No NFL team is perfect and some have more flaws than others. So what’s the biggest challenge facing each of the 32 clubs this upcoming season?
It’s that time of the NFL offseason where just about everyone in the organization is enjoying a little down time. There’s roughly a month before the start of training camps and team have wrapped up their OTA and mandatory minicamps.
Each of the 32 clubs has seemingly done its due diligence when it comes to adding talent via free agency, trades or April’s draft. Teams have also trimmed the fat in regards to veterans and players that simply didn’t fit into their franchise’s plans in 2018.
Even if you are the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, there’s always room for improvement. Every team has something that they had to address in a big way this offseason. So here’s a look at the biggest challenge each club has had to deal with this year to date and heading into the 2018 season.
Arizona Cardinals: Finding reliable quarterback play
At the conclusion of the 2017 NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals had four quarterbacks on their team. While veteran Carson Palmer was sitting on injured reserve, Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Barkley were holding down the position.
Now Palmer has called it a career and the other three signal-callers have exited, stage right via free agency. Stanton is with the Cleveland Browns, Gabbert signed with the Tennessee Titans and Barkley made his way to the Queen City and inked a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Now new head coach Steve Wilks and incoming offensive coordinator Mike McCoy have veterans Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon in tow, along with 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen (UCLA) and undrafted free agent Chad Kanoff (Princeton). A year ago, Palmer, Gabbert and Stanton combined for 21 touchdown passes and 20 turnovers (18 interceptions, 2 lost fumbles). As for Bradford and Glennon in ’17, the former couldn’t stay healthy (again) and Glennon was benched after four games in his first season with the Chicago Bears.
Will Rosen be a Week 1 starter? That’s hard to say. But it would not be a shock to see the Cards start three different quarterbacks for the second straight season.