ARIZONA CARDINALS

Arizona Cardinals’ frustrations evident heading into offseason

Jan 18, 2022, 6:02 PM | Updated: 6:56 pm
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field after losing to the Los Angeles Rams 3...
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field after losing to the Los Angeles Rams 34-11 in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals began their offseason much sooner than many expected given their hot 7-0 start to the year.

But a screeching 1-4 finish to the regular season and a grim Wild Card exit to boot, the Cardinals are on the outside looking in as the playoffs roll on.

A third straight season of improvement in the win-loss column was overshadowed by an ugly 34-11 loss on Monday night.

Tuesday marked Day 1 of the offseason, and while players met with the media over Zoom calls, you could feel the disappointment through the screen.

“I definitely feel like it’s trending in the right direction … but it definitely is hard to see when you end the way that we did,” offensive lineman D.J. Humphries said Tuesday. “It’s definitely hard to see.”

“I think it was a tale of two seasons,” linebacker Jordan Hicks added Tuesday. “Starting off as fast as we did and as explosive as we did and as dominant as we did. Then somewhere in there, things started to fall apart. Adversity strikes on every team, adversity strikes in every season and we knew that was coming.”

Although Arizona’s postseason run came to a quick end, there’s still work to be done this offseason in preparation to right any of the correctable wrongs the team experienced in 2021.

For defensive lineman Zach Allen, he’s using the rough ending in Los Angeles as extra motivation.

“A lot of young guys got how the game changes and you get a taste of it,” Allen said Tuesday. “It definitely makes you more hungry for it, so I’m confident in this team that we’re definitely going to attack the offseason harder than we ever have and … make a run next year.”

From a head coaching perspective, Kliff Kingsbury has to find the balance of continuing to use the formula that has kept his record steadily climbing, while limiting those second-half-of-the-season skids he’s been accustomed to having over the course of his coaching career.

“That’s something I gotta continue to evaluate and figure out what we need to do, whether it’s practice structure or different things of that nature,” Kingsbury said Tuesday. “Because we got to be better.

“This league is about closing strong and building momentum into the playoffs and unfortunately, we didn’t do that.”

Arizona Cardinals

New Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown answers a question at a news conference at the C...
Tom Kuebel

Arizona Cardinals’ Hollywood Brown could be next in line for big contract

The Cardinals made one of the most surprising moves on draft day by trading out of the first round for receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown.
1 day ago
Keaontay Ingram #28 of the USC Trojans runs as he is chased by Ricky Miezan #45 of the Stanford Car...
Arizona Sports

NFL.com’s Reuter: Cardinals’ Ingram among late picks with chance to start

NFL Network draft analyst Chad Reuter placed Cardinals RB Keaontay Ingram on a list of Day 3 picks with a chance to start games in 2022.
1 day ago
J.J. Watt #99 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates in the second quarter against the Houston Texans ...
Arizona Sports

Seven words or less: The Arizona Cardinals’ 2022 schedule

Cardinals Corner co-hosts Tyler Drake and Erik Ruby took a look at each of Arizona's matchups in -- you guessed it -- seven words or less.
2 days ago
James Conner #6 and Byron Murphy #7 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrate as they run off the field af...
Arizona Sports

NFL Network’s Rosenthal projects Arizona Cardinals’ 2022 starters

With OTAs next week, NFL Network's Gregg Rosenthal projected the 2022 starters for the Arizona Cardinals with notes about every position.
2 days ago
A.J. Green #18 of the Arizona Cardinals runs after his catch from David Long #22 of the Los Angeles...
Arizona Sports

The Athletic’s Jones: Cardinals-Rams in Week 3 a must-watch game in 2022

Of the Cardinals' 2022 slate, The Athletic's Lindsay Jones believes the Week 3 matchup against the Rams stands out above the rest.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) in action during the first half of the National Foot...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals 2022 preseason schedule finalized

Specific dates and times for the Arizona Cardinals to face the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans in the preseason were not yet set.
3 days ago
Arizona Cardinals’ frustrations evident heading into offseason