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Five Biggest Questions Surrounding the Cardinals Entering the Season

1) Do you agree with the Kurt Warner QB change?

Yes – Warner has shown toughness, and last season in 14 games had a QB rating of 89.8, with 27 TD’s and 17 picks. He has to avoid the big turnovers, and if he can throw for the same 244 yards per game, the team will be in good hands…he has a good rep with Boldin and Fitzgerald, they trust him and he trusts them.

2) Which Cardinals player(s) will have a break out season this year?

RB Tim Hightower – A fifth-round pick from Richmond, he supposedly lacked breakaway speed. But he’s shown a great burst this preseason and he’s scored touchdowns in every game. Hightower is a downhill, one-cut runner who also shows great patience in reading blocks. He won’t take over for Edgerrin James this year, but that could change in 2009.

3) What is the one thing that the Cardinals must do to be successful this year?

Be smart and patient. The Cardinals were penalized more than any other team last year, and they don’t look much better in the preseason, this is an area that they simply have to improve on. Silly mistakes haunted them last season in losses to the Skins and Panthers, and if they would have won those games, they would have made the postseason. They also have to live up to the hype and be more consistent on defense.

4) What is your take of the Anquan Boldin saga, and do you see him staying with the team or bailing?

He’ll play the season and then the team will move him to the highest bidder. With a big season, the team can get a number one if he keeps his mouth shut and the team stays patient and doesn’t panic in moving him right away. The bottom line is he has a deal, and while he may be underpaid, the Cards simply cannot pay two WR’s a combined $80 mil if they gave him the same deal they gave Larry Fitzgerald.

5) The Cardinals ended 8-8 last season. Will they finish better or worse this season?

This seems like a 9-7 team that can make a serious run at the wild card in the NFC. They allowed 399 points last season, so they need to shore up the defense, and they have to play better on the road, where they were 2-6. If they can do that, and the young players continue to get better, I think 9, and possibly even 10 wins wouldn’t be out of the question.

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