Cardinals Start the Season on the Right Track

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Connor Manning

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After an egregious 2018 season, the Arizona Cardinals have spent the better part of their offseason focusing on change and rebuilding the franchise. From the hiring of new head coach Kliff Kingsbury to drafting Heisman winner Kyler Murray first overall in the draft to revamping their defense, the Cardinals have done some serious remodeling. Long-time Cardinals fan Brendan Smith (11) has been following the Cardinals closely this offseason, “I really like how they brought in Terrell Suggs, former Super Bowl winner, and a Hamilton native,” Smith said. Long-time defensive end Terrell Suggs is a multi-time pro-bowler, a Super Bowl winner, and he is nearing the end of his career, so it’s nice that he wanted to play for his hometown team before he retires. 

The Cardinals began their preseason at home against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers almost had a mirror opposite season from the Cardinals, after they finished 12-4 and made it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs last year. Chargers veteran QB Philip Rivers did not play, and the Chargers used three different QBs in rotation. As for the Cardinals, after the departure of Josh Rosen, the starting QB job was up in the air for the regular season. Many suspect Kyler Murray for the starting job come Week 1, who did not disappoint in his first career pro-start. Murray went 6 for 7 passing, for 44 yards in his two drives. Brennan Jaco (10), commented on the performance of Kyler Murray in his debut. “Kyler Murray looked really strong in his debut. I can see great things in the future for the Cards”, He said. Murray only played in two dives, but there is no doubt that we’ll be seeing more of him very soon. The other QB in the battle was Chandler native Brett Huntley. He had a strong showing too, going 10/14 for 104 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals did not look great in their first showing, but they managed to pull out the win 17-13. Josef Nermyr (11), commented on the future of the Cardinals.” While they had their lapses, the Cards still showed some promise” he said.  Their next game is back at home Thursday, August 15th against the Oakland Raiders.