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Cardinals appear to be lacking defensive leadership

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By Dan Arkush

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. "(Veteran SS) Adrian (Wilson) has done it before. But I don't get the sense he's going to do it now." Two other candidates are steadily productive ILB 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." Might the simplified scheme new coordinator Ray Horton plans on implementing make a difference? "I really don't know what was so complicated about the defense to begin with," the observer said.

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