The Arizona Cardinals have had some key losses on the defensive side of the ball this year.Karlos Dansby to free agency, the Red Birds will now be without fellow LB Daryl Washington during the 2014 NFL campaign as well due to his season-long suspension.
Mix that in with Tyrann Mathieu's recovery from torn knee ligaments and Arizona's defense, one of the best in the league last year, has some major questions marks before training camp commences next month.
So what is a team to do? The offensive unit can try and pick up some of the slack and score more points in 2014.
"We have to step up,” quarterback Carson Palmer told azcardinals.com. " When you lose a guy like Daryl and lose Karlos (Dansby) and Tyrann is not going to be back probably as fast as we like (from torn knee ligaments) — you look at a team that you have to transform, and that’s the NFL. Year in, year out, injuries, free agency, draft, these things change your team and change the dynamics of your team. You’ve got to adapt, and offensively, we have to pick up a ton of slack. We leaned on the defense a lot last year and we expect to be leaned on this year. We need to come through, and we will come through.”
Palmer is very confident that the Cards can improve on the offensive side of the ball. They averaged 27.3 points and 374.9 yards per game when they went 7-2 over the last nine games of last year.
"Our offense has already improved enough this year that we should be able to carry our share of the load offensively," head coach Bruce Arians stated. "We're a better football team right now than we were last year, especially at this time of the year."
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