Supplied with the tremendous receiving duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, Leinart will have few excuses not to perform this season. Armed with explosive playmakers and an improving offensive line, Leinart is in a position to show significant progress.
Although the Cardinals offensive line has struggled in recent years, the team's offensive lineman should continue to reap the benefits from working with coach Russ Grimm. Grimm's guidance was apparent in the second half of the 2007 and should be even more evident this year.
While GM Rod Graves has managed to acquire talented lineman, they had a knack for underperforming coming into last season. Upon Grimm's arrival in Arizona, he's stressed the importance of awareness and work-ethic in the trenches. In addition, Grimm's focus on fundamentals and technique should continue to help the Cardinals offensive line blossom.
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While the Cardinals defense features playmakers such as SS Adrian Wilson, LB Karlos Dansby and DT Darnell Dockett, fourth-year CB Eric Green could be the key to the team's defensive success. The Cardinals need a shutdown corner and Green possesses the necessary attributes to provide them with one. Although great things are expected from this year's first-round draft pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, he'll need time to develop his upper-body strength to compete with NFL receivers.
Green is a fluid player with excellent size and speed. Up to this point in his career he's been slowed by injuries, including a season-ending groin injury last year. If he's able to remain healthy, he and fellow starting cornerback Rod Hood could develop into one of the top cornerback tandems in the NFC.
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