I think a lot of people on this side respect the work of Aaron Schatz and his crew from Football Outsiders. The Football Outsiders Almanac is a must-read every year, and I thought it would be interesting to post something from each of the teams' chapters on this forum and get some conversation going. Out of respect to Football Outsiders, I won't post here what their projected record or playoff percentages are, but just an interesting tidbit from the team's chapter to see what their fans think.
So, for the Arizona Cardinals:
A lot of the discussion about the Cardinals this offseason has been about the transition at quarterback from Kurt Warner to either Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson, and the loss of Anquan Boldin at wide receiver. But, the Cardinals defense is also going through a significant transition - losing 37.5% of their games started from a year ago.
The specific losses:
Karlos Dansby (to Miami)
Antrel Rolle (to the Giants)
Bertrand Berry (retirement)
Chike Okeafor (likely retirement)
Bryant McFadden (traded to Pittsburgh)
As a Packer fan, of course, Dansby broke my heart last season in overtime in the playoffs.
How will the Cardinals withstand the changes on their defense?