5 Things Needed to Win 11 Games

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I received an interesting email yesterday that asked, “What would have to happen for the Cards to win 11 games?” After a little thought here’s my top of the mind response.

AJ Green returns to being an impact receiver
Cards get lucky and have few season ending injuries
Murray improves his pocket presence (progressions, poise, leadership)
Kingsbury improves drive extending play calls
Cards greatly increase number of QB sacks and hurries
 

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I received an interesting email yesterday that asked, “What would have to happen for the Cards to win 11 games?” After a little thought here’s my top of the mind response.

AJ Green returns to being an impact receiver
Cards get lucky and have few season ending injuries
Murray improves his pocket presence (progressions, poise, leadership)
Kingsbury improves drive extending play calls
Cards greatly increase number of QB sacks and hurries

Sounds like a tall order. I can see Murray improving and us increasing the number of sacks and hurries. I have no confidence in Kingsbury, didn't like the Green signing, and you can never predict injuries. I mean, how often do we get lucky with injuries? We're the Cards, after all lol
 

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offensively, absent bad injury luck, I think it will progress nicely.

defensively, its about the pass defense

they finished 16th in passer rating allowed, but I think that is misleading. There were wild swings: great numbers posted vs Flacco, Newton and Dalton, disasters vs Goff, Tua, Hurts, Bridgewater

The pass defense finished bottom third in the league for interceptions.

There is a strong correlation between high interceptions and overall positive turnover ratio.

Of the top 12 teams in interceptions, nine finished with a positive turnover ratio for the year (the Cards finished at even -- which is 18th overall).
 

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I received an interesting email yesterday that asked, “What would have to happen for the Cards to win 11 games?” After a little thought here’s my top of the mind response.

AJ Green returns to being an impact receiver
Cards get lucky and have few season ending injuries
Murray improves his pocket presence (progressions, poise, leadership)
Kingsbury improves drive extending play calls
Cards greatly increase number of QB sacks and hurries

We had 48 sacks in 2020, 8 off league-leading Pittsburg, and fourth overall.

An increase in 'hurries' as a goal I can see but should we match last season's sack total I'd be more than happy.
 

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I'm looking for an upgrade in the Football IQ dept.

i.e. Consistently making better decisions and winning the majorty of physical battles. Conversely - not being outsmarted by opposing QB's and our defense left on the field on a majority of 3rd downs.
 

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Here's a glaring need:

Kyler hitting receivers in the middle of the field more. There were a lot of open guys he was missing over the middle.
 

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I received an interesting email yesterday that asked, “What would have to happen for the Cards to win 11 games?” After a little thought here’s my top of the mind response.

AJ Green returns to being an impact receiver
Cards get lucky and have few season ending injuries
Murray improves his pocket presence (progressions, poise, leadership)
Kingsbury improves drive extending play calls
Cards greatly increase number of QB sacks and hurries

If all those things happen, the Cardinals win OVER 11 games...
 

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I have no questions on AJ Green being a better version of current Fitz. Our OL will be better with a stud at center. Our defense will not regress if not better. Kyler will be no worse than last year. Kingsbury knows how to run an offense... it comes down to Kingsbury giving enough time of day to at least be average at game management and the biggest factor, our new kicker making those kicks :raccoon:
 

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The most unlikely one to happen here (by far IMO) is Kliff being better.
 

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11 games? We need our playmakers to make plays in spite of coaching.

sad, I know. But Kyler has to make kliff look good and our defensive front has to make Vance a HC again
 
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