YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WKBN)-It was a disappointing 2015 for Cardinal Mooney. A below .500 record for the first time since 2012 and the Cardinals missed out on a third-straight trip to Week 11.
Can Mooney bounce back from their sub par season last year and soar back to the postseason in 2016?
P.J. Fedko is in his 17th season in charge of the Cardinals and welcomes back several starters from last season the majority of which on the offensive and defensive lines.
Four lineman on offense and four on defense who saw time are back and should help with some inexperience in the skill positions as the Cards graduated their top four wide receivers.
Ray Anderson is back as the teams leading returning rusher who ran for 628 yards and three scores.
He feels there is a chip on the teams shoulder and the hope is the younger players will grow up fast.
“We have inexperienced guys, but really capable guys that are in the spots. It’ll be a heck of competition through camp to see who those kids are on that field week one,” says Fedko.
“Motivation isn’t even the word. We’re kind of upset at how things went last year. I had a lot of people reach out to me and tell they weren’t expecting that, and that’s not ok. It made me go back to the guys and tell them that’s not ok, that’s not what we came here for, that’s not what we do,” says Anderson who is a senior this season.
“We let a lot of teams beat us last year, that we’re not going to let beat us this year, and a lot of mistakes last year that we’re not going to make. I know we’re coming out with a chip on our shoulder like we’ve never seen before. We’re going to run down cats throats, and do our thing every day, every game, every minute.”