According to their new head coach, the Arizona Cardinals are off to a good start in what is going to be an interesting season in the desert. New coach Ken Whisenhunt just wrapped up a three day mini-camp with his new team, and liked for the most part – what he saw. One thing that Whisenhunt was asked about was his first group of rookies that participated in the camp. “There are so many, I can’t hardly keep them all straight. As a group, I thought they did very well,” Whisenhunt said. “Usually there’s a few that you can pick out early that maybe don’t have a legitimate chance, but I didn’t see that in this camp.”
The Cardinals will once again have high hopes this season, as Matt Leinart will enter the season as the undisputed starter at QB, and the rest of the offense will be called upon to have a better year than 2006. The biggest part of that may come in running the ball better, something the team simply did not do very well last season, despite getting star back Edgerrin James in free agency. That is one reason why Whisenhunt brought in fellow former Steelers coach Russ Grimm, a former Hog on the famed Redskins offensive line to coach that line. “We want to be multiple,” said Grimm. “Certain players fit different styles of offense. Some are better in some than others. We’re looking for guys that pretty much can do a little bit of everything.”
Last year Arizona was last in the NFL, gaining just 3.2 yards per carry. You can bet with Grimm that number is going to go up in 2007. If the team can get the running game going, look for Whisenhunt to put in some of his famed gadget plays that can allow Leinart and company to make some big plays on offense. The team will have its growing pains, trying to learn both a new offensive and defensive system, but once they get it down, the Cards may fly high in 2007.