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Updated Nov 11, 2011 - 6:42 am

Cardinals must re-sign Campbell to improve next season

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) blocks a field goal attempt by St. Louis Rams kicker Josh Brown (3) to force overtime during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 19-13. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Cardinals are not having a memorable season on either side of the ball, but the defense would be even more forgettable without Calais Campbell going after the opposing quarterback.

The defensive end leads the team with five sacks; and even though 4.5 of those came against the Seahawks and Rams, Campbell's effort to pressure the quarterback can't be denied.

According to Word From the Birds Blog, Campbell and the coaching staff both want to see more. "A lot of times I didn't play as well as I could have. I feel like I could play so much better," Campbell said.

Still, with his contract running out at the end of the year, an extension is something that the Cardinals need to get done.

The Cardinals' Darnell Dockett agrees.

"We need to (resign him), and I trust Rod Graves and the organization, they'll do right by Calais," he said. "He's only got upside."

There doesn't seem to be anything in works yet, but as fans' attention shifts from the disappointment of this season to the possibilities for next year, expect that to change.

Teams aren't afraid when they come into Glendale, and they shouldn't be.

The Cardinals need to get better next season. The defense needs to get better, and they can't do that by letting the pieces that are working get away.

"When you are trying to develop a championship team, you can't just let guys leak out of here," Dockett said. "We are trying to get back to the Super Bowl and be a powerhouse team, we can't just work together, we also have to have the guys here, the weapons to get that done."


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