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Cards' 2009 Tasks: Improve Special Teams

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After focusing on how the Arizona Cardinals can improve on offense and defense, Brad Wilbricht takes a look at special teams. The Cardinals' return game was less than spectacular last year and their kick coverage was among the worst in the NFL. With the 2009 season rapidly approaching, special teams is an area Arizona must improve in order to build on its success from a year ago.

While many overlook the importance of special teams at the NFL level, wins and losses are often determined by a game-changing return or field position. The Arizona Cardinals did a below average job on special teams a year ago but can develop a competitive advantage if their performance improves during the 2009 season. Arizona ranked 25th in the NFL in kick returns last season, averaging a mere...

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