The Arizona Cardinals were looking good for a Super Bowl run last season before quarterback Carson Palmer suffered an ACL injury which ended his season.
Palmer went down in a week ten divisional clash with the St Louis Rams where they managed to overcome his late injury and get the win.
New and improved
It could be argued that the Cardinals had one big weakness last season despite all their problems at quarterback.
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The Cardinals were 31st in the league on the run last season and it resulted in the team having nothing to lean back on when Palmer went down.
However Arizona have finally brought in a runningback this off-season to rival Andre Ellington as they announced today that they have signed Chris Johnson on a one year deal.
The former New York Jets runningback will have to prove that he can rival Ellington and can become the third down runningback the Cardinals need.
2014 was a year to forget for Arizona as they saw their incredible start crumble after Palmer's injury and they set the record for least offensive yards gained by any team in a play-off match with their performance in the wildcard weekend against the Carolina Panthers.
When Palmer got hurt against St Louis, Drew Stanton took over night but then he would feel the wrath of the Rams in week 15 as he suffered an injury in the return match leading to Ryan Lindley closing out the season for Arizona.
The Cardinals season was derailed when Palmer went down injured and their game with the Rams in week 15 was arguably the worst in the entire NFL season.
The Cardinals won 12-6 in what is surely a game that not many want to view again, either way, it was obvious they needed to cure one big problem this off-season.
They have now taken steps to improve their runningback core and all eyes will be on the NFC West next season to see if Arizona can replicate their early season fortunes of last year.
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