At this time last offseason, the Arizona Cardinals' State of the Union may have been bleak. This season, however, there is much to be excited about as the team preps for training camp in late July.
Despite losing its starting inside linebackers from a year ago, the defense should not drop off much, if at all. Three outside linebackers return from injury, the secondary improved via free agency and the draft, and one of the best defensive lines in the NFL remains intact and is set to wreak havoc on offenses.
All that, coupled with the fact that the offense should be improved from the 2013 version—thanks in large part to added speed on the outside and more beef up front—and the team should be in for a solid 2014 season.
The Cardinals still must play the games, of course, and some questions remain at certain positions. That is the purpose of this piece: to give you, the fans, a look at how the Cardinals improved, where they can afford to get better and which players could impress this season.
Here is Arizona's 2014 State of the Union.