About Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals is a team with high aspirations this season, having claimed playoff spot the year before. The team was founded in 1898 in Chicago and has changed its cities few times with finally settling on Arizona in 1994. Team colours are Cardinal Red, White, Black and Yellow and the team’s mascot is Big Read who “hatched” in 1988.
The franchise has won two championships, both before the Super Bowl era. Cardinals hold longest active streak without claiming championship at 67 years, they are also the first team to lose 700 games since its birth.
Fans do have high expectations and hopes for their team this season, as they are led by Bruce Arians, a very experienced coach who has won AP NFL Coach of the Year twice in recent years.
On field the franchise is led by an experienced quarterback, Carson Palmer. The 35 years old, well established signal caller has played in several teams and has claimed many awards during his career. He is going to be supported by 32 years old superstar wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald who, at the age of 30 years became the youngest NFL receiver to reach 11000 receiving yards in his career. Larry has spent all his professional career with Cardinals.
The duo will be supported by Chris Johnson, a 30 years old running back who holds record of all-purpose yards from scrimmage in a single season. He also is only the 7th player in NFL history to break 2000 rushing yards in a season.
With all this experience and big numbers it is easy to see that offensively focused Bruce Arian’s will have plenty of ways to put points on the score’s board.
Defensively, Arizona can rely on its young and rising star, Patrick Peterson, a 25 years old corner back who also plays a pivotal role on special units as a punt returner, who has set few NFL records in his rookie season, returning 4 punts for a touchdown in one season, having a 99 yard game-winning punt return and few others.
He isn’t a lone star on the D side of the team, as Calais Campbell, who made his first Pro Bowl trip last season has been a steady and productive presence in Arizona’s defensive line.
Cardinals can also rely on their special teams unit, Drew Butler, a 26 years old punter and Chandler Catanzaro, a 24 years old placekicker who set a rookie NFL record in 17 consecutive field goals from start of his career.
Arizona Cardinals are definitely on the rising and are one team to watch in always difficult NFC West division as well as in NFC Conference.