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The Breakdown: Defensive Line

The Breakdown: Defensive Line

First things first: The Cardinals have two quality defensive ends.  Bertrand Berry has posted 20 ½ sacks in his two seasons with Arizona.  The 2005 season was cut short 7 games.  Chike Okaefor, the last high-profile free agent the Cardinals lured away from another team before Edgerrin James, is a solid defender at the point of attack and is always a threat to get to the quarterback. 

As far as two defensive ends go in a 4-3 scheme, these two men are about as good as you can get in the NFL. Unfortunately, there is a lack of quality depth behind Berry and Okaefor and they are not necessarily known for their stout play against the run. Calvin Pace, a former first round pick out of Wake Forest, is the lone "star" behind the two starters.  Even though he's a first round talent...

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