It all came apart for the Arizona Cardinals this past season. But it’s a new year and there’s a new head coach in the desert. Can the club rebound?
This past season, the Arizona Cardinals were led by head coach Steve Wilks. It’s safe to say he had some big shoes to fill in taking over for retired Bruce Arians (who suddenly isn’t retired anymore). The team would finish with a league-low three wins (2 at the expense of the 4-12 San Francisco 49ers) and Wilks was one-and-done – fair or unfair.
Enter one-time Texas Teach sideline leader Kliff Kingsbury, who helps to turn around a Cardinals’ attack that was dismal this past year. The team got off an early start during free agency and continues to add veterans. One-time Denver Broncos’ head coach Vance Joseph is Arizona’s new defensive coordinator. But the bottom line here is that there is a lot of work to be done.
Here are the team’s 2019 opponents, home and away.
Week 1: vs. Detroit Lions – 4:25 p.m. – FOX
Week 2: at Baltimore Ravens – 1 p.m. – FOX
Week 3: vs. Carolina Panthers – 4 p.m. – FOX
Week 4: vs. Seattle Seahawks – 4 p.m. – FOX
Week 5: at Cincinnati Bengals – 1 p.m. – FOX
Week 6: vs. Atlanta Falcons – 4 p.m. – FOX
Week 7: at New York Giants – 1 p.m. – FOX
Week 8: at New Orleans Saints – 1 p.m. – FOX
Week 9: vs. San Francisco 49ers (Thurs.) – 8:20 p.m. – FOX
Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 1 p.m. – FOX
Week 11: at San Francisco 49ers – 4 p.m. – FOX
Week 12: BYE
Week 13: vs. Los Angeles Rams – 4 p.m. – FOX
Week 14: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – 4:25 p.m. – CBS
Week 15: vs. Cleveland Browns – 4 p.m. – CBS
Week 16: at Seattle Seahawks – 4:25 p.m. – FOX
Week 17: at Los Angeles Rams – 4:25 p.m. – FOX
General manager Steve Keim and the organization obviously hold the key to this year’s draft. The franchise owns the number-one overall selection on April 25 and the speculation is that the team will take 2018 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Kyler Murray. But the story seems to change on a daily basis.
Simply put, there’s literally nowhere to go but up for these Redbirds. But who will be the team’s starting signal-caller this fall? Be it Murray or 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen, will either have enough of a supporting cast to help the league’s worst offense of a year ago?