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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Cardinals' Horton: In players we trust

By Mike Sando

The Pittsburgh Steelers allowed an NFL-low one run covering at least 20 yards last season. The Arizona Cardinals allowed 19, more than every team but Denver (23).

Former Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton, the Cardinals' new defensive coordinator, knew the first stat. He cited a variation of it Tuesday during a Sirius radio interview.

It's unclear whether Horton knew the second stat, but if the Cardinals had no problems on defense, they wouldn't have hired Horton in the first place.

A few observations after listening to Horton with Sirius hosts Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan:
The part about player input stood out because so much focus goes to offensive and defensive systems.