In spring 2013, Bruce Arians sounded delusional when he said the Arizona Cardinals could contend for the NFC West title.

He's saying the same thing in 2014, and far more people are taking him seriously.

The Cardinals finished 10-6 in Arians' first season as head coach, and a year's experience in his system should make them better in many ways.

The offensive players understand the scheme now, and there was considerable improvement over the latter half of 2013.

The defense played consistently well throughout the season, so there are fewer questions on that side of the ball.

The Cardinals didn't bemoan the fact a 10-6 record wasn't good enough for a playoff berth. Going 3-4 over the first seven games doomed them.