It wasn’t the ideal year for the Arizona Cardinals under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury, but they made improvements. The offense has found an identity as they improved from the worst offense from 2018 to the 16th best in 2019, but the defense took a step back from 26th best to the 28th. The Cardinals have a lot of reasons to be optimistic since they had an incredible offseason with trades, free agency, and the NFL Draft.
The big headline in the offseason was the Cardinals pulling off a steal with the Houston Texans for arguably the best wide receiver in the league, DeAndre Hopkins. Second-year quarterback Kyler Murray has an incredible trio of receivers with Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald, and Christian Kirk, then with his mobility and Kenyon Drake in the backfield, it makes sense why Murray could be poised for a big 2020 season. The issue on offense could come from the offensive line as they gave up 50 sacks last year. The only thing the Cardinals did to address that issue was to draft tackle Josh Jones in the third round.
Another headline for the Cardinals was drafting versatile Clemson star Isaiah Simmons with the eighth overall pick. Simmons can operate almost any position, but in Arizona’s 3-4 defense, he will see some time as a cover linebacker or a safety. The Cardinals did address the defense in free agency as they signed DE Jordan Phillips from Buffalo and LB Devon Kennard from Detroit. Cardinals star DE Chandler Jones has been a sack machine, so him getting help on defense could mean he’s in for a bigger year after posting 19 sacks.
Things are getting exciting in Arizona as the Cardinals made some moves for some big-time players. The past couple of years we were wondering if the Cardinals can get themselves out of the rebuilding phase, but here they are ready to compete with an electrifying offense and an improved defense. Keep an eye on the Cardinals for 2020 and beyond, they are going to be an exciting team to watch.