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Cardinals already behind eight ball

Updated: August 18, 2004, 2:37 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com Insider
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Best Case
Dennis Green teased fans by saying there is enough talent on the Cardinals to be a 10-win playoff team. He might win coach of the decade if he can pull this one off.

So many things have to come together. It will take most of the season to get the receiving trio of Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Bryant Johnson into a rhythm. All three are hurt, and Boldin (knee surgery) could be out until mid-October. Fitzgerald and Johnson may only play in the final two preseason games.

Quarterback Josh McCown needs all three on the field to get the passing offense going. He may not be a 60 percent passer during his first season, but he needs to be close. When he gets out of sync with his dropback, McCown may be vulnerable to throw interceptions.

That can't happen for the Cardinals to have any chance of being competitive this year.

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