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Arizona Cardinals bring Brentson Buckner back to get the defensive line back to dominating

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Throughout the day we will take a look at the information from the Arizona Cardinals on their four new, or in this case old, coaching hires.

It'll help give us some background on the men that will be leading the Cardinals back to prosperity.

We start with one of two familiar faces in Brentson Buckner.

From the team:

Buckner re-joins the Cardinals coaching staff after previously serving in the same capacity with the team from 2013-17. He comes back to Arizona after working as the defensive line coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2019 and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018. With Oakland last season, Buckner helped the Raiders improve from 13 sacks in 2018 to 32 in 2019 and finished ranked 8th in the NFL against the run this past season after finishing 30th in 2018. During his five seasons with the Cardinals, Arizona’s defense ranked second in rushing yards allowed per game (93.8 avg.), third in yards allowed (324.7 avg.), fourth in rushing yards per attempt (3.81 avg.) and had 203 sacks, the seventh-most in the NFL in that span.

The 48-year old Buckner played 12 seasons in the NFL with four different teams (Pittsburgh 1994-96, Cincinnati 1997, San Francisco 1998-2000, Carolina 2001-05) and appeared in 174 games (127 starts) in his career, totaling 426 tackles, 31 sacks, five forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, and two INTs. Buckner was a part of two Super Bowl teams, appearing in Super Bowl XXX with the Steelers and Super Bowl XXXVIII as a member of the Panthers.