After parting ways with Roderick Hood and Eric Green, 2008's opening day starters at cornerback, the Cardinal faithful were questioning the legitimacy of their secondary. However, a more experienced Cromartie entering his second season and the addition of McFadden should pose as quite an upgrade on the perimeter. Arizona also stands to benefit from an outstanding tandem of safeties consisting of SS Adrian Wilson and FS Antrel Rolle.
Much of that damage came in lopsided losses against the New York Jets, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. In those five games, Arizona allowed nearly 260 yards per game through the air and 20 touchdown passes. It's vital for the teams secondary to become more consistent and eliminate lapses such as they experienced a year ago.
With the NFC West shaping up to be a much more competitive division, the Cardinals' defense as a whole will be depended on more extensively. It's essential for first-year defensive coordinator Bill Davis to identify his units' strengths prior to the season in order to scheme efficiently throughout the year. Davis takes over for the departed Clancy Pendergast who now controls the defense for the Kansas City Chiefs.
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