TEMPE, Ariz. All you really needed to know about the Cardinals three consecutive playoff-less seasons is summarized by the following seven names: Matt Leinart, Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton, Rich Bartel, Kevin Kolb and Brian Hoyer.
They were hardly the magnificent seven. Four are out of the NFL, Kolb may be soon given his concussion history, Anderson is a backup in Carolina and Hoyer is the third-string QB in Cleveland.
Mismanagement and miscalculation at the QB position were major factors in the decision to fire former coach Ken Whisenhunt and hire Bruce Arians. Not too many locals will argue with the notion that Carson Palmer is a significant upgrade over those seven names. But will it be enough for a team that just lost its highly touted rookie guard and hasnt produced a running game that's finished higher than 22nd in the NFL since 2002?
Backups: Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley
What does Palmer have left in the tank? Some have argued that after 10 NFL seaso...