234: Arizona's pass defense has struggled in recent years and its deficiencies continued last season. The Cardinals allowed 234 yards per game through the air and the team's secondary proved to be a liability throughout the year. Despite the struggles, there is hope for improvement. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is closer to becoming a shut-down corner and Greg Toler has potential on the other side of the field. Meanwhile, Arizona's upgraded pass rush should help return the team's pass defense to respectability. The Cardinals have allowed over 220 yards per game passing in each of the past three campaigns but will need to inch closer to the 200-yard mark this year.
886: While an abundance of penalties didn't necessarily translate to losing in 2009, it's clearly an area where Arizona needs to display better discipline. The Cardinals racked up 886 penalty yards on 108 infractions, both ranking near the bottom of the NFL. Since head coach Ken Whisenhunt arrived in the desert, limiting penalties has arguably been his main nemesis. Arizona led the league in penalties during Whisenhunt's first season in 2007 after being flagged an astounding 137 times for 1,128 yards. With several key contributors gone, the Cardinals have a smaller margin for error and must limit penalties to sustain their recent success.
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