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08:11 AM ET 09.23 | As Arizona prepares for what Kevin Kolb referred to earlier this week as a must-win, there may be more significant issues on D. Word is a lack of leadership on the defensive side of the ball for the Cardinals has been clearly evident in the season's early stages. "I don't know if there's a guy who will step up and start showing some emotion," one daily team observer said. ... [Two candidates include] Paris Lenon and 2010 free-agent addition Joey Porter, who was expected to light a fire in the locker room as well as the outside pass rush. "Paris has been around, but he's not real demonstrative," the observer said. "And it would be hard for Porter to fill the role after taking such a huge paycut and clearly not being the player he once was."

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September 23, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Joey Porter would be glad to get that call.

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September 23, 2011  08:18 AM ET

lack of a quality starting qb should be near the top of the list.

September 23, 2011  08:21 AM ET

There is a lot lacking in Arizona.

Starting with leadership at the owner's position.

September 23, 2011  08:23 AM ET

"Paris has been around." Truer words were never spoken.

September 23, 2011  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"Paris has been around." Truer words were never spoken.

The first thought that came to my mind was Paris Hilton. I think she's been passed around some, too.

September 23, 2011  08:30 AM ET

What, so Kolb DIDN'T fix the entire team? Where's Derek Anderson when you need him?

No, really, where is he?

September 23, 2011  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The first thought that came to my mind was Paris Hilton. I think she's been passed around some, too.

Yeah, that's what I was driving at. It's a bit early for effective communication.

September 23, 2011  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Where's Derek Anderson when you need him? No, really, where is he?

Holding Cam Newton's clipboard in Carolina.

September 23, 2011  08:43 AM ET

Are you shi**** me?

September 23, 2011  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Holding Cam Newton's clipboard in Carolina.

Behind Jimmy Claussen in depth.

September 23, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Behind Jimmy Claussen in depth.

Behind George Blanda in liveliness.

September 23, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Behind George Blanda in liveliness.

Behind Levi Johnson in the buffet line. Poor guy.

September 23, 2011  09:43 AM ET

Cardinals lacking would have been a better headline.

September 23, 2011  09:44 AM ET

Porter has never been a shy kind of player, he will probably try to light a fire under them. They are not a defensive powerhouse, not much kindling to light.

September 23, 2011  10:13 AM ET

Well considering they traded their best cover corner to get a quarterback who doesn't look that good, they let their best linebacker go last offseason and now it is just Dockett & AWilson

September 23, 2011  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Joey Porter would be glad to get that call.

He can't, he was de-nutted as part of the annual pigsburg squeeler ritual!

September 23, 2011  10:37 AM ET

Cardinals lacking defensive leadership. And offensive leadership. And special teams leadership.

September 23, 2011  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Behind Jimmy Claussen in depth.

Actually Clausen is holding Anderson's clipboard...ole Jimmy CLUTZen wasnt even active last game...coach Riv said he may not play much this season already..nice 2nd round pick Hurney!

 
September 23, 2011  11:59 AM ET

They really miss the leadership Dominique Rogers Cromartie - he was a real father figure (Oh wait, maybe I'm thinking of his cousin Antonio)

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