Here's a stat that needs attention: Linebacker Paris Lenon, the Cardinals' leading tackler, has only 42 tackles and is 58th in the entire league. After Lenon in Arizona is A.J. Jefferson, who has 38 tackles and is tied for 74th in the category.
Defensive end Calais Campbell leads the crew with just three sacks, and Richard Marshall is the only Cardinal to pick off more than one pass this season.
To be frank, the defense needs work in just about every aspect. There are no outstanding starters (although the D-line has done all right against the run) and perhaps no Pro Bowlers. You know it's a bad sign when Cam Newton tosses for more than 400 yards against you in his first professional game. The team is 30th in pass defense.
When it comes to the other side of the ball, Kevin Kolb has been ridiculed by fantasy owners and sportswriters alike. The word that gets tossed around the most with the 27-year-old is "potential." Ever since he came out of Houston four years ago, he's never gotten a solid shot to perform prior to this season. This is his time, and this is his team. He better make the most out of it.
The last thing noteworthy enough to mention: The Cards simply need to finish ballgames. The team already has four-, three- (twice) and one-point losses this season. They led by a 24-6 margin at intermission in Baltimore yesterday and couldn't finish the job. They led by 10 with five minutes against the Giants and lost. They led the Seahawks at half before being shut out in the second half, a period where Kolb went a dismal 11-of-22 with 113 yards and two interceptions.
This team has a lot of work to do if it plans on winning in the near future.