(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated.) By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer For the first time in a long, long time, the strength of the Arizona Cardinals could be its defense.
Coordinator Ray Horton has molded a defensive unit that was largely responsible for Arizona winning seven of its last nine games last season after a disastrous 1-6 start.
Everyone on that side of the ball is back, along with a handful of additions that bolster the depth of a squad that mixes youngsters with grizzled veterans, including strong safety Adrian Wilson, tackle Darnell Dockett and middle linebacker Paris Lenin.
It's a confident bunch going through minicamp workouts in the stifling desert heat. The goal, Horton says, is to be one of the top 10 defenses in the NFL, something that has happened only twice since the franchise moved to Arizona.