Arizona Cardinals: Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for 2012

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The Arizona Cardinals sneaked into the back door of Super Bowl XLIII with a 9-7 record and an aging quarterback in Kurt Warner. Today, the Cardinals are struggling with two young quarterbacks, and they are also feeling the heat from the proverbial new kid on the block in their division.

Kevin Kolb was supposed to be the answer for this team, the last player needed for the Cardinals to make that big push back to the postseason.

Two things happened. Kolb missed almost half the season due to injury. But also, the San Francisco 49ers turned the corner and rolled off 13 wins in a runaway of the NFC West division title.

Taking Kolb’s place under center was John Skelton, which sounds more like one of those fictional athlete names you’d expect to see in books or film. But the Fordham product came through, as his team amassed a 5-2 record in games that he started.

Skelton and Kolb will both compete for the starting quarterback job as the summer winds down, in a competition that, as of this writing, remains too close to call.

The Cardinals sport plenty of talent at other positions. Larry Fitzgerald remains one of the game’s elite wide receivers, despite a modest hiccup in his production last season. Beanie Wells has shown that he can be a quality every-down running back. And cornerback Patrick Peterson is electrifying on special teams; he’ll surely be expected to take more punts to the house in 2012.

National Lead Writer Dan Levy, Senior NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller, and NFL Lead Blogger Aaron Nagler and I head west to talk about Arizona in the latest from our “best case/worst case" team preview series.

Enjoy our video above, and leave your two cents on the Cardinals in the comments.

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