TEMPE, Ariz. - Despite an offseason overhaul of the secondary and the loss of both starting outside linebackers to season-ending injuries in Week 3, the Cardinals defense ranks sixth overall in the NFL with one week left in the regular season.
If it finishes that high (or higher), it would mark the highest ranking for the Cardinals defense since finishing third in 1994. Arizona's defense has cracked the top five in league-wide rankings only twice since 1970 (1986, fourth).
So what might this revamped but chemistry-rich unit accomplish in 2014 after a full year together? How much better can it be with a full season to have mastered the nuances of coordinator Todd Bowles' system?
"The sky is the limit," linebacker Karlos Dansby said. "Come back next season, there's no telling what we can do as a team."
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, that's not how things work in the salary-cap era.
"Change is inevitable in the NFL now," coach Bruce Arians said. "There's no way this team will be pu...