Probably one of the worst things that Sam Bradford could have seen coming. Seattle and San Francisco both already had 2 of the top 10 best passing defenses in the league. Arizona's passing defense, ranked 14th overall last year, seems to be joining elite company now with the addition of Cromartie. While we can look at the stats and say Cromartie had an off year, he possesses one of the most needed intangibles in a cornerback in this age in football.... Length. The ability to have corners that can defend the fades and back shoulder throws that QB's rely so heavily on has been paramount for a DB, where once, shorter corners were left helpless against these patterns. Couple that with having a corner who's able to man up big tight ends, like Jimmy Graham, without giving up too much in the size department and you see why these kinds of players are so imperative in today's game planning. This has been one of the key tenet's in Pete Carroll's defensive philosophy and why the secondary he personally coaches is arguably one of the best of all time. The Cardinals now have amassed two of these lengthy corners in Cromartie and Pat Peterson both of whom, talent and athleticism wise, compare very favorably if not better than Richard Sherman. Couple that with the prolific Tyrann Mathieu, who found his way early in his rookie year, and we are beginning to see a team that has decided it wants to take a run at Seattle's throne. This is why in my mock draft I stress that we get Keith McGill, as he is the kind of corner we need in our secondary to follow such patterns in these times.
More importantly though, this brings up serious questions about what we are doing in a spread offense. Everyone watched what happened to Peyton in the Super Bowl. He had a much better passing offense than we did even if we were to add the likes of a Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans to our squad. And before you say that they weren't multifaceted, they were also ranked top 10 in the NFL in Rushing YPG. To have any aspirations of making the playoffs, unfortunately, we have to get through the Super Bowl contenders. The Cardinals are putting themselves amongst such ranks. While I believe our defense can be elite, it won't be enough if the offense can't score on these other defenses. I'm not here to start the Manziel campaign again and bash Bradford by saying he's not capable of helping the team establish a balanced attack. But in terms of his ability to produce a strong enough season in this division as a Pocket Passer with an offense embedded with youth and inexperience leaves one in doubt. That this will inevitably inspire a long term contract moving forward that's fair for both parties is also something to seriously consider. Just something to ponder with the way our division is shaping up.... Oh yeah, side note, the Seahawks got Jared Allen today too. He won't get after the QB or help Seattle's pass defense at all.