The Arizona Cardinals 2012 season can be aptly summed up by Larry Fitzgerald's expression above. The Cardinals jumped out to an early 4-0 start but would lose 11 of their next 12 games. In the wake of this dismal season, head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves have been fired.
With vacancies at their two top positions, the Cardinals are in full swing to find replacements. However, at this point it is still too early to know who the new faces of this organization will be.
It is hardly bold to claim that the Cardinals are in desperate need of a quarterback change, but that is exactly what must happen this offseason. The Kevin Kolb trade is quickly going down as one of the worst in recent memory and still haunts the Cardinals today. In order to move forward, the Cardinals' new management will need to be willing to part with past mistakes and make immediate changes.
The Cardinals have a team that is ready to compete right away with one of the league's best young defenses and an elite receiver in Fitzgerald. Michael Vick needs to be considered as the first option to right the ship in free agency. Vick still has the arm strength and talent to succeed in the NFL and will be one of the hottest commodities in free agency.
If the Cardinals elect to pass on a quarterback in free agency, they must use one of their first two picks (seventh and 39th overall). This draft class may not be flush with the quarterback talent from 2012, but the Cardinals cannot afford to wait.
If Geno Smith somehow slips, the Cardinals must jump at the opportunity to bring in the dynamic Mountaineer. Outside of Smith, the coaching and scouting staff will have to decide which of the remaining quarterbacks fit the new offensive system. Possible names to consider beyond Smith include Matt Barkley, Zac Dysert, Mike Glennon and Tyler Wilson.