What's Next For The Cardinals Defense?

Rebecca ParrillContributor IMay 27, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - 2008:  Bill Davis of the Arizona Cardinals poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Getty Images)

With the firing of Clancy Pendergast the Cardinals are looking to Bill Davis to strengthen the once flailing defense. During the 2008 regular season the Cards defense performed dismally and then in the playoffs it appeared to be an entirely new team. What was once one of the worst defenses in the league became a force to be reckoned with, forcing 4 fumbles and 9 interceptions.

This year Davis plans to address a couple problem areas. One of them being the points given up by the defense. Last year the Cards gave up 426 points throughout the regular season. Also, the team needs to work on its performance in the red zone. Forcing opponents to fewer numbers in the red zone will give the team a good chance at winning. Davis also wants to increase the pressure on quarterbacks, and up the number of sacks.

Davis plans to use some tricks he learned from previous teams including the 49ers and Steelers. Though the 49ers defense was less than stellar, Davis plans to "fix" plays that went wrong in San Francisco.  Stepping up from the linebackers position Bill Davis wants to focus on each player's strength and play them to the best of their ability.