Larry Foote Looking To Fill A Void On The Cardinals Defense


October 7, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote (50) listens to Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau (right) against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals are looking to fill the void at middle linebacker after the departure of their most productive defensive player last year Karlos Dansby. The void must have not been much in that the team did not offer him the kind of contract he eventully received from the Cleveland Browns, and the team moved on with the notion that they had the man power to fill the void.

The recent addition of ex-Steeler Larry Foote may be the move that will bring what the teams lacking in that position, although Foote may not be the cover guy that Dansby was but he is a great tackler, as his best total for combined tackles in one season was 113 in the 2012 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That was the last full season Foote completed as his year was cut short last season with a season ending injury, before his injury Foote only appeared in one game on the year, so having fresh legs the 12 year veteran looks ready to take on the challenge of filling the Dansby void; especially when it is expected that fellow linebacker Daryl Washington is facing some type of suspension.

When it comes to getting to the quarterback Foote’s highest out put has been no more than four in one season as that is really not one of his strong points, but he will be a tackling machine such as Dansby was, and sure tackles help stop the opposing teams drives.

Foote’s experience with Coach Arians and the scheme he is running under defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles, will allow him to hit the ground running without to much of a learning curve. With he and second year man Kevin Minter fighting for those minutes it could make up the missing void and perhaps be a little better, that depending heavily on how Minter picks up the defense.