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Can Patrick Peterson keep Tyrann Mathieu in line?
Arizona's Biggest Offseason Goal
The Cardinals have quite a few issues going on with the team, so determining what their biggest goal is this offseason seems difficult to narrow down.
We start with the offensive line, which needs to do a much better job in pass protection, as it will now be tasked with protecting Carson Palmer, who is anything but agile or mobile. The Cardinals weren't fortunate enough to draft any of the elite tackles, but they did land an elite guard in Jonathan Cooper. Arizona also added guard Earl Watford in the draft.
The guards will be paired with tackles Bobby Massie and Levi Brown and hope that this combination will be sufficient enough to give Palmer the time he needs to find Larry Fitzgerald and company.
Next, we look at the steps Arizona took to improve the secondary. The Cardinals took a calculated gamble on LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu, when they took him with the No. 69 overall pick.
Arizona hopes that the relationship Mathieu has established with Patrick Peterson will be strong enough to keep him on the straight and narrow. If it isn't, the Cardinals only have themselves to blame, as there was plenty of evidence that this was a risky investment to say the least.
The Cardinals traded with Kansas City to acquire CB Javier Arenas, who will add to the depth of the secondary.
Finally, there is the issue of LB Daryl Washington's alleged domestic dispute case, as reported by ArizonaSports.com.
As it is, Washington is already suspended for the first four games in 2013 due to violating the league's substance-abuse policy, so it is possible that the suspension could even get longer. Losing one of the team's best defenders would place a strain on the rest of the players to step up for him.
Then Washington got arrested again Friday night, as reported by Fox 10 Arizona's Mia Garcia, via this Twitter update. Washington was booked for two counts of aggravated assault. It looks like he is going out of his way to not play football in 2013.
That is quite a lot for head coach Bruce Arians to bring together this offseason, but if he can pull it all together, the Cardinals might have hope to repeat their hot start from 2012.