CBS SPORTS: NFL PREVIEW: ARIZONA CARDINALS
August 2, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
The Cardinals finished 24th in scoring last season, which isn't good enough. The biggest problem was the quarterback play, which is why they made a strong push to get Peyton Manning, only to fall short.
who came over in a trade, was expected to be the answer at quarterback but he struggled to pick up the system and missed seven games with concussion and foot injuries. He was 3-6 as a starter. In his place, John Skeltonwent 5-2 and showed off his big arm. He struggled at times, but seemed to play well late in games. He needed an offseason to work on his mechanics, which should help. It will be a camp battle to decide this job.
Whoever starts will be throwing to one of the NFL's best in Larry Fitzgerald. Even with the quarterback problems, Fitzgerald 80 catches and a 17.1 average. The Cardinals drafted Michael Floyd in the first round to help take some of the pressure off Fitzgerald in terms of coverage. It gives them a big pair of receivers.
The running game is led by Beanie Wells, but Ryan Williams might be ready to take some of his carries. Wells is a grinder, while Williams has that big-play ability. He missed his rookie season after injuring his knee in the preseason. LaRod Stephens-Howling is a nice back to have as a change-of-pace player.
The offensive line remains a major concern. They did pay Adam Snyder to come over as a guard from San Francisco, but he had problems with the 49ers and doesn't seem like a major upgrade. Levi Brown, who signed a new deal to stay with the team, played well in the second half of last season and the coaches want to see more of that. Second-round pick Bobby Massie could be the right tackle. Center Lyle Sendlein is the line's best player.