Five Teams That Could Fall To The Top Of The 2014 Draft

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Arizona Cardinals – Why it could occur:

I hate to see Arizona on this list, I hate it. Bruce Arians is the new coach and he took Tom Moore with him as his first officer.  We all love these two old men. Bruce brought Indianapolis offensive line coach as the new offensive coordinator.  I want Bruce to succeed so very much. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of talent to work with in Arizona. I have a hard time seeing a real chance for major success.

They drafted Jonathan Cooper (guard), Kevin Minter (LSU Linebacker) and then Tyrann Mathieu, the infamous “Honey Badger.”  They added Carson Palmer in free agency.  My fear for Bruce is that Carson Palmer might be thinking more about retirement than Super Bowl.  He is a quality guy and has up and down games, usually more up than down but he doesn’t work miracles. He also doesn’t need the money or the pain. I know the Cardinals are working on improving the offensive line, but it has given up the most sacks in the last two years. Carson Palmer needs to find open receivers fast and he can’t keep looking for Larry Fitzgerald.

Arizona is in the NFC West. That is Seahawks, 49ers and Rams territory. There isn’t room on the schedule to get your new coaches and new players ready. There isn’t enough on the roster to avoid starting as many rookies as possible. Bruce Arians has a tough tough job ahead and I am not sure he is even an NFL Head Coach, much less a strong rebuilding capable head coach.

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  • LukeNSims

    I would love to see the Jaguars end up above these teams in the NFL Draft, purely because I like wins. That said, I’m not certain we’re better than the five teams listed. It may be too much to hope for that the Raiders and Lions play like….well….like the Raiders and Lions.

    • Terry O’Brien

      Luke,
      Allow me to challenge you on this. The Jaguars had the Raiders beat. It was more stupidity on defense that allowed them back. They had Tennessee until the havoc of interception, interception, punt return. They had Houston and Green Bay and Minnesota all on the ropes. Arizona finished the season a really bad team. The Bills are in a huge transition.
      The Jaguars were emerging as a better and better team until the end. Gus has tools to build on. This may sound silly but there are nine games a good Jaguar team could win. They were not as bad as they looked.

      • LukeNSims

        Yeah, but I’m looking more toward 2013 than back at 2012. I’m thinking the Lions and Raiders may be better than they were in 2012.

        Of course we won’t know for a while. I hope our young team plays much better than their combined experience.