The Arizona Cardinals have had a disappointing season in 2022.
Yes, they have certainly been marred by injuries, but, with a record of 4-9, they have certainly underwhelmed their pre-season expectations.
Coming into this season, the Cardinals had a projected win total of 8.5, and look to finish well below that mark.
What’s next for the Cardinals?
Alex Clancy, a Cardinals podcaster, presents two options for the team.
Michael Bidwill has two options:
1. Blame this season's failures on injuries and allow Steve Keim to draft players who Kliff Kingsbury will coach in 2023.
2. Rip the bandaid off. Show the fan base he actually cares about winning. Fire Keim and Kingsbury. Tomorrow.
— Alex Clancy (@ClancysCorner) December 13, 2022
Michael Bidwell is the current owner of the Cardinals.
As Clancy suggests, Bidwell can either write this season off or move forward with a different coaching staff.
Who Is To Blame For The Downfall Of The Cardinals?
The Cardinals are averaging 21.3 points scored per game, which is the 17th-best mark in the league.
While they aren’t in the upper echelon of scoring, they certainly aren’t at the bottom of the league, either.
The most urgent problem for the Cardinals is their defense.
At 26.8 points allowed, the Cardinals are now dead-last in this category among all 32 NFL teams.
Quarterback Kyler Murray and the rest of the offense can only do so much.
If the defense allows more than 26 points per game, it is difficult for an offense to catch up, especially if they find themselves behind in a particular matchup.
Bidwell certainly has a lot to think about in the offseason.
Will he fire Kingsbury and his coaching staff, hoping that a new regime is an answer?
Or, will they keep building with what they have, hoping they can find the answers in offseason acquisitions and the 2023 NFL Draft?