After having a short run of success that ended with a win, it appears as if the Cardinals are finally moving in the right direction under head coach Bruce Arians. Despite finishing 10-6 a year ago, the Cardinals missed the playoffs due to being in such a tough division. Still, Arizona Cardinals tickets are sought after by fans across the NFL. We are a great source for all games, both home and away.
The Arizona Cardinals entered the 2014 off season with a bunch of second-tier needs. First and foremost, the needed help at safety. The Cardinals answered this by drafting Deone Bucannon in the first round with the 27th selection overall out of Washington State. They also needed a new tight end so they drafted Troy Niklas out of Notre Dame. Niklas is a big target who has improved by the year since being switched from defensive lineman to tight end early in his career at Notre Dame. Niklas has a high ceiling and this could prove to be one of the best selections of the draft. Also on offense they needed to add some depth at wide receiver. They have one of the best receivers in NFL history in Larry Fitzgerald, but they need depth. They answered this by selecting two wide receivers in the draft. The first was John Brown, whom they selected in round for out of Pittsburg State. The second was in round six where they selected Walt Powell from Murray State. The Cardinals also needed depth at defensive end, so they selected a pair of those. The first came in the third round, where they selected Kareem Martin from North Carolina. The second came in round five where they selected Ed Stinson from Alabama. Perhaps the most famous need entering the offseason was quarterback. Yes Carson Palmer had a good season, but he is old and getting older. The Cardinals selected Logan Thomas in the fourth round from Virginia Tech. Thomas was once considered to be a first overall selection in the making, but inconsistency led to his drop across the draft boards. Thomas will be an interesting project to keep an eye on.
Cardinals Football History is Rich
The Arizona Cardinals predate the National Football League and were founded in 1898 on the South Side of Chicago. The franchise itself is one of two remaining teams that founded in the NFL in 1920. The story goes that in 1898, a neighborhood group gathered to play on the South Side of Chicago, calling themselves the Morgan Athletic Club. Chris O'Brien, a well known building contractor in the Midwest at the time, bought the rights to the team and moved them to Normal Field on Racine Avenue, naming them the Racine Normals. In 1901 O'Brien bought old uniforms from the University of Chicago, which the color had faded on, calling it Cardinal Red, and renamed the franchise the Racine Cardinals. In 1906 the team broke up, but another team formed seven years later, and were linked to the previous Racine Cardinals franchise. In 1922 the team was renamed the Chicago Cardinals after a team from Racine, Wisconsin joined the newly formed NFL.
In 1960 the franchise was moved to St. Louis, and became the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1987, the franchised moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and became the Phoenix Cardinals. In 1994 they changed their name again, this time to the Arizona Cardinals, to have a broader appeal to the entire region. Despite the history, the Cardinals franchise hasn't had a whole lot of success, of which the logic defies their continued existence. The Cardinals have made the playoffs just 10 times, most recently in 2015. They have won their division just seven times, most recently in 2015 as well. The Cardinals have one conference championship to their credit, 2008, and have two NFL titles to their credit, both of which came before the merger, 1925, and 1947. Throughout their history they have called eight different buildings home. Currently, they play in the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Currently, the Cardinals have become one of the NFL's better teams. They have had good players for a while, but they lack a key ingredient, a good starting quarterback. They acquired Carson Palmer from the Raiders, two years ago, and made it all the way to the NFC championship game this past season. However, they are also very old, and will be looking to draft a quarterback in this upcoming draft to help stave off going back into NFL purgatory in a few years.