Jun. 11, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) during mini camp at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals Feel They Can Win NFC West With 'Real Quarterback'


The Arizona Cardinals have been plagued by inconsistency at the quarterback position since Kurt Warner called it a career, but with the offseason acquisition of Carson Palmer, the team finally has some confidence that they will be able to take the division now that they have a “real quarterback” running the show.

Defensive lineman Calais Campbell spoke about the boost Arizona will get with Palmer under center and he seems ready for the season to begin.

“I think it’s very likely we can win the division, yes,” Campbell said, via CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman. “I respect every opponent in our division. Every one. But I think of it this way. We were able to hang in a bunch of our division games without a real quarterback.

“I don’t want to disrespect anyone but now we have a real quarterback to go with a good defense. When we play with a lead, we’re hard to beat. This is the first time in years that we have an offense that matches our defense.”

Despite how confident the Cardinals may be, it is hard to imagine a scenario where the Cardinals would be able to surpass both the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks to take the NFC West. In fact, you could probably put those chances at around zero percent.

However, it has to be promising for the Cardinals and their fans that there is a growing belief among the locker room that they are making some serious improvement.

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  • Ben Peterson

    In any other division, maybe. In this one? not a chance. sorry cards fans.

  • RoleyAnderson

    I’d care to disagree. Last year, considering we didn’t have an offense at all, we played VERY good – thanks mainly to our defense. This year, our team has been totally revamped, and we’ve got several players this year that many NFL analysts expect to have breakout years. I think the Cardinals could be a huge sleeper in the NFC West this coming season, believe me. You heard it here first!

  • Bill Doerr

    I think ARZ will have a winning a season in 2012. Having your starting OLmen back will make all the difference , Bringing in a Solid vet RB , drafting two of the top RB prospects , bringing in the best OG in the draft , and having the top receiver core in the NFC-W W/ A one of the best most promising young TEs in the game that is a excellent pass catcher and is top 3 in the NFL in terms of his speed , bringing in a good backup QB n a very good more importantly accurate QB in Palmer will helps ARZs offense tremendously , coaching is 33% of winning , top play calling makes a big difference , and the Cardinals got one of the best best offensive minds in the NFL in Arians , he is a excellent play caller. Arizonas offense is very good , their defense is top 10 , they have a big chance to make some major noise in the NFL if they can put it all together.