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Arizona Cardinals 2023 NFL Season Preview: An In-depth Analysis and Future Prospects

Arizona Cardinals 2023 NFL Season Preview: An In-depth Analysis and Future Prospects

Arizona Cardinals head into 2023 NFL season at a pivotal juncture after suffering through a disappointing 4-13 record in 2022. As a result, significant change has taken place within their organization, such as hiring Jonathan Gannon as head coach and Monti Ossenfort as general manager – although perhaps their biggest challenge remains Kyler Murray recovering from ACL injury suffered last December.

The Cardinals anticipate an uncertain 2019-20 season due to several veteran departures and roster deficiencies that require substantial improvements. This article delves into their offseason transformations, the effects of Murray’s absence, evaluations of offense and defense units as well as projections for key contributors; finally exploring how a 2024 draft might provide hope for their future success.

The Genesis of the Gannon-Ossenfort Era

After their dismal 2022 season, the Arizona Cardinals embarked on an overhaul. Kliff Kingsbury and Steve Keim were both replaced by Jonathan Gannon and Monti Ossenfort as head coach and general manager respectively, and this new regime aims to remodel the team – something expected to take some time given Kyler Murray is injured and won’t be contributing during the reconstruction phase. They must create new identities while reconstructing themselves effectively during the reconstruction stage.

Exodus of Veteran Pillars

At the core of their revamping efforts, the Cardinals permitted several veteran stalwarts to leave during this offseason. DeAndre Hopkins, J.J. Watt and Rodney Hudson’s departures represent significant setbacks; Hopkins was released, Watt retired while Hudson also decided not to play, leaving gaps on both ends of the field that cannot be filled by existing players alone. With Zach Allen and Byron Murphy Jr both signing free agent deals elsewhere it further weakens depth on defense and cornerback positions for Arizona.


The Impact of Murray’s Absence on Offense


With Kyler Murray out, the Cardinals offensive machinery faces an unprecedented challenge at the season’s beginning. Colt McCoy will assume his starting role, leading a lineup that is bound to miss DeAndre Hopkins who was let go during free agency. First-round draft pick Paris Johnson Jr. emerged as an essential addition on the offensive line, protecting quarterbacks while aiding running game development; yet overall offensive potential remains in question due to key veteran absences and counting on young players to step up.

Once Hopkins departs, the Cardinals’ receiving unit must adapt to new roles and responsibilities. Rondale Moore should see an increased role, leaning on his speed and versatility to become a primary playmaker. A.J. Green will serve as an experienced leader within this receiving group.

James Conner, who made notable plays last season, appears to be the leading contender at the running back position. Chase Edmonds should provide invaluable depth for both running and passing games; providing plenty of playmaking ability in either area of play.

Budda Baker Anchoring Defense

Arizona Cardinals defense is heavily dependent upon Budda Baker, a standout safety who requested a trade but appeared at their minicamp as an observer only. While Baker remains an important component of defense, other players like JJ Watt and Zach Allen leaving leaves a gaping hole in pass rush capability while the absence of Byron Murphy Jr’s consistent presence will certainly be felt in secondary.

The team will rely on young defenders like Myjai Sanders, Cameron Thomas, and Zaven Collins to fill any holes left by its inadequate pass rush and coverage options, proving to be an obstacle in neutralizing opposing offenses.

Kyzir White’s arrival as a familiar face from Philadelphia brings much-needed experience and leadership to Gannon’s defensive strategy, aiding its evolution and stabilization during the rebuilding phase. The Cardinals hope this addition can assist White’s development.

Key Players to Monitor

As part of their rebuilding effort, several key players will play a critical role in shaping the Cardinals’ progress. Rondale Moore – an energetic wide receiver capable of stretching defenses and creating separation – can potentially step in as Hopkins’ replacement in helping expand the offense. His presence would also prove invaluable to Colt McCoy or any future quarterback leading them.

On defense, linebacker Zaven Collins — their first-round draft selection in 2021 — will likely take on more responsibilities this season. After showing some potential in his rookie campaign, the Cardinals hope he can elevate his game and become an integral member of their defense unit.

Budda Baker will receive close consideration, as he remains one of the team’s key defensive players. His leadership and ability to force turnovers will be essential components for an underpowered defense that lacks star players elsewhere.

Anticipation for the 2024 Draft

With a keen focus on rebuilding, the Arizona Cardinals have set their sights on the 2024 NFL The Cardinals currently possess two first-round picks from Houston Texans that could become one of the highest value picks of this draft, potentially even being chosen first overall. Their goal will be to secure high-value players and build for future success while using this draft capital wisely; regardless of how challenging this season might be. Longer term the outlook looks promising.

If the current options on their roster fail to impress, the 2024 draft could provide the Cardinals with an opportunity to select a potential franchise quarterback. An elite draft selection could significantly change their fortunes and secure them a transformative talent who could lead them in future seasons.

As they enter the upcoming NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals face numerous hurdles. New coaching staff members, roster restructuring needs and Kyler Murray recovering from an injury all make for uncertain prospects; yet their focus on building up valuable draft capital gives reason for optimism for 2024 draft picks; this season may only be considered transitional; so fans eagerly anticipate seeing young talent develop alongside potential high draft selections that could have an effectful effect.

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