Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/19/12
Since 2008, the Cardinals have blocked 15 kicks, more than any other team in the NFL. They've blocked so many, in fact, that they almost expect to make a big play every game. "It's a little bit like blood in the water for sharks," kicker Jay Feely said. "You get a little taste and you want more." There are a handful of reasons for the Cardinals success. First, coach Ken Whisenhunt puts a heavy emphasis on it. He learned under former Steelers coach Bill Cowher to gauge his team's competitiveness by watching the block teams. Many players often give up on those plays, usually because they are tired and discouraged from giving up yardage. "Sometimes guys are tired," special teams coach Kevin Spencer said. "It could be the end of a 10-play drive. They are disappointed and sometimes guys go through the motion. We don't tolerate that here. It's a football play." Second, the Cardinals have Calais Campbell, a 6-foot-8 defensive end. He rushes up the middle and causes a huge probl...
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