Guest CPT.Buckshot=US= Posted August 21, 2008 Share Posted August 21, 2008 My favorite team, as most of you know, are the Arizona Cardinals. The 2008 Arizona Cardinals are a very diverse and dynamic team, on paper. Expectations are high for them to improve on their 8-8 season last year. With all the added depth where it counts and the versatility of the coaches and players, there will be many mismatches and it will be very hard for any team to fully prepare for us this year. One of those major mismatches is the Quarterback situation between Matt Leinart (QB, #7) and veteran Kurt Warner (QB, #13). They are two very different QBs with different playing styles, it will be very hard for teams to prepare for these two if they are both in a week-to-week starter battle. The Cardinals are one of the most interesting teams in the NFL. Utilizing weapons such as Larry "Fitz" Fitzgerald (WR, #11), Anquan "Q" Boldin (WR, #81), and Edgerrin "The Edge" James (RB, #32) the Cardinals were one of the top offenses in 2007. Edge ran for a total of 1,222 yards and 7 TDs, 4th most yards among running backs last season. Fitz had 100 catches for 1,409 yards and 10 TDs in his 2007 Pro Bowl season, and Q had 71 catches for 853 yards, 9 TDs in only 12 games while on his way to becoming the fastest player ever to reach 400 receptions (67 games) and tied Torry Holt (WR, St. Louis Rams) as the 5th fastest player to reach 5,000 yards (63 games). Kurt Warner (QB, #13) had his best season since his 2001 Super Bowl season garnering 3,417 yards and 28 TDs (1 TD rushing) with only 17 INTs, all while playing with a disabiling injury to his non-throwing arm. In losing WR Bryant Johnson to free agency during the offseason, new opportunities were opened for another #3 WR to pick up the slack. Currently fighting for that spot is Jerheme Urban (WR, #85) and Steve Breaston (WR, #15), although rookie Early Doucet (WR, #80) could eventually take that spot. Rookie Tim Hightower (RB, #34) out of Richmond was drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft and has scored a TD in each of his first two preseason games while working with the 1st Team. He has also already passed veteran JJ Arrington (RB, #28 ) on the depth chart to put him #2 behind Edgerrin James, he could be the future starter. In his senior season at Richmond, Hightower broke 18 school records while rushing for 1,924 yards and 20 TDs. The Cardinals offensive line allowed only 24 sacks (top 5 in the league) while allowing Edgerrin James to rush for 1,222 yards in 337 carries. Edge has had five consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons, two of them since joining the Cards in 2006. He is only the second running back in Cardinal history to have back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons. The starting Offensive line remains intact for 2008 and will only get better as OT Levi Brown (2007 Cards 1st round, 5th overall pick) comes into his second season as both a Cardinal and a starter. As for the Defense, the Cardinals continue to build on thier Hybrid 3-4 Scheme by drafting Calais Campbell (DE, #93), Kenny Iwebema (DE, #91), and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (CB, #29) and signing Travis LaBoy (DE/LB, #55), Clark Haggans (LB, #53), and Bryan Robinson (DE, #97). Travis LaBoy was put in a very special position with Bertrand Berry (DE/LB, #92) called the "Predator" position. The main purpose of this slot is to rush the passer on every play it is instituted, something both Berry and LaBoy know a lot about. The Defense now has some major depth at DT/NT, Veteran Nose Tackle Gabe Watson (DT, #98 ), recently converted DE sack-machine Darnell Dockett (DT, #90), NT Alan Branch (DT, #78 ) and the recently drafted Bryan Robinson (DT, #71). In this defensive scheme, the hard-hitting Pro Bowl Strong Safety Adrian Wilson (SS, #24) will still be back in coverage but gets to act like a Linebacker in the Dime package, rushing the passer and protecting against the run up the center =) With both Free Safeties coming from a Cornerback background, Antrel Rolle (FS, #21) and Matt Ware (CB/FS, #22) can be used all over the field, depending on the situation. Adding depth to the secondary are returning starting CBs Rod Hood (CB, #26) and Eric Green (CB, #25) and capable backup Ralph Brown (CB, #20) and newly acquired CB Dominique Rodgers Cromartie (CB, #29). Thats why I love my team, the Arizona Cardinals. =) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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