Well, at least the PHOENIX CARDINALS made a run at Joe Montana, which shows they want to win. They just don't know how. The Cards are 13-35 in the Joe Bugel era, with a division record of 5-19. The NFC East is getting weaker, people say, but right now the only way the Cardinals will make the playoffs is through realignment. They spent big bucks for free-agent talent, including $7.5 million for three years worth of Steve Beuerlein at quarterback, and $3.3 million for journeyman defensive back John Booty, another three-year deal. They were willing to ante up for San Diego tackle Harry Swayne, but the Chargers matched the offer.
Phoenix's best stat last year was rushing defense, 10th best in the NFL, but when you're next to last in pass defense, who needs to run at you? Garrison Hearst will help the running game, Chris Chandler is challenging Beuerlein for the quarterback job, and other than that, there isn't much to report from this desert.
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