a lack of experience and time playing together or do think it is a pure lack of talent on the offensive line? Do you think that using that 13th pick for an offensive lineman would be a wise choice for the Cardinals heading into the 2012 season?

  11. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Zach —

    RE: No. 1 pick

    My choice would be BPA. If that’s a lineman, fine. If it’s a linebacker, fine.

  12. By Chris on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply


    Looks like the odds are good ASU’s big # 7 (Burfict) will be their with the 13 pick i like the kid out of BC but he doesn’t compare to Big number 7’s talent and size…. I pull the trigger in my opinion he’s the next suggs which we should have drafted as well but thats another story i just hope its not a repeat. Your thoughts sir?

  13. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Chris —

    RE: Burfict

    I will be shocked — absolutely shocked — if the Cards take Burfict in the first round. No one is spending that high of a pick on a potential head case.

  14. By Nat on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Just out of interest, where will Seattle pick seeing as they just lost?

  15. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Nat —

    RE: Seattle pick

    They have a coin flip with KC for 11 and 12.

  16. By Marcelof on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply


    Any changes of bringing in another WR?

  17. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Marcelof —

    RE: WR

    I think there is a good chance they will look at the position. Doucet is an UFA, so they might have to.

  18. By DontTakeLoses on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    2012 Cards: You can do it. Very proud of these men. Bravo. Inspired play in crunch time. Wow.

  19. By Wayne on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Are we the worse team with an 8-8 record out of the 8 teams total with the 8-8 record, to generate a 13 pick?

  20. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Wayne —

    RE: 13th pick

    Not the worst team, but have the weakest strength of schedule.

  21. By CORMAC on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    I forsee us at 10-6 next year with this schedule. I actually came up with 11-5, but had to throw in a wild freak loss somewhere to come up with the 10-6.

  22. By Canadian Red Bird on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Fitzy was busy putting on another clinic. Unbelievable how that man can make things happen. mentioned that he could have been playing with a punctured lung in the over time session ( An MRI today will reveal the extent of the injury ). Kolb should take a page out of Fitz’s playbook re: PLAYING WITH HEART!!!!!!!!

  23. By Peter in Canada on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    I have to agree with Darren that going after a high-priced QB would not make sense for a number of reasons. First there are other holes to fill such as offensive tackle, which will be cheaper and will help the incumbent QB’s improve. Secondly, while we do need to improve at QB to play with the big boys, both Skelton and Kolb showed promise and a full off-season and training camp will help them and they both have upside.

  24. By Jesse Robles on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Went 8-8, and can get a really proven player that can help out very soon, if they draft correctly at the 13th pick. Not only that we get Toler, and Lil Sweetness back. Been saying it my whole life, cant wait til next season.

  25. By A B on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply


    Do you think we will bring in a big time free agent wideout like Jordy Nelson.

  26. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    A.B. —

    RE: Nelson

    First of all, Nelson is under contract. Second of all, no.

  27. By Ernie on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    It would be nice if they went ahead and drafted Kellen Moore as the backup QB.

  28. By cards62 on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Just looking at it today, but 2012 schedule is a lot tougher than 2011.
    Miami and Philly comng on at the end of the year.

    Darren we draft lucky number 13 in April, Can you tell us where we would have been drafting if we would have lost the game?

    Interesting that Horton said Marshall was his defense’s MVP. I did not see that one coming. You have to resign your MVP. Great job Horton very excited for our defense next year, and if we hire Norv Turner or Todd Haley I will be excited for our offense next season.

    Go Cards and Go Rod Graves

  29. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    cards62 —

    RE: Losing

    I’d have to look, but I think the most would have been up to 11 had they lost.

  30. By Prashant on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    One thing to note is that our second round pick rotates to the back of the queue of the 8-8 teams. This is the pick traded to the Eagles, so the total value we gave up for Kolb goes down by a bit. At one point, it was looking like an early 2nd rounder!

  31. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Prashant —

    RE: Eagles pick from Cards

    To be precise, the Cards’ pick that went to the Eagles will be 19th in the second round.

  32. By James Walsh on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    WOW!!! what a season!!!!! after such a tough start they finished very strong!!! Was able to go to the San Fran game my 1st at the new stadium for me and my family. What a great experince it was for not just me but my 11yr old son and at the time my girlfriend (we got married at midnight on the 1st) very impressed with the stadium and the Az cardinal fans they were awesome!!!!!!! We may have not made the playoffs but i do believe that except a couple of games we were very competitive. What some people forget is the tough times when it was very hard being a cards fan. they used to invent ways to loose games. The great thing about OUR Az cardinals is that we have not just good players we have great men guys that im more than proud to root for. they show great sportsmanship and character. THANKA GUYS!!! Looking forward to next year!!!!

  33. By Jake on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Is the O-line our top priority in the draft? Are we going to be drafting for need or best player available?

