NFL RUSH
Team Report Cards: Cardinals Have a Lot of Work to Do

The Cardinals were off to a great season in 2012.  They won four in a row and had one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.  Then it all went wrong.  They only won one more game the entire season and now they don't have a lot to build on.  WR Larry Fitzgerald will need to lead a resurgence along with his new head coach and some young talent.

 

Arizona Cardinals
2012 Record: 5-11

Grade: D

 

The Good:

 

  • - They started the 2012 season at 4-0 and looked like a surprise contender.
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  • - Rookie CB Patrick Peterson had seven interceptions, fourth-most in the NFL.
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  • - Brand new coach, Bruce Arians, brings new life to the team.

 

 

The Bad:

 

  • - They were, by far, the most ineffective offense in the NFL.  They ranked last in the league in yards per game with 263.1.  The next worst team gained 297.2. The offense scored the second-fewest points in the league with 250. 
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  • -  Their top rusher ran for just 356 yards.   
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  • - WR Larry Fitzgerald mustered just 798 receiving yards and four TDs.  This was a result of the Cardinals using four different QBs during the season.  Combined, they threw for 11 TDs but 21 interceptions.

 

 

The Future:

 

  • -Draft: Take your pick.  Other than WR, the Cardinals are desperate for upgrades.  QB Matt Barkley would be on their list if Geno Smith were taken already.  RB Eddie Lacy is a guy to watch for in the second round; he has great size to be a bruiser.
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  • -Free Agent Targets: They need help on the offensive line, like most of the bottom teams.  G Kevin Boothe (formerly of the Giants) is a great run-blocker and solid veteran. They also could go for a runner with Steven Jackson, Reggie Bush and Ahmad Bradshaw all available.
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  • -Trade For: Finding veterans that know how to win is a must for this team.  Maybe they can get Tim Tebow.  I’ve heard that all he does is win.

What is the Cardinals biggest need?

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  • Arizona Cardinals

    May 23, 2013

    nicholasgamez · draftee

    we are fine we are a team who can play

  • Arizona Cardinals

    April 15, 2013

    austinmahone123 · draftee

    oh wow we do need a new QB tho

  • Arizona Cardinals

    April 15, 2013

    austinmahone123 · draftee

    QB IS BEST

  • Atlanta Falcons

    March 20, 2013

    kihd · draftee

    falcons have steven jackson rex22222

  • Arizona Cardinals

    March 19, 2013

    gav1235 · practice squad

    QB's need to go get a good season for my #cards

  • Detroit Lions

    March 18, 2013

    rush886 · 2nd string

    49ers kaepernick i agree witch ya

  • Arizona Cardinals

    March 14, 2013

    matthews9876 · draftee

    THEY NEED A GOOD QB

  • San Francisco 49ers

    March 12, 2013

    49erskapernick · draftee

    they need new QB.everyone agree

  • Dallas Cowboys

    March 11, 2013

    swagboyz88 · draftee

    They need offense!

  • Kansas City Chiefs

    March 9, 2013

    punter101 · draftee

    They should get a good QB like Tim Tebow or (If he's a free agent) Kyle Orton

  • New England Patriots

    March 9, 2013

    cc60174 · draftee

    qb

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    March 9, 2013

    187mix23 · draftee

    kurt warner was a goo qb

  • Washington Redskins

    March 8, 2013

    scrocks · practice squad

    they need a new qb!

  • New England Patriots

    March 8, 2013

    welkerfan54 · draftee

    get EJ Manuel for them

  • Atlanta Falcons

    March 8, 2013

    freakyfalconz02 · draftee

    That's not always true, 2009phili. It could be the QB's fault because he threw too many interceptions, or lost too many fumbles.

  • New England Patriots

    March 8, 2013

    17iostropats · draftee

    ANYBODY FROM CARLISLE, MA

  • New England Patriots

    March 8, 2013

    17iostropats · draftee

    Hi

  • Seattle Seahawks

    March 8, 2013

    Rex22222 · draftee

    qb, they should draft Matt Barkley, and try to get Tebow. Then use tebow as a red zone and 2 point conversion qb. they also need a new rb though., they should go with stephen jackson.

  • Baltimore Ravens

    March 7, 2013

    2009phili · draftee

    eric fisher good pick

  • Baltimore Ravens

    March 7, 2013

    2009phili · draftee

    offensive line it isnt all of the qb falt if he dose not have a line

  • Green Bay Packers

    March 7, 2013

    julian1244 · draftee

    QB

  • New York Jets

    March 7, 2013

    revis24salam81 · draftee

    they need a QB larry caant be good without one

  • San Francisco 49ers

    March 7, 2013

    bdt29 · practice squad

    i'd say go after Eric Fisher

  • Indianapolis Colts

    March 7, 2013

    lollipop600 · draftee

    not defense... someone on offense

  • Seattle Seahawks

    March 7, 2013

    nos · practice squad

    i vote qb

  • Arizona Cardinals

    March 6, 2013

    pets333 · draftee

    we need a qb bad

  • New York Giants

    March 6, 2013

    rays1 · rookie

    start with defense which turns into offense

  • Detroit Lions

    March 6, 2013

    rush886 · 2nd string

    you guys have the second best wide reicever but you need a qb by the way first comment bird brains hah hah ha!

  • Green Bay Packers

    March 6, 2013

    elidoger · draftee

    Qb but not this draft persay early

  • Seattle Seahawks

    March 6, 2013

    tbucaleb · draftee

    eddie lacy iz boss

  • New England Patriots

    March 6, 2013

    nivag131 · draftee

    I vote QB.

  • Baltimore Ravens

    March 6, 2013

    footballpoet15 · starter

    tim tebow

  • Carolina Panthers

    March 6, 2013

    ethan2390 · rookie

    I vote qb

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

    March 6, 2013

    allprobrady · veteran

    I give them a D. All they need is a good quarterback and thier a good team. They should pick a QB with experience

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    March 6, 2013

    Asad71025 · draftee

    they may have to go to tebow

  • Carolina Panthers

    March 6, 2013

    camisbeast2001 · draftee

    I completely agree with you brady390

  • Green Bay Packers

    March 6, 2013

    awesomenubnub · 2nd string

    QB of course they either need to draft geno smith or matt barkley. and if they dont draft a QB they need to get tebow or somebody like that.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    March 6, 2013

    mspyankees · draftee

    QB

  • Buffalo Bills

    March 6, 2013

    triva7 · rookie

    quarterback!

  • Washington Redskins

    March 6, 2013

    sb1redskins · draftee

    who was the qb last season

  • New England Patriots

    March 6, 2013

    annesportygirl · draftee

    d

  • Seattle Seahawks

    March 5, 2013

    osodasheagles101 · draftee

    need a new wide reciver larry fitzgerald u getting old buddy

  • New England Patriots

    March 5, 2013

    brady390 · practice squad

    ... they need better pocket protecting which is sorta y kolb is out with injuries

  • New England Patriots

    March 5, 2013

    brady390 · practice squad

    they need a quarterback that can pass well cuz kolb is banged up and...

  • Detroit Lions

    March 5, 2013

    rush886 · 2nd string

    you guys have the second best wide reicever but you guys need a very good qb like aaron rodgers of corse there is no way that rodgers is going to thease disapointing cards hah

  • Carolina Panthers

    March 5, 2013

    turkey1223 · draftee

    qb

  • Carolina Panthers

    March 5, 2013

    turkey1223 · draftee

    QB!!!!!!!1

  • New England Patriots

    March 5, 2013

    patsgetgronked87 · draftee

    THIS IS WHAT THE CARDINALS NEED BADLY. A QB A RB A WR A TE A FB A C A LT A DB A LB A ILB A OLB A NT A S A CB SO I WOULD SAY PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING!!

  • New England Patriots

    March 5, 2013

    patsgetgronked87 · draftee

    @touchdown103yds This is the ONLY TIME I WILL AGREE WITH A RAVENS FAN! MAN THAT IS PRETTY FUNNY!!

  • Denver Broncos

    March 5, 2013

    nkfylle · 2nd string

    QB!

  • Baltimore Ravens

    March 5, 2013

    touchdown103yds · draftee

    z- for me that is pretty bad!

  • New York Giants

    March 5, 2013

    tconklinqb2 · draftee

    taht was sad only 356 yards in a season fora running back ahmad bradshaw ran for 211 against the browns in week 5

  • Washington Redskins

    March 5, 2013

    pup424 · draftee

    needs QB

  • Washington Redskins

    March 5, 2013

    scrocks · practice squad

    i'd give them a D-.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

    March 5, 2013

    jaguarsfan2345 · draftee

    TEBOWFAN02 they only won 4 games, unless there first 4 games.

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    March 5, 2013

    arroyo29 · rookie

    tebow so he can throw to fitzgerald

  • Baltimore Ravens

    March 5, 2013

    Ravensflow · practice squad

    They should not get Bush

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    March 5, 2013

    TEBOWFAN02 · veteran

    I'd give them an A-

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

    March 5, 2013

    allprobrady · veteran

    All they need is a good quarterback and thier a good team. They should pick a QB with experience

  • Houston Texans

    March 5, 2013

    aggiebug · practice squad

    they should get tebow