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first_img 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ That’s fair, though even with shaky QB play last seasonthe Cardinals seemed to do alright. While no one is sayingthey will make a Super Bowl run without improvement at theposition, to rank them among the league’s worst teamsstill seems a bit off.Silva notes that the Cardinals did not make a lot ofbig changes over the offseason, and instead are hoping“continuity throughout the coaching staff will expeditein-house improvement across the roster.”Sounds about right, and if the final games of last seasonare any indication, that may very well be what happens.Ultimately, Silva says the Cardinals’ season will comedown to getting consistent QB play. If it happens, henotes, the team will surpass his expectations. He justdoesn’t believe it will happen. The Arizona Cardinals finished the 2011 season with an 8-8record. However, that did not stop Evan Silva of Pro Football Talk, in hispreseason power rankings, from putting the Cardinals 25th. There are only 32 teams in the NFL.Silva notes that while the Cardinals are fairly strong atwide receiver and have playmakers on defense, theirweaknesses — mainly at running back (health), quarterback(inconsistency) and offensive line (overall poor play) —could ultimately be the team’s downfall. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Behind perhaps only quarterback, offensive line play isthe biggest concern in Arizona. Kolb tends to get happyfeet in the pocket amid unsound protection, and passblocking was a major problem for the 2011 Cards. FootballOutsiders graded the Cardinals’ offensive line as 15thbest in run blocking, but a lowly 27th in pass protection.Arizona shook up its front five this offseason, but noneof the moves inspired much confidence.last_img

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