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The Cardinals were founded as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898, and are the oldest continuously run professional football team in the United States. The team was established in Chicago in 1898 and joined the NFL as a charter member in 1920. Along with the Chicago Bears, the club is one of two NFL charter member franchises still in operation since the league's founding. The club then moved to St. Louis in 1960 and played in that city through 1987. Before the 1988 season, the team moved west to Tempe, Arizona, a college suburb east of Phoenix, and were known as the Phoenix Cardinals, before finally changing their name to the now Arizona Cardinals in 1994. The Crds are the oldest team to have never one a Super bowl, and have only ever appeared in one in 2008.

The Cardinals had a fairly disappointing season last year, finishing with a record of 7-8-1, and missing out on the playoffs. The team is running out of time to make a Super Bowl run, with an aging offence. However, there is still enough talent throughout this team, and Bruce Arians is considered to be one of the better coaches in the league, so maybe they have enough juice left to put together a good run.

Roster

Head Coach: Bruce Arians

The window to compete for a championship is quickly closing in the desert. It may be now or never for the Cardinals, who rely heavily on two veterans seemingly on the verge of retirement. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald both considered walking away from the game this past offseason. Head coach Bruce Arians must maximize their final year(s), and he can do so with running back David Johnson as the offensive focal point. The defense is also one of the league's most flexible with multiple hybrid defenders. Calais Campbell's departure in free agency shouldn't be overlooked, though.

OFFENCE

Arizona finished in the top 10 for total yards, passing yards and points scored. They just need to improve the running attack, having finished just 19th in rushing yards. Although the team has one of the best runners in the game in David Johnson, they rely far too heavily on him, and need to take some of the pressure off him. Carson Palmer is still productive in his twilight years, and has nice targets in franchise legend Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown. but you have to wonder how much is left for Palmer. The aging QB won't be the answer for much longer, so the team will definitely have to start planning for life without him sooner than later.

DEFENCE

The Crds have one of the best defences in the game, which was evidence with them finishing 2nd overall in total defence. They have one of the best secondaries in the league, with superstars at both corner in Patrick Peterson, and at safety in Tyrann Mathieu. They have a great core of linebacker with Karlos Dansby, Chandler jones, and rookie Haason Reddick. The big question mark will be who can replace their fromer star DE Calais Campbell, who jumped ship to the Jaguars. Robert Nkemdiche has been a disappointment so far, but cards fans will be hoping for a breakout year from the aggressive d-lineman.

MVP

David Johnson, RB

Although Larry Fitzgerald has been the face of the franchise for what seems like forever, he's no longer the teams best player, ever since David Johnson burst onto the scene. Johnsons came out of nowhere when the Cardinals decided to start him with 5 games to go in his rookie season two years ago. He exploded straight into stardom and hasn't looked back. Last year, in his second season, he was named 1st team All Pro and was selected to the pro bowl.

Johnson is one of the most exciting players in the game, and many already consider him to be the best running back in the league. It may be too early to crown him the game's best back, but he sure isn't far off. Johnson has so much speed and power, and is just as effective in the passing game as he is running. Whenever he has the ball in his hands, look out.

Other notable players: QB - Carson Palmer. WR - Larry Fitzgerald. OLB - Chandler Jones. LB - Karlos Dansby. CB - Patrick Peterson. S - Tyrann Mathieu.

Uniforms

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University of Phoenix Stadium

University of Phoenix Stadium was opened in 2006 and is located in Glendale, Arizona, west of Phoenix. Not only is the roof retractable, but an opening on one side of the stadium allows the playing field to move to the exterior of the building, allowing the entire natural turf playing surface to be exposed to daylight and also allowing the floor of the stadium to be used for any other purpose.

Capacity: 63,400

Phoenix

State: Arizona

Population: 1,615,017

Phoenix is the capital of the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona. Known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures, it anchors a sprawling, multicity metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun. It's known for high-end spa resorts, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf courses and vibrant nightclubs. Other highlights include the Desert Botanical Garden, displaying cacti and numerous native plants.

Records

Conference Champions

NFC Champions - 1

Division Champions

NFL West - 2

NFC East - 2

NFC West - 3

Playoff Appearances - 10

All Time Record

(Since end of 2016 Season)

Regular Season

Wins: 542 Losses: 732 Ties: 40

Post Season

Wins: 7 Losses: 9

Total

Wins: 549 Losses: 741 Ties: 40

Hall of Famers - 13

Ernie Nevers, FB - Class of 1963

Jimmy Conzelman, QB/Coach/Owner - Class of 1964

Guy Chamberlain, E/DE - Class of 1965

John Driscoll, QB - Class of 1965

Charles W. Bidwill, Sr. - Owner/Admin - Class of 1967

Charley Trippi, HB/QB - Class of 1968

Ollie Matson, HB - Class of 1972

Dick Lane, CB - Class of 1974

Larry Wilsom, S - Class of 1978

Jackie Smith, TE - Class of 1994

Dan Dierdorf, T - Class of 1996

Roger Wehrli, CB - Class of 2007

Aeneas Williams, CB/S - Class of 2014