Cardinals have their confidence back

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By Norm Hall By Norm Hall

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The last three seasons for the Arizona Cardinals have been nothing short of tumultuous. 

Without having a winning season since Kurt Warner’s departure, the Cardinals knew it was time to make considerable changes. 

In an offseason including the acquisitions of new head coach Bruce Arians, new general manager Steve Keim and “starting” quarterback Carson Palmer, the Cardinals once again have a sense of life in Arizona.

“I feel like this one of the most energetic head coaches I have ever been around,” said Darnell Dockett, who is entering his 10th season with the Cardinals. “(Arians) is very intense in everything, he is straight forward too. It’s always good for a fresh beginning.”

Dockett is not the only player on the Cardinals who has a renewed sense of confidence, as defense tackle Calais Campbell feels the good vibes in Tempe as well.

“We have a lot more confidence right now,” Campbell stated.  “I think Carson Palmer gives me a lot more confidence.”

And after seeing the Cardinals cycle through seven quarterbacks the last three years, it is easy to see why having a guy in Palmer, who threw for over 4,000 yards in 2012, is a confidence booster.

“He provides a belief that we have somebody who can get the ball in the right hands and put points on the board,” Campbell said.

Having a legitimate signal caller provides Campbell with more than just confidence, it also erases the convoluted sense of hope felt since last making the playoffs in 2009.

“I’ve always tried to keep a positive attitude the last couple years,” Campbell proclaimed.  “This is the first time since Kurt retired that as long as we play good we won’t have to do anything above and beyond.”

For Campbell, knowing that the defense doesn’t have to carry the team to victory is big relief both on and off the field.

“I’m a lot more comfortable, I’m not as stressed out as I could be right now.  I’m just enjoying life and happy to be a Cardinal.”