Offseason Playbook: Cardinals
A look at Arizona's philosophy, team needs and a key free-agent move
In a new offseason series, Insider takes an in-depth look at NFL teams before free agency begins March 12. What is each team's philosophy on offense and defense, biggest needs and one player who could make for an ideal signing in free agency?
Offense -- New head coach Bruce Arians has a huge rebuilding job ahead of him to fix this offense, but it won't be done in one offseason. With veteran Tom Moore on board as assistant head coach, this will be a very creative offense with innovative schemes and plays. He is a pass-first coach and he will use a lot of movement and motion, with a likely base package of three wide receivers, one tight end and one back -- but we will also see more two tight end sets, and they will be a bigger part of this offense in the run game. Early on we will see wide runs and stretch plays with play-action coming off it, but the Cardinals will not throw the ball a lot to their backs.
Arians needs to add a hybrid tight end to this offense who can attack the middle of the field, and the wide receivers will run a lot of deep crossing routes and take more vertical shots than you might think. We will also see bunch formations. Sight adjustment will be a part of this passing game if the players can handle it, and Arians will call the plays; he is an aggressive playcaller. They may not have elite talent, but this will be a smart offense. We could also see cornerback Patrick Peterson in some wildcat packages.
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