ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cardinals eye becoming first NFC West team to jump from worst to first

May 31, 2019, 7:30 PM | Updated: Jun 2, 2019, 1:12 pm
Arizona Cardinals' Andy Isabella, center, works out with teammates during an NFL football organized...
Arizona Cardinals' Andy Isabella, center, works out with teammates during an NFL football organized team activity, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

Since divisional realignment in the NFL in 2002, 21 teams have made the jump from finishing last place in their division, to first place the next season.

It’s never happened in the NFC West.

There have been 128 teams that have had the chance to make the jump from worst to first and only 16% of teams have actually accomplished the feat.

The Cardinals hope that a high-volume roster turnover, including a new quarterback, will do the trick.

The good news for the Cardinals is that at least one team in the NFL has made the worst-to-first jump every season except for 2014.

Thirteen of the 21 teams have been out of the NFC.

However, another mitigating factor for Arizona is that no team that has taken the No. 1 overall draft pick from the previous offseason and improved that high in the standings.

Arizona Cardinals

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles is pressured by L'Jarius Sneed #38 of the Kansas City Chi...
Alex Weiner

Super Bowl LVII matchup set: Eagles to face Chiefs at State Farm Stadium

Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale will be a showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. 
1 day ago
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Josh Johnson du...
Alex Weiner

Eagles OLB Haason Reddick wreaks havoc in NFC Championship Game vs. 49ers

Haason Reddick's heroics in the NFC title game got the attention of his old Cardinals teammates, including Chandler Jones.
1 day ago
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy warms up before the NFC Championship NFL football game ...
Alex Weiner

49ers’ Brock Purdy suffers elbow injury in NFC title game, undefeated streak ends

49ers QB and Gilbert native Brock Purdy suffered an elbow injury in the NFC Championship Game, and his unbeaten run as a starter ended.
1 day ago
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton calls out from the sideline in the first half of an NFL f...
Wills Rice

Cardinals candidate Sean Payton: ‘In the next week we’re gonna know a lot more’

Cardinals fans are anxiously awaiting a new head coach to take over the reins of the organization after four years under Kliff Kingsbury.
1 day ago
Statue of the late Arizona State linebacker Pat Tillman at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (Jerem...
Austin Scott

NFL selects honorary captains to commemorate Pat Tillman at Super Bowl LVII

With Super Bowl LVII coming to Glendale on Feb. 12, four honorary captains will commemorate Valley legend Pat Tillman at the coin toss.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is brought off the field after an injury during the ...
Wills Rice

Report: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray not expected to be ready for start of 2023

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is reportedly not expected to be ready for the start of the 2023 season as he recovers from ACL surgery.
1 day ago
Cardinals eye becoming first NFC West team to jump from worst to first