Posted August 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
For years, the Arizona Cardinals struggled playing defense and running the ball. Going into this season, those are their strengths, and they'll need them if they expect to improve on an 8-8 season of a year ago. With problems at quarterback and along the offensive line, the passing game is a big question mark, even though Arizona features one of the most prolific wide receivers in the NFL in Larry Fitzgerald. Coach Ken Whisenhunt waited until the end of the preseason to choose a starting quarterback as neither Kevin Kolb nor John Skelton distinguished themselves in practice or in games. Whisenhunt says he hopes the offense will surprise people from the opening kickoff. If not, he's comfortable leaning on the defense for a while. ''You know? That's fine,'' he said. ''A lot of teams have done that in the past. I'd like to think that we won't have to, but if you do and the defense understands that, then that's what teams do. I've seen that happen before. I think the 2000 Baltimore ...
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