Cards defensive coordinator pushes for consistency
Updated: August 3, 2009, 6:03 PM EDT
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals can score. Everybody knows that. The defensive prowess, though, is another matter. Coach Ken Whisenhunt's dissatisfaction with the team's penchant for giving up big plays and way too many points led to the firing of defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast after the team's run to the Super Bowl. "We gave up more touchdown passes than anybody in the league," Whisenhunt said. "If you look at our season last year there were some games where we played very well defensively and there were other games where we gave up 56 points and 47 points."
New coordinator Bill Davis, promoted from linebackers coach, is making a few schematic changes in training camp, but the main emphasis is on consistency and attention to detail. "It's going to be an aggressive style, attacking. They're going to have to adjust to us," Davis said. "There's a lot of similarities and there's some subtle changes. Hopefully what (the fans) will notice is the points on the scoreboard at the end of the game is down."
The Cardinals ranked 28th, out of 32 teams, in points allowed during the 2008 regular season at 26.6 per game. Only Kansas City, Denver, St. Louis and Detroit were worse. Arizona's 36 passing touchdowns allowed were nine more than any other team in the NFL.
Davis expects more from a group that includes such big-play standouts as safety Adrian Wilson, linebacker Karlos Dansby, tackle Darnell Dockett and a rising young star in cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. "The goal is to make big plays and not give up the big ones, the easy ones," Davis said. "You know we have a lot of talent on this defense, and if we make teams go the field - first down, second down, third down - and they have to have 10-, 12-, 15-play drives, they won't get in the end zone. It's just the cheap, easy ones that we have to get off of." Whisenhunt said it's a matter of "having the right guys in the right places." "Not always is it going to be your high-profile guys that are making the plays," he said. "Sometimes they have to be unselfish and hit the right gap in order to eat up two blockers to get somebody else free."
I like our DC. He is challenging the guys to step and that's not to much to ask for. Consistency!!!
Originally Posted by JagNCard225
Hit em hard and hit emm low and if they get back up hit em again! the longest yard in the 70"s
Originally Posted by ChicagoRed
Well if they can improve our defense to be just AVERAGE we will be a serious threat this year as a team.
I'm starting to warm up to davis as D-coordinator. Lets be honest though its the secondary that really stunk last year. Rolle was feeling his way around the safety *** and eric green was giving up huge plays. Drc was learning and rod hood was between solid and unspectacular. Add in a passrush which the sack leader has 5 and there you have it poor defense. There also was players with nagging injuries like antonio smith,dockett,watson and others that played dinged up and played unspectacular...see jets,eagles,giants,pats. All those games players played with injuries not considered to put you out but effect your abilities.
I thought it was the high risk schemes for 2 years It's the short pasing game. Now DRC played safe by design
Originally Posted by darthcard