Football on Christmas Day. It’s something that really brings the family together, besides all of the gift-giving and holiday cheer, of course.
But this Christmas, what do Cardinals fans have to look forward to? At 5:30 pm Arizona Time on December 25th, Christmas Day, the Arizona Cardinals (4-10) will take on the Dallas Cowboys (5-9), who have had an eerily similar season to ours.
The Cardinals don’t have much to be proud of this season, as their playoff hopes have vanished, and they have fallen into last place in the NFC West. Rookie quarterback John Skelton has to take charge of this team, and for us fans, it provides a look into the Cardinals' future as we step into the post-Kurt Warner era.
Now don’t get me wrong; there is plenty of talent on this team, but with veteran QB and former team leader Warner out of the picture, there has to be someone that can step up and take his place.
Who will it be? Will it be the rookie quarterback Skelton or veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald, or will the Cardinals need to look deeper and pick up a valuable leader in next year’s draft?
The Cardinals will sure be asking for a nice draft pick next year from Santa. But the real question is who the new guy will be that takes this colossal challenge and reinvents this disappointed Cardinals team.
There is hype leading up to the draft every year as to who the No. 1 pick will be and who is going to get him. It doesn’t look like the Cardinals will be getting the No. 1 pick, but it certainly looks like they could be in the chase for a top five pick. So who will the Cardinals grab in the 2011 NFL Draft?
Cam Newton, the quarterback out of Auburn, has put up mind-blowing stats this year with over 2,500 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. But do the Cardinals need/want a new quarterback, or do they fully trust in their current rookie starter John Skelton?
Jumping to the other side of the line, the Cardinals may be looking for a key defensive player that could boost confidence in one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL. In that case they could take the defensive end from North Carolina, Robert Quinn. The 6'5", 270-pound, 2010 Preseason First Team All-American would definitely ignite a spark in the defense that it hasn't seen in years.
Talk to Larry Fitzgerald, and he misses Anquan Boldin more than anyone. If the front office wants to keep him happy and ultimately keep him a part of the team, they need to get another young receiver that could benefit from a great teacher like Fitzgerald.
That receiver could very well be A.J. Green from Georgia. Even with his four-game suspension to begin the season, on only 49 receptions, Green managed to pull in nine touchdowns and well over 700 receiving yards.
Fitzgerald can’t do all the work himself, and the team would definitely benefit from another superstar receiver on the field. If A.J. Green is available when the Cardinals take the podium for the 2011 NFL Draft, I think that it would be a big mistake if they didn’t invest in this fantastic receiver.
I guess Cardinals fans can only wait and see what happens. The more games we lose this season, the higher overall pick we’ll get, and I don’t see us winning a whole lot more games. It’s now officially time to reflect, move on and think about the future of this football team. Do they really need a new quarterback? Do they need a key defensive player? Or do they need a potentially great wide receiver?
The 2011 NFL Draft is April 22-24, with the first pick live on the NFL Network at 7:30 pm ET on April 22, 2011.