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Signings: Kevin Kolb, G Daryn Colledge, G Floyd Womack, CB, Richard Marshall, LB Stewart Bradley, TE Todd Heap, TE Jeff King, WR, Chansi Stuckey
2010 Season: 5-11, 4th in NFC West
2011 Prediction: 11-5
Finding a replacement for future Hall of Famer Kurt Warner wasn't going to be easy and Arizona learned that the hard way.
Derek Anderson was a disaster, Max Hall proved that he wasn’t ready, and for John Skelton, Fordham was a long way from the NFL.
In comes Kevin Kolb, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft choice in 2012. Kolb, who has started seven games in four NFL seasons, agreed to a new contract that's worth $63 million over five years including around $21 million guaranteed.
In 5 career starts for the Eagles, Kolb threw for 1,690 passing yards and 11 touchdowns, while Arizona's starters from a season ago, threw for three touchdowns in seven starts, but the Cardinals fate will not only be in the hands of their new quarterback, a lot of their success will depend on Beanie Wells and the Cardinals ability to run the football.
Coming off a season where they ranked last in the league, averaging 86.8 yards per game, Wells played in only 13 games. He rarely displayed the dynamic power that he has shown at his best and finished with 116 carries, averaging 3.4 yards an attempt.
It's no secret the Arizona offense struggled, scoring only 18.7 points per game. Now a new era in Arizona is beginning with Kolb leading the charge.
If the Cardinals are willing to pay free agent Braylon Edwards the money he wants, to go along with Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals are not only a threat to win the NFC West, but the Vince Lombardi Trophy might not be that far away.