Oct. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detailed view of an Arizona Cardinals helmet on the sidelines against the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals offense 'light years' ahead of last season

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The Arizona Cardinals weren’t what you’d call effective on offense last season, especially early in the year.

Some of that had to do with the struggles of quarterback Carson Palmer and some of it had to do with the lack of production from the running back carousal. But the vast majority likely had to do with the Cardinals new offensive system being implemented by then new head coach, Bruce Arians.

But now with a full season under their belt, Carlos Palmer suggests that the Cardinals offense is ‘light years’ ahead of where they were last year.

“Where we’re at this point is like light-years from last year,” he said last week after the team’s first full-squad workout of the off-season. “They are getting on the same page. Every play, they come back and there is good dialogue — ‘Why did you break out? Why did you break in?’ ”

With an improved St. Louis Rams squad and powerhouses in the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals will certainly need to have a firm grip on their offense this season if they’re to compete in the tough NFC West.

Arizona struggled to put points on the board during the first half of the 2013 season, putting up a relatively tame 20 points per game. But once the second half of the year rolled around, the Cardinals looked like a different team, adding another touchdown plus on top of that figure.

The team should also be more flexible offensively as players, like Larry Fitzgerald who had to learn three positions last season, will be more acclimated to their new roles.

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