  34. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Jake —

    RE: First round

    You should always be looking to draft BPA in the first round, within reason.

  35. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    I’m happy to see the team finish strong. 2012 can’t get here fast enough.
    O-line needs help. Wwe gave up way too many sacks. I think most in the league.
    And we need a compliment to Fitz. Teams just don’t respect our 2 and 3 receivers.

  36. By CreditCard on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply


    Thank you for your coverage, greatly appreciated. I (as well as other fans) believe the Cards are headed in the right direction. Each year will be tough, and new challenges will surface.

    The NFL has made this league as a QB league, and the qulity of our QB play is most important going into 2012. Last year (2010) the Cards had absolutely pathetic QB play with flashes of poor play,and on a very rare occassion average play. This year, we’ve seen a smatterling of awful, along with poor QB play. The QBs have also shown lots of average, and flashes of good. In summary, improved play. If the QBs make the same gains — Cards might be a real force in he NFC.

  37. By brad oneill on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    so was toler allowed to learn the playbook and stuff while on ir? it seems the entire defense took half the season to understand just what they were supposed to be doing and i am curious as to how involved ir guys can be with the team?

    next year i think our offense may be learning a whole new system or maybe relearning todd haileys system if we are lucky.

  38. By redcity602 on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    reggie wayne & larry fitz wwwwwwoooooowwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. By Javi on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    well, we need to draft Jon Martin and find a way to get alshon jeffery

    do you agree Darren?

  40. By BIG RED on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    To bad we don’t have the cowgirls this coming year. We’ll miss our practice game with them. It just feels good whipping there butts every year and seeing all there fans crying and making all kinds of excuses.

  41. By conrad on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    wait to see how at training camp and how much better the team comes together, Skellton played a more coplete game a little more inprovement need which we will see after training camp.

  42. By mike cards on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    i think this kid from oklahoma st. 81 blackburn i think would be a great number 2 wr…1st pick????

  43. By DavefromNY on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply


    Any Chances, the Cards look into Reggie Wayne for a #2 WR?

  44. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    DaveFromNY —

    RE: Wayne

    Doesn’t make much sense to me, unless he was coming cheaper. Would guess he’s going to want No. 1 money.

  45. By AZ on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    We should trade down to get a second round pick back and lower first round, if any team is willing too.

  46. By Louisville Card on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Reggie Wayne really???? I’m sick of getting other teams old players looking to get paid….the cards need to draft reciever Ty Hilton from FIU would be a perfect fit. I’ve personally seen him single handily beat my Uofl Cards with all around amazing play and since Blackmon will be gone by our pick Hilton should still be there.

    Also, if you look at the cards draft record lately drafting first round tackles hasn’t been their strong suit. Line backer would be their only other choice, but why would you draft for a role player at best next year with your first pick? Or do you get a very productive starter for the side of the ball that needs the most help? Your thoughts Darren?

  47. By Darren Urban on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Role player

    What makes you think a linebacker taken 13th would be a role player?

  48. By Card's Chick on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    I hate hate HAAATE the Patriots! More than Dallas…more than the Giants! My wish is to watch Brady sacked…often!

  49. By Louisville Card on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    If acho, schofield, washington, and lenon start like it looks like who would be the odd man out for the 13th pick guy…lenon?

  50. By Darren Urban on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: 13th pick

    If you take a pass rusher, that’s an outside guy. If he’s good enough, he’s starting ahead of Schofield, I’d think.

  51. By FitzIstheBetterThanRice on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike Cards

    you mean *Justin Blackmon..

  52. By redcity602 on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    we should draft dre kirkpatick with our first round pick imagine peterson and kirkpatrick in our secondary

  53. By cardfan on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Cards: RE: Oklahoma St his name is Blackmon… Justin Blackmon number 81 and yes I agree a great addition I think he could compliment Mr. Fitz quite well. The Cards need to focus on the offensive line in free agency and draft a good wide reciever. Cambell should deffinitly be re-signed as well as Haggans. Keep the defense intact it looks great finally except maybe really work with our corners. Oh and how i hope Kolb has a great year and is the QB he is being paid to be. It would be great to have a Kolb-Skelton tandem.

  54. By jair on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, do you think its very likely the cards trade down and get a second round back?

  55. By Darren Urban on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Jair —

    RE: Trading down

    Is it possible? Yes. “Very likely?” I wouldn’t say that.

  56. By Chris Hughes on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    Chris –

    RE: Burfict

    I will be shocked — absolutely shocked — if the Cards take Burfict in the first round. No one is spending that high of a pick on a potential head case.

    Yes that is true. Thanks for the valuation. One more question for you sir, if Luke Kuechly ILB from BC and G David Decastro are sitting there at 13 with the other top OL already drafted (Kalil, Reiff, Martin) Who do you take?

  57. By Darren Urban on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    Chris —

    RE: Picks

    Honestly, I know next to nothing about any of those guys right now.

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