The Arizona Cardinals ushered in a new era with Bruce Arians as it head coach. The former Indianapolis offensive coordinator is credited with make Andrew Luck a Pro Bowl player in his first year in the league.
If you ask me, it would be too much to expect Arians to take this team to the playoffs in his fiest season, but one never knows what can happen with all this newness in the desert.
What is in place is Larry Fitzgerald at wide receiver, four running backs who want to start in the Cardinals backfield and a quarterback in Carson Palmer who will be trying to find the same mojo he used to get Cincinnati to the playoffs earlier in his career.
If that happens, then the Arians project will be more than a success.
With a new season comes new predictions and new hope for this franchise. Here six bold predictions that will or will not come to fruition in 2013.
1. More of an even bang this season. This is a team that won four games out of the gate last season and lit the NFL on fire. After that, it was only one win and a five for the season. Look for Arians to have this team more balanced and winning at least seven contests this year.
2. Palmer will revert back to Bengals form. That means he is still a threat to make things happen. The Oakland experiment was a huge failure with the Raiders and now, with Arians and some confidence back under his belt, Palmer will throw for 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns.
3. A solid offensive line. Jonathan Cooper will do more to help the offensive line than Michael Floyd did last season to the receiving corps. If Cooper can open holes for the running game, it could be a very exciting season in Arizona.
4. Playoffs? No, not playoffs, but seven or eight wins are very reasonable. I like the makeup of this team. I am not a huge fan of Carson Palmer, but Bruce Arians is the right man for the job. This will be a contending team in two seasons.
5. Secondary concerns. Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes are gone. Enter Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. If the former LSU teammates can play well together, this could be one of the better secondaries in the league.
6. Todd Bowles will leave after this season. While Jason Garrett was hired years ago in Dallas for his offensive game calling, Bowles will be hired by the Cowboys at the end of the season to show off his defensive presence. Hopefully (unlikely) Bowles will allowed to run the ship in Big D.