1988 Phoenix Cardinals season
OwnerBill Bidwill
Head coachGene Stallings
Home fieldSun Devil Stadium
Results
Record7–9
Division place4th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersT Luis Sharpe
WR J. T. Smith
PR Ron Wolfley
Season tickets for the Cardinals' 1988 inaugural season in Arizona.
Season tickets for the Cardinals' 1988 inaugural season in Arizona.

The 1988 Phoenix Cardinals season was the franchise's 69th season in the National Football League and the first season in Phoenix. The Cardinals would match their 7–8 record from 1987, but finished with one more loss, going 7–9, as 1987 was a one-game strike shortened season, and 1988 was a full 16 game season. The Cardinals move to Phoenix marked the first time an NFL team called a place in Arizona home.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1988 NFL draft

1988 Phoenix Cardinals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 12 Ken Harvey *  Linebacker California
2 38 Tony Jeffery  Running back TCU
3 68 Tom Tupa *  Quarterback, Punter Ohio State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff

1988 Phoenix Cardinals staff
Front office
  • President – Bill Bidwill
  • Vice president and general manager – Larry Wilson
  • Director of pro personnel – Erik Widmark
  • Director of player personnel – George Boone

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams – Marv Braden

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – LeBaron Caruthers

Roster

1988 Phoenix Cardinals final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 4 at Cincinnati Bengals L 14–21 0–1 Riverfront Stadium 50,404 Recap
2 September 12 Dallas Cowboys L 14–17 0–2 Sun Devil Stadium 67,139 Recap
3 September 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 30–24 1–2 Tampa Stadium 35,034 Recap
4 September 25 Washington Redskins W 30–21 2–2 Sun Devil Stadium 61,973 Recap
5 October 2 at Los Angeles Rams W 41–27 3–2 Anaheim Stadium 49,830 Recap
6 October 9 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–14 4–2 Sun Devils Stadium 53,278 Recap
7 October 16 at Washington Redskins L 17–33 4–3 RFK Stadium 54,402 Recap
8 October 23 Cleveland Browns L 21–29 4–4 Sun Devil Stadium 61,261 Recap
9 October 30 at Dallas Cowboys W 16–10 5–4 Texas Stadium 42,196 Recap
10 November 6 San Francisco 49ers W 24–23 6–4 Sun Devil Stadium 64,544 Recap
11 November 13 New York Giants W 24–17 7–4 Sun Devil Stadium 65,324 Recap
12 November 20 at Houston Oilers L 20–38 7–5 Houston Astrodome 43,843 Recap
13 November 27 at Philadelphia Eagles L 21–31 7–6 Veterans Stadium 57,918 Recap
14 December 4 at New York Giants L 7–44 7–7 Giants Stadium 73,438 Recap
15 December 10 Philadelphia Eagles L 17–23 7–8 Sun Devil Stadium 54,832 Recap
16 December 18 Green Bay Packers L 17–26 7–9 Sun Devil Stadium 44,586 Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles(3) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 8–4 379 319 W2
New York Giants 10 6 0 .625 5–3 9–5 359 304 L1
Washington Redskins 7 9 0 .438 4–4 6–6 345 387 L2
Phoenix Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 3–5 6–6 344 398 L5
Dallas Cowboys 3 13 0 .188 2–6 3–9 265 381 L1

References