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Updated Oct 3, 2012 - 11:45 am

Cardinals are finally Pittsburgh-West -- maybe even better?

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (91) celebrate with teammates after making a tackle in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The Bears won 23-6. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Howie Long is a Fox Sports NFL analyst who used to play in the NFL. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, and he's generally regarded as one of the better defensive linemen to ever play the game.

He also has a son, Chris, who plays defensive end for the St. Louis Rams. You know, the same Rams who the Cardinals are facing Thursday night.

As a guest of Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf, Long was asked about his thoughts on the Cardinals, who have started the season with a surprising 4-0 record.

"I've been saying this for about two, three years, obviously with a son in the division," Long said. "Please God, don't let them get a quarterback.

"They get a quarterback, it's a problem."

Long admits the verdict is still out on Kevin Kolb as a true NFL starter, but the real reason the Cards are winning games is because of their defense.

"The pieces, what they've done there, collecting pieces," Long said, noting Patrick Peterson, Calais Campbell and Daryl Washington. "You're slowly building the foundation for a team that should be very competitive not only in the division, but league-wide."

The Cardinals are third in the NFL in points allowed, giving up an average of 15.3 per game. They're also tied for second in the league with 14 sacks.

Those numbers are not unlike what one would traditionally find in Pittsburgh, which is the team Arizona has been trying to emulate since hiring Ken Whisenhunt in 2007.

"Arizona looks to me more like a young Pittsburgh," Long said. "Probably more athletic up front. I know they're more athletic up front."

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