There is a new coach and new excitement in Arizona. But will any of the Cardinal players respond and have a breakout season in 2013?
After six years in the desert, the Arizona Cardinals decided it was time to move on from head coach Ken Whisenhunt. With Whisenhunt at the helm, the organization had seen its fair share of ups and downs.
He led them to the playoffs in back-to-back years and even managed to reach the Super Bowl in 2008. However, Whisenhunt was never able to field a team that was considered to be a playoff contender after Kurt Warner retired.
Warner’s retirement and Whisenhunt’s inability to find a proper replacement ultimately led to his demise. That, in turn, made room for the hiring of former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
Arians became the 38th head coach in franchise history. Moreover, his arrival signals the start of a new era with heightened expectations. Arizona fans want the Cardinals to find their way to the playoffs for just the ninth time in franchise history.
For that to happen, they will need a handful of players, new and old, to step up their game this season. Here are five players the Cardinals are counting on to break out in 2013.