Scouting report: Arizona Cardinals
8-8 Last season New faces: CB William Gay, G Adam Snyder, WR Michael Floyd (first-round pick), OT Bobby Massie. Key losses: CB Rashad Johnson...
8-8 Last season
New faces: CB William Gay, G Adam Snyder, WR Michael Floyd (first-round pick), OT Bobby Massie.
Key losses: CB Rashad Johnson, OT Levi Brown.
Strengths: For first time in years, defense considered strength. All but one starter back from unit that was main reason team rebounded from 1-6 start to win seven of nine and finish 8-8 — second in division. Much will depend on improvement of CB Patrick Peterson. Peterson is a spectacular punt returner. He was first player in NFL with four punt returns of 80 yards or more for TDs. On offense, everything revolves around WR Larry Fitzgerald, but that involves getting him the ball, and shaky QB situation makes that problematic. The ground game, though, looks strong with 1-2 punch of RBs Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams.
Weaknesses: QB battle between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton going down to wire, with Skelton finally winning the job, shows how unsettled position is. Team has accumulated talented group of receivers alongside Fitzgerald, but someone has to get them the ball. Other potential weakness is offensive line.
Expectations: Hoping defense is as good as advertised, and that Wells and especially Williams, who missed all of rookie season with knee injury, can move ball on ground while QB situation somehow settles behind a porous offensive line. If not, 8-8 might be overachievement.
The Associated Press