The season is coming to an end, and with it, questions about the Cardinals’ future.
But this week, there was no future for coach Jonathan Gannon beyond Sunday’s finale at State Farm Stadium against the Seahawks, even in a season where postseason chances long vanished.
“There is no eye towards the offseason,” Gannon said. “(There’s) leadership in this locker room and I’m very direct with how I want things approached, especially leading up into this last game. Our guys take to that, and we’ll go out and play well.”
With that comes the opportunity to spoil Seattle’s hopes of making it into the playoffs this season. With a Cardinals victory, the Seahawks will be eliminated from contention.
Some teams around the league will be sitting key players. But even with a 4-12 record, Gannon’s not wired like that. Every starter who can will take the field this weekend and do whatever they can to get their second consecutive victory.
“You’ve seen what we’ve been doing, we’re trying to win every game that we play,” Gannon said. “This one is no different. We’ve got a lot to play for. The guys we have out there will be the guys we feel can get it done.”
There’s no question that the Cardinals have been a pleasant surprise when taking into account their fight and togetherness in the locker room. Although it hasn’t translated to enough wins, they’ve played competitively throughout the entire season.
Since quarterback Kyler Murray has returned to the roster in Week 10 against the Falcons, the Cardinals have a 3-4 record. It provides a positive outlook as to what could potentially be in the future.
Murray cherishes the chance to have one more game, having missed the first nine. He isn’t thinking of the offseason, nor is he seeing a meaningless scrimmage.
Zach Gershman www.azcardinals.com
2024-01-06 20:33:00 , News