The Arizona Cardinals have gotten old.
Like, real old.
During the 2017 NFL Draft, it was a smart question to ask if they would pull the trigger on selecting a quarterback in the first round to be the understudy to veteran Carson Palmer.
Arizona gambled, went defense selecting inside linebacker Haasan Reddick, and failed to address the one position you can’t have questions about. In Palmer, they have a guy who is injury prone, and was in his twilight last season. Toss in another aging and fading star in wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and the Cardinals have two players at the end at two key positions.
Not hardly a recipe for success, and it’ll show before the 2017 season is in the books.
Arizona opened on the road this past Sunday and lost to the Detroit Lions 35-23, and the aforementioned Palmer looked every bit the aging quarterback he is, chucking three interceptions, and prompting his coach Bruce Arians to label his performance “poor.”
Add that running back David Johnson will be out for the next 2-3 months, and the outlook in the desert is cloudy at best.
The Cardinals won’t be much of a factor in the NFC West. They made the mistake of getting old and average at the one position that’s the most unforgiving: quarterback.
That’ll cost them in 2017.