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Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th105.7 (20th)230.0 (15th)
Defense7th71.7 (4th)244.7 (17th)

Cardinals report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel · Inside slant
 

--Three of the team's four Pro Bowlers won't play in the game. Safety Adrian Wilson and his wife are about to have their third child. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and receiver Larry Fitzgerald can't play because of knee injuries.

--NT Bryan Robinson, 35, might come back for another year, if the team wants him. So it was interesting to some who observed Robinson take the nameplate off his locker and throw it in the trash the day after the club's playoff loss.

--DL Darnell Dockett said the team needs to spend cash in at least a couple of areas this offseason: on a new contract for Dockett and on some depth for the defense.

"We need depth," he said. "You can only win so many games and go so far. It comes to a point when you need guys that dominate positions. You're going to need depth. But that costs. You can't go out and get quality depth for free. It don't work that way. We got to go out and spend money on it. We need depth. And we got a lot of young guys. There are things we could get better at. This team is a hungry team."

--SS Adrian Wilson declined to play general manager so soon after the season. There are too many questions to answer right now, he said.

"That's not up to us. That's up to the guys upstairs on what we need to do. Based off what's going on with the cap and everything else that is going on with the CBA and all this other stuff, it's hard to say. ... We might be rebuilding."

--QB Matt Leinart is a polarizing figure for fans. Some love him. Even more seem to dislike him. Leinart can't figure out why, either.

"People aren't always going to like me for whatever reason, but I've done everything I've possibly could the last two years," he said. "I've worked as hard as anybody. I've been a great teammate. I've been in support of everybody. I've been in support of Kurt. I just know when my time comes, I'm going to take it and everyone can stop saying all those things."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I want what I deserve. I want what the top guys got. The numbers don't lie. And obviously I'm in an organization that may see it different. But at the end of the day, like I said, if it's not here, it's going to be somewhere else.

"I can only get better. I have a motor. I can only get better in my career. I've been doing it this long. I've had dominant guys around me but if you get even more dominant guys around me, I will reach an (even higher) level." -- Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett on the possibility of a new contract.

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