An East Coast trip the Cards would have welcomed

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Cardinals were oh-so-close to making an offseason appearance at the White House. The Steelers were the ones visiting Thursday.

There's always next year, but I can see why Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt needed time to recover from Arizona's Super Bowl defeat. Even great teams don't get very many chances to close out an opponent in the NFL's biggest game. The Cardinals could improve this season and still not get back to the Super Bowl.