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Regardless of how banged up the Arizona Cardinals are offensively, and more specifically in the backfield, this running game was not going to be dominant in 2012.
Sure, Beanie Wells did compile 1,047 rushing yards in 2011. But 366 of those yards—which equates to 35 percent of his rushing total—came in two games, which gave the Cards had concerns entering this fall.
No matter who has been in Arizona's backfield through October, the Cardinals have not been able to slam between the tackles. An inter-divisional trade would most definitely be much more difficult to pull off, although a short-term investment in Steven Jackson would pay dividends.
For one, the NFC West is loaded with tough front-sevens, so controlling the line of scrimmage is quite challenging. That said, Jackson improves Arizona in short-yard situations as well as with pass protection.
Defenses would then honor that attack a bit more, which then allows the Cardinals' reliable receiving corps to make a stronger impact. Arizona desperately needs balance to move the ball consistently, and Jackson is a great option to consider.