The Cardinals’ offseason was unlike any they have experienced under coach Ken Whisenhunt. You all remember the quarterback competitions of 2007, 2008 and 2010, but the one Arizona settled last week by naming third-year QB John Skelton the starter was one for the ages.
And not in a good way.
Although Skelton gives the Cards a better chance every week, neither he nor Kevin Kolb did anything to make this an easier decision for the coaching staff.
The competition dragged on, the choice finally being made following the preseason-ending home game against the Denver Broncos—a game in which both Skelton and Kolb sat out.
This offseason also saw two of the franchise's best young players signed to contract extensions.
Defensive end Calais Campbell and linebacker Daryl Washington have been locked up through the 2016 and 2017 seasons, respectively. Every star player on Arizona’s defense now has a contract through at least the 2015 season, when safety Adrian Wilson’s deal expires.
With that brief rundown of the Cardinals’ offseason out of the way, here are the three keys to a Week 1 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.