The Arizona Cardinals will play their 89th season with the NFL this year, along with their 21st season in Arizona. The Cardinals finished their 2007 season with a score of 8-8; far from transcendent, but actually a notable improvement from 2006, where they finished last in the NFC West with a 5-11 record. This year will be the second for head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who began coaching in 2007. Although last year wasn’t exactly a winning season, management was probably impressed by how quickly Whisenhunt improved the team. Whisenhunt is known for his brilliant offensive plays, as well as his success in Pittsburgh as that team’s offensive coordinator.
The team’s draft picks would be an important part of predicting the season. Initially, the team was looking to fill some key positions, including an offensive tackle, due to the unimpressive results of Oliver Ross and the loss of Leonard Davis. Linebacker was another important position, as most of the team members playing so far have not gotten used to the role. Cornerback was another position the team had to consider for the 2008 draft. In addition to these needs, the team felt the pressure of history, as its last four drafts have been rated excellent and have allowed many starters and substitutes. quality.
The team’s draft began with Tennessee State University cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. He was followed by University of Miami defensive end Calais Campbell, Louisiana State University wide receiver Early Doucet and University of Iowa defensive end Kenny Iwebema. Running back Tim Hightower of the University of Richmond completed the list. , defensive end Chris Harrington of Texas A&M University and offensive tackle Brandon Keith of the University of Northern Iowa.
What was the media reaction to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie? Uncertain, although he was declared potential first-round action due to his Senior Bowl performance. Of course, some argue that most of the receivers in the Senior Bowl are missing us. Experts agree that if Rodgers-Cromartie is going to help the team, it really needs to develop at a rapid pace. At least Rodgers-Cromartie was a popular choice; Campbell was less well received, as so far he doesn’t seem to fit in well with Whisenhunt’s defensive strategies. The bottom line is that many of the team’s draft options must be presented and developed quickly if they hope to make a difference in Arizona.
The biggest problem is that there are no safe playmakers among these draft picks, and that can be a risk the team can’t afford to take. Plus, they have stiff competition this season against the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks. However, it should be noted that under Ken Whisenhunt, the Cardinals have already improved their scoring; 8-8 may not be in the majors yet, but it’s the team’s best record since 1998. Whisenhunt obviously has a strategy in 2008, and the Cardinals’ resurrection may begin slowly but surely.