Ted Phillips

NFL '99; NFC PREVIEW

East

Arizona Cardinals

Last season: 9-7, second. Lost divisional playoff game at Minnesota, 41-21.

Coach: Vince Tobin (20-28), fourth season with Cardinals.

Strength of schedule: Tie for fourth.

Starting quarterback: Jake Plummer (12-13).

Best move: Drafting WR David Boston and OT L.J. Shelton with first-round picks, further enhancing Plummer's passing game. Not signing Shelton early negated that move, however.

Toughest call: Letting OT Lomas Brown, LB Jamir Miller and FB Larry Centers go in free agency for salary-cap considerations. All three were leaders on the team and the void will not easily be filled.

Pressure's on: Plummer after his...

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