Fast forward to now and the Cardinals arent anyw

first_imgFast forward to now, and the Cardinals aren’t anywhere close to contention. In fact, you may wonder how either the Bears, a team the Cardinals smoked in Chicago last year and the Packers, a team the Cardinals beat in the playoffs last season will represent the NFC in the Big Game, or how the Jets, who won just four games in 2007 and are starting a second-year quarterback could actually top the very same Steelers who beat the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. Sadly, of the four teams that are left, the Cardinals beat two of them just last season, one won just four games in 2007 and the other, of course, is the Steelers. Knowing that, it is fair to ask how those teams got so good so fast while Arizona instead sunk to the bottom of the worst division in football.One common denominator is the quarterback position. The Packers and Steelers boast two of the best in the game, as Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger are both capable of winning games by themselves. The Cardinals, unfortunately, do not have a QB with anywhere near the same amount of ability as these two. Look at the other two quarterbacks, Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez, and you start to get the impression that maybe a top-flight QB is not necessary to compete for a Super Bowl. Both have ability, sure, but neither is what one would call “elite.” Top Stories Could John Skelton, a free agent or a future draft pick reach the solid-but-not-great level? It’s possible.So if it’s not the quarterback, what is it? It can’t be the running game, as only the Jets ranked in the top 10 for total rushing yards this past season. James Starks, Shonn Greene, Matt Forte, LaDainian Tomlinson and Rashard Mendenhall did not come close to challenging for the league’s rushing crown, and none have averaged more than 100 yards per game in the postseason. Neither the Bears nor Steelers are known for keeping their quarterbacks upright, and only the Jets did a decent job of opening holes for running backs. Therefore, you can’t really look at the offensive line play as a key cog in their respective successes. In fact, the Packers are the only one of the four that can claim to even have a great offense, as they were the only one of the four to rank in the top 10 for points scored in 2010. No, where these teams make their money and rack up victories is on defense, which is the area the Cardinals arguably need the most work. Besides talent, what makes their defense strong is identity.The Bears conjure up memories of the “Monsters on the Midway,” the Steelers and the “Steel Curtain,” the Jets are led by defensive mastermind Rex Ryan and the Packers have elite defenders like Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews, and A.J. Hawk. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away For further proof defense matters, Pittsburgh and Green Bay led their respective conferences in sacks, while the Bears and Packers were second and fourth, respectively, in the NFC for takeaways. The Steelers and Jets were second and third in the AFC. The good news for the Cardinals is, as bad as their defense was, they were tied for sixth in the NFC with 30 takeaways. However, they are lacking an identity, which is something that could very well be rectified with their upcoming defensive coordinator hire. That hire, for a team like the Cardinals, could make a world of difference. Whether they get an aggressive mind like a Rex Ryan (we know it is really his defense), Dom Capers, Dick LeBeau or Rod Marinelli, the right hire could take a talented unit like the one the Cardinals boast and mold it into one to be feared. It seems like a while ago when the Cardinals were preparing for the NFC Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium with a Super Bowl berth on the line. While the 2008 and 2010 Cardinals were worlds apart in terms of success, one look at this year’s final four would reveal that, for all their faults, the Cardinals could be just a couple moves and some luck away from making a return trip to the top of the NFL. The final four is set.The New York Jets will battle the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears, the winners reaching Super Bowl XLV. Of course, it was not long ago when the Cardinals were getting ready to host the Philadelphia Eagles, a thrilling game that the home team won 32-25, securing the beleaguered franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. We won’t get into what happened in Tampa, but suffice to say that was probably the most exciting month for the entire franchise and its fans.last_img read more

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first_imgLG has unveiled the world’s first monitors with a mere one millisecond response time. The LG UltraGear Nano IPS Nvidia G-Sync gaming monitors launched at E3 2019 and comes with a whole range of features to make gamers’ eyes light up.LG calls the world-first 1ms response rate monitors “the complete package, enabling players to enjoy the most immersive gaming experience yet”. Beyond the insanely quick response time, the LG UltraGear will come with a 144Hz refresh rate – overclockable to 175Hz. The monitors also employ Nano IPS technology to achieve top-notch colour reproduction.Related: Best monitorsThe UltraGear range will come in two sizes – a 38-inch  and a 27-inch. The larger model has a WQHD resolution (3840×1600) while the smaller display is QHD (2560×1440). The 38-inch model has a 21:9 aspect ratio, supports VESA DisplayHDR 400 and Nvidia G-Sync. While the 26-inch model supports HDR10 and is also Nvidia G-Sync compatible. G-Sync on the UltraGear models has been certified by Nvidia through more than 300 tests of performance and image quality.The 38-inch version also gets LG’s Sphere Lighting 2.0 to add some style vis RGB lights on the back of the monitor. Both displays have a wide colour gamut (DCI-P3 98%) – this will translate to smooth and vibrant images. The 38-inch model can reach 450 nits of brightness while the 27-inch model caps off at 350 nits.Related: Best gaming PCsLG has some of its own settings onboard that it claims are tailor-made for gamers. The settings include a Dynamic Action Sync mode, Black Stabilizer and Crosshair for enhanced accuracy in first-person shooter games.The LG UltraGear Nano IPS Nvidia G-Sync monitors will be available to buy in the United States from next month – with pre-orders beginning on July 1. For Europe, LG states the monitors will come to European markets in the third quarter of 2019 and there’s no word on pricing just yet. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more