ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cardinals must re-sign Campbell to improve next season

Nov 11, 2011, 1:07 AM | Updated: 1:42 pm

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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