Cardinals Defense Rounding Into Form

The Cardinals defense has struggled this year but is starting to show signs of life down the stretch.

The offense will get much of the credit for the Cardinals' 43-13 victory over the Broncos last Sunday, but the defense was really the key.

The defensive line pressured Denver quarterback Kyle Orton, and the secondary picked off three of his passes. It was the second consecutive solid outing for a unit that has been disappointing for much of the season.

The Cardinals knew their offense was going to struggle for a while this season after Kurt Warner retired. The depth of the problem was a surprise, but the hope was the defense could carry the team until the offense found its footing.

Instead, several defensive players had down years. End Calais Campbell was a disappointment. Strong safety Adrian Wilson was a liability in coverage at times. End Darnell Dockett struggled through a sore shoulder. Outside linebacker Joey Porter appeared to have lost most of his pass-rush skills.

Coordinator Bill Davis' job is in jeopardy because of the unit's performance, but a surge at the end of the season might help his chances of staying.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn't address such matters, but he was encouraged by Sunday's performance.

"This is what we envisioned our defense looking like this year," Whisenhunt said. "It was nice to see them play at the level they played (Sunday)."

CardinalFootballTalk.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.