The Arizona Cardinals are the cure for the fever, not the cowbell. Heading into 2014, there are plenty of things that we would like to see more of from the team.
First, we’d like to see more successful free-agent acquisitions. Last season produced stars like Karlos Dansby, John Abraham and Eric Winston. First-year general manager Steve Keim was success as was the decision to hire Bruce Arians to be the head coach.
We want to see more Andre Ellington in the backfield. Ellington found himself behind Rashard Mendenhall most of the season on the depth chart and in the pecking order for carries. Ellington rolled up almost the same amount of yards as Mendenhall on 99 fewer carries. His pass-catching abilities make him a real asset to the team.
We want to see more usage of Ryan Williams. He was a healthy scratch for every game last season. Nobody ever got an explanation as to why this happened but the running back from Virginia Tech should have found his way into each game.
We want to see more short passes from Carson Palmer. Once the hone game with Seattle was over, the Cardinals seemed to stick with a shorter passing game which benefited Palmer. His interceptions went down and his completion percentage went up. Palmer threw for more than 4,000 yards for the fourth time in his career because of it.
We want to see more production from the tight end spot. It’s not just an extra blocker, anymore.
We want to see more punts from Dave Zastudil land inside the 20-yard line. Just because we like to make it as tough as possible for opponents to score.
We want to see more Jonathan Cooper on the offensive line. He didn’t make it out of preseason last season. Hopefully the first-rounder out of North Carolina can suit up for a regular season game.
We want more Karlos Dansby in a Cardinal uniform.
We want more Daryl Washington in a Cardinal uniform.
We want a healthy Tyrann Mathieu for 2014 but let’s not rush him back to the field.
We want to win more in the division. The Cardinals went up to Seattle and dealt them their only loss at home in the least two years. The team can win anywhere. They just meed to do it.
Finally, there’s one thing we want that has never happened before.
We want the Cardinals to be the home team in the Super Bowl.
We also want the team to come in under the salary cap too